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Forensic Psychology

Graham M. Davies (Editor), Clive R. Hollin (Co-Editor), Ray Bull (Co-Editor)
ISBN: 978EUDTE00294
372 pages
August 2011, ©2008
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One of the fastest-growing areas of applied psychology, forensic psychology is concerned not only with how and why crime is committed but also with the investigation, detection, and prosecution of offenders and their punishment and rehabilitation. Assembled by an editorial dream team, this comprehensive and up-to-date undergraduate text covers the entire spectrum of forensic psychology. Within a four-part format, it examines the anatomy of a crime, investigating crime, the trial process, and sentencing and rehabilitation. Additional resources (Web links, PowerPoint slides) are available online for lecturers and students.
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Table of Contents



About the Editors.


Part 1: The Anatomy of Crime.

1. Crime and Its Causes (Joanna Jamel).

2. Contemporary Psychological Contributions to Understanding Crime (Emma J. Palmer).

Part 2: Investigating Crime.

3. Identifying Perpetrators (Tim Valentine).

4. Interviewing Vulnerable Witnesses (Robyn E. Holliday, Charles J. Brainerd and Valerie F. Reyna).

5. Interviewing Suspects (Ulf Holmberg and Ola Kronkvist).

6. Detecting Deception (Pär Anders Granhag and Maria Hartwig).

Part 3: The Trial Process.

7. Judicial Processes (Jacqueline M. Wheatcroft).

8. Safeguarding Witnesses (Helen L. Westcott).

9. Witness Evidence (Julie Blackwell-Young).

10. Role of the Expert Witness (Brian R. Clifford).

Part 4: After Sentencing.

11. What's the Point of Sentencing? (James McGuire)

12. Psychological Skills in working with Offenders (Ruth Hatcher).



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Author Information

Graham M. Davies is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Leicester, UK and holds honorary professorships at the universities of Birmingham and Coventry. His most recent book, edited with Mark Kebbell, is Practical Psychology for Forensic Investigations and Prosecutions (2006, John Wiley & Sons). He is editor of the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology. He has published extensively on eyewitness testimony in children and adults and the support of vulnerable witnesses at court and appears regularly as an expert witness. He is a former president of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition and of the European Association for Psychology and Law and he also sits as a Magistrate on the Melton, Belvoir and Rutland bench.

Clive R. Hollin is Professor of Criminological Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Leicester, UK. He wrote the best-selling textbook Psychology and Crime: An Introduction to Criminological Psychology (1989, Routledge). His most recent book, edited with Emma Palmer, is Offending Behaviour Programmes: Development, Application and Controversies (2006, John Wiley & Sons). He is co-editor of the journal Psychology, Crime & Law. Alongside his various university appointments, he has worked as a psychologist in prisons, special hospitals, and regional secure units. In 1998 he received the Senior Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Legal, Criminological and Forensic Psychology from the British Psychological Society.

Ray Bull is Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester. His most recent book, which he co-wrote with colleagues from the Forensic Group at Leicester, is Criminal Psychology: A Beginners' Guide (2007, One World). His main research interest lies in investigative interviewing, on which he has published extensively and presented invited lectures in many parts of the world and acts regularly as an expert witness. In 2005, he received the rare honour (for civilian) of a Commendation from the Metropolitan Police Service for "Innovation and professionalism whilst assisting a complex rape investigation which supported a successful prosecution". In 2006, Ray was invited by the Association of Chief Police Officers of England and Wales to be a member of eh Approval Pane for selecting regional interview advisors: experienced police officer who advise other son how to conduct interviews in serous cases.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • "Dream team" famous editors working closely with experienced teachers
  • Both comprehensive and detailed: covers the whole spectrum of forensic psychology in sufficient depth in each part
  • Written specifically with the undergraduate student in mind, with a wealth of accompanying resources to aid teaching and learning
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