Translating Research into Practice

Words of Caution: Recommendations to Consider when Interviewing Patients with a History of Aggression or Violence

This article discusses some of the issues that arise when interviewing individuals who utilize mental health services in forensic settings, given that many patients in this population have significant histories of aggression and/or violence. We identify important considerations for interviewers related to characteristics of the client, interviewer, and setting of the interview. Lastly, some recommendations […]

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Jun
07

Challenging longstanding assumptions about evaluator empathy in forensic evaluations

Evaluators who purposefully use expressive empathy during a psychopathy assessment interview rate evaluees more favorably than evaluators who purposefully avoid expressive empathy. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into […]

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May
31

It’s all relative: Effect of contrast cases on jury members’ decision making

Prosecutors, individuals involved in criminal justice, and general public serving as jury members should be aware of the contrast effects when making judgements in a legal context. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as […]

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May
24

“That Was a Challenging Interview!” A Guide for Interviewing Individuals Given a Diagnosis of a Personality Disorder in Forensic Settings

Histories of complex trauma and insecure attachment are widespread among individuals given a diagnosis of personality disorder in forensic settings and are likely to be underlying factors that contribute to their offending behavior. It is important to bear this in mind when working with this population in order to formulate accurate profiles and engage in […]

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May
17

A Cautionary Tale: Issues to Consider when Interviewing Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Forensic Contexts

Many features associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), such as emotional regulation issues or difficulties with social communication, may raise significant issues during formal interviews with individuals with an ASD. This is particularly true in forensic contexts, when individuals with an ASD may be interviewed as a witness, victim or perpetrator of an offense. Using […]

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May
10

Letting them speak: Analysis of victim impact statements in capital sentencing proceedings

Victim impact statements are much less instigative than commonly thought, with prosecutors having a great influence over the witness statements. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. […]

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May
03

It’s difficult, but you are doing a great job: The effect of interviewer’s support on child abuse victim’s reluctance in interviews

Interviewer’s support can mitigate child abuse victim’s reluctance, thus increasing the informativeness of the interview. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Psychology, Public […]

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Apr
26

Current Treatment Modalities May Not Fully Address the Heterogeneity of Psychopathology in Dual Diagnosis Forensic Inpatient Populations

This study sought to clarify the psychiatric and criminological characteristics among Belgian French-speaker forensic inpatients with low IQ and mental health illnesses (MHI). To this end, we compared a low IQ group with MHI, low IQ group, and control group. Compared to the control group, proportionally more patients in the low IQ and MHI group […]

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Apr
22

APLS 2019 Presidential Address by Dr. Kevin Douglas

Dr. Kevin Douglas presented his Presidential address--Accomplishments and Aspirations: The Role of Psychology and Law in Fostering Public Good--at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society in Portland, Oregon this March. American Psychology-Law Society Presidential Address About Dr. Kevin Douglas Dr. Kevin Douglas received his law degree (LL.B.) in 2000 from the University of [...]
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Apr
22

AAFP Distinguished Contributions Award Address by Dr. Stephen Hart

Dr. Stephen Hart was awarded the American Academy of Forensic Psychology's Distinguish Contributions Award at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society in Portland, Oregon this March. His award address was entitled, Beyond Validity: The Quest for Justice in Violence Risk Assessment. American Psychology-Law Society Address About Dr. Stephen Hart Dr. Stephen D. Hart [...]
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Apr
19

Targeting Implicit Criminal Cognition in Policies and Intervention Programs

Criminal cognition outside of conscious awareness or conscious control may be a cognitive marker for criminal behavior. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice.   Featured Article | […]

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Apr
12

Stop treating me like a child: Youths’ perceptions of just treatment in adult and juvenile courts

Although youth adjudicated in adult court felt more justly treated that youth adjudicated in juvenile court, the findings should be interpreted as supporting necessary procedural justice adjustments to the juvenile court settings, as transfers to adult court have been linked to worse outcomes. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, […]

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