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1st Edition

Atlas of Forensic and Criminal Psychology

ISBN 9781032216980
Published April 5, 2022 by CRC Press
206 Pages 118 Color & 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Originally published in Spanish in 2017 by Libreria Bosch, Barcelona, the Atlas of Forensic and Criminal Psychology is a one-of-kind book made available in English for the first time. This unique work is highly illustrated with full-color images, providing a medico-legal examination of forensic pathology as it relates to cases of forensic psychological interest.

The book begins with a historical perspective and includes images of patients to familiarize the reader with symptoms, the hazard-risk criteria, lethality, and suicidal rescue—research that Dr. Tiffon has addressed in his previous publications. Chapters present photographic records of cases to deepen forensic, psychologist, and medico-legal professionals’ insight into thoughts, behaviors, and mechanisms of self- and hetero-aggressiveness. Such cases illustrate the outcomes of various disorders manifested in individuals and victims; as such, they provide an understanding of the psychological-legal conclusions reached in such cases in order to adapt the legal and preventative measures for specific situations.

Coverage includes affective, schizophrenic, and personality disorders as contributing elements in diagnostic judgments, noting the great difficulty such examples present to experts performing psychopathological evaluations after criminal, and often violent, events have occurred. Various psychopathological disorders are addressed as well as the technical treatment that should occur in each case from a psychological-forensic perspective.


• Presents a provocative look at various syndromes familiar to forensic psychologists, as applied to criminal cases and the pathology of suicide victims and homicide perpetrators

• Combines the work of world-renowned expert contributors to examine the criminal, legal, and psychological facets of various diagnoses and case examples

• Offers insight into the psychological state of suicide victims, considering their state of mind as a "psychological autopsy"

In his previous books published in Spanish, Manual of Consulting in Psychology and Clinical, Legal, Legal, Criminal, and Forensic Psychopathology (2008), Manual of Professional Performance in Clinical, Criminal, and Forensic Psychopathology (2009), and the 4-volume Practical Criminological Atlas of Forensic Psychometry (2019-2020), Tiffon approached forensic psychology and psychopathology from a theoretical perspective. In the Atlas of Forensic and Criminal Psychology, his first book translated into English, Tiffon expands on these prior works, serving to provide a visual reference and guide to medical pathologists and consulting psychologists in cases of disorders in which psychopathological mutilation, injury, and self-injury occur.

Table of Contents

  1. An Introduction: The Psychological Perspective – For the English Language Edition
  2. Dr. John F. Fielder, M. D.

  3. Medicolegal Perspective: A Prelude
  4. Dr. Jorge González Fernández

  5. The Psychiatric Perspective: A Prelude
  6. Dr. Josep Solé Puig

  7. Legal Overview: Circumstances That Affect Criminal Liability
  8. Dr. Toni Pascual y Cadena

  9. Author’s Justification
  10. Dr. Bernat-N. Tiffon

  11. Mood (Affective) Disorders
  12. Schizophrenic disorders
  13. Borderline Personality Disorder
  14. Case Study without Mitigating Circumstances of Criminal Responsibility Due to Psychological Cause
  15. Intentionality vs. Mental disorder
  16. Cocaine consumption
  17. Final Conclusion
  18. Dr. Bernat-N. Tiffon

  19. A Forensic Psychology Summary
  20. Dr. César San Juan Guillén

  21. Overview from a Legal, Criminological and Psychological Perspective
  22. Dr. José Manuel Rodríguez González

  23. Epilogue

Dr. Tomás Gil Márquez

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For more than 20 years, Dr. Bernat-N. Tiffon he has been a practicing Forensic Psychologist in the private sector as an expert working with attorneys that are representing their clients before the Chambers of Justice. He has consulted in a number of widely known cases including the Crimes of the Gunman of Olot, the Crime of the Urban Guard of Barcelona, the Crime of Santaló, the Crime of the minor of Vilanova, the Crime of Ripollet, the Crimes of the Parricida del Carmel, the Crime of Tres Cantos (Madrid), the Crime of the Ushuaia (Ibiza), the Crime of the least beheaded of Girona, among many others. The author combines his forensic expert activity with instruction as a Professor of Forensic Psychology in various university, postgraduate, and professional colleges centers. He was previously the Academic Coordinator of the Master’s Program in Psychiatry and Clinical, Legal and Forensic Psychopathology at Rovira I Virgili University of Tarragona (2004-2008). Subsequent to that he was the was Director of Curriculum of the Master’s in Legal, Forensic and Criminological Psychopathology (2008-2012) there. After his well-known trilogy was published, 30 short stories and a police novel, all based on real events and his own direct experience (Los Crimes de Perejil 2015, Criminal-Criminological Archives of 2016, and The Other Life of Charon of 2017), the author returns to the scientific-research publication started in 2008 with publishing house Libreria Bosch with his Manual of Consulting Psychology and Clinical, Legal, Legal, Criminal, and Forensic Psychopathology. Likewise, and following his intervention in several high-profile cases, Dr. Tiffon is often called on as a renowned speaker and interviewee on TV and radio programs and press articles (autonomous and state), also providing his psychological-criminological opinions in the Cronica Negra.