PSYC 395: Psychology and Law Report a Broken Link

Forensic Psychology is the fastest growing subspecialty in psychology. Social science impacts on most aspects of the legal process and psychologists are increasingly being asked to participate by providing knowledge to this system. This course examines the breadth of this participation and the application of psychological science to the Canadian justice system.

Unit 1


Introduction to Psychology and Law
These supplementary materials are presented for your interest should you wish to follow up on the information presented in Unit 1. You are not required to pursue these sources of information.
The Access to Justice Network (ACJNET) site provides information about Canadian law.
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) site provides articles related to crime and justice from an American perspective.
Accesses On the Witness Stand: Essays on Psychology and Crime (1908/1925) by Hugo M√ľnsterberg-the father of forensic psychology.
This section of the Statistics Canada Web site provides Canadian crime statistics.

Unit 2


Investigative Procedures
The supplementary materials are presented for your interest should you wish to follow up on the information presented in Unit 2. You are not required to puruse these sources of information.
This article on the American Bar Association (ABA) Web site reviews issues regarding child witnesses.
Provides links to articles concerning the courtroom, eyewitness testimony, and DNA evidence.
The site of Elizabeth Loftus, a key researcher in memory and false memories.
Web site of the leading university-based program in investigative psychology, the University of Liverpool's Centre of Investigative Psychology.
Provides information about hypnosis, including how it affects memory and the recovery of false memories.
Links to full text articles, abstracts, and tables on recovered memories, memory research, and related topics.
Discusses a variety of contributing factors that lead to the wrongful identification of Ronald Cotton as a perpetrator of rape.

Unit 3


The Jury and Sentencing
The supplementary materials are presented for your interest, should you wish to follow up on the information presented in Unit 3. However, you are not required to pursue these sources of information.
This page provides references to journal articles, books, chapters of books, edited volumes and websites about battered woman syndrome.
Reflects the correctional system of Canada through the eyes of federal inmates and their families.
Site of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).
This article on the Mental Health Net (MHN) site discusses the ethics of jury selection and the influence of non-verbal behaviour.
Site of the National Parole Board of Canada.

Unit 4


Forensic Assessment and Treatment
The supplementary materials are presented for your interest, should you wish to follow up on the information presented in Unit 4. However, you are not required to pursue these sources of information.
Justice site that reviews programs for Aboriginal offenders.
Site of the Koch Crime Institute in Kansas, which examines crime and juvenile justice issues, providing in-depth information, analysis, research, and evaluation.
Describes the multisystemic therapy (MST) approach for young offenders, which is a widely recognized and validated intervention.
Provides information about the selection and assessment of psychological tests.
Outlines the Correctional Service of Canada's sex offender program.
The Young Offenders Act (YOA, 1985) of Canada.
Description of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, proposed to replace the YOA.
Site provides information about the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other information related to dealing with with youth crime.

Unit 5


Specific Psycholegal Decisions
The supplementary materials are presented for your interest, should you wish to follow up on the information presented in Unit 5. However, you are not required to pursue these sources of information.
This article from the Institute for Psychological Therapies (IPT) discusses violent recidivism in sexual offenders.
This article discusses the use of mental disorder as a criminal defence.
Perr, I. N.

(1992). The trial of Louis Riel: A study in Canadian psychiatry. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 37, 845-852.

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This site provides information about risk assessment, juvenile issues, the insanity defence, psychopathy, sex offenders, and other topics.

Unit 6


Psychology in Civil Law
The supplementary materials are presented for your interest, should you wish to follow up on the information presented in Unit 6. However, you are not required to pursue these sources of information.
Family law message forums with links to other relevant sites.
This site discusses the warning signs of trauma-related stress.