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Learning Forensic Assessment

Research and Practice, 2nd Edition

Edited by Rebecca Jackson, Ronald Roesch


530 pages

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Major developments in the field since the publication of Learning Forensic Assessment are integrated in this revised edition, including revised editions of the DSM-5, HCR-20 scale, and child custody guidelines.

This textbook is designed for graduate students learning forensic assessment and psychologists coming to forensic practice later in their careers. It is organized around five broad areas: Professional and Practice Issues, Adult Forensic Assessment, Juvenile Forensic Assessment, Civil Forensic Assessment, and Communicating Your Findings.

Each chapter begins with a strong teaching and learning foundation. The latter part of each chapter is assessment specific, covering available assessment measures and approaches to assessment. The authors go well beyond simple descriptions of assessment measures and provide a conceptual discussion of the evaluation process that helps the reader understand how assessment measures fit into the overall evaluation process. The evaluation component is geared toward assessing the important aspects of the construct as laid out in the early part of each chapter. Each chapter then concludes with a case example to illustrate the measures and techniques described.


I have often recommended the first edition of Becky Jackson’s Learning Forensic Assessment to students and trainees ranging from undergraduates to postdoctoral fellows and practicing psychologists. Therefore, I was delighted to see this second edition, co-edited with Ron Roesch, featuring many of the same topics and expert authors. Like the first edition, the tone of the text remains clear and accessible for those new to our discipline, but the content is substantive and detailed, providing meaningful and specific guidance. Learning Forensic Assessment remains a superb resource for clinicians at any stage who are transitioning into the challenging field of forensic mental health assessment.—Daniel Murrie, PhD, is the Director of Psychology at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy as well as Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Jackson and Roesch’s revision of Learning Forensic Assessment represents a tremendous advance for the field. Building on what was already an outstanding volume (and one that I use for my graduate course in Forensic Assessment), the second edition provides greater breadth and depth, while still retaining the “hands on” feel of the first edition. It is a must-have volume for every burgeoning forensic clinical psychologist and a helpful resource for even the most experienced expert.—Barry Rosenfeld, PhD, ABPP, is Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology as well as Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at Fordham University.

Learning Forensic Assessment provides an introduction to a broad range of forensic psychological assessment issues. Many of the forensic experts from the first edition provide updated material in their areas of expertise and research. This updated material gives the reader a great primer to the forensic experts that have spent their careers researching and writing about forensic assessment as well as an introduction to the current state of the field in forensic psychological assessment.—Holly A. Miller, PhD, is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University.

Table of Contents

About the Editors Contributors Preface I: Professional and Practice Issues 1.Training in Forensic Assessment and Intervention: Implications for Principle-Based Models David DeMatteo, Jeffrey Burl, Sarah Filone, and Kirk Heilbrun 2.Legal Theory and the Relationship Between Psychology and Law Deborah A. Connolly and Patricia I. Coburn 3.Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology Mary A. Connell II: Adult Forensic Assessment 4.Learning Forensic Examinations of Adjudicative Competency Stephen L. Golding 5.An Introduction to Insanity Evaluations Richard Rogers 6.The Clinical Assessment of Psychopathy Michael J. Vitacco, Craig S. Neumann, Lori Welch, and Peter Buckley 7.Violence Risk Assessment Michelle R. Guyton and Rebecca L. Jackson 8.Evaluations for Sexual Offender Civil Commitment Amy Phenix and Rebecca L. Jackson 9.Forensic Psychology Evaluations at Capital Sentencing Mark D. Cunningham 10.Competency for Execution Patricia A. Zapf III. Juvenile Forensic Assessment 11.The Capacity of Juveniles to Understand and Waive Arrest Right Ronald Roesch, Kaitlyn McLachlan, and Jodi Viljoen 12.Assessing Adolescents’ Adjudicative Competence Ronald Roesch and Jodi Viljoen 13.Clinical Forensic Evaluations for Juvenile Transfer to Adult Criminal Court Randall T. Salekin, Ross D. Grimes, and Elizabeth W. Adams 14.Assessing Child and Adolescent Psychopathy Randall T. Salekin, Sara A. Debus, Emily MacDougall, and Abby Clark 15.Assessing Risk for Violence and Offending in Adolescents Jodi Viljoen, Andrew L. Gray, and Carmelina Barone IV. Civil Forensic Assessment 16.Child Custody Evaluations Robert A. Zibbell and Geri Fuhrmann 17.Evaluations of Individuals for Disability Insurance and Social Security Contexts William E. Foote 18.Personal Injury Evaluations Christmas N. Covell and Jennifer G. Wheeler 19.Civil Commitment Evaluations: Current Practice and Suggestions for the Future Eric Strachan V. Communicating Your Findings 20.Writing Forensic Psychological Reports Audrey K. Miller and Gregg J. Gagliardi 21.Testifying in Court: Evidenced-Based Recommendations for Expert-Witness Testimony Marcus T. Boccaccini, Phylissa P. Kwartner, and Paige B. Harris

About the Editors

Rebecca Jackson, PhD, is the Clinical Director of the Florida Civil Commitment Center, a 720-bed sex

offender civil commitment facility. Previously she was associate professor and director of the Forensic

Certification Program in Psychology and Law at Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA.

Ronald Roesch, PhD, is Professor of Psychology, Simon Fraser University (SFU), and Director, Mental

Health, Law, and Policy Institute, SFU, and Past President of the International Association of Forensic

Mental Health Services (IAFMHS) and the American Psychology-Law Society (Div. 41 APA). He serves as

editor of the International Perspectives on Forensic Mental Health Books Series.

About the Series

International Perspectives on Forensic Mental Health

A Routledge Book Series

The goal of this series is to improve the quality of health care services in forensic settings by providing a forum for discussing issues related to policy, administration, clinical practice, and research.

The series will cover topics such as mental health law; the organization and administration of forensic services for people with mental disorder; the development, implementation and evaluation of treatment programs for mental disorder in civil and criminal justice settings; the assessment and management of violence risk, including risk of sexual violence and family violence; and staff selection, training, and development in forensic systems.

The book series will consider proposals for both monographs and edited works on these and similar topics, with special consideration given to proposals that promote best practice and are relevant to international audiences.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Forensic Psychology