A Clinical and Forensic Interview Schedule for the Hare Psychopathy Checklist : Revised and Screening Version book cover
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A Clinical and Forensic Interview Schedule for the Hare Psychopathy Checklist
Revised and Screening Version

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This semi-structured interview format offers a time-efficient method for gathering and recording information and scoring the PCL-R and PCL:SV.

  • Similar to semi-structured interview schedules used by clinicians--facilitates a rapid accumulation of data. Scoring is complete by the end of the interview.
  • Directly links data to individual items, allowing forensic experts to defend their scoring.
  • Uses a format that is familiar to clinicians. Items are scored consecutively, and arranged in an order that allows rapid scoring (related items grouped).
  • Appropriate for clinical, forensic, and research settings.
  • Allows for an easy check of inter-rater reliability of each protocol.
  • Tailored to an individual evaluation.
  • Eliminates the need to purchase multiple forms (use for both PCL-R & PCL:SV).
  • Reduces administration time by a third to a half.

Developed through use in over 400 PCL-R and PCL:SV evaluations in a major forensic psychiatric hospital, and initially published in Gacono (Ed.), A Clinical and Forensic Interview Schedule for the Hare Psychopathology Checklist (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000), the CFIS has been utilized in over a dozen clinical and forensic settings, with good inter-rater agreement and sound validity.



Carl B. Gacona, PhD Austin, Texas


"An efficient and effective data-organizer that boosts the power of the PCL-R." - J. Reid Meloy, Ph.D., ABPP, Former president, American Academy of Forensic Psychology

"...user-friendly...organized in a sensible fashion that translates directly to the PCL items. This makes it very useful in various ways. When reviewing cases with a [trainee], it is quite easy to 'check' their scoring...when testifying in court, the rationale behind assigning a particular score to a given item is readily apparent...one does not have to search back through the record to remind oneself of the thinking behind a score." - B. Thomas Gray, Ph.D., Chief Psychologist, Competency Unit, North Texas State Hospital

"...highly focused...obtains the required information far more quickly...exceptually user-friendly and actually accelerates...mastery of the PCL-R...I strongly recommend this instrument..." - F. Barton Evans, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, George Washington Unive