Research Methods in Forensic Psychology
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The only professional resource to focus exclusively on research methods in forensic psychology

With specific advice on topics of particular importance to forensic specialists, Research Methods in Forensic Psychology presents state-of-the-discipline summaries of the issues that relate to psychology and law research.

Edited by renowned experts in the field, this resource features contributions by leading scholars in forensic psychology and law, with discussion of relevant topics such as:

  • Meta-analysis
  • Jury decision making
  • Internet-based data collection
  • Legal research techniques for the social scientist
  • Offender treatment
  • Competence to stand trial
  • Criminal profiling
  • False confessions and interrogations
  • Trial-related psycho-legal issues
  • Accuracy of eyewitnesses and children
  • Violence risk assessment
This comprehensive guide is designed for a wide range of scholars and legal professionals, presenting a succinct overview of the field of psychology and law as viewed by some of the world's foremost experts.


BARRY ROSENFELD, PHD,ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at??Fordham??University. He has more than 100 publications on a wide range of clinical-forensic topics. In addition, he has authored or coauthored several articles and book chapters on research methodology in forensic psychology. He serves on the editorial board of several prominent journals.

STEVEN D. PENROD, JD, PHD, is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. A researcher with twenty-five years of nearly continuous research support from the National Science Foundation, he has written over 120 publications on the psychology of legal decision making, focused especially on juries and eyewitness evidence.


Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: The Importance of Appropriate

Research Methods
Barry Rosenfeld and Steven D. Penrod xiii

PART I: General Issues In Forensic Research

1 Legal Research Techniques for Social Scientists 3
Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Stephanie Davidson

2 Measure Development in Forensic Psychology 26
Barry Rosenfeld, John Edens, and Sara Lowmaster

3 Meta-Analysis 43
Siegfried L. Sporer and Lawrence D. Cohn

4 Forensic Psychological Research and the Internet 63
Tarika Daftary-Kapur and Sarah Greathouse

5 Statistical Principles in Forensic Research 78
Jennifer Groscup

PART II: Criminal Law—Pretrial Issues:

Criminal investigations and pretrial Forensic assessment

6 Research Methods for Psychophysiological Deception Detection 105
Charles R. Honts and John C. Kircher

7 Criminal Profiling 122
C. Gabrielle Salfati

8 Methods in Deception Detection Research 136
Maria Hartwig

9  Competency to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility Research 156
Patricia Zapf, Debbie Green, and Barry Rosenfeld

10  Research Methods for the Assessment of Malingering 174
Richard Rogers and Nathan D. Gillard

PART III: Criminal Law—Trial Issues

11   Jury Research Methods 191
Steven D. Penrod, Margaret Bull Kovera,and Jennifer Groscup

12   Trial Consulting in High-Publicity Cases 215
Lisa Spano, Tarika Daftary-Kapur, and Steven D.Penrod

13   Eyewitness Identification Research: Strengths and Weaknesses of Alternative Methods 237
Gary L. Wells and Steven D. Penrod

14   Children’s Eyewitness Memory: Methodological Issues 257
Gail S. Goodman, Margaret-Ellen Pipe,and Kelly McWilliams

15   Procedural Justice: Theory and Method 283
Larry Heuer and Diane Sivasubramaniam

PART IV: Criminal Law—Post-Trial Issues And Special Populations

16   Conducting Psychotherapy Outcome Research in Forensic Settings 309
Barry Rosenfeld, Kathryn Byars, and Michele Galietta

17   Research Methods in Violence Risk Assessment 325
Kevin S. Douglas, Jennifer L. Skeem, and Elizabeth Nicholson

18   Psychopathy in Forensic Psychology: Assessment and Methodology 347
Ross D. Grimes, Zina Lee, and Randall T. Salekin

19   Sex Offender Research in a Forensic Context 372
Robert A. Prentky, Raina Lamade, and Anna Coward

20   Special Populations: Juvenile Offenders 400
Keith R. Cruise and Ekaterina Pivovarova

21   Research With Offenders With Intellectual Disability 421
Debra Chen, Karen Salekin, J. Gregory Olley,and Solomon M. Fulero

PART V: Civil And Family Law Issues

22   Decisional Competence to Consent to or Refuse Mental Health Treatment 435
Eric B. Elbogen

23   Methodological Issues in Divorce Mediation Research 452
Robert E. Emery and David A. Sbarra

24   Research on Intimate Partner Violence in Forensically Relevant Contexts: Methodological Challenges and Controversies 469
Mindy B. Mechanic

25   Research on Child Abuse and Neglect 487
Cathy Spatz Widom and Elise C. Landry

Author Index 507

Subject Index 525