Monthly Archives: December 2010

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 […]


Occasionally, after I have completed an evaluation and proffered an opinion, a party accuses me of “bias.”  I think this means they disagree with my opinion. Most people cannot define “bias” very well.  Karen Franklin defines bias very nicely in her Feedblitz forensic psychology blog. I quote her below: The term bias refers to a […]

Forensic Clinician’s Tool Box: Competency to Stand Trial measures

Assessment psychologists need a wide range of tools to address the variety of assessment challenges that arise in daily practice.  Not that different from a set of wrenches and scredrivers designed for every type of bolt and screw. It is perhaps not surprising that many psychologists persist in using “traditional” assessment measures in forensic psychological assessment […]

Sex Offender Age and Recidivistic Risk Estimates

Up until now actuarial risk indicators for sexual violence using static indicators have not typically taken age of the offender into account. The big guys (Harris, Rice, & Quinsey) using the VRAG and SORAG explicitly resisted the idea, stating that adding age does not improve prediction, all though there is a lot of support for the […]

17,000 Helens agree — Bad Parents are Bad News

But seriously, check out 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 […]