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URL :http://forensicpsychologist.blogspot.com
Filed Under:Academics / Psychology
Posts on Regator:498
Posts / Week:1.9
Archived Since:August 3, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Attorney-client privilege trumps child abuse reporting law, court rules

Elijah W. ruling clarifies thorny issue in California Forensic psychologists are split as to whether we must breach confidentiality when a criminal defendant divulges child abuse or threatens physical harm to others. On the one hand,...Show More Summary

Spring reading recommendations -- forensic and beyond

Marauding bands of juvenile killers. Gang rapist kidnappers. Wife beaters. We’re talking elephants, dolphins and parrots, respectively. That's my forensic psychology angle on Animal Wise, a fascinating new book by nature journalist Virginia Morell.Not long ago, it was taboo in science circles to claim that animal have minds. Show More Summary

Forensic practice: A no-compassion zone?

Murder trial prompts professional dialogue Do empathy or compassion have a place in a forensic evaluation? Or should an evaluator turn off all feelings in order to remain neutral and unbiased?That question is at the center of a controversy...Show More Summary

Diagnostic controversies: Registration open for my Hawaii workshop

A shameless plug for my upcoming training workshop in Honolulu, sponsored by the American Psychological Association. CE's in paradise; what's not to like? To register, click HERE.

'Digital lynch mob' assaults expert witness in televised murder trial

Imagine you are testifying in a high-profile murder case being live-streamed over the Internet. Suddenly, an angry mob swarms all over you. More than 10,000 people sign an online petition urging a boycott of your lecture contracts. Your book gets a thousand negative hits on Amazon. Show More Summary

Upcoming trainings: Assessment; personal injury; sexual violence; ethics in diagnosis

If you are planning to be in or around Florida, New Jersey, Hawaii or London over the next few months, here are some recommended forensic trainings on the horizon: April 19 and onwards: Sexual violence workshops (London) Building onShow More Summary

Risk screening worthless with juvenile sex offenders, study finds

Boys labeled as 'sexually violent predators ' not more dangerous Juveniles tagged for preventive detention due to their supposedly higher level of sexual violence risk are no more likely to sexually reoffend than adolescents who are not so branded, a new study has found. Show More Summary

Study links childhood trauma and adult aggression

Call for trauma-focused treatment of offenders Children who experience abuse, neglect and family dysfunction have a heightened risk of developing health problems such as obesity, drug addiction, depression and heart disease in adulthood. Show More Summary

Evaluating juveniles: Grisso's classic updated for new era

In the 1990s a moral panic swept through the United States over juvenile "super-predators," ruthless youngsters devoid of empathy or morality who would terrorize the good citizenry, raping, looting and murdering with abandon. Although the hysterical, racially coded predictions proved unfounded, politicians passed harsh new laws that set the U.S. Show More Summary

Miracle of the day: 80-year-old man recaptures long-lost youth

(Or: How committing a new sex crime can paradoxically LOWER risk on the Static-99R) "How old is the offender?" Age is an essential variable in many forensic contexts. Older people are at lower risk for criminal recidivism. Antisocial behaviors, and even psychopathic character traits, diminish as criminals reach their 30s and 40s. Show More Summary

California high court upholds parolee confidentiality right

Two years ago, I reported on a California appellate opinion upholding the sacredness of patient-therapist confidentiality even for convicted felons who are mandated to treatment as a condition of parole. Today, the California Supreme Court upheld the gist of the ruling -- but with a proviso. Show More Summary

Note: Updated version of Sunday's post on "narcoanalysis"

For those of you following the case of Aurora Colorado mass murder suspect James Holmes and the judge's order that he be subjected to a "narcoanalytic interview" if he pleads insanity, I have updated the Psychology Today version of the post. Show More Summary

"Narcoanalytics" order in Aurora massacre case unprecedented

News flash: There is no such thing as 'truth serum' The next time the court appoints you to conduct a sanity evaluation, don't forget to order up a vial of truth serum. In an court order that breaks new legal ground, the judge presiding...Show More Summary

Remarkable experiment proves pull of adversarial allegiance

Psychologists' scoring of forensic tools depends on which side they believe has hired them A brilliant experiment has proven that adversarial pressures skew forensic psychologists' scoring of supposedly objective risk assessment tests, and that this "adversarial allegiance" is not due to selection bias, or preexisting differences among evaluators. Show More Summary

God's Jury: Repressive machinery and inquisition

The word "Inquisition" harkens back to medieval Europe - Italy, Spain, Portugal and the Catholic Church. But in Cullen Murphy's frightening account, that repressive past was only prologue: The self-propagating bureaucracies of the modern...Show More Summary

A tale of two prisons: Whither the future?

Group therapy, San Quentin Prison, California California's beleaguered prison system got more bad headlines today for suppressing a report warning that prison suicide-watch practices were actually fostering suicide. The suppressed report,...Show More Summary

Tipping points: Of life, death and psychological data

Forensic psychologists and the machinery of execution Andre Thomas, Texas When Andre Thomas killed his wife and children, he was careful to use three different knives so that "the blood from each body would not cross-contaminate, thereby...Show More Summary

Exercise: Priming students to detect covert biases

In an an eye-opening exercise in my graduate forensic psychology course, I had two groups separately analyze a sanitized forensic report. The subject of the report was a 16-year-old boy named "John" who had committed a relatively minor sex offense; the evaluation issue was treatment amenability. Show More Summary

Fremantle to host Australian forensic conference

I hope all of you Aussies out there are aware of the exciting forensic psychology conference coming up in April. The theme is timely: "The Times are a Changin': Controversies, Competencies, and DSM-5." Robert Krueger, a personality researcher...Show More Summary

Texas SVP jurors ignoring actuarial risk scores

Expert witness for defense makes a (small) difference, study finds The fiery debates surrounding the validity of actuarial tools to predict violence risk begs the question: How much influence do these instruments really have on legal decision-makers? The answer, at least when it comes to jurors in Sexually Violent Predator trials in Texas: Not much. Show More Summary

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