14 July 2018

BOOK: Thomas GRISSO and Stanley L. BRODSKY, Eds., The Roots of Modern Psychology and Law : A Narrative History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). ISBN 9780190688707, $35.00

Oxford University Press has just published a book on the history of the interactions between the legal field and the field of psychology.  


Psychology's formal interaction with law began early in the twentieth century, though little in the way of substantive scholarly and professional development occurred until several decades later. The emergence of psychology and law as a modern field of scholarship was marked by the founding of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) in 1969, now approaching its 50th anniversary. The scientific foundation upon which the modern field now rests was established by a small group of psychological researchers, legal scholars, and clinicians.

The Roots of Modern Psychology and Law: A Narrative History reveals how the field developed during the first decade following the founding of the American Psychology-Law Society. The contributors to this edited volume, widely considered to be among the "founders" of the field, were responsible for establishing and nurturing many of the subfields and topics in psychology and law or forensic psychology that flourished across the next fifty years. In each chapter, these leaders explain in narrative form how and why the field and the Society developed in its early years through the recounting of key professional events in their careers during the 1970s. In some cases this was their first major research study using psychology applied to legal issues. In others it was their development of seminal ideas or organizational innovations that had a later impact on the field's development. The volume chronicles how an emerging AP-LS and field of psychology and law were shaped by these psychologists, and how their own initial work was, in turn, shaped by the organization.


Thomas Grisso, Ph.D, is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry (Clinical Psychology) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He was president of the American Psychology-Law Society in 1990 and Executive Director of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. He has received outstanding achievement awards from both organizations as well as the American Psychological Association.

Stanley L. Brodsky, Ph.D, is Professor Emeritus and Scholar-in-Residence at The University of Alabama, where has was a faculty member from 1972-2016. He was a founding member of the American Psychology-Law Society and has received awards for Outstanding Achievement from the American-Psychology-Law Society and the American Association of Correctional Psychologists.


Table of Contents
Contributor List
Editors' Prologue
Stanley L. Brodsky and Thomas Grisso
Chapter 1: The Evolution of Psychology and Law
Thomas Grisso
Section I: Psychological Science and Law
Chapter 2: Eyewitness Testimony: An Eyewitness Report
Elizabeth F. Loftus
Chapter 3: Applying Social Psychology to Law and the Legal Process
Michael J. Saks
Chapter 4: Jury Research
Shari Seidman Diamond
Chapter 5: Mental Health Law and the Seeds of Therapeutic Jurisprudence
David B. Wexler
Chapter 6: Mental Disability, Criminal Responsibility, and Civil Commitment
Stephen J. Morse
Chapter 7: Framing, Institutionalizing, and Nurturing Research in Psychology and Law
Bruce D. Sales
Section II: Assessment, Interventions, and Practice in Legal Contexts
Chapter 8: Forensic Mental Health Services and Competence to Stand Trial
Ronald Roesch
Chapter 9: Predictions of Violence
John Monahan
Chapter 10: Juveniles' Psycholegal Capacities
Thomas Grisso
Chapter 11: Correctional Psychology
Stanley L. Brodsky
Chapter 12: The Founding and Early Years of the American Board of Forensic Psychology
Florence W. Kaslow
Chapter 13: Community Psychology, Public Policy, and Children
N. Dickon Reppucci
Epilogue: Psychology and Law at AP-LS' Fiftieth Anniversary
Thomas Grisso and Stanley L. Brodsky
Index of Names

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