A recently published book (Wiley) provides a great resource for mental health professionals and students interested in conducting research in forensic psychology. This article provides a brief summary of the contents of the book and some brief comments about the editors of the book.

Research Methods in Forensic Psychology

Research Methods in Forensic Psychology contains 25 chapters divided into 5 sections. The sections include: general issues in forensic research (5 chapters); criminal law—pretrial issues (5 chapters); criminal law—trial issues (5 chapters); criminal law—post-trial issues (6 chapters); and civil and family law issues (4 chapters). Lead researchers and scholars in the field of forensic psychology author each of the 25 chapters within their respective areas of expertise, making this book the first of its kind. No other book focuses specifically and explicitly on research methods in forensic psychology.

About the Editors

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Importance of Appropriate Research Methods (Barry Rosenfeld and Steven D. Penrod)

PART I: GENERAL ISSUES IN FORENSIC RESEARCH

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

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

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

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

5 Statistical Principles in Forensic Research (Jennifer Groscup)

PART II: CRIMINAL LAW—PRETRIAL ISSUES: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS AND PRETRIAL FORENSIC ASSESSMENT

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

7 Criminal Profiling (C. Gabrielle Salfati)

8 Methods in Deception Detection Research (Maria Hartwig)

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

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

PART III: CRIMINAL LAW—TRIAL ISSUES

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

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

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

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

15 Procedural Justice: Theory and Method (Larry Heuer and Diane Sivasubramaniam)

PART IV: CRIMINAL LAW—POST-TRIAL ISSUES AND SPECIAL POPULATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

21 Research With Offenders With Intellectual Disability (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 (Eric B. Elbogen)

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

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

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

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