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1st Edition

Emerging and Advanced Technologies in Diverse Forensic Sciences

Edited By

Ronn Johnson

ISBN 9781032094922
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
350 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

An important contribution to the professional work performed in the areas on emerging technologies, this book provides an extensive expansion of the literature base on contemporary theories and investigative techniques used in the forensic sciences.

Forensic science, as a relatively new field of research still actively identifying itself in the larger landscape of the sciences, has been sharply criticized for utilizing techniques deemed largely unscientific by subject area experts. This book presents a collective analysis and review of the existing challenges as well as directions for state-of-the-art practices found in diverse forensic settings, enabling the reader to make an informed decision about the scientific validity of forensic techniques, and emphasizes the need for a greater understanding of the use of the most appropriate methodology and procedures. The contributors address cutting-edge, developing, and even hypothetical techniques and technologies in forensics research and practice, especially as it relates to the sphere of criminal justice and law enforcement in contemporary society.

A useful work for forensics professionals, and students and scholars working in the fields of politics and technology, criminal justice, forensic psychology, police psychology, law enforcement, and forensic science.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Advanced Theoretical Applications Relevant in Diverse Forensic Settings

CHAPTER 1 - An Overview of Current and Emerging Technologies in Diverse Forensic Science Settings

Ronn Johnson

CHAPTER 2 - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Training in Forensic Settings

Andreas Larsson

CHAPTER 3 - Juvenile Fire-Setting and Bomb Making Behavior: A Clinical Forensic Paradigm

Ronn Johnson and Tanna M. Jacob

CHAPTER 4 - Preventing False Confessions During Interrogations

Phillip Neely

CHAPTER 5 - The Dynamic Role of the Forensic Psychologist in Emerging Issues in Correctional Mental Health

Kori Ryan and Heather McMahon


Part 2 Emerging Technological Advancements within Forensic Sciences

CHAPTER 6 - Comparative Perspectives in Digital Forensic Technologies

Hollianne Marshall

CHAPTER 7 - Emerging Technologies in Forensic Anthropology: The Potential Utility and Current Limitations of 3-D Technologies

Heather Garvin, Alexandra R. Klales and Sarah Furnier

CHAPTER 8 - 3-D Laser Scanning

John DeHaan

CHAPTER 9 - Computer Fire Models

John DeHaan


Part 3 Corollary Factors and Prevention Trends in Forensic Science Arenas

CHAPTER 10 - The Evolution of Spatial Forensics into Forensic Architecture: Applying Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and Criminal Target Selection

Gregory SaVille

CHAPTER 11 - Emerging Trends in Technology and Forensic Psychological Roots of Radicalization and Lone Wolf Terrorists

Jessica Mueller and Ronn Johnson


Part 4 Scientific Advancements in Forensic Investigations

CHAPTER 12 - Phenylketonuria (PKU) Cards: An Underutilized Resources in Forensic Investigations
Scott Duncan

CHAPTER 13 - Detection of Impairing Drugs in Human Breath: Aid to Cannabis and Impaired Driving Enforcement in the Form of a Portable Breathalyzer

Nicholas Lovrich, Herbert Hill, Jessica Tufariello and Nichole Lovrich


Part 5 Ethical Concerns in Forensic Science

CHAPTER 14 - The Ethical Considerations of Forensic Science Management: The Case for State Oversight Accreditation

Wendy L. Hicks

CHAPTER 15 - Ethics of Forensic Science: Proceed with Caution

Randall Grometstein



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Ronn Johnson, Ph.D., ABPP is an Associate Professor at Creighton University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and is a clinical psychologist at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. He is a licensed and board-certified psychologist with extensive experience in academic and clinical settings. Formerly, he was the Director of the Western Region of the American Board of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Johnson has served as a staff psychologist in community mental health clinics, hospitals, schools and university counseling centers. The University of Iowa, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Central Oklahoma, and San Diego State University are among the sites of his previous academic appointments. In addition, he was an adjunct professor in the Homeland Security Department at San Diego State and the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University. He founded several counseling centers that currently serve racially diverse populations. These sites include the Urban Corp of San Diego County, Southern California American Indian Resource Center, Community Allies for Psychological Empowerment, and the Elim Korean Counseling Center. His practice and research areas include antiterrorism, trauma, police psychology, and veterans.