Research


Recent (2015-2017) Publications and Presentations by our Forensic Students 

The specialized study of forensic psychology is an integral component of the School of Psychology. Since 2007, we have offered a MA degree in forensic psychology, providing students not only with the opportunity to focus on a range of topics through coursework and clinical placement, but also to gain invaluable research experience. Further, since 2012, we have offered a forensic track within the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Students enroll in specialized coursework, complete clinical training at forensic sites, and pursue research topics in the area of forensic psychology.

Over the past several years, students in both programs have contributed to and spear-headed a vast range of research projects, including in the areas of violence risk assessment, evaluation of feigning/malingering, characterization of incompetent to stand trial defendants, child pornography, campus sexual assault, survival trajectories of children and adolescents with sexual behavior problems, and trend analyses of age cohorts of children with sexual behavior problems.

The achievements over the past two academic years highlight the notable contributions to the broader field of forensic psychology made by our students in both programs. We are justifiably very proud of the accomplishments of our young forensic scholars.

Note: **Students in the Forensic Track of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program and/or Forensic Psychology MA program are bolded.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles Recently Published or In Press (7):

Grossi, L. M., & Green, D. (2017). An international perspective on criminal responsibility and mental illness. Practice Innovations, 1(2), no pagination specified. doi:10.1037/pri0000037

Grossi, L. M., Green, D., Einzig, S., & Belfi, B. (2016). Evaluation of the Response Bias Scale and Improbable Failure scale in assessing feigned cognitive impairment. Psychological Assessment, 8(28), no pagination specified. doi:10.1037/pas0000364

Green, D., Schneider, M., Griswold, H., Belfi, B., Herrera, M., & DeBlasi, A. (2016). A comparison of the HCR-20V3 among female and male insanity acquittees: A retrospective file review study. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 15, 48-64. doi:10.1080/14999013.2015.1134726

Grossi, L. M., Lee, A. F., Schuler, A., Ryan, J. L., & Prentky, R. A. (2016). Sexualized behaviors in cohorts of children in the child welfare system. Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, 52, 49-61. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.12.014

Grossi, L. M., Green, D., Belfi, B., McGrath, R., Griswold, H., & Schreiber, J. (2015). Identifying aggression in forensic inpatients using the MMPI-2-RF: An examination of MMPI-2-RF scale scores and estimated psychopathy indices. The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 14(4), 231-244. doi:10.1080/14999013.2015.1108943

Schreiber, J., Green, D., Kunz, M., Belfi, B., & Pequeno, G. (2015). Offense characteristics of incompetent to stand trial defendants charged with violent offenses. Behavioral Sciences and the Law (Special Issue: Guns, Mental Illness, and the Law), 33, 257-278. doi:10.1002/bsl.2174

Nguyen, C. T., Green, D., & Barr, W. B. (2015). Evaluation of the MMPI-2-RF for detecting over-reported symptoms in a civil forensic and disability setting. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 29(2), 255-271. doi:10.1080/13854046.2015.1033020

Manuscripts Under Review or In Preparation (5):

Grossi, L. M. (under review/accepted with revisions). Sexual offenders, violent offenders, and community reentry: Challenges and treatment considerations.

Green, D., Khadivi, A., & Schreiber, J. (in revisions). The use of violence risk assessment measures in civil psychiatric settings.

Grossi, L. M., Green, D., Schneider, M., Belfi, B., & Einzig, S. (under review). Personality, psychiatric, and cognitive predictors of length of time for competency to stand trial restoration.

Grossi, L. M., Brereton, A., Lee, A. F., Schuler, A., & Prentky, R. A. (under review). Sexual reoffense trajectories with youths in the child welfare system.

Griswold, H., Green, D., Belfi, B., Lam, J., Grossi, L. M.Iskander, L., Cruise, K., & Cucco, E. (under review). Predicting victimization in a forensic psychiatric setting using the Short Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START).

VanKlompenberg, B., Green, D., Farringer, A ., Belfi, B., Schneider, M., & Meno, S. (in preparation). Screening of defendants attempting to feign incompetency to stand trial using the Inventory of Legal Knowledge.

