Honorary CLASS member Lauren Meaux, MA, presents research with Drs. Kois and Cox at the AP-LS conference in March
Dr. Kois was awarded a 100% research sabbatical via UA's Arts and Sciences Program for Intensive Research (ASPIRE) for the Fall 2020 semester.
Dr. Kois, James Reed, and Drs. Chauhan and Warren have a new manuscript in press with Journal of Forensic Psychology: Research & Practice.
Abstract: Although research highlights the influence of individual and case characteristics on outcomes of competence to stand trial (CST), mental state at the time of the offense (MSO), and combined evaluations (CST and MSO), we know little about differences in these characteristics across referral type. Using a sample of 2,655 evaluations in Virginia over a 15-year span, we examined demographic, clinical, and legal characteristics associated with whether defense attorneys referred individuals for CST-only, MSO-only, or combined evaluations. Multinomial regression revealed that Non-White individuals and those diagnosed with psychotic disorders were more often evaluated for CST-only, relative to MSO-only or combined evaluations. Individuals with organic or developmental disorders were more often seen for CST-only or combined evaluations. Violent charges were associated with MSO evaluations, either alone or with CST. Individuals who were under the influence of a substance at the time of the offense or had a prior conviction were more likely to be seen for combined evaluations compared to CST-only evaluations. There was more differentiation in CST-only from MSO-only and combined evaluations than from MSO-only versus combined evaluations. Findings are interpreted while considering legal professionals’ potential referral motives. We discuss important implications within the context of fundamental fairness for all individuals in the criminal justice system, particularly given results on racial differences.
Congrats to Aislinn Tansey, who will be attending Drexel University's Psychology MS Program, under the supervision of Dr. Dave DeMatteo!
Drs. Kois, Gonzales, & Chauhan, along with graduate RAs Kortney Hill and Shelby Hunter, have a new manuscript in press in Criminal Justice Policy Review.
The new paper is titled Correctional officer mental health training: Analysis of 52 U.S. jurisdictions.
Abstract: Research indicates correctional officer (CO) mental health training may facilitate the safety and security of incarcerated individuals and COs. We assessed Department of Corrections’ CO pre-service (requisite for beginning an official post) mental health training requirements in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. All jurisdictions require mental health training, ranging from 1.5 to 80 hours (M = 13.54, SD = 14.58, Med = 8). The most common course topic is crisis intervention (n = 44, 84.62%), followed by general psychoeducation (n = 24, 46.15%), special populations (n = 12, 23.08%), specific clinical interventions (n = 7, 13.46%), institutional procedure specific to mental health (n = 6, 11.54%), and CO mental health and self-care (n = 4, 7.69%). Future research should examine whether CO mental health training relates to mental health outcomes, institutional metrics, and variations in training at the national and international levels.
RAs Aislinn Tansey, Whitney Hovater, and Mercedes Taylor presented awesome posters at the URSCA conference! Congrats!
RAs Aislinn Tansey and Mary Tate Thomas presented their top-notch research at the 2019 URCA conference
The Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Conference is a premier annual event at The University of Alabama that provides undergraduates an opportunity to highlight their research or creative activity. In addition to bringing attention to the excellent work of University students, the Conference allows students to gain experience presenting, compete for cash prizes and form relationships with their faculty mentors and fellow Conference presenters.
Aislinn's research was on priming effects in forensic evaluations and Mary Tate's was on forensic mental health in Cuba during and after the embargo. Well done!