A Century of Psychology and Law: Successes, Challenges, and Future Opportunities

James R. P. Ogloff

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781405193313
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2011


  • Century of psychology and law - successes, challenges and future opportunities
  • Conventional wisdom, field of psychology and law - marked by Munsterberg's book, On the Witness Stand
  • Law and policy, rationality of empirical outcomes - not always resulting in rational policy development
  • Legal psychology, umbrella term for field - areas of focus within field, referred to more specifically
  • Legal realism view, in late 1920s and early 1930s - deep and lasting impact on law, legal realism ceasing to be a force by the 1950s
  • Munsterberg's seminal work, On the Witness Stand: Essays on Psychology and Crime (1908) - contemporary field of psychology and law, passing the first century mark
  • Rise(s) of the field of legal psychology
  • So-called "second generation" of risk assessment - identification of appropriate variables for prediction of violence, culminating in development of "actuarial" risk assessment tools
  • SPJ approach, increasing predictive validity of violence risk judgments - Douglas, Ogloff, and Hart (2003), comparing predictive validity of HCR-20 violence risk instrument
  • Violence risk assessment - discordance between law's expectations, and psychologists and psychiatrists predicting risk, accurately

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