What is the Role of Forensic Psychologists in a Criminal Case?

September 30, 2021

In a criminal case, a forensic psychologist plays the role of a neutral third party to the court. This means that they are to maintain an impartial and objective role as the retained forensic psychologist of the case. Therefore, the field of forensic psychology demands professionals maintain and practice high standards of ethics and integrity....
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How Do Forensic Psychologists Determine Criminal Competency?

September 27, 2021

Competence within the criminal justice system is a concept of law that allows for criminal proceedings to be postponed for individuals who are deemed incompetent to stand trial. Competency refers to the defendant's capacity to participate in their defense and make decisions during the trial process....
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Overview: What Do Forensic Psychologists Do?

August 26, 2021

History Forensic psychology emerged as early as the 1950s and was historically described as “the role of psychology in the criminal justice system.” Forensic psychology has been a subfield in psychology for decades but was formally recognized as a specialty area by the American Psychological Association in 2001 (APA, 2001). Forensic psychological practice has expanded drastically since then. Psychologists have always been involved in almost......
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Foucha v. Louisiana, 504 U.S. 71 (1992)

July 26, 2021

This blog article will address the significance of a U.S. Supreme court case that discussed the criteria for continued commitment of a person who was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Terry Foucha was charged with aggravated burglary and illegal discharge of a firearm. He had burglarized a home and discharged a firearm in the direction of a law enforcement officer that was responding......
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Are Criminal Psychologists The Same as Forensic Psychologists?

July 20, 2021

Criminal and forensic psychologists are similar in that both professions include the intersection of criminal justice and psychology. While there are many similarities between the fields of criminal and forensic psychology, there are also distinct differences in how each profession functions in the criminal justice system. Both professions require a doctorate in psychology, as well as specialized training in a clinical and/or research setting. Their......
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Franklin Hearing Evaluations and How We Approach Such Cases

June 1, 2021

Franklin Hearings have become common in juvenile delinquency court, especially since the passage of prop 57 (where the District Attorney Office is no longer able to direct file a petition against a minor in adult court regardless of age or seriousness of offense). Specifically, in Los Angeles County, District Attorney Gascon has issued “special directives” that no juveniles will be tried as adults. As such,......
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The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Juvenile Justice

Adverse Childhood Experiences, known as ACEs, was a term that originated in a groundbreaking study (known as the ACE study) in 1995 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente, a health care organization in California. It is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect, and how it affects later-life health and wellbeing (CDC.gov, 2021). ACEs are potentially traumatic events......
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Evaluation for Learning Disabilities

February 18, 2021

Learning Disabilities and Standardized Testing Accommodations Fourteen percent of k-12 students in the US have an identified learning disability. More than half of those students receive academic accommodations within their school district. These rates are similar in higher education as 11% of college students self-identify with a learning disability, but very few disclose this information to their university. Only 17% of college students with learning......
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ASD: Psychological Assessment

April 28, 2020

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has become one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders among children (Tincani, Crozier, & Alazetta, 2006). Prevalence rates have consistently increased over the years, and it is now predicted that 1 in 59 children have ASD (CDC, 2019). ASD is characterized by a lack of social communication, restricted behaviors, and difficulty understanding social cues (APA, 2013). The goal of this blog post......
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