Category Archives: Assessment

Hawaii – Pacific Assessment Clinic, Honolulu, Hawaii

Marvin W. Acklin, PhD PC is the site of the Hawaii – Pacific Assessment Clinic. The clinic is directed by Dr. Acklin with his staff of trained psychological assistants. The clinic provides a broad range of assessment consultation for children, adolescents, and adults, for clinical, administrative, and forensic purposes. Dr. Acklin is board-certified in clinical, […]

Alexithymia and Violence: Understanding Rage Murder

This a presentation at the Society for Personality Assessment in Washington DC in March 2018 on the clinical and forensic assessment of alexithymia. The attached paper examines alexithymia and rage-type murder, typically extreme violence that occurs in intimate relationships. The paper discusses rage type murder as a type of affective or impulsive violence as opposed […]

Orientation to Threat Risk Assessment and Management

Marvin W. Acklin, PhD, ABPP Steven Taketa, PsyD Date: February 15, 2018   Purpose of presentation: To provide participants with basic definitions, concepts, and tools in the structured professional judgment of targeted violence risk assessment and management. Definitions: Threat. Perceived possibility of harm, or statement conveying an intention to cause harm. Violence. Any actual, attempted, […]

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

Cognitive Impact of Sleep Problems

Poor sleep is pervasive in Americans. Sleep problems are commonly encountered in psychotherapy patients. A recent meta-analysis examined the cognitive impact of sleep apnea, a common problem in adult men and women. Most people do not sleep enough, many patients practice poor sleep hygiene, with adverse effects in their daily functioning, mood, and morale. Sleep […]

Significance of Combining Evaluations of Competency to Stand Trial and Sanity at the Time of the Offense

Chauhan, P., Warren, J., Kois, L., & Well-beloved-Stone, J. (2015). Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 21, 1, 56-59. This study examined the impact of conjoint CST and MSO evaluations on forensic examiner opinions. Readers are undoubtedly aware that contextual information may have a significant influence on examiner decision-making especially under conditions of uncertainty. The authors […]

Alcohol Intoxication and Blackout

A high percentage of crime is committed when both defendants and victims are alcohol intoxicated. Forensic clinicians are regularly asked to evaluate mental states at the time of the offense for accused perpetrators and victims of alleged crime during periods of alcohol intoxication. In criminal proceedings, both defendants and victims commonly claim that alcohol intoxication […]

Competency Restoration in the State of Hawaii: An object lesson

Karen Franklin’s blog is the premier site for ground-breaking issues in forensic psychology. Always worthwhile and readable, witty and biting, sometimes breathtaking and bold. Her March 9, 2014, post addresses the recent scandal at Napa State Hospital in California, which serves the Northern California incompetent defendant and NGRI population, similar to our Hawaii State Hospital. […]

Assessing Homicidal Mental States at the Time of Offense IV: The 2011 Norway Massacre: Criminal responsibility analysis using the R-CRAS.

The use of forensic assessment instruments is a distinguishing factor in the quality of forensic reports (Fuger, Acklin, Nguyen, Ignacio, & Gowensmith, 2013). In insanity determinations, the Rogers Criminal Responsibility Assessment Scales (R-CRAS, PAR, Inc.) are without peer as an aide to organizing and analyzing case data. It is a systematic coding measure which permits […]