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Books by MHLPI Members


Forensic Psychology and the Law; A Canadian Perspective. Toronto: Wiley. Ronald RoeschPatricia A. ZapfStephen D. HartDeborah Connolly

 Introduction to Forensic Psychology introduces students to the theories and practices of forensic psychology within the framework of Canadian society and legal contexts. It is written from an applied and community oriented perspective, which is designed to engage students in this exciting field, while giving them an accurate view of the true nature of forensic psychology. This text emphasizes those areas of forensic psychology where professionals spend the majority of their time, be it in clinical settings, research settings, or the application of research to clinical practice. Additionally, a separate chapter was included on Children and the Law to highlight this growing and important area of research and practice in forensic psychology.

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Applying social science to reduce violent offending. NY: Oxford University Press. (Winner of the 2012 American Psychology-Law Society Book Award). Joel Dvoskin, Jennifer Skeem, Ray Novaco & Kevin Douglas

Bringing together experts in the fields of social science, forensic psychology and criminal justice, Using Social Science to Reduce Violent Offending addresses what truly works in reducing violent offending. Promoting an approach to correctional policy grounded in an evidence-based and nuanced understanding of human behavior, leading authorities from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain offer specific and practical strategies for improving the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

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Psicopatología Forense: Comportamiento Humano y Tribunales de Justicia (Forensic psychology: Human behavior and courts of justice). Edited by Eric García-López (Ed.).

Este libro representa el panorama más actualizado de Ia Psicología Jurídica, Criminológica y Forense en América Latina. Para crearlo, el Director de Ia obra convocó investigadores de 40 instituciones (universidades, fiscalías, poderes judiciales y centros de investigación) de Alemania, Argentina, Canadá, Chile, Colombia, España, Estados Unidos y México. Científicos del comportamiento humano (psicólogos, neuropsicólogos y neurofisiólogos), juristas expertos y forenses de rotunda experiencia, analizan conceptos y aplicaciones a poblaciones específicas, como los agresores sexuales, los adolescentes en conflicto con Ia ley penal y los psicópatas. Además, se analizan temas selectos de justicia restaurativa, violencia intrafamiliar, divorcio y custodia de los hijos, alienación parental, mediación, acoso (laboral-mobbing y escolar-bullying), así como Ia atención y evaluación general a víctimas de tortura. El lector tiene en sus manos una obra imprescindible para aquellos estudiosos(as) de las complejas interacciones entre psicopatología y derecho, entre atención a víctimas y derechos humanos, entre agresores y prevención del riesgo de violencia, entre comportamiento humano y tribunales de justicia.

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Forensic Evaluation and Treatment of Juveniles: Innovation and Best Practice. By Randall T. Salekin

Psychologists have always played a key role in determining how the juvenile justice system assesses and treats young offenders. Recent neuropsychological findings shows that there are important developmental differences between juvenile offenders, such as varying levels of maturity, risk potential, and amenability to treatment, not to mention individualized personality traits and possible mental disorders. Psychologists must therefore strive for targeted rehabilitation services to avoid unfair treatment and redirect youth to healthier life choices.

This book is a practical guide that will help psychologists answer important psycho-legal questions to properly assess and treat juvenile offenders. These guidelines primarily focus on disposition evaluations, which describe adolescent offenders and paths to rehabilitation, and transfer evaluations, which determine whether juveniles should be moved to adult courts. Psychological assessments can greatly influence a judge s decision, so this book will help forensic clinicians consider important external factors, such as local laws and the political climate, and present assessment data to judges in a thorough, understandable manner.

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Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law: A Handbook for Lawyers. Edited by Ronald Roesch and Patricia A. Zapf

Designed to meet the specific needs of lawyers, Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law: A Handbook for Lawyers provides insight into what to expect from forensic mental health evaluations and how to navigate these assessments with skill and competence. The volume is divided into sections by evaluation type: criminal, civil, and juvenile and family evaluations. Each chapter addresses one of the most commonly requested forensic evaluations and is written by a forensic psychologist with both academic and professional experience with that type of evaluation. Specific evaluation types discussed include competence to stand trial in adults and juveniles, criminal responsibility, violence risk in adults, jury selection, eyewitness identification, personal injury claims, civil commitment, workplace disability, child custody, juveniles' risks and needs, and more. This handbook is a comprehensive, one-stop resource for lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals seeking to further their knowledge of forensic assessments.

