Forensic Psychological Assessment in Practice

Case Studies

By Corine de Ruiter, Nancy Kaser-Boyd

© 2015 – Routledge

298 pages

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About the Book

Forensic Psychological Assessment in Practice: Case Studies presents a set of forensic criminal cases as examples of a scientist-practitioner model for forensic psychological assessment. The cases involve a number of forensic issues, such as criminal responsibility, violence risk assessment, treatment planning, and referral to long term forensic care. Likewise, different types of offenses are covered, for example, sexual offending, arson, homicide, robbery and domestic violence. The authors address a variety of mental disorders including psychosis, posttraumatic stress disorder, psychopathy and other personality disorders. The book will be useful for novice and experienced forensic psychologists and psychiatrists who are looking for case studies that integrate the most recent empirical evidence with psychological test findings.


"In just eight case studies, Ruiter and Kaser-Boyd demonstrate how to conduct assessments that are bounded by best practices and clinical literature, and not based on supposition or overwhelmed by behaviors (or trying to understand the causes of those behaviors). Another strength of the book is its firm grounding in both clinical practice and clinical research literature. The result is a book that leads readers to a firm understanding of the “scientist as practitioner” model. Concise but packed with information, this volume provides lots of practical bang for the buck, in terms of reading time as well as cost. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students; practitioners/professionals." - R. E. Osborne, Texas State University, for CHOICE, August 2015

"The science and practice associated with psychological evaluations for the courts have advanced considerably in the last two decades. In Forensic Assessment in Practice: Case Studies, Corine de Ruiter and Nancy Kaser-Boyd illustrate just how far the field has come. Featuring case studies drawn from both the inquisitorial and the adversarial legal systems, this book will be valuable to forensic mental health professionals, legal professionals, trainees, and others who work with justice-involved defendants." - Kirk Heilbrun, PhD, Drexel University

"For those who are looking for a different kind of forensic psychology book, this is it. Its two distinguishing features are its comparative angle and its mix of theory and practice. In addition to including sample reports and analysis of fascinating cases, this book features a nuanced discussion of how to present scientific information in a language that is accessible to people involved with the legal system." - Christopher Slobogin, JD, LLM, Milton Underwood Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School

Table of Contents

1. The forensic-clinical psychologist as expert in criminal court 2. Domestic estrangement and familicide 3. Neonaticide in a Young Immigrant Woman 4. A Firesetter in Longstay Forensic Care 5. Indecent Exposure, Exhibitionism and Other Paraphilias 6 Filicide or False Confession? 7. Domestic Violence: Evaluating the Effects of Intimate Partner Battering 8. An Adolescent Violent Offender: Avoiding Premature Labeling 9. Threat Assessment in Homicide/Suicide: The Duty to Warn 10. Mistakes or malpractice: Ethics in the Practice of Forensic Psychological Assessment 11. Forensic Report Writing: The Science and the Story 12. Providing Effective Expert Testimony

About the Authors

Corine de Ruiter is Professor of Forensic Psychology at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Previously, she worked as Head of the Research Department of the Van der Hoevenkliniek, Forensic Psychiatric Centre in Utrecht, and as endowed Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Amsterdam.

Nancy Kaser-Boyd is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and she is on the Los Angeles County Superior Court Psychiatric Expert Panels in Criminal and Delinquency Court.

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:
PSYCHOLOGY / Forensic Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / General