Forensic Psychology provides students with an in-depth and insightful introduction to the clinical practice of forensic psychology, the assessment and treatment of individuals who interact with the legal system.
- Focuses on the clinical practice of forensic psychology
- Integrates research, cases, and theory that provides students with a well-balanced picture of forensic psychology
- Incorporates two main themes, scope of practice and therapeutic jurisprudence, that focus on empirically supported clinical practice and expose students to case law and statutory law necessary in the practice of forensic psychology
- Utilizes real world examples and cases such as the impact of intelligence testing in the landmark Atkins vs. Virginia case that help students understand the practical role of forensic psychology
- Encourages an understanding of the law as a living and breathing entity, examining its ability to be therapeutic or anti-therapeutic for the people most directly affected by it
- Examines not only the criminal aspects of psychology and law but also civil aspects such as civil competence issues, sexual harassment claims, child custody evaluations, and personal injury cases which are often part of forensic practice
- Covers unique challenges that forensic psychologists often face clinically, legally, and ethically
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Table of Contents
Part I: Fundamentals of Forensic Psychology:.
1. What is Forensic Psychology? An Introduction.
- What is Forensic Psychology?.
- Major Areas of Forensic Psychology.
- The Relationship of the Law and Psychology.
- Education and Training in Forensic Psychology.
2. Assessment, Treatment, and Consultation in Forensic Psychology.
- Forensic Assessment.
- Treatment in Forensic Contexts.
- Forensic Consultation.
3. Expert Testimony and the Role of an Expert.
- History of the Expert Witness.
- Admissibility of Expert Testimony.
- Challenges to Expert Testimony.
- Factors that Influence Expert Witness Credibility.
- Criticisms of Expert Testimony.
- Ethics of the Expert.
- Syndrome Evidence: Controversial Area of Expert Testimony.
Part II: Violence and Forensic Psychology:.
- The Nature of the Psychopath.
- The Relationship of Criminal Behavior and Violence to Psychopathy.
- What Else Do We Know about Psychopathy?.
- Special Groups and Psychopathy.
- Legal and Ethical Issues Involving Psychopathy.
5. Violence Risk Assessment.
- Nature of Violence and Violence Risk Assessment.
- Legal Realities of Violence Risk Assessments.
- The Evolution of Risk Assessment.
- Clinical, Actuarial, and Structured Risk Assessments.
- Risk and Protective Factors.
- Accuracy of Risk Assessment.
- Communicating Risk.
6. Sexual Offenders.
- What is a Sexual Offender?.
- Assessment of Sexual Offenders.
- Treatment and Management of Sexual Offenders.
- Special Groups of Sexual Offenders.
- Sexual Offender Legislation.
Part III: Mental Health Law and Forensic Psychology:.
7. Insanity and Criminal Responsibility.
- Rationale for Insanity Defense.
- Insanity Standards.
- Studies Assessing the Insanity Standards in Mock Jurors.
- Insanity Myths.
- Evaluations of Insanity.
- Forensic Assessment Instruments.
- Other Issues of Criminal Responsibility.
8. Criminal and Civil Competence.
- Raising the Issue of Competency in Criminal Proceedings.
- Competency to Stand Trial (CST).
- Other Variables Related to Competence.
- Restoration of Competency.
- Other Criminal Competencies.
- Civil Competencies.
9. Civil Commitment.
- What is Civil Commitment?.
- Criteria for Civil Commitment.
- Process of Civil Commitment.
- Coercion of Civil Commitments.
- Right to Make Treatment Decision and Refuse Treatment.
- Practice of Civil Commitment.
Part IV: Children and Family in Forensic Psychology:.
10. Domestic Violence and Stalking.
- Defining and Identifying the Prevalence of Domestic Violence.
- Assessment of Domestic Violence Among Intimate Partners.
- Risk Factors and Risk Assessment in Domestic Violence.
- Domestic Violence Treatment.
- Gender Differences in the Perpetration of Domestic Violence.
11. Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice.
- History of the Juvenile Court.
- Processing in the Juvenile Courts.
- Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Offenses.
- Juvenile Violence.
- Role of the Forensic Psychologist in Juvenile Courts.
- Special Issues in Regard to Juveniles: School Violence.
12. Child Custody.
- Legal History and Assumptions About Child Custody.
- Child Custody Laws and Professional Guidelines.
- Forensic Practice in Child Custody Evaluations.
- Effects of Custody and Divorce on Children.
- Child Abuse.
Part V: Civil Aspects of Forensic Psychology:.
13. Personal Injury and Discrimination in Civil Law.
- Legal Basis for Personal Injury Cases: Torts and Civil Law.
- General Forensic Practice in Personal Injury Cases.
- Typical Injuries Involved in Personal Injury Claims.
- Psychological Independent Medical Evaluation.
- Workers’ Compensation.
- Sexual Harassment and Employment Discrimination.
- Name Index.
- Subject Index
Matthew T. Huss is a Professor of Psychology at Creighton University. He has served as a reviewer for numerous scholarly journals including Law & Human Behavior, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Psychology, Public Policy and the Law, International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Psychology, Crime and Law, Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Assessment, andthe Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma. He also served on the Editorial Board of Teaching of Psychology and the Psi Chi Journal of Student Research. He has recently contributed a chapter on Psychology and Law to an ebook published by the Society for Teaching of Psychology entitled, The Many Faces of Psychological Research in the 21st Century.
"Matt Huss has captured the excitement and fascination felt by many about forensic psychology. Whether you are taking your first course or teaching your umpteenth, this vivid, readable, accurate book is not to be missed." Kirk Heilbrun, Drexel University
"Matthew Huss has done a big favor to everyone who teaches (or takes!) undergraduate courses in forensic psychology. This text provides an excellent overview of the theoretical, legal, and practical issues in the major areas of contemporary clinical-forensic psychology. It’s obvious from the writing style – which is clear, simple, and engaging – that Huss is a skilled and experienced teacher. It’s also obvious from the content that his understanding of clinical-forensic psychology is both broad and deep. Simply the best introductory textbook of clinical-forensic psychology on the market!" Steven D. Hart, Simon Fraser University
“Matthew Huss has written an accessible, insightful, and utterly engaging introduction to the evidence-based practice of psychology in legal contexts. His ripped-from-the-headlines illustrations of forensic psychologists at work will generate and sustain enormous student interest.” John Monahan, University of Virginia School of Law
"Professor Huss has written a simply superb textbook on forensic psychology. Anyone interested in learning about this exciting field must read it. Huss combines clear and engaging writing with a sophisticated grasp of the complex interplay between the fields of psychology and law. His understanding and communication of the science and practice of forensic psychology will surely benefit any reader." - Kevin Douglas, Simon Fraser University