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Forensic Psychology

By Joanna Pozzulo, Craig Bennell, Adelle Forth

Published by Taylor and Francis

Published Date: Nov 2, 2012


Understanding Forensic Psychology in everyday life

Forensic Psychology takes a broad-based perspective, incorporating both experimental and clinical topics. This text includes current developments by theorists and researchers in the field. By focusing on multidisciplinary theories, readers gain an understanding of different forensic psychology areas, showing interplay among cognitive, biological, and social factors. Readers will find that the ideas, issues, and research in this text are presented in a style that they will understand, enjoy, and find useful in their professional careers.


Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Apply Forensic Psychology in everyday life
  • Apply research to the Forensic Psychology field
  • Make connections between various psychology courses and topics

Table of Contents

In this Section:
1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents




Chapter 1: Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Chapter 2: Police Psychology

Chapter 3: The Psychology of Police Investigations

Chapter 4: Deception

Chapter 5: Eyewitness Testimony

Chapter 6: Child victims and witnesses

Chapter 7: Juries: Fact Finder

Chapter 8: The Role of Mental Illness in Court

Chapter 9: Sentencing in the U.S.: Practice and Public Opinion

Chapter 10: Psychopaths

Chapter 11: Risk Assessment

Chapter 12: Assessment and Treatment of Juvenile Delinquency

Chapter 13: Domestic Violence

Chapter 14: Sexual and Homicidal Offenders





Chapter 1: Introduction To Forensic Psychology

What Is Forensic Psychology?        

The Roles Of A Forensic Psychologist        

The Relationship Between Psychology And Law     

The History Of Forensic Psychology

Modern-Day Debates: Psychological Experts In Court      


Chapter 2: Police Psychology

Police Selection        

Police Discretion      

Police Stress


Chapter 3: The Psychology Of Police Investigations

Police Interrogations 

False Confessions    

Criminal Profiling      

Geographic Profiling 


Chapter 4: Deception

The Polygraph Technique    

Brain-Based Deception Research    

Assessment Of Malingering And Deception 

Assessment Methods To Detect Malingered Psychosis    


Chapter 5: Eyewitness Testimony

Eyewitness Testimony: The Role Of Memory       

How Do We Study Eyewitness Issues?      

Recall Memory        

Procedures That Help Police Interview Eyewitnesses       

Recall Of The Culprit 

Recognition Memory 

Expert Testimony On Eyewitness Issues    

Public Policy Issues And Guidelines  


Chapter 6: Child Victims And Witnesses


Recall For Events     

Recall Memory Following A Long Delay      

Recall For People     


Testifying In Court   

Risk Factors Associated With Child Maltreatment  

Short-Term And Long-Term Effects Of Sexual Abuse      


Chapter 7: Juries: Fact Finder

Getting To Trial        

Jury Selection

Characteristics And Responsibilities Of Juries       

Jury Functions         

How Do We Study Jury Behavior?  

Field Studies           

Reaching A Verdict   

Jury Decision-Making Models

Predicting Verdicts   


Chapter 8: The Role Of Mental Illness In Court

Diagnosing Mental Disorders

Presumptions In The Criminal Justice System       

Competency To Stand Trial  

Mental State At Time Of Offense   

Defendants With Mental Disorders  

A New Court For People With Mental Illness: The Mental Health Courts  


Chapter 9: Sentencing In The U.S.: Practice And Public Opinion

The Structure Of The U.S. Court System   

Sentencing In The United States     

Public Attitudes Toward Sentencing 


Chapter 10: Psychopaths

What Is Risk Assessment?   

Risk Assessments: When Are They Conducted?    

Types Of Prediction Outcomes       

Methodological Issues         

Judgment Error And Biases 

Important Risk Factors       

Current Issues        


Chapter 11: Risk Assessment

Assessment Of Psychopathy

Psychopathy And Antisocial Personality Disorder   

What Makes Them Tick?: Cognitive And Affective Models Of Psychopathy       

Psychopathy And Violence   

Psychopaths In The Community     

Psychopathy And Sexual Violence   

Psychopathy In Youth         

Psychopathy: Nature Vs Nurture?  

Psychopathy And Treatment

Forensic Use Of Psychopathy        


Chapter 12: Assessment And Treatment Of Juvenile Delinquency

Young Offenders    

Historical Overview   

Youth Crime Rates   

Assessment Of Young Offenders    

Trajectories Of Young Offenders    

Theories To Explain Antisocial Behavior     

Risk Factors            

Prevention, Intervention, And Treatment Of Young Offending    


Chapter 13: Domestic Violence

Types Of Violence And Measurement        

Theories Of Intimate Partner Violence       

Why Do Battered Women Stay?     

A Heterogeneous Population: Typologies Of Male Batterers        

Criminal Justice Response   

Stalking: Definition, Prevalence, And Typologies   


Chapter 14: Sexual And Homicidal Offenders

Sexual Offenders     

Effectiveness Of Treatment For Sexual Offenders

Homicidal Offenders 

Bimodal Classification Of Homicide  

Filicide: When Parents Kill    



Forensic Psychology

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