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Attorneys Often Fail to Clarify Ambiguous Child Testimony

When asked ‘do you know’ and ‘do you remember’ (DYK/R) questions containing an implicit wh- (who, what, where, why, how, and which) question requesting information, children often provided unelaborated ‘yes’ responses. When DYK/R questions contained an implicit yes/no question, unelaborated ‘yes’ or ‘no’ responses could be responding to the explicit or implicit questions resulting in […]

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Sexually Abusive Clergy A Unique Subgroup of Sexual Offenders

Given the differences between sex offender subgroups, it may be important to consider offender types and their unique risk factors when developing sex offender management practices. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well […]

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Multiple Feigning Strategies Used in Competence (CST) Evaluations

When CST examinees feign psychiatric symptoms, it is likely they will also engage in additional feigning regarding their lack of legal knowledge. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Heath. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this […]

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Contextual information influences lineup identification statements

People readily incorporate contextual information into their interpretations of witnesses’ verbal expressions of confidence and evaluations of accuracy. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | […]

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AP-LS 2017 Presidential Address

Dr. David DeMatteo presented his Presidential address "AP-LS and the Field of Psychology-Law: A Blueprint for the Future" at the 2017 Annual American Psychology-Law Society meeting in Seattle. He discusses the development of AP-LS, examine the most pressing issues facing AP-LS and the psychology-law field, and discuss an agenda for moving the field and our [...]
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Understanding and Mitigating Bias in Forensic Evaluation

A new article in press in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health written by Professors Patricia Zapf & Itiel Dror examines the ways in which bias can interfere with forensic evaluation. Zapf, P. A., & Dror, I. E. (in press). Understanding and mitigating bias in forensic evaluation: Lessons from forensic science. International Journal of Forensic [...]
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