Category Archives for Forensic Psychology

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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Psychological Forensic Evaluations

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 thescope of a basic clinical interview – could make or break your […]

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