Introduction to Psychology and Law: Canadian Perspectives / Edition 1

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Despite the notable Canadian presence in the field of psychology and law, there is currently no comprehensive Canadian textbook on the subject. While a few U.S. textbooks cover the field, they give little or no attention to Canadian law and research. In recognition of this problem, editors Regina Schuller and James Ogloff have put together an authoritative introduction to law and psychology for a Canadian audience. Within the fifteen chapters that comprise the book, leading Canadian scholars cover a wide range of topics spanning the applications of psychology - clinical, social, cognitive, developmental, experimental - in both criminal and civil areas of law. These include memory and eyewitness testimony, the jury, sentencing, competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and many others. The legal system in Canada serves as the backdrop for each of the chapters, which begin with an interesting case or anecdote that introduces the reader to some of the major issues facing psychologists and lawyers in this country.

The book offers a compelling introduction to the field and a unique perspective to Canadian readers, especially students in psychology, criminology, and other disciplines in social science and law.

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Editorial Reviews

Fifteen contributions from academic and clinical psychologists analyze the assumptions about human behavior that underlie the operation and functioning of the law in Canada. Chapters are organized into sections covering the applications of psychology to criminal procedure and introductions to forensic clinical psychology and forensic civil psychology. A sampling of topics includes memory in legal contexts, jury selection, the assessment and treatment of offenders and inmates, fitness to stand trial, family law, psychological injuries, and tort litigation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802042750
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 4/15/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author

James R.P. Ogloff is the University Endowed Professor of Law and Forensic Psychology, Simon Fraser University, and Director of Mental Health Services, British Columbia Corrections.

Regina A. Schuller is an Associate Professor of Psychology, York University, and has served as the Undergraduate Program Director for that department.

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Table of Contents


PART ONE Introduction to Psychology and Law

  1. An Introduction to Psychology and Law
    Regina A. Schuller and James R.P. Ogloff
  2. An Introduction to Law and the Canadian Legal System
    V. Gordon Rose

PART TWO Psychological Applications to Criminal Procedure

  1. Police Investigations
    A. Daniel Yarmey
  2. Memory in Legal Contexts: Remembering Events, Circumstances, and People
    J. Don Read, Deborah Connolly, and John W. Turtle
  3. The Jury: Selecting Twelve Impartial Peers
    Neil Vidmar and Regina A. Schuller
  4. The Jury: Deciding Guilt and Innocence
    Regina A. Schuller and Meagan Yarmey
  5. Sentencing, Parole, and Psychology
    Julian V. Roberts

PART THREE Introduction to Forensic Clinical Psychology

  1. The Assessment and Treatment of Offenders and Inmates: General Considerations
    James F. Hemphill and Stephen D. Hart
  2. The Assessment and Treatment of Offenders and Inmates: Specific Populations
    Tonia L. Nicholls, James F. Hemphill, Douglas P. Boer, P. Randall Kropp, and Patricia A. Zapf
  3. Fitness to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility in Canada
    James R.P. Ogloffand Karen E. Whittemore
  4. Violence and Risk Assessment
    David R. Lyon, Stephen D. Hart, and Christopher D. Webster

PART FOUR Introduction to Forensic Civil Psychology

  1. Civil Commitment and Civil Competence: Psychological Issues
    Kevin S. Douglas and William J. Koch
  2. Psychology's Intersection with Family Law
    William J. Koch and Kevin S. Douglas
  3. Psychological Injuries and Tort Litigation: Sexual Victimization and Motor Vehicle Accidents
    Kevin S. Douglas and William J. Koch

PART FIVE Conclusion

  1. Psychology and Law: Looking Towards the Future
    James R.P. Ogloff and Regina A. Schuller

Appendix: Training Opportunities in Law and Psychology
Subject index
Case index

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