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Abolishment of Insanity Defense? Kahler vs. Kansas- US Supreme Court

A short time ago, Professor S. Morse, a highly respected lawyer, forensic psychologist, and law professor posted the amicus brief for law professors on the forensic list serve in the case of Kahler vs. Kansas, which will be argued at the US Supreme Court this fall. The issue is worth attention, especially if you do […]

Return to Blog? Maybe it is time.

I have not posted a message since August 2018, almost a year. But that does not mean that I have not been busy. I have continued full time clinical and forensic practice, conducting psychological assessment research, and writing scholarly projects (list of recent publications listed below). I was appointed as a special consult to the […]

Forensic Psychology at Society for Personality Assessment

Forensic Interest Group Newsletter: May 19, 2018 Marvin W. Acklin, PhD, ABAP, ABPP Why is forensic psychological assessment important to SPA? Or why is SPA important to forensic psychological assessment? There have been substantial changes in the landscape of personality assessment in the past 30 years. Aside from the general decline of assessment services through […]

Disclosure, denial, delay, recantation, and confirmation in CSA

Despite several years of high quality research in CSA, courts continue to hear that patterns of disclosure, denial, delay, and recantation are (or are not) dispositive of CSA. In their review of these issues in a recent special issue of Memory, London, Ceci, Wright, and Ceci (2008) draw the following conclusions: “We have argued that, […]

Dummy’s Guide to Risk Reduction for Sex Offenders

For human beings, there are two primary classes of constraints against doing wrong or bad: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic constraints focus on the offender’s internalized norms, conscience, empathy capacity, impulse control, and ability to foresee and be constrained by anticipated consequences of the offense behavior. Intrinsic constraints against offending behavior may be weakened through the […]

Psychology and the Human Condition III (last)

So what does psychology contribute to our understanding of the human condition? What does psychology contribute to our understanding of solutions to human problems?  Better, how does psychology address your understanding of the human situation? Very little I fear.  I often use the term “human predicament,” but this carries the critical supposition that there is something […]

Internship Matches

Another piece of our 2010 HPA presentation on training and workforce issues in professional psychology concerned how well local training programs are preparing graduates for two career hurdles: internship selection and the passing the Examination for Professional Practice in Hawaii (EPPP).  I’ll present the numbers in two separate posts and let everyone give them their […]


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 […]

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 […]