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Forensic Psychology


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About the Author

1 Introduction to the Field of Forensic Psychology

Definition of Forensic Psychology

Areas in Legal Psychology

Social Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Training in Forensic Psychology

Doctoral Degrees

Practicing Forensic Psychology at the Master's Level

Full-Time versus Part-Time

Forensic Work

Overview of This Book

Test Your Knowledge

2 Ethical Issues Related to the Practice of Forensic Psychology

Ethics, Morality, Competence,

Professionalism, Character, and Law

A Clash of Cultures: Ethics, Psychology, and the Legal Profession

Expert Witness Testimony

Who Can Be Qualified as an

Expert Witness?

Admissibility of Expert Testimony

Case Law Regarding Admissibility of Expert Testimony

Frye v. United States ()

Federal Rules of Evidence

Daubert v. Merrell Dow


Ultimate Issue and Penultimate Issue

The Three Possible Roles for an

Expert Witness

Possible Pitfalls for the Expert Witness

Surviving the Witness Stand

A Clash of Cultures: Knowledge, Psychology, and the Legal Profession

Test Your Knowledge

3 Psychological Assessment

Types of Assessment Activities

Forensic Assessment in Criminal Proceedings

Forensic Assessment in Civil Proceedings

Psychological Assessment and Psychological


Purpose of the Evaluation

Examiner-Examinee Relationship

Who is the Client?

Motivation of the Examinee

Written Report

The Psychologist's Cognitive Set

Professional Accountability

Temporal Focus of the Assessment

Assessment Instruments

Assessment Tools: The Interview

Assessment Tools: Psychological Tests

Psychometric Properties of Assessment




Normative Group

Standard Error of Measurement

Assessment Instruments

Measures of Intellectual Ability

Measures of Personality-General

Projective Techniques

Objective Techniques

Measures of Personality-Forensically Relevant


Forensic Assessment Instruments


Test Your Knowledge

4 Competency Evaluations, Criminal Responsibility and Risk Assessments

Criminal Responsibility

Mens Rea

Myths Regarding the Insanity Defense

Historical Perspectives of the

Insanity Defense

Evaluation of Insanity

Competency to Stand Trial

Defining Competency

Competency to Stand Trial (CST)


Forensic Instruments Used in

CST Evaluations

Violence Risk Assessment

Approaches to Predicting Dangerousness


Role of the Forensic Psychologist in Capital

Punishment Sentencing

Test Your Knowledge

5 Police Psychology

Police Department's History with Psychology

Police Officer Evaluations

Pre-employment Evaluations

Pre-employment Assessment


Pre-employment Interview


Special Assignment Assessments

Psychological Counseling

Health and Wellness Counseling

Critical Incident Counseling



Management Consultation

Careers in Police Psychology


Test Your Knowledge

6 Correctional Psychology

Definition of Correctional Psychology

Recent Growth in the Field of Correctional Psychology

Therapy in Correctional Settings: Can I Leave?

Prison Overcrowding

Theories of Punishment and the

Goals of Incarceration





Restorative Justice

Correctional Facilities: Jails and Prisons

Psychologists' Duties in Correctional


Assessment in Correctional Facilities

Treatment in Correctional Facilities

Unique Challenges for the Correctional


Court Decisions Regarding the Rights of Inmates

Unique Aspects of Working in a Correctional Facility: Tips for the

Beginning Clinician

Careers in Correctional Psychology


Test Your Knowledge

7 Assessment of Psychological Injury

Criminal Law versus Civil Law

Criminal Law

Civil Law

The Civil Court System

Federal Courts

State Courts

Appellate Process

The Law of Torts

Role of the Forensic Psychologist as Examiner

Practice Standards for Personal Injury


Employment Litigation Involving

Psychological Injury

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of

Sexual Harassment

Assessment of Psychological Injuries in

Discrimination and Harassment Claims

The Eggshell Plaintiff

Legal Psychology's Contribution to

Discrimination and Harassment Claims

PTSD and the Use of Syndrome Evidence

Battered Woman Syndrome

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


Test Your Knowledge

8 Child Custody Evaluations

The Challenge of Child Custody


Multiple Participants

The Psycholegal Question Involved in Child

Custody Evaluations

Confusion Regarding the Assessment

Process and Instruments

Adversarial Nature of Child Custody


Attitudes and Biases of Those Involved in the Decision-Making Process

Psychologist's Roles

Current State of Child Custody in

Divorce Proceedings

Child Custody Laws

The Legal Relevance of Mental Health

Professionals' Recommendations

Types of Custody Arrangements

Professional Organizations' Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations

The Evaluation Process

Assessment Interviews

Direct Observation

Collateral Sources

Psychological Testing

The Custody Report



Test Your Knowledge

9 Trial Consultation

Are Lawsuits out of Control?

Qualifications of Trial Consultants

Services Offered by Trial Consultants

Voir Dire and Jury Selection

The Technique of Jury Selection

Characteristics Used to Predict Verdicts

Demographic Variables

Personality Traits and Attitudinal Predictors

Effectiveness of Scientific Jury Selection

Guilty or Not Guilty: Does It Matter?

Change of Venue Requests

Witness Preparation

Other Activities the Trial Consultant May


Ethical Issues in Trial Consultation



Test Your Knowledge

10 Criminal Investigative Techniques

Criminal Profiling

Definition of Criminal Profiling

Historical Approach

Profiling Criminals' Common


Crime Scene Analysis

The Process of Generating a Criminal Profile

The Effectiveness of Criminal Profiling

The Polygraph

The Polygraph Instrument

The Relevant/Irrelevant

Technique (R/I)

The Control Question

Technique (CQT)

The Concealed Information or

Guilty-Knowledge Test

The Uses and Accuracy of the Polygraph

Brain Activity

Autonomic Measures


Direct Investigation

False Confessions


Psychological Autopsies

Status of Expert Testimony for Psychological Autopsies

Test Your Knowledge

11 Eyewitness Memory and Recovered Memory

Eyewitness Memory Fallibility

Admissibility of Expert Testimony on the

Fallibility of Eyewitness Memory

Recommended Procedures to Improve

Eyewitness Memory

Initial Report of a Crime

Mug Books and Composite Images

Lineup Procedures

Supreme Court Rulings on the

Admissibility of Eyewitness Identifications

Recovered Memory versus

False Memory


Test Your Knowledge

12 Emerging Trends in the Field of Forensic Psychology

Increased Growth and Sophistication

Increased Cooperation between Law and Psychology

Influencing Public Policy


Training in Legal Psychology

Summary Regarding Training

Therapeutic Jurisprudence


Test Your Knowledge





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