The following is a list of the top 5 forensic psychology books that someone interested in forensic psychology should have on their bookshelf. These books provide useful and informative information about various aspects of the field of forensic psychology. A brief description of each is provided.xxxx

The Top 5

1. Psychological Evaluations for the Courts

Written by Melton, Petrila, Poythress, & Slobogin (2007)


Psychological Evaluations for the Courts: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Lawyers (2007) is the third edition of perhaps the most comprehensive and useful text ever written on forensic psychology. Containing 20 chapters divided into 5 sections, this text takes the reader through all the relevant and various aspects of general considerations regarding forensic psychology, the criminal process, non-criminal adjudication, children and families, and communicating with the courts. Used as both a graduate text in forensic psychology as well as a reference book for practicing legal and mental health professionals, this is the top choice for books on forensic psychology.

2. The Handbook of Forensic Psychology

Edited by Weiner & Hess (2006)

The Handbook of Forensic Psychology (2006) is the third edition of a solid text wherein each of the 28 chapters is authored by well-known leaders in the field. Divided into 7 parts, the chapters in this text cover all relevant aspects of forensic psychology, including: the context of forensic psychology, applying psychology to civil proceedings. Applying psychology to criminal proceedings,

special applications, communicating expert opinions, intervening with offenders, and professional issues. Used as both a graduate text in forensic psychology as well as a reference book for practicing professionals this text represents a wealth of important information on all aspects of forensic psychology.

3. Evaluating Competencies

Written by Grisso (2003)

Evaluating Competencies: Forensic Assessments and Instruments (2003) is the second edition of a fundamental text on the evaluation of various types of legal competencies. With more than 60,000 competency to stand trial evaluations conducted annually in the United States and more than 5000 conducted annually in Canada, this text provides the foundation and the model for these and other competency assessments. This text is a must have for anyone involved in the evaluation of legal competencies.

4. Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception

Edited by Rogers (2008)

Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception (2008) is the third edition of a text that integrates clinical practice and applied research in a critical examination of malingering and other forms of dissimulation and response style. With 19 chapters covering diagnostic issues, psychometric assessment, and specialized methods for evaluating malingering and other response styles, this text is an important reference text for anyone conducting any type of forensic assessment.

5. Taking Psychology and Law into the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Ogloff (2002)

Taking Psychology and Law into the Twenty-First Century (2002) provides a comprehensive summary of the various areas of psychology and law. A total of 11 chapters cover such domains as psychological jurisprudence, jurors and juries, eyewitnesses, psychological injuries, forensic assessment and treatment, and issues in civil law. This text grew out of a series of comprehensive research reviews in the area of psychology and law organized by then-President of the American Psychology-Law Society, Jim Ogloff. The text provides a useful overview of where the field has been and where it is headed.

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