Welcome CASSIDY! CLASS is thrilled to welcome Cassidy as an incoming doctoral student Fall 2021! She brings lots of competency and research experience and we are so excited for her to join us!
Yeah JALEN! AP-LS's BRIDGE selected Undergrad RA Jalen Moreno for their competitive AP (Access Path) Program! This comes with a $3,600 stipend and mentorship through BRIDGE and Dr. Kois!
SHELBY AT IT AGAIN! AP-LS awarded Shelby a student grant-in-aid to purchase software for her dissertation, "Prevalence of Traumatic Brain Injury Among Criminal Justice-Involved Populations: A Meta-Analysis!"
CONGRATS SHELBY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shelby matched to her first choice for internship - UMASS MEDICAL SCHOOL FORENSIC TRACK!!! We are so happy for you!!!! I'm not crying you're crying!!!!
Congrats...TUSCALOOSA? SAMHSA awarded Tuscaloosa technical assistance for building our crisis response system (SIMs 0 and 1) through a competitive process! Dr. Kois wrote the application in collaboration with Sgt. Parker and Karen Jones of Indian Rivers.
The Building a Competent Crisis Care System at Intercepts 0-1 Community of Practice (CoP) will explore policies and practices to build and enhance a competent crisis care system. Through participation in this CoP, selected sites will work to improve strategies related to components of a crisis care system including 911 and crisis line integration, mobile crisis response, community alternatives to emergency department and inpatient dispositions, and partnerships with law enforcement. Communities will be expected to work with current and new stakeholders including local hospital leadership, behavioral health providers providing crisis response services, treatment providers, housing agency director(s)/local public housing authority directors, peer-based recovery support services, 911 call takers/mental crisis call centers, and law enforcement.
CONGRATS Dr. Kois, Honorary CLASS GRA Lauren Meaux, Drs. Cox and Kelley! They just had a new publication accepted by Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.
Title: Evaluators' Experiences with Combined Competence to Proceed and
Mental State Evaluations.
Abstract: Combined evaluations of competence to proceed (CTP) and mental state at the time of the offense (MSO) are commonplace, yet underexamined in the literature. Given the high stakes faced by defendants and substantial arguments that can be made for and against combined evaluations, it is imperative that we understand how practitioners navigate this process. In this exploratory practitioner study (N = 43), we surveyed professional practices and beliefs concerning combined evaluations as well as how, per practitioners’ self-reports, they were influenced by jurisdictional policy. As is recommended in nascent areas of research, we undertook both quantitative and qualitative methods. Many evaluators reported a disconnect between the spirit of adjudicative competence and the combined CTP/MSO evaluation process. On the whole, evaluators reported that combined evaluations accounted for 29% of their CTP and/or MSO referrals, but only 10 (23.3%) reported that their jurisdiction specifically addressed how to conduct them. They tended to endorse that seemingly incompetent defendants cannot consent to MSO evaluations, and so MSO reports should not be submitted for these defendants. They provided some consensus that seemingly incompetent defendants can provide useful information later integrated into MSO evaluations and that CTP and MSO opinions should be documented separately. We recommend that jurisdictions include statutory language directing evaluators to refrain from submitting MSO opinions when they believe defendants are incompetent, for jurisdictions to explicitly require separate CTP and MSO reports and to distinguish disclosure rules for each report type, and further professional discussion about the nature and process of combined evaluations.
CONGRATS Undergrad RA Olivia! Olivia just obtained a direct care staff position with Indian Rivers Behavioral Health!
Go SHELBY & CASSANDRA! Both had first-authored presentations accepted for presentation at AP-LS 2021!
Shelby's co-authors are Drs. Kois, Gonzales, Tussey, and Elbogen, and she will present on how medical conditions have implications for forensic mental health assessment!
Cassandra's co-authors are undergrad RA Marin Montalbano, Drs. Kois and Cox, Grad RAs Ashley Peck and Haley Potts! She will present on operationalization of sex and gender in psychology and law research!
CONGRATS Dr. Kois & Dr. Cox! They received a CARSCA grant ($5,200) to pilot a new intervention for justice-involved women this summer with Dr. Elbogen!
Dr. Ira Packer and Dr. Kois co-authored a chapter, "Criminal Responsibility Evaluations," which is in press for Drs. DeMatteo and Scherr's Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Law!
Congrats CASSANDRA! She is UA's new campus rep for the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS)!
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!