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FPSY 8126 Understanding Violence, Risk, and the Threat Assessment: Welcome & Course Readings

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FPSY 8126 Required Course Readings

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American Psychological Association (2002). APA guidelines on multicultural education, training, research, practice, and organizational change for psychologists. Retrieved from

American Psychological Association. (2016c). Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology. Retrieved from

Appleby, S. C., & Kassin, S. M. (2016). When self-report trumps science: Effects of confessions, DNA, and prosecutorial theories on perceptions of guilt. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 22(2), 127–140. doi:10.1037/law0000080

Blumoff, T.Y. (2015). Rationality, insanity, and the insanity defense: Reflections on the limits of reason. Law & Psychology Review, 39, 161–204. Retrieved from

Boccaccini, M. T., Turner, D. B., Murrie, D. C., Henderson, C. E., & Chevalier, C. (2013). Do scores from risk measures matter to jurors? Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 19(2), 259–269. doi:10.1037/a0031354

Borum, R., Cornell, D. G., Modzeleski, W., & Jimerson, S. R. (2010). What can be done about school shootings? A review of the evidence. Educational Researcher, 39(1), 27–37. doi:10.3102/0013189X09357620

Briggs, W. (2013). Psychological profiling: An evolving forensic science [Review of the book Psychological profiling: An evolving forensic science, by F. L. Goldstein]. The Forensic Examiner, 22(3), 73. Retrieved from

Gillespie, L. K., Smith, M. D., Bjerregaard, B., & Fogel, S. J. (2014). Examining the impact of proximate culpability mitigation in capital punishment sentencing recommendations: The influence of mental health mitigators. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 39(4), 698–715. doi:10.1007/s12103-014-9255-5

Granot, Y., Balcetis, E., Schneider, K. E., & Tyler, T. R. (2014). Justice is not blind: Visual attention exaggerates effects of group identification on legal punishment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(6), 2196–2208. doi:10.1037/a0037893

Greene, E., & Evelo, A. J. (2013). Attitudes regarding life sentences for juvenile offenders. Law and Human Behavior, 37(4), 276–289. doi:10.1037/lhb0000031

Hans, J. D., Hardesty, J. L., Haselschwerdt, M. L., & Frey, L. M. (2014). The effects of domestic violence allegations on custody evaluators’ recommendations. Journal of Family Psychology, 28(6), 957–966. doi:10.1037/fam0000025

Hare, R. D. (2016). Psychopathy, the PCL-R, and criminal justice: Some new findings and current issues. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne, 57(1), 21–34. doi:10.1037/cap0000041

Katner, D. R. (2015). Eliminating the competency presumption in juvenile delinquency cases. Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, 24(3), 403–450. Retrieved from

Lurigio, A. J. (2016). 'It’s not my fault': New conceptual frameworks for understanding the insanity defense. [Review of the book The matrix of insanity in modern criminal law, by G. Hallevy]. PsycCritiques, 61(16). doi:10.1037/a0040128  

Malloy, L. C., Shulman, E. P., & Cauffman, E. (2014). Interrogations, confessions, and guilty pleas among serious adolescent offenders. Law and Human Behavior, 38(2), 181–193. doi:10.1037/lhb0000065

McLaughlin, J. L., & Kan, L. Y. (2014). Test usage in four common types of forensic mental health assessment. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 45(2), 128–135. doi:10.1037/a0036318

Nagin, D. (2014). Deterrence and the death penalty: Why the statistics should be ignored. Significance, 11(2), 9–13. doi:10.1111/j.1740-9713.2014.00733.x

Patel, S., & Choate, L. (2014). Conducting child custody evaluations: Best practices for mental health counselors who are court-appointed as child custody evaluators. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 36(1), 18–30. doi:10.17744/mehc.36.1.e00401wv7134w505

Perillo, J. T., & Kassin, S. M. (2011). Inside interrogation: The lie, the bluff, and false confessions. Law and Human Behavior, 35(4), 327–337. doi:10.1007/s10979-010-9244-2

Resendes, J., & Lecci, L. (2012). Comparing the MMPI-2 scale scores of parents involved in parental competency and child custody assessments. Psychological Assessment, 24(4), 1054–1059. doi:10.1037/a0028585

Richards, T. N., & Smith, M. D. (2015). Current issues and controversies in capital punishment. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 40(1), 199–203. doi:10.1007/s12103-014-9254-6

Rivlin, A., Ferris, R., Marzano, L., Fazel, S., & Hawton, K. (2013). A typology of male prisoners making near-lethal suicide attempts. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 34(5), 335–347. doi:10.1027/0227-5910/a000205

Sellbom, M., & Bagby, R. M. (2010). Detection of overreported psychopathology with the MMPI-2 RF form validity scales. Psychological Assessment, 22(4), 757–767. doi:10.1037/a0020825

Storey, J. E., Hart, S. D., Cooke, D. J., & Michie, C. (2016). Psychometric properties of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) in a representative sample of Canadian federal offenders. Law and Human Behavior, 40(2), 136–146. doi:10.1037/lhb0000174

Tarescavage, A. M., & Glassmire, D.M., (2016). Differences between structured interview of reported symptoms (SIRS) and SIRS-2 sensitivity estimates among forensic inpatients: A criterion groups comparison. Law and Human Behavior. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/lhb0000191

Varela, J. G., & Conroy, M. A. (2012). Professional competencies in forensic psychology. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43(5), 410–421. doi:10.1037/a0026776

Vitacco, M. J., Erickson, S. K., Kurus, S., & Apple, B. N. (2012). The role of the Violence Risk Appraisal Guide and Historical, Clinical, Risk-20 in U.S. courts: A case law survey. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 18(3), 361–391. doi:10.1037/a0025834

Walsh, M. (2015). Death revisited: Will the Supreme Court 'peck away at' capital punishment? ABA Journal, 101(10), 19. Retrieved from

Weiner, I. B., & Otto, R. K. (2013). The handbook of forensic psychology (4th ed.). New York, NY: Wiley.

Weiss, R. A., & Rosenfeld, B. (2012). Navigating cross-cultural issues in forensic assessment: Recommendations for practice. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43(3), 234–240. doi:10.1037/a0025850

Zumbach, J., & Koglin, U. (2015). Psychological evaluations in family law proceedings: A systematic review of the contemporary literature. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 46(4), 221–234. doi:10.1037/a0039329

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