Author Archives: J. Gregory Turnbull, Psy.D., J.D.

APA Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology

Abstract: “These guidelines are designed to address the developing area of psychological service provision commonly known as telepsychology. Telepsychology is defined, for the purpose of these guidelines, as the provision of psychological services using telecommunication technologies as expounded in the “Definition of Telepsychology.” The expanding role of technology in the provision of psychological services and […]

G2i Knowledge Brief: A Knowledge Brief of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

Free download of PDf available. Abstract Courts are daily confronted with admissibility issues – such as in cases involving neuroscientific testimony – that sometimes involve both the existence of a general phenomenon (i.e., “G”) and the question of whether a particular case represents a specific instance of that general phenomenon (i.e., “i”).  Unfortunately, courts have yet […]

R-PAS Materials for Case Comparison: Methamphetamine Psychosis vs. Schizophrenia

Here are the R-PAS protocols and response sheets for the two cases reported in Acklin, M. W. (2016). The Rorschach in Multimethod Forensic Assessment: Conceptual Foundations and Practical Applications. B. Evans & R. Erard (Eds.). New York: Routledge. Meth Psychosis_R-PAS_11_12_2014 Schizophrenia_R-PAS_10_14_2013

APA Torture Investigation Final Report

Attached in PDF and shown below is the complete text of the REPORT TO THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: INDEPENDENT REVIEW RELATING TO APA ETHICS GUIDELINES, NATIONAL SECURITY INTERROGATIONS, AND TORTURE, dated July 2, 2015.  

Assessing Parental Risk in Child Custody Cases Involving Internet Sexual Behavior

Abstract: One type of claim in parenting assessment (child custody)1 cases is that one parent, typically the father, is alleged to be engaging in improper or compulsive sexual behavior via the Internet. The sexual behavior at issue can range from frequent sexually explicit chats with other adults to compulsive viewing of adult pornography. In more […]

PICTS: Criminal Cognitions and Psychopathy

Abstract: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Criminal Cognitions and Psychopathy in a Civil Psychiatric Sample, Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol December 2010 vol. 54 no. 6 865-877. The relationship between psychopathy and thinking styles that support and maintain a criminal lifestyle is examined using the Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version (PCL:SV; Hart, Cox, & […]

Viagra Enhances PPG results (go figure)

This article is free online until 12/31/2010 (following the linked title), though the abstact tells the story. Nathan J. Kolla, MD, MA, MSc, Philip E. Klassen, MD, Michael E. Kuban, MSc, Thomas Blak, BA and Ray Blanchard, PhD, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Trial of Sildenafil in Phallometric Testing, J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 38:4:502-511 (2010). Not all […]

The Nazi and the Psychiatrist

Encounters behind bars between Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering and an American doctor 65 years ago raise questions about responsibility, allegiance and the nature of evil Excerpt from Scientific American Mind: January 2011: “In the aftermath of World War II, American psychiatrist Douglas M. Kelley worked closely with captured Nazis as their general physician and […]

17,000 Helens agree — Bad Parents are Bad News

But seriously, check out http://www.cdc.gov/ace/index.htm. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego. More than 17,000 […]

PTSD and Malingering: Practice Pointers

There appears to be a dramatic split among mental health professionals who write primarily from a treatment or plaintiff perspective and those who take a more skeptical approach. This article by Steve Rubenzer reviews recent developments in the assessment of malingering, including symptom validity measures, and applies them to the assessment of PTSD. Recommendations for current practice are provided.