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The Cognitive Underpinnings of Bias in Forensic Mental Health Evaluations
Publications of Affiliated Faculty: Nebraska Public Policy Center
  • Tess M. S. Neal, University of Nebraska Public Policy Center
  • Thomas Grisso, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Date of this Version
1-1-2014
Citation

Published in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 20 :2 (2014), pp. 200-211; doi: 10.1037/a0035824

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Copyright © 2014 American Psychological Association. Used by permission.

Abstract
We integrate multiple domains of psychological science to identify, better understand, and manage the effects of subtle but powerful biases in forensic mental health assessment. This topic is ripe for discussion, as research evidence that challenges our objectivity and credibility garners increased attention both within and outside of psychology. We begin by defining bias and provide rich examples from the judgment and decision-making literature as they might apply to forensic assessment tasks. The cognitive biases we review can help us explain common problems in interpretation and judgment that confront forensic examiners. This leads us to ask (and attempt to answer) how we might use what we know about bias in forensic clinicians’ judgment to reduce its negative effects.
Citation Information
Tess M. S. Neal and Thomas Grisso. "The Cognitive Underpinnings of Bias in Forensic Mental Health Evaluations" (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/thomas_grisso/112/