Dr. Kois is officially certified as a CIT Instructor by CIT International! Thank you Sgt. Parker (CIT Head Honcho @ Tuscaloosa PD) and Officer Hollingsworth (CIT Head Honcho @ Huntsville PD) for all that you do! Can't wait to get started!
Learn about Crisis Intervention Team here.
Congrats ASHLEY!!!! Ash passed her thesis defense, Handcuff Restraint Influence on State Anxiety and Personality Assessment Inventory Responding. The committee was impressed with her presentation and provided great feedback-thanks Drs. Cox and Gardner!
The Council of State Governments Justice Center just released "Just and Well: Rethinking how states approach competency to stand trial." Dr. Kois was listed as a national adviser to the CSG.
It is an honor to stand with such esteemed colleagues in an effort to inform public policy! You can read the full report here.
Drs. Kois and Cox and CLASS Doctoral Student Ashley Peck have a new publication, Forensic e-Mental Health - Review, Research Priorities, and Policy Directions, in press with Psychology, Public Policy, and Law!
Download the pre-print here. Abstract: Forensic e-mental health is an area of psychology that is relatively underdeveloped considering technological advancements and the many mental health needs of justice-involved individuals. It includes the procurement, storage, sharing, and provision of forensic mental health information and services via electronic means and is associated with improved accessibility, efficiency, cost-savings, and safety. During the COVID-19 pandemic, clinics, hospitals, jails, prisons, and the courts rapidly adopted these modalities for service continuity out of necessity, rather than choice. In the absence of formal guidelines, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers were left searching for answers: what forensic e-mental health technologies are available, what was their research evidence, and what could the future hold? A “primer” covering the many aspects of technology-assisted forensic practice and research was overdue. To address this knowledge gap, we reviewed the e-mental health research base encompassing forensic evaluations and interventions. Considering stakeholders’ needs, cost, and feasibility, we prioritized key topics that should rise to the top of the forensic e-mental health research agenda: the psychometric properties of forensic e-mental health assessments, impact of video recording evaluations, how to assess and treat diverse populations, restoration of competence to proceed, continuum of care, minimizing treatment attrition, and decreasing substance use. We report how to plan for and overcome logistical hurdles when implementing forensic e-mental health policy, utilize technology for training and education, and harness digitized data across the forensic realm. In conclusion, we find that there is ample opportunity for leveraging technology to improve forensic mental health practice, research, and policy.
Congrats HALEY! CLASS doctoral student Haley Potts successfully defended her thesis, titled The Impact of Defendants’ Clinical Presentation and Medication Compliance on Mock Juror Perceptions of Insanity!
Haley won an AP-LS Student Grant-in-Aid (MacArthur mechanism) to conduct the research, and an AP-LS student travel award to present it in NOLA in 2020! After she finished her presentation today, one of her impressed committee members said, "This is not normal." Congrats on being a weirdo Haley!
Dr. Kois was accepted as a Health Disparities Research Education Program (HDREP) Scholar by UAB's Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center! Thank you Dr. Rebecca Allen for your support!
From the HDREP website:
Scholars are mentored in research training and career development and take courses on bioethics, biostatistics, epidemiology, and minority aging. There is an intensive grant writing retreat during which each participant presents a grant proposal that may be submitted to an external funding agency, and receives critical feedback to increase fundability. Scholars who complete the program requirements may be eligible to apply for pilot funding to start their project.
The program is sponsored by the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, the MHRC, Creighton University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Tuskegee University, University of Alabama, University of South Alabama, and UAB. Additional support comes from the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the National Cancer Institute.
Congrats SHELBY! Shelby passed her dissertation proposal with flying colors! Thanks Drs. Cox, Elbogen, Glenn, LaDuke, & Tomeny!
Dr. Kois is the adviser for MADDES (Mindful Attitude Education & Support), an on-campus group for students with or interested in Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder. First meeting is Friday 09/04 @ 4pm!
CLASS welcomes new doctoral student Cassandra Jensen! Here are Shelby, Haley, Ashley, and Cassandra being brainy at AP-LS 2020 in NOLA.
American Psychology-Law Society BRIDGE (formerly MAC) Committee video featured on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver!
Watch the segment on race and jury selection beginning at 2:30! Link to BRIDGE here.
NYCLU: Landmark settlement yields one of nation's strongest jail policies protecting transgender people in custody
"Under the settlement, the county commits itself to upholding the dignity and respect of transgender people by changing its jail policies to comply with federal and state laws. Specifically, the county will:
Find the full details here.
APA 2020 Virtual is almost here! Lots of FREE live Division 41 programming available! These live web sessions, as well as Business Meeting and Social, do not require registration for the APA Convention. They will include...
Policing in America - Thursday 8/6 1:30-3pm EST
Zoom Meeting ID 998 0373 3439, Password: APLS
A 90-minute roundtable of experts to engage in an interactive discussion of policing in America. This session will focus on the history and culture of policing (Dr. Oliver Stone, Stress Management Team, Montgomery [MD] County Police Department), considerations in officer selection (Dr. Michelle Hoy Watkins, ABPP, Northwestern University Police and Feinberg School of Medicine), lived experience (Marcus Simmons, Voice of the Experienced), and identification of how psychologists in various roles and settings can work toward equity and justice (Dr. Apryl Alexander, University of Denver and Denver Forensic Institute for Research, Service, and Training [Denver FIRST]). Dr. Antoinette Kavanaugh, ABPP (Independent Practice) will facilitate discussion.
Live Follow-Up to APA Convention Session: Want to increase the number of forensic psychologists of color? Start by Listening - Friday 8/7, 1-2pm EST
Zoom Meeting ID 975 9784 2318, Password: 792697
There are still many barriers for students of color interested in a career in forensic psychology. Two experienced forensic psychologists of color will discuss their career paths and lived experiences, highlight challenges in their pathways, and propose responses and solutions to move the field forward.
AP-LS Business Meeting and Virtual Social Hour - Friday 8/7, 4-5pm EST
Zoom Meeting ID 994 0753 3726, Password: APLS
Meet AP-LS leadership and committee chairs, learn how committees have been serving AP-LS membership, and socialize with other members.
Project ABLE - Saturday 8/8, 3-4:30pm EST
Zoom Meeting ID 964 8366 7547, Password: APLS
A discussion of the new Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project, which is dedicated to reducing officer mistakes, preventing misconduct, and promoting health and wellness via active bystandership. Project ABLE will be offering training to law enforcement who commit to fostering a culture of active bystandership and accountability. Dr. Joel Dvoskin, ABPP; Jonathan Aronie, Esq.; Dr. Ervin Staub, and Mary Howell, Esq. will present the project’s development and goals, as well as opportunities for training in the skills, strategies, and tactics of active bystandership. Attendees can learn about Project ABLE here beforehand.
APA’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology participants are advocating for emergency supplemental funding to address the higher incidence of intimate partner violence during COVID-19.
Update available here.
CONGRATS Haley Potts, who won the nomination for Chair of the Student Committee for AP-LS! Go Haley! She will serve as Chair Elect 2020-21 and Chair 2021-2022!
Shelby Hunter passed her dissertation "mini" meeting! She received thumbs up from her committee to propose her meta-analysis on TBI in criminal-justice involved populations. Thank you Drs. Cox, Elbogen, Glenn, LaDuke, & Tomeny for your feedback!
Shelby was picked as the student rep for the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) Social Media Committee! Go Shelby!
The court held that " Due process does not require Kansas to adopt an insanity test that turns on a defendant’s ability to recognize that his crime was morally wrong." You can read the decision here.