Non-Peer-Reviewed Articles Recently Presented or In Press (1):

Griswold, H., Schneider, M., DeBlasi, A., & Green, D. (In Press). Perpetrators of Violence. Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender.

Book Chapters Recently Published or In Press (4):

Brereton, A., Grossi, L. M., Cavanaugh, D., Schuler, A., & Prentky, R. A. (in press). Chapter 12: A Descriptive Study of Sexually Abusive Boys and Girls – Externalizing Behaviors. In B. Schwartz (Ed.), The Juvenile Sex Offender: Behavior, Assessment, and Treatment. Publisher.

Grossi, L. M., Brereton, A., & Prentky, R. A. (in press). Chapter 5: Forensic assessment of juveniles. In S. Righthand and W. Murphy (Eds.), The Safer Society Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended. Publisher.

Vitacco, M. J., Green, D., Gottfried, E. M., Griswold, H. (in press). Psychopathy and conditional release. In A. Felthous & H. Sass. (Eds.) The Wiley International Handbook of Psychopathic Disorders and the Law, second edition. New York: Wiley.

Green, D., & Grossi, L. M. (2016). Chapter 11: Research. In P. Zapf, G. Pirelli, and R. Beattey (Eds.), The Ethical Practice of Forensic Psychology: A Casebook. New York: Oxford University Press

Conference Papers/Posters Recently Presented or Accepted for Presentation (27):

Brereton, A., Lamade, R. V., Lopez, E., Koss, M. P., Prentky, R. A., & Wilgus, J. (2017, August 3-6).    Challenges and hurdles of implementing a treatment program at various colleges and universities. Paper to be presented as part of a Symposium on College Student Sexual Victimization and Risky Sexual Relationships at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC.

Malamuth, N., Lamade, R. V., Schreiber, J., Lopez, E., Koss, M. P., & Prentky, R. A. (2017, August 3-6). Factors associated with predicting sexual aggression on college campuses. Paper to be presented as part of a Symposium on College Student Sexual Victimization and Risky Sexual Relationships at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC.

Schaaf, S., Lamade, R. V., Lopez, E., Burgess, A., Koss, M. P., & Prentky, R. A. (2017, August 3-6).     An analysis of college women’s experiences with college climate, campus safety and reporting of sexual misconduct. Paper to be presented as part of a Symposium on College Student Sexual Victimization and Risky Sexual Relationships at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C.

Schneider, M., Griswold, H., Green, D., & Belfi, B. (2017, August). The role of HCR-20V3 relevance ratings in final risk judgments and violence among males and females. Paper to be presented at the 125th Annual Meeting and Conference of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC.

Cabeldue, M., Green, D., Griswold, H., Schneider, M., Smith, J., & Belfi, B. (2017, March). Utilizing the HCR-20V3 to differentiate NGRI acquittees opined ready for conditional release by evaluators. Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society in Seattle, WA.

Griswold, H., Green, D., Smith, J., Grossi, L. M., Cabeldue, M., & Belfi, B. (2017, March). An investigation into the dynamic nature of risk factors during a course of hospitalization among female insanity acquittees. Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society in Seattle, WA.

Grossi, L. M., Griswold, H., Green, D., & Belfi, B. (2017, March). Assessing victimization risk with the HCR-20V3. Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society in Seattle, WA.

Holloway, E. D, Belfi, B., Green, D., & Schneider, M. (2017, March) An examination of the M-FAST to screen incompetent defendants for potential feigning of symptoms using the MMPI-2-RF Infrequency (F-r & Fp-r) scales as feigning criteria. Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society in Seattle, WA.

Smith, J., Griswold, H., Green, D., Cabeldue, M., & Belfi, B. (2017, March). An investigation into the presence of violence risk factors among insanity acquittees who were adjudicated NGRI for filicide offenses, non-filicide homicide offenses, and other violent offenses. Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society in Seattle, WA.

VanKlompenberg, B., Green, D., Belfi, B., & Schneider, M. (2017, March). Evaluation of Cut-off Scores on Specific Population Performance on the Inventory of Legal Knowledge (ILK) Assessing Feigned Incompetency. Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society in Seattle, WA.

