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Forensic Psychology: Emerging Topics and Expanding Roles is designed to present the current state of the field, in terms of law, ethics, research and practice. Reflecting the efforts of almost 50 expert contributors, this comprehensive reference provides a basis for conducting forensic mental health assessments consistent with the state of the field as it currently exists and the standard of care that is emerging.

This must-have resource contains coverage of:

  • Mainstream topics such as civil commitment, termination of parental rights, and federal sentencing evaluations
  • Psycho-legal topics such as clergy and teacher sexual abuse, elder abuse, and end of life issues
  • The appropriate application of instruments frequently used in clinical psychology to address psycho-legal issues

Ideal for forensic mental health professionals, civil and criminal attorneys, and advanced students, Forensic Psychology: Emerging Topics and Expanding Roles is the definitive comprehensive reference in the field.

"Alan Goldstein has his finger on the pulse of forensic psychology. He and his A-list contributors showcase a striking array of classic conundrums and budding courtroom controversies. Remarkably, their analysis is as deep as their coverage is broad. There are two or three works that simply have to be on the shelf of every forensic psychologist. This book is one of them."

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Editorial Reviews

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"[Forensic Psychology: Emerging Topics and Expanding Roles] is an excellent sourcebook for any mental health professional, whether psychologist or psychiatrist, on topics outside the expertise of most practitioners.... Goldstein and his coauthors have made a significant and welcome contribution toward the goal of setting and maintaining high standards of practice for the field, even in fringe areas." (Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Volume 35, Number 2, 2007)

"This book is a useful, readable, thought-provoking reference for the field of forensic psychology. It deserves a place on your bookshelf and should be considered a valuable resource for clinicians and for anyone who is interested in forensic psychology." (PsycCRITIQUES, June 13, 2007)

"..Alan Goldstein has assembled a group of legal, forensic, and assessment luminaries…who lucidly analyze these new and emerging topics in forensic psychology.  I recommend this book highly for anyone wanting a roadmap of the future of forensic psychology." (The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Law, Winter 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471714071
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/18/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 840
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Alan Goldstein is Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY and is a widely recognized expert and speaker on forensic issues. He is a Diplomate in Forensic Psychologist of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He serves as an expert witness for defense and prosecuting attorneys on the state and federal levels, where his work includes evaluations for validity of Miranda rights waivers, trial competence, criminal sentencing, issues related to criminal responsibility, death penalty litigation, and future risk of violence. He is also a consultant to a number of law enforcement agencies.

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Table of Contents





1. Forensic Psychology: Toward a Standard of Care (Alan M. Goldstein, Ph.D., ABPP).


2. A Principles-Based Approach to Forensic Mental Health Assessment: Utility and Update (Kirk Heilbrun, Ph.D., ABPP, Geoffrey Marczyk, J. D., Ph.D., David DeMatteo, J. D., Ph.D., and Jenette Mack-Allen, Psy.D.).

3. Forensic Applications of the MMPI-2 (Roger L. Greene, Ph.D.).

4. The Personality Assessment Inventory: Issues in Legal and Forensic Settings (Leslie C. Morey, Ph.D., Megan B. Warner, Ph.D., and Christopher J. Hopwood, M.S.).

5. Rorschach Assessment in Forensic Cases (Irving B. Weiner, Ph.D., ABPP).

6. Neuropsychology for the Forensic Psychologist (Wilfred G. van Gorp, Ph.D., ABPP).


7. Ethics and Forensic Psychological Practice (Paul D. Lipsitt, LL.B., Ph.D., ABPP).

8. Legal and Ethical Issues in Accessing and Utilizing Third Party Information (Randy K. Otto, Ph.D., ABPP, Christopher Slobogin, J.D., LL.M., and Stuart A. Greenberg, Ph.D., ABPP).


9. Recent Civil Decisions: Implications for Forensic Mental Health Experts (John Petrila, J.D., LL.M.).

10. The Role of the Psychologist in Civil Commitment (David F. Mrad, Ph.D., ABPP, Erik Nabors, J.D., Ph.D.).

11. Evaluating Capacity to Consent to Treatment (Jennifer Moye, Ph.D., Michele J. Karel, Ph.D., and Jorge C. Amesto, Ph.D.).

12. Termination of Parental Rights (Lois Oberlander Condie, Ph.D., ABPP, and Don Condie, M.D.).


13. Recent Criminal Legal Decisions: Implications for Forensic Mental Experts (Michael L. Perlin, J.D.).

14. The Role of Forensic Mental Health Experts in Federal Sentencing Proceedings (Daniel A. Krauss, J.D., Ph.D., and Alan M. Goldstein, Ph.D., ABPP).

15. Postconviction Assessment (Eric Y. Drogin, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP).


16. Expert Witness Testimony: Law, Ethics and Practice (Steven C. Bank, Ph.D., ABPP, and Ira K. Packer, Ph.D., ABPP).

17. Lessons for Forensic Practice Drawn from the Law of Malpractice (Stuart A. Greenberg, Ph.D., ABPP, Daniel W. Shuman).

18. Off the Witness Stand: The Forensic Psychologist as Consultant (Eric Y. Drogin and Curtis L. Barrett).

19. The Disability Psychological Independent Medical Evauation: Case Law, Ethical Issues, and Procedures (Diavid A. Vore).

20. Workplace Violence: Advances in Consultation and Assessment (Harley V. Stock, Ph.D., ABPP).


21. Forensic Assessment from a Developmental Perspective (Randy Borum, Psy.D, ABPP, and Thomas Grisso, Ph.D., ABPP).

22. Psychological Evaluation and Testimony in Cases of Clergy and Teacher Sex Abuse(William E. Foote, Ph.D., ABPP).

23. Correctional Psychology: Law, Ethics and Practice (Joel A. Dvoskin, Ph.D., ABPP, Erin M. Spiers, Psy.D., and Stanley L. Brodsky, Ph.D.).

24. Evaluating the Psychological Sequelae of Elder Abuse.

25. Forensic Issues at the End of Life (Barry Rosenfeld, Ph.D., ABPP, and Colleen McClain Jacobson, Ph.D.).


26. Judicial Decision Making About Forensic Mental Health Evidence (Richard E. Redding, J.D., Ph.D., and Daniel C. Murrie, Ph.D.).

27. Psychopathology of Homicide (Louis B. Schlesinger, Ph.D., ABPP).

28. Forensic Hypnosis (Susan C. Knight, Ph.D., and Robert G. Meyer, Ph.D., ABPP).

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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