Forensic Psychology

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-08-05
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Forensic Psychology is designed for use in forensic psychology courses and can also be incorporated in sociology, criminology, or criminal justice courses.

To educate and inform readers on the rapidly evolving forensic psychology field, Forensic Psychology breaks the discipline into five distinct categories—police psychology, investigative psychology, criminal psychology, correctional psychology, and legal psychology. While each section is addressed separately, it clearly illustrates how all five are integrated in the practices of the criminal and civil justice system.

A balanced approach gives readers the tools to understand forensic psychology principles today, and into the future. Each section discusses the major issues that define each subspecialty from a behavioral perspective. Every chapter features real-life case examples to engage the reader. Informative and thorough, Forensic Psychology will help students gain unique insight into criminal justice professional best practices, as well as forensic psychology principles, theory, and recent research.

Author Biography

William Harmening is a recognized expert in the area of criminal behavior, and is the author of “Criminal Triad Theory,” a widely-accepted psychosocial theory of criminality being taught in colleges and universities across the country. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he teaches undergraduate courses in forensic psychology and criminology. In addition to his teaching duties, he is also a 33-year law enforcement officer who has commanded statewide units in Chicago, IL tasked with investigating such crimes as securities fraud and child exploitation/ pornography. He is a licensed polygraph examiner and a certified forensic hypnotist, providing both services to law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana. He has spoken internationally on the subject of criminal behavior and has appeared on national television multiple times. This is his eighth book.

Ana M. Gamez, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of psychology and Practicum Director of a Forensic psychology graduate program for the School of Behavioral Sciences at California Baptist University. She is also an Industrial Organizational Consultant for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Police & Public Safety Psychology with LASD and an APA accredited internship with the Department of Veteran Affairs, Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center. She has accumulated over 10 years of teaching experience in university settings, including California Baptist University, California State University — Long Beach, National University, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department. Prior to becoming a psychologist, she spent 8 ½ years working as a Custody Assistant for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Dr. Gamez teaches graduate level courses in police psychology, forensic psychology and law, crisis intervention, brief psychotherapy, advanced psychopathology & criminality, multivariate statistics, and advanced research methods. She also teaches Values Based Decision-Making and Suicide Prevention to peace officers. Dr. Gamez is a licensed psychologist who provides emergency response, critical incident stress debriefings, OIS debriefings, counseling, conflict resolution, and management consultations to law enforcement professionals.

Table of Contents

1: A New Discipline Emerges
2: The Police Personality
3: The Police Mission
4: The Police Response (Part I)
5: The Police Response (Part II)
6: The Criminal Personality Type — Sociological and Psychological Theories
7: The Criminal Personality Type — Biological and Integrated Theories
8: Offender Typologies
9: Juvenile Delinquency
10: Truth and Deception
11: The Identification and Apprehension of Criminal Offenders
12: Prison and Jail Culture
13: Inmate Interventions
14: Psychology in the Courtroom
15: Criminal Responsibility and Competency
16: Forensic Assessment


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