Introduction to Forensic Psychology

3rd Edition

Court, Law Enforcement, and Correctional Practices

Authors: Stacey Shipley Bruce Arrigo
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123821690
eBook ISBN: 9780123821706
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th July 2012
Page Count: 720
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This edition of Introduction to Forensic Psychology has been completely restructured to map to how courses on forensic psychology are taught, and features  more figures, tables, and text boxes, textbook pedagogy. Uniquely. this book offers equal representation of criminal behavior, the court systems, and law enforcement/prisons. It also has equal representation of criminal and civic forensics and of issues pertaining to adults and children.

Key Features

  • Newly structured to map closer to how this information is taught and learned
  • Comprehensive coverage ensures inclusion of criminal and civic forensics as well as police and law enforcement
  • Chapters now include pedagogy, including outlines, main points, and relevant websites


Professors teaching introduction to forensic psychology, libraries.

Table of Contents


About the Authors



PART I. Adult Forensics

Court and the Legal System: Criminal Forensic Consultation

Court and the Legal System: Civil Forensics

Police and Law Enforcement

Corrections and Prison Practices


Key Issues

Chapter 1. Adult Forensic Evaluation


Competency to Stand Trial

Psychological Tests and Forensic Assessment Instruments in the Courtroom

Mental State at the Time of the Offense: Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity and Guilty But Mentally Ill Verdicts

Violence Risk Assessment

Competency Restoration and Sanity Acquittees: The Maximum-Security Forensic Hospital


Key Issues

Chapter 2. Adult Forensic Consultation


Jury Selection

The Forensic Psychologist as Expert Witness

Intellectual Disability and Criminal Defendants: Implications for Capital Offenses and the Death Penalty

Forensic Consultants in Criminal Mitigation


Key Issues

Chapter 3. Civil Forensics


Defining Mental Illness

Right to Refuse Treatment

Evaluating Psychiatric Work-Related Disability

Duty to Inform v. Client Confidentiality

Victim–Offender Mediation


Key Issues

Chapter 4. Adult Issues in Policing


Adult Criminal Profiling

Use of Force

Suicide by Cop

Coerced Confessions

The Police Personality and Pre-Employment Screenings

Critical Incidents Debriefing


Key Issues

Chapter 5. Adult Issues in Corrections/Correctional Psychology


Offender’s Right to Refuse Treatment

Incarcerating and Executing the Mentally Ill



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About the Author

Stacey Shipley

Affiliations and Expertise

North Texas State Hospital, Vernon, U.S.A.

Bruce Arrigo

Bruce A. Arrigo, Ph.D., is Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. He holds additional faculty appointments in Psychology, in Public Policy, and in Public Health Sciences. Dr. Arrigo has (co)authored or (co)edited) 30+ books and 175+ scholarly papers in the areas of justice and social welfare at the intersection of law, mental health, and society. He also is the founding and current editor-in-chief of the Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and has served as a consultant to the Correctional Service of Canada, the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation, and Savant Learning Systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of North Carolina, Charlotte, U.S.A.