Category Archives for Forensic Psychology

Racism in Forensic Evaluations, Part 2

This is the second in a series of articles regarding racism in forensic evaluations.Part 1 | Part 2 (here) | Part 3 (coming soon)By Dr. Julianne LudlamRace has the potential to become a source of bias in all steps of a forensic evaluation, from the initial interview to the final recommendations made by the evaluator. […]

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Racism in Forensic Evaluations

This is the first in a series of articles regarding racism in forensic evaluations.Part 1 (here) | Part 2 | Part 3 (coming soon)By Dr. Julianne LudlamRacism has a long and disturbing history within the fields of mental health and law. Forensic evaluations are one small component of the legal system, but they represent an […]

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How a Trauma-Informed Psychological Evaluation is Completed

This is the second in a series of articles regarding Trauma-Informed Psychological Evaluations.Part 1 here  |  Part 2 hereBy Dr. Julianne LudlamTests and measures used in tr​auma-informed evaluationsTests and measures used in trauma-informed evaluationsThe range of possible posttraumatic outcomes requires both broad and specific measures. Briere and Spinazzola (2005) recommend at least two broadband screening […]

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It Is Not Always About PTSD

This is the second in a series of articles regarding Trauma-Informed Psychological Evaluations.Part 1 here  |  Part 3 hereBy Dr. Julianne Ludlam​Although disorders like PTSD are considered synonymous with trauma, a history of trauma can lead to a variety of other psychological disorders and physical problems – issues that are not always considered unless a […]

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Trauma-Informed Psychological Evaluations

​This is the first in a series of articles on this topic by Dr. Julianne LudlamPart 2 here  |  Part 3 hereDo you have clients who you believe are struggling with traumatic backgrounds? Do you wonder if your clients’ past stressful experiences affect their present behaviors, whether or not they have psychiatric diagnoses or see […]

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Teen Violence

Written by Dr. Katrina Kuzyszyn-Jones(Previously published in Lawyers Weekly in 2008)The group dynamics and individual factors of teen violenceMatthew Silliman’s death has everyone thinking; how could such a horrible crime be perpetrated by such young people? Four teenagers allegedly kidnapped, tortured, and killed Matthew, and he was thought to be their friend. A major issue […]

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What Are Risk Assessments?

Written by Dr. Katrina Kuzyszyn-JonesRisk assessments cannot be used to determine if abuse, neglect or a violent or sexual act occurred. Generally, risk assessments are used to determine if someone is at risk for recidivism. At times, when allegations have been made, there are requests for risk assessment to determine if someone is likely to […]

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Integrated Psychotherapy For Offenders With Antisocial Personality Disorder

Written by Dr. Katrina Kuzyszyn-JonesAbstractThe psychological treatment of antisocial personality has fallen to the wayside because most individuals with this disorder are excluded from therapy due to the punitive philosophy of the correctional system. These individuals continue to have unhealthy interactions with others, commit crimes, and return to prison after they have served both short […]

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Bipolar Disorder

Written by Dr. Katrina Kuzyszyn-Jones(This article was written for the NC Lawyers Assistance Program in January 2009.)Colloquially known as manic-depression, effective treatment is available. What is bipolar disorder and how do you know if your client has it and needs help?Bipolar disorder used to be called manic-depression because it includes major depressive and manic episodes. […]

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What Is A Forensic Psychological Evaluation?

Written by Dr. Katrina Kuzyszyn-Jones(previously published in NC&SC Lawyers Weekly)What are the differences between a clinical psychological and a forensic evaluation?How do you pick the right expert for your evaluation?Knowing when and how to obtain a forensic evaluation – which typically goes beyond the scope of a basic clinical interview – could make or break […]

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