New Book Release: APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology

APAHandbookMy wonderful colleague and collaborator, Brian Cutler, and I are pleased to announce the release of our latest project, the APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology. This 2-volume series encompasses a total of 33 chapters, written by leading researchers, clinicians, and scholars in the field of forensic psychology.

About the Handbook

The APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology consolidates and advances knowledge about the scientific foundations and practical application of psychology to law, the practice of law, and law-related policy. Drawing upon contemporary psychological research and practice, this Handbook provides a thorough, up-to-date, and far-reaching reference on forensic psychological issues that are important to researchers, practitioners and students in psychology, other social sciences and practice disciplines, and law.

The Handbook is divided into 2 Volumes, each comprised of 3 sections:

Volume 1 (Individual and Situational Influences in Criminal and Civil Contexts)

  • Forensic Evaluation and Treatment in Criminal Cases
  • Individual and Situational Predictors of Criminal Behavior
  • Applications of Forensic Psychology in Civil Cases

Volume 2 (Criminal Investigation, Adjudication, and Sentencing Outcomes)

  • Victim and Offender Groups
  • Criminal Investigations and Jury Trials
  • Sentencing and Incarceration

Table of Contents

Volume 1: Individual and Situational Influences in Criminal and Civil Contexts

I. Forensic Evaluation and Treatment in Criminal Cases

  1. Foundational Aspects of Forensic Mental Health Assessment
    Kirk Heilbrun and Casey D. LaDuke
  2. Forensic Assessment Instruments
    Richard Rogers and Chelsea E. Fiduccia
  3. Risk Assessment and Communication
    Laura S. Guy, Kevin S. Douglas, and Stephen D. Hart
  4. Legal Insanity and Mens Rea Defenses
    Ira K. Packer
  5. Criminal Competencies
    Daniel C. Murrie and Heather Zelle
  6. Mental Health Treatment of Criminal Offenders
    Barry Rosenfeld, Jacqueline Howe, Ashley Pierson, and Melodie Foellmi
  7. Capital Case Considerations
    David DeMatteo, Michael Keesler, Megan Murphy, and Heidi Strohmaier

II. Individual and Situational Predictors of Criminal Behavior

  1. Criminal Behavior
    Shelley L. Brown, Shannon Gottschall, and Craig Bennell
  2. Psychopathy
    Kevin S. Douglas, Natalia L. Nikolova, Shannon E. Kelley, and John F. Edens
  3. Substance Use and Crime
    David DeMatteo, Sarah Filone, and Jennie Davis
  4. Sexual Offending
    Michael C. Seto, Drew A. Kingston, and Skye Stephens
  5. Intimate Partner Violence
    Tonia L. Nicholls and John Hamel

III. Applications of Forensic Psychology in Civil Cases

  1. Child Custody and Access
    Marc J. Ackerman and Jonathan W. Gould
  2. Personal Injury and Other Tort Matters
    Eric Y. Drogin, Leigh D. Hagan, Thomas J. Guilmette, and Lisa D. Piechowski
  3. Employment Discrimination
    Margaret S. Stockdale, Katherine A. Sliter, and Leslie Ashburn-Nardo
  4. Civil Competencies
    Douglas Mossman and Helen M. Farrell

Volume 2: Criminal Investigation, Adjudication, and Sentencing Outcomes

I. Victim and Offender Groups

  1. Children as Witnesses
    Debra Ann Poole, Sonja P. Brubacher, and Jason J. Dickinson
  2. Juvenile Offenders
    Jennifer L. Woolard, Sarah Vidal, and Erika Fountain
  3. Elders and the Justice System
    Eve M. Brank and Lindsey E. Wylie
  4. Female Offenders
    Tonia L. Nicholls, Keith R. Cruise, Duncan Greig, and Holly Hinz
  5. Race in the Justice System
    Jennifer S. Hunt

II. Criminal Investigations and Jury Trials

  1. Investigative Psychology
    Paul J. Taylor, Brent Snook, Craig Bennell and Louise Porter
  2. Eyewitness Memory
    Nancy K. Steblay
  3. Deception Detection
    Aldert Vrij
  4. Confessions
    Saul M. Kassin, Jennifer T. Perillo, Sara C. Appleby, and Jeff Kukucka
  5. Jury Decision Making
    Margaret Bull Kovera and Lora Levett
  6. Media and the Law
    Jennifer Groscup
  7. Procedural Justice
    Diane Sivasubramaniam and Larry Heuer

III. Sentencing and Incarceration

  1. Probation and Parole
    Jill Viglione and Faye S. Taxman
  2. Sentencing
    R. Barry Ruback
  3. Prison Overcrowding
    Craig Haney
  4. Community Corrections
    Erin Crites, Courtney Porter, and Faye S. Taxman
  5. The Death Penalty
    Craig Haney, Joanna Weill, and Mona Lynch

About the Editors

Environmental Portrait photography of Associate Dean and Professor, Brian CutlerBrian L. Cutler, PhD, earned a doctorate degree in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1987. He served on the faculties of Florida International University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He currently serves as Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.


Patricia ZapfPatricia A. Zapf, PhD, obtained her PhD in Clinical Forensic psychology from Simon Fraser University in Canada and currently holds the position of Professor in the Department of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. Dr. Zapf was recently elected to the position of President for the American Psychology-Law Society and she is the Editor of the American Psychology-Law Society book series and Associate Editor of Law and Human Behavior.

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