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Applied Issues in Investigative Interviewing, Eyewitness Memory, and Credibility Assessment. Edited by Barry Cooper, Dorothee Friesel and Marguerite Ternes

Victims. Witnesses. Suspects. Answers to an interviewer’s questions may mean the difference between prison or freedom, custody or loss, justice served or justice miscarried–outcomes that depend on expert decision-making as much as on the answers themselves. Meticulously researched and reasoned by an international panel of experts from across the criminal justice fields, Applied Issues in Investigative Interviewing, Eyewitness Memory, and Credibility Assessment illustrates areas and strategies for improvement in this complex legal arena. The book begins by arguing for the need for field research in studying eyewitness memory, and subsequent chapters bear this out ably in issues such as biopsychosocial phenomena of memory, why inconsistent testimony may not necessarily equal deceit, and the challenges and opportunities digital technology poses in evaluating truthfulness. Throughout, the book’s theories, critiques, models, and tools are informed not only by the behavioral sciences but by the real-world experience of law enforcement and judicial professionals. Among the topics covered: • Credibility assessment, common law trials, and fuzzy logic. • Errors made by investigative interviewers and suggestions for redress. • Children’s memory in “scientific case studies” of child sexual abuse. • Repeated interviews about repeated trauma from the distant past. • The contextualization of words by expert lie detectors. Applied Issues in Investigative Interviewing, Eyewitness Memory, and Credibility Assessment will find an interested audience among investigative interviewers, law enforcement professionals, clinical and forensic psychologists, lawyers, and judges looking to integrate more substantial psychological knowledge into this critical area of legal practice.

Zapf, P.A. & Roesch, R. (2009). Best practices in forensic mental health assessments: Evaluation of competence to stand trial. NY: Oxford University Press. 

A properly conducted Competence to Stand Trial (CST) evaluation is crucial, both to the integrity of the criminal legal process that is to follow, and for the outcome of the trial and the impact of the verdict on the defendant. This book addresses best-practice standards in conducting CST evaluations, one of the ost frequently requested types of forensic assessment. 

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Mediación, perspectivas desde la Psicología Jurídica. Edited by Eric García-López 

Authored by researchers from Germany, Colombia, Spain and Mexico, this volume underlines the importance of Legal Psychology under law reforms in Mexico as well as in Latin America. It covers mediation and restorative justice, pointing out the importance of managing emotions and the analysis of cognitive processes taking part in the so called alternative dispute resolution. Moreover, it proposes a legal analysis and presents a practical guide on mediation.

Published by Manual Moderno. 

The book is also available in electronic format


Handbook of Violence Risk Assessment. Edited by Randy K. Otto and Kevin S. Douglas 

This comprehensive Handbook of original chapters serves as a resource for clinicians and researchers alike. Two introductory chapters cover general issues in violence risk assessment, while the remainder of the book offers a comprehensive discussion of specific risk assessment measures.

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Fundamentos de Psicología Jurídica y Forense. Edited by Eric García-López 

One of the first books edited in Mexico about Legal and Forensic Psychology. This book, printed by the Law section of Oxford University Press, brings a professional and academic guide in a wide variety of specific topics in Forensic Psychology, including juvenile justice, criminal responsibility, psychopathy, violent behavior, restorative justice, cross cultural psychology and historical data about Criminal and Forensic Psychology in Mexico and Latin America. This book brings together 34 authors from Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Spain and Mexico.

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Roesch, R., Zapf, P. A., & Eaves, D. (2006). Fitness Interview Test—Revised: A structured interview for assessing competency to stand trial. Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.

The Fitness Interview Test - Revised (FIT-R) is a structured interview for assessing a person's competence to stand trial. Originally designed for use in Canada, this version of the instrument is applicable for use in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. The FIT-R formalizes an interview using the types of questions that evaluators routinely ask defendants in competency examinations.  Although the manual has been updated to include a review of both U.S. and Canadian law and procedure, except for minor wording changes, the instrument itself has not been changed.

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Evidence and Investigation: From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom. Kerry Watkins, Gail S. Anderson, Vincenzo Rondinelli, and Warren Bulmer

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Psicopatologia narrativa. Funzionamento del Sé e pratica clinica. Silvio Ciappi

Narrative Psychopathology: In this book the author faces the narrative based approach in psychology through a revisitation of symptoms and personality disorders.