Jennings, S., Eyzerovich, E., Wahba, S., Persaud, A., Freer, B. (August, 2016) College Female’s Expectations of Risky Sexual Activities and Objective Risk-Taking Behaviors. Presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in Denver, CO.

Brereton, A., Grossi, L., Lee, A. F., & Prentky, R. A. (2016, June). Applying the Moffitt taxonomy to children with sexually harmful behavior. Poster presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services in New York, NY.

Griswold, H., Green, D., Belfi, B., Grossi, L.Smith, J., & Otten, J. (2016, June). The Female Additional Manual (FAM): An investigation of its predictive validity among female defendants adjudicated not guilty by reason of insanity. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services in New York, NY.

Iskander, E., Green, D., & Belfi, B. (2016, June). Factor analysis of the BPRS-E in a forensic psychiatric setting and the relationship of clinical factors to aggression. Presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services in New York, NY.

Jennings, S., Lamade, R., Malamuth, N.M., Prentky, R. (2016, June) The Aggravating Effects of Alcohol on Traits From the Dark Triad and Hostile Masculinity in College Males. Presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services in New York, NY.

Schaaf, S., Lamade, R., & Burgess, A. W. (2016, June). Mitigating and aggravating factors associated with victim report of campus sexual assault. Presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services in New York, NY.

Schneider, M., Belfi, B., Green, D. (2016, June). The relationship between PAS domains and impairments in competency in a sample of IST pre-trial defendants. Presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services in New York, NY.

VanKlompenberg, B., Green, D., Farringer, A ., Belfi, B., Schneider, M., & Meno, S. (in preparation). Screening of defendants attempting to feign incompetency to stand trial using the Inventory of Legal Knowledge. Paper presented at annual conference of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services in New York, NY.

Grossi, L., Green, D., & Belfi, B. (2016, March). Predicting length of hospitalization for restoration of competency to stand trial using the MMPI-2-RF. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society in Atlanta, GA.

Jennings, S., Lamade, R., Prentky, R. (2016, March). Antecedent Characteristics of the Female Youth Bully. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society in Atlanta, GA.

Jennings, S., Lamade, R., Prentky, R. (2016, March). Antecedent and Outcome Variables of the Female Youth Bully. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York, NY.

Schreiber, J., Grossi, L., & Prentky, R. A. (2016, March). “Successful” youths with psychopathic traits: Correlates and antecedents. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society in Atlanta, GA.

Griswold, H., Green, D., Belfi, B., Cruise, K., B., Lam, J., Iskander, E., & Grossi, L. (2015, August). Changes in risk of victimization over course of hospitalization in a forensic psychiatric setting. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association in Toronto, Canada.

Green, D., Cruise, K., Lam, J., Belfi, B., Griswold, H., Iskander, E., & Cucco, E. (2015, June). Challenges to implementing the START for use with newly admitted forensic psychiatric patients. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services in Manchester, England.

Green, D., Schneider, M., Griswold, H., Herrera, M., Belfi, B., & DeBlasi, A. (2015, June). Assessing the ability of the HCR-20V3 to evaluate change in dynamic risk factors. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services in Manchester, England.

Green, D., Rosenfeld, B., Cruise, K., Belfi, B., Lam, J., Iskander, E., Griswold, H., Grossi, L., & Kunz. M. (2015, March). Identifying clusters of forensic patients by vulnerability ratings on the Short Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START) and their relationship with institutional aggression. Paper presented at the American Psychology-Law Society Conference in San Diego, CA.

Iskander, E., Green, D., Belfi, B., Grossi, L., & Griswold, H. (2015, March). Intellectual Functioning and Risk for Aggression in a Forensic Psychiatric Setting: Is there a link?. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology and Law Society in San Diego, CA.

Schneider, M., Green, D., Belfi, B., Herrera, M., Griswold, H., & DeBlasi, A. (2015, March). Predictive validity of relevance items for the HCR-20V3 on institutional aggression in a sample of insanity acquittees. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology and Law Society in San Diego, CA.


"Forensic MA program students, graduates, and faculty at the 2016 International Association of Forensic Mental Health research conference"

IAFMHS 2016