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.
- 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