Conducting Insanity Evaluations, Second Edition

Conducting Insanity Evaluations, Second Edition

by Richard Rogers, Daniel W. Shuman

Hardcover(Second Edition)

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Insanity evaluations represent the most challenging and complex evaluations in forensic psychology and psychiatry. Mental health and legal professionals involved in insanity cases need a solid foundation in current concepts, legal standards, and clinical methods. This need is heightened by the substantial legal and clinical changes that have occurred in the field during the past decade. This text from two leading authorities brings forensic professionals up to date on key issues surrounding insanity evaluations. It provides explicit, research-based guidelines for interview-based assessments, psychological testing and other specialized procedures, and forensic reports and testimony. The volume explores how insanity is conceptualized under the law and differentiated from other standards of criminal responsibility. A range of clinical measures and techniques are examined, with special attention to such relevant phenomena as malingering and amnesia. Included in the appendices are invaluable databases on 413 defendants evaluated for criminal responsibility and 6,479 defendants found not guilty by reason of insanity. For clinicians, the volume provides the knowledge and skills needed to conduct ethical, legally defensible insanity evaluations and to present their findings effectively. Legal professionals will gain a basis for understanding the logic and clinical methods used by mental health experts and for evaluating the quality of their assessments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572305212
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 02/18/2000
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Richard Rogers, PhD, ABPP, is a professor of psychology at the University of North Texas. His publications include the award-winning Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception.

Daniel W. Shuman, JD, is a professor of law at Southern Methodist University School of Law, with adjunct appointments at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, and the University of North Texas. He is a prolific and highly regarded author on law and mental health issues.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
I. Clinical and Legal Issues
2. The Clinician's Role in Insanity Evaluations
3. The Expert-Attorney Relationship
4. Addressing the Legal Standards
5. Malingering and Deception
6. Amnesia and Dissociation
II. Clinical Methods
7. Clinical Interviews
8. Psychological Testing
9. Structured Approaches to Insanity Evaluations
10. Laboratory and Specialized Assessment Techniques: Issues and Methods
11. Clinical Synthesis
12. Communication of Findings
A. Data Bases on NGRI Patients and R-CRAS Evaluations
B. Appellate Decisions on the Discoverability of Expert Opinions in Insanity
C. Commonly Used Psychological Tests and Their Abbreviations


Forensic psychologists and psychiatrists; defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges; graduate-level students and professors in these fields. Serves as a text in graduate-level courses in forensic psychology/psychiatry and mental health law.

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