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Research Methods in Forensic Psychology

ISBN: 978-0-470-93340-4
552 pages
April 2011
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The only professional resource to focus exclusively on research methods in forensic psychology

With specific advice on topics of particular importance to forensic specialists, Research Methods in Forensic Psychology presents state-of-the-discipline summaries of the issues that relate to psychology and law research.

Edited by renowned experts in the field, this resource features contributions by leading scholars in forensic psychology and law, with discussion of relevant topics such as:

  • Meta-analysis
  • Jury decision making
  • Internet-based data collection
  • Legal research techniques for the social scientist
  • Offender treatment
  • Competence to stand trial
  • Criminal profiling
  • False confessions and interrogations
  • Trial-related psycho-legal issues
  • Accuracy of eyewitnesses and children
  • Violence risk assessment
This comprehensive guide is designed for a wide range of scholars and legal professionals, presenting a succinct overview of the field of psychology and law as viewed by some of the world's foremost experts.
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Contributors.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: The Importance of Appropriate Research Methods (Barry Rosenfeld and Steven D. Penrod).

PART I: GENERAL ISSUES IN FORENSIC RESEARCH.

1 Legal Research Techniques for Social Scientists (Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Stephanie Davidson).

2 Measure Development in Forensic Psychology (Barry Rosenfeld, John Edens, and Sara Lowmaster).

3 Meta-Analysis (Siegfried L. Sporer and Lawrence D. Cohn).

4 Forensic Psychological Research and the Internet (Tarika Daftary-Kapur and Sarah Greathouse).

5 Statistical Principles in Forensic Research (Jennifer Groscup).

PART II: CRIMINAL LAW—PRETRIAL ISSUES: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS AND PRETRIAL FORENSIC ASSESSMENT.

6 Research Methods for Psychophysiological Deception Detection (Charles R. Honts and John C. Kircher).

7 Criminal Profiling (C. Gabrielle Salfati).

8 Methods in Deception Detection Research (Maria Hartwig).

9 Competency to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility Research (Patricia Zapf, Debbie Green, and Barry Rosenfeld).

10 Research Methods for the Assessment of Malingering (Richard Rogers and Nathan D. Gillard).

PART III: CRIMINAL LAW—TRIAL ISSUES.

11 Jury Research Methods (Steven D. Penrod, Margaret Bull Kovera, and Jennifer Groscup).

12 Trial Consulting in High-Publicity Cases (Lisa Spano, Tarika Daftary-Kapur, and Steven D. Penrod).

13 Eyewitness Identification Research: Strengths and Weaknesses of Alternative Methods (Gary L. Wells and Steven D. Penrod).

14 Children’s Eyewitness Memory: Methodological Issues (Gail S. Goodman, Margaret-Ellen Pipe, and Kelly McWilliams).

15 Procedural Justice: Theory and Method (Larry Heuer and Diane Sivasubramaniam).

PART IV: CRIMINAL LAW—POST-TRIAL ISSUES AND SPECIAL POPULATIONS.

16 Conducting Psychotherapy Outcome Research in Forensic Settings (Barry Rosenfeld, Kathryn Byars, and Michele Galietta).

17 Research Methods in Violence Risk Assessment (Kevin S. Douglas, Jennifer L. Skeem, and Elizabeth Nicholson).

18 Psychopathy in Forensic Psychology: Assessment and Methodology (Ross D. Grimes, Zina Lee, and Randall T. Salekin).

19 Sex Offender Research in a Forensic Context (Robert A. Prentky, Raina Lamade, and Anna Coward).

20 Special Populations: Juvenile Offenders (Keith R. Cruise and Ekaterina Pivovarova).

21 Research With Offenders With Intellectual Disability (Debra Chen, Karen Salekin, J. Gregory Olley, and Solomon M. Fulero).

PART V: CIVIL AND FAMILY LAW ISSUES.

22 Decisional Competence to Consent to or Refuse Mental Health Treatment (Eric B. Elbogen).

23 Methodological Issues in Divorce Mediation Research (Robert E. Emery and David A. Sbarra).

24 Research on Intimate Partner Violence in Forensically Relevant Contexts: Methodological Challenges and Controversies (Mindy B. Mechanic).

25 Research on Child Abuse and Neglect (Cathy Spatz Widom and Elise C. Landry).

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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Barry Rosenfeld, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at Fordham University. He has more than 100 publications on a wide range of clinical-forensic topics. In addition, he has authored or coauthored several articles and book chapters on research methodology in forensic psychology. He serves on the editorial board of several prominent journals.

Steven D. Penrod, JD, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. A researcher with twenty-five years of nearly continuous research support from the National Science Foundation, he has written over 120 publications on the psychology of legal decision making, focused especially on juries and eyewitness evidence.

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