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Biological Influences on Criminal Behavior

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  Koch, B., Douglas, K., Nicholls, T. L., O’Neill, M., & Iverson, G. (2005) Psychological injuries: Forensic assessment, treatment and law. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Human emotional suffering has been studied for centuries, but the significance of psychological injuries within legal contexts has only recently been recognized. As the public becomes increasingly aware of the ways in which mental health affects physical - and financial - well-being, psychological injuries comprise a rapidly growing set of personal injury insurance claims. Although the diverse range of problems that people claim to suffer from are serious and often genuine, the largely subjective and unobservable nature of psychological conditions has led to much skepticism about the authenticity of psychological injury claims. Improved assessment methods and research on the economic and physical health consequences of psychological distress has resulted in exponential growth in the litigation related to such conditions. 

Integrating the history of psychological injuries both from legal and mental health perspectives, this book offers compelling discussions of relevant statutory and case law. Focussing especially on posttraumatic stress disorder, it addresses the current status and empirical limitations of forensic assessments of psychological injuries and alerts readers to common vulnerabilities in expert evidence from mental health professionals. In addition, it also uses the latest empirical research to provide the best forensic methods for assessing both clinical conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder and for alternative explanations such as malingering. The authors offer state-of-the-art information on early intervention, psychological therapies, and pharmaceutical treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder and stimulating suggestions for further research into this complex phenomenon.

A comprehensive guide to psychological injuries, this book will be an indispensable resource for all mental health practitioners, researchers, and legal professionals who work with psychological injuries.  

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Hamel, J., & Nicholls, T. L. (Eds.). (2007). Family interventions in domestic violence: A handbook of gender-inclusive theory and treatment. London: Springer.

In this exciting new book John Hamel, author of the ground-breaking Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse, and Tonia Nicholls go beyond the traditional intervention theories of domestic violence practiced today.

Offering alternative, unbiased and sometimes controversial views, theories, and current research, they, along with renowned contributors in the field, provide new treatment options that encompass a wide range of gender dynamics. Here are just some of the key principles covered:

  • Interventions Should Be Based on a Thorough Unbiased Assessment
  • Victim/Perpetrator Distinctions are Overstated, and Much Partner Abuse is Mutual
  • Regardless of Perpetrator Gender, Child Witnesses to Partner Abuse are Adversely Affected, and are at Risk for Perpetrating Partner Abuse as Adults

This new gender-inclusive approach to assessment and intervention provides a significant departure from traditional paradigms of domestic violence, and offers a much-needed awareness to effectively prevent violence in our communities today and for future generations.

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Webster, C. D., Martin, M. L., Brink, J., Nicholls, T. L., & Desmarais, S. (2009). Manual for the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START) (Version 1.1). Port Coquitlam, BC: Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission and Odessa, FL: St. Joseph’s Healthcare.

Physicians, nurses, social workers and other front-line health care providers are routinely called upon to assess the risk for violent behaviour in hospital as well as in community-based patients. In this capacity, they are required to make decisions and provide recommendations regarding the admission, transfer, discharge, and management of persons who may pose a risk of violence to self or others. 

This remains a challenging task, with divergent approaches and instruments available. 
Traditional approaches have focused largely on individual risk factors while neglecting to consider clients’ strengths or external/environmental triggers. These approaches have been concerned mainly with long-term risk to others. 

The Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START; Webster, Martin, Brink, Nicholls, & Desmaris, 2009) is a 20-item clinical guide for the dynamic assessment of seven risk domains (violence to others, suicide, self-harm, self-neglect, unauthorized absence, substance use, and victimization). The START represents a refinement in the assessment of dynamic risk factors in that it provides for the differential coding of both patient strengths and needs, while allowing for the recording of case-specific risk factors. The START is meant for interdisciplinary use and each of the 20 items is assessed according to succinct descriptions provided in the published manual. 

The START is intended for use with adults with mental, personality and substance related disorders. It is relevant to inpatient and community psychiatric, forensic, and correctional populations.

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  Webster, C. D., Haque, Q., & Hucker, S. J. (2013). Violence risk - Assessment and management: Advances through structured professional judgement and sequential redirections (2nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell.

This expanded and updated new edition reflects the growing importance of the structured professional judgement approach to violence risk assessment and management. It offers comprehensive guidance on decision-making in cases where future violence is a potential issue.

  • Includes discussion of interventions based on newly developed instruments
  • Covers policy standards developed since the publication of the first edition
  • Interdisciplinary perspective facilitates collaboration between professionals
  • Includes contributions from P. Randolf Kropp, R. Karl Hanson, Mary-Lou Martin, Alec Buchanan and John Monahan

Book website: http://ca.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119961130.html#