Competency to Stand Trial


Come Join us for Spring Training 2015

On March 1st Our Spring Training Sessions begin. They provide the opportunity to be trained by and receive consultation from some of the leading experts in the field; Drs Kevin Hart, Stephen Douglas and Patricia Zapf. About the Training Spring Training Sessions are guided online training programs that run for 10 weeks and are 30 […]


Young Offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Demonstrate More Impairment on Psycholegal Abilities

Young offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) demonstrate more impairment of psycholegal abilities than young offenders without prenatal alcohol exposure. 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. […]


Chances are You Know Half as Much as You Did 7 Years Ago: Half-Life of Knowledge Underscores the Importance of Continued Professional Development

The half-life of knowledge is an interesting and important concept. Half-life of knowledge refers to the number of years that it would take for half of the information or knowledge available in a field of study to become defunct or superseded by new information.  This number, of course, varies by field or specialized area of […]


50 Professional Resources Relevant to the Practice of Forensic Psychology

Various professional organizations have developed documents and other resources that are relevant to the practice of forensic psychology. We have collated these below for ease of access, as professionals who practice in the area of forensic psychology should be familiar with the existence of these resources. If you have others you’d like us to add, […]


Clinical Opinions Regarding Likelihood of Restoration to Competence Depend Upon Records Reviewed

Evaluators who did not consider psychological, medical and/or criminal records as part of a competency evaluation were more likely to opine incompetent defendants as restorable than those who did consider these records. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research […]


Are You Using Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment?

Oxford University Press has published a book series entitled Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment. This series has made a significant impact on the field of forensic psychology by offering concise, empirically based information regarding best practices for forensic assessment in a variety of areas. The series consists of 20 books, each written by […]


Preparing and Cross-Examining Forensic Psychologists Testifying on Competency

This morning, I am pleased to be addressing a group of esteemed criminal lawyers, judges, and mental health professionals from across the country at the National Criminal Defense Forum on Forensic Mental Health and the Law in Denver, CO. This 2-day program is being presented by Reilly Pozner, a litigation and trial practice based in […]


IAFMHS 2013 Keynote: Best Practices in Competency to Stand Trial (Video)

I was thrilled to be asked by the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services  (IAFMHS) to give the Dr. Derek Eaves Keynote Address at the 2013 conference in Maastricht, Netherlands. Those who know me well know that I love to travel and that Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities. Thus, the invitation to […]