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Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law

Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law A Handbook for Lawyers

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press USA
  • ISBN: 9780199766857
  • Published In: October 2012
  • Format: Hardback , 336 pages
  • Jurisdiction: U.S. ? Disclaimer:
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    • Each chapter is about a specific assessment issue, written by an expert in the field
    • This comprehensive handbook supplies lawyers with exactly what they need to know about forensic assessments
    • First book to review forensic assessments in a range of civil and criminal areas written for lawyers

    While the vast majority of criminal and civil lawyers must at some time come into contact with a forensic mental health evaluation, either when requested by their side or by opposing counsel, most do not know enough about the practice to be informed consumers. Forensic assessments can vary widely based on the assessor's personal preferences, and while there are clearly defined "best practices" for most evaluations, there is no official process by which legal professionals can guarantee these practices are being followed. 

    Designed to meet the specific needs of lawyers, Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law: A Handbook for Lawyers provides insight into what to expect from forensic mental health evaluations and how to navigate these assessments with skill and competence. The volume is divided into sections by evaluation type: criminal, civil, and juvenile and family evaluations. Each chapter addresses one of the most commonly requested forensic evaluations and is written by a forensic psychologist with both academic and professional experience with that type of evaluation. Specific evaluation types discussed include competence to stand trial in adults and juveniles, criminal responsibility, violence risk in adults, jury selection, eyewitness identification, personal injury claims, civil commitment, workplace disability, child custody, juveniles' risks and needs, and more. This handbook is a comprehensive, one-stop resource for lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals seeking to further their knowledge of forensic assessments.

    Readership: Lawyers, judges, law students, and other legal professionals.

  • Contents
    Preface
    About the Contributors
    Chapter 1: Foundations of Forensic Mental Health Assessment
    Kirk Heilbrun, Thomas Grisso, Alan M. Goldstein, and Casey LaDuke
    Part 1: Criminal
    Chapter 2: Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial in Adults
    Patricia A. Zapf and Ronald Roesch
    Chapter 3: Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility
    Ira K. Packer
    Chapter 4: Evaluation of Capacity to Waive Miranda Rights
    Alan M. Goldstein, Naomi E. Sevin Goldstein, and Heather Zelle
    Chapter 5: Evaluation of Sex Offenders
    Philip H. Witt and Mary Alice Conroy
    Chapter 6: Evaluation of Violence Risk in Adults
    Kirk Heilbrun, Stephanie Brooks Holliday, and Christopher King
    Chapter 7: Evaluation for Jury Selection
    Margaret Bull Kovera and Brian L. Cutler
    Chapter 8: Evaluation for Capital Sentencing
    Mark D. Cunningham
    Chapter 9: Evaluation for Eyewitness Identification
    Brian Cutler and Margaret Bull Kovera
    Part 2: Civil
    Chapter 10: Evaluation for Guardianship
    Eric Y. Drogin and Curtis L. Barrett
    Chapter 11: Evaluation for Personal Injury Claims
    Andrew W. Kane, Erin M. Nelson, Joel A. Dvoskin, and Steven E. Pitt
    Chapter 12: Evaluation for Civil Commitment
    Douglas Mossman and Debra A. Pinals
    Chapter 13: Evaluation for Harassment and Discrimination Claims
    William Foote and Jane Goodman-Delahunty
    Chapter 14: Evaluation of Workplace Disability
    Lisa Drago Piechowski
    Part 3: Juvenile and Family
    Chapter 15: Evaluation for Child Custody
    Geri Fuhrmann and Robert A. Zibbell
    Chapter 16: Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial in Juveniles
    Ivan Kruh and Thomas Grisso
    Chapter 17: Evaluation of Juveniles' Risks and Needs
    Robert D. Hoge
    Chapter 18: Evaluation for Disposition and Transfer of Juvenile Offenders
    Randall T. Salekin, Kimberly M. Price, Kathryn E. Tant, Elizabeth W. Adams, Xinying Ang, and Jill Rosenbaum
    Chapter 19: Evaluation of Parenting Capacity in Child Protection Matters
    Jennifer R. Clark, Mary Connell, and Karen S. Budd

  • Edited by Ronald Roesch, Professor of Psychology and Director, Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute, Simon Fraser University, and Patricia A. Zapf, Associate Professor of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

    Ronald Roesch is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Roesch is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and is on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. He has served as Editor of Law and Human Behavior and Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. He is a Past-President of the American Psychology-Law Society and was the recipient of the Society's Distinguished Contribution to Psychology and Law Award.Patricia A. Zapf is Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. Dr. Zapf is the editor of the American Psychology-Law Society Book Series and Associate Editor ofLaw and Human Behavior. She is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, an Advisory Board Member for the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, and an Editorial Board for Psychology, Public Policy, and Law and International Journal of Forensic Mental Health.

    Contributors: 
    Elizabeth W. Adams 
    Xinying Ang 
    Curtis L. Barrett
    Stephanie Brooks-Holliday
    Karen S. Budd
    Jennifer R. Clark
    Mary Connell
    Mary Alice Conroy
    Mark D. Cunningham
    Brian L. Cutler
    Eric Y. Drogin
    Joel A. Dvoskin
    William (Bill) Foote
    Geri S. W. Fuhrmann
    Alan M. Goldstein
    Naomi E. S. Goldstein
    Jane Goodman-Delahunty
    Thomas Grisso
    Kirk Heilbrun
    Robert D. Hoge
    Andrew Kane
    Christopher King
    Margaret Bull Kovera
    Ivan Kruh
    Casey LaDuke
    Douglas Mossman
    Erin M. Nelson
    Ira K. Packer
    Lisa Piechowski
    Debra A. Pinals
    Steven E. Pitt
    Kimberly M. Price 
    Ronald Roesch
    Jill Rosenbaum 
    Randall T. Salekin
    Kathryn E. Tant 
    Philip Witt
    Patricia Zapf
    Heather Zelle
    Robert A. Zibbell

  • "This book should be on the shelf of every lawyer who has ever consulted with or cross-examined a forensic witness. It is clear, comprehensive, and creative, bringing together the very best in their fields to share precisely what lawyers must know. I could not recommend it more highly."-- Prof. Michael L. Perlin, Director, International Mental Disability Law Reform Project and Director, Online Mental Disability Law Program, New York Law School 

    "Ronald Roesch and Patricia Zapf have produced a unique volume that is at the same time legally authoritative, scientifically rigorous, and clinically incisive. Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law should be within arm's reach of every member of the bench and the bar who deals with mental health evaluations." -- John Monahan, Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry, The University of Virginia 

    "This book provides lawyers and judges with a concise look at the law and practice of behavioral science evaluations for the courts, from the mental health professional's perspective. The authors assembled for this book represent the cream of the crop. Any lawyer considering using a psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker as an expert witness should consult this volume." -- Christopher Slobogin, Milton Underwood Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School 

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