Research

The Forensic Training Academy sponsors a Summer Training Institute each June at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The Summer Training Institute serves as a primary means of data collection for the Forensic Training Academy. We build research questions around each of the professional training programs that we offer each year. In addition to data collection at Summer Training Institute, we also work with Consolidated Continuing Education and Professional Training (www.concept-CE.com) to conduct research on online professional training programs. Below is a brief description of the types of research that the Forensic Training Academy conducts.

Goals

The goals of the Forensic Training Academy are to conduct research on both the content of professional training programs as well as the process by which professional training is offered. We hope to improve forensic evaluation and practice through the development and implementation of professional training programs that will impact evaluation and practice outcomes.

Professional Training in Forensic Evaluation and Intervention

Some of the research that we conduct examines various issues in forensic evaluation and intervention. We build research around professional training programs that are offered in person at our Summer Training Institute or online through CONCEPT. Questions such as the impact of evaluator experience on assessment reliability, the impact of training on cognitive biases, or the impact of practice on instrument item ratings are examined.

We focus on forensic assessment instruments used in criminal forensic assessment, such as the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R), the HCR-20-V3 for the Assessment of Violence Risk, the Stalking Assessment and Management (SAM) tool, the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP), malingering instruments, competence assessment instruments, and other forensic assessment instruments.

In addition to research on forensic assessment instruments, we also examine research questions pertaining to professional practice in the field and the impact of professional training on practice.

Online Pedagogy

Some of the research that we conduct examines aspects of online pedagogy in professional training and outcomes. We attempt to make comparisons between the in-person training programs offered at our Summer Training Institute and these same programs delivered in an online format through CONCEPT (www.concept-CE.com).

Various aspects of online learning are tested and the latest pedagogic techniques are evaluated in an effort to determine the most effective ways of providing professional training online.

Professional Training Programs

Professional training programs that are the subject of research by the Forensic Training Academy include:

  • Foundations of Threat Assessment
  • Evaluation of Risk for Sexual Violence using the RSVP
  • Evaluation of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20-V3
  • Advanced Issues in the Assessment of Risk for Violence: Formulation
  • Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial
  • Foundations of Psychopathy Assessment using the PCL-R and PCL:SV
  • Master Training in the PCL-R and PCL:SV
  • Ethics in Forensic Psychological Practice
  • Effective Expert Testimony for Forensic Evaluation
  • Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial in Juveniles
  • Report Writing for Forensic Evaluations
  • Assessment and Management of Stalking using the SAM
  • Assessment of Malingering
  • Improving Clinical Decision Making in Forensic Evaluation
  • Juvenile Offender Issues and the Assessment of Juvenile Waiver to Adult Court
  • Cultural Competence in Forensic Assessment

Future research opportunities are available for the following Professional Training Programs:

  • Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility/Insanity
  • Evaluation of Risk for Intimate Partner Violence using the SARA-V3
  • Evaluation for Child Custody
  • Violence Triage
  • Skills Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Forensic Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

 

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