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Acknowledgements. 1. Who Does He Think He Is? 2. How Psychologists Work. 3. Treatment Needs Assessment: Who Needs It? 4. Risk Assessment: Coffee Cans and Crystal Balls. 5. Formulation: When 'I Don't Know' Is the Correct Answer, All Other Answers Are Wrong. 6. Intervention: A Suitable Case for Treatment? 7. Evaluation: What Works and How Would We Know? 8. Communication: Who's Listening? 9. The Parole Process: Who Goes Home? 10. Heuristics and Biases: How Can We Be So Stupid? 11. Are We Hardwired for Poor Judgement? 12. The Future of Forensic (and Maybe Other) Psychology. 13. Leaving the Science Behind. References.

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An expose of the poor scientific basis of psychological assessments affecting prisoner release, involving huge cost to taxpayers

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Robert A. Forde is a retired consultant forensic psychologist and prison psychologist. He lives in Wiltshire, UK.


A riveting, sharply written examination of the fault line between good science and forensic folklore. -- E.J. Wagner-author of the Edgar-winning The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective's Greatest Cases
Bad Psychology is a must and timely book for anyone interested in forensic evaluation and the (mis)-use of science. It is a wake-up call to bring science to the work of forensic examiners. -- Dr. Itiel Dror, Cognitive Neuroscientist, University College London

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