Inside Forensic Psychology
by Tiffany R. Masson, PsyD, Editor
March 2016, 434pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0303-1
$80, £60, 67€, A115
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Forensic psychologists testify in civil, criminal, and juvenile justice cases.

The rich case material in this unique book provides readers with an in-depth understanding of a wide variety of forensic psychology topics through the perspective of the psychologist working with these individuals.

In this absorbing and illustrative volume, experienced forensic psychologists explain the specialized field’s intersection between psychology and the justice system. It documents psychologists’ interviews with involved parties, the law research they conduct, and their testimony in court on issues that include competency to stand trial, Miranda evaluations, defendants’ sanity, sentencing, the death penalty, and violence and risk assessments, as well as on cases regarding family matters such as child custody, child protection, and parental rights. Offering firsthand testimonials from some of the best-known and most practiced professionals in the nation, the contributors not only explain the work but also offer comprehensive case studies that will enable students as well as readers who are not specialists in psychology to fully understand core concepts and appreciate the complexities and subtleties of the field.

Inside Forensic Psychology is intended for undergraduate students and graduate students studying forensic psychology or entering into a forensic psychology concentration/specialization. As an instructional text, the book serves professors as a single resource that houses varied forensic clinical case vignettes incorporating the clinical thinking of the psychologist. The rich case material will serve to excite critical thinking in students, assist instructors in expanding upon their lectures, and provide invigorating, intriguing material for lay readers.

Features

  • Includes detailed case material that brings to life core concepts in forensic psychology and documents the clinical thinking and mindset of a psychologist as they meet with the patient, work in the court system, and write the court report
  • Encourages readers to use their critical thinking skills through the presentation of core forensic psychology concepts throughout the clinical cases
  • Addresses a subfield of psychology that is one of the best-paying and increasingly popular areas of specialization within professional psychology and is gaining awareness in the general population due to popular media such as movies, television shows, and fictional books that feature forensic psychology-themed storylines
Tiffany R. Masson, PsyD, is president and founder of the Forensic Psychology Clinic and dean of online programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. She is also in private practice and has been working as a psychologist for 10 years. Her published works include the articles Evaluating the Evaluator: Advice for Legal Professionals in Assessing the Competency of Termination of Parental Rights Evaluations and Obtaining and Utilizing Comprehensive Forensic Evaluations: The Applicability of One Clinic's Model. Masson holds a doctorate in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Reviews

"This volume will serve as both a myth basher and career preparation for those interested in pursuing a career in this dynamic and exciting subfield of psychology. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates; graduate students; professionals."—Choice, October 3, 2016
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