Introduction to Psychology and Law: Canadian Perspectives

By James Ogloff and Regina Schuller

© 2001

Despite the notable Canadian presence in the field of psychology and law, there is currently no comprehensive Canadian textbook on the subject. While a few U.S. textbooks cover the field, they give little or no attention to Canadian law and research. In recognition of this problem, editors Regina Schuller and James Ogloff have put together an authoritative introduction to law and psychology for a Canadian audience. Within the fifteen chapters that comprise the book, leading Canadian scholars cover a wide range of topics spanning the applications of psychology - clinical, social, cognitive, developmental, experimental - in both criminal and civil areas of law. These include memory and eyewitness testimony, the jury, sentencing, competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and many others. The legal system in Canada serves as the backdrop for each of the chapters, which begin with an interesting case or anecdote that introduces the reader to some of the major issues facing psychologists and lawyers in this country.

The book offers a compelling introduction to the field and a unique perspective to Canadian readers, especially students in psychology, criminology, and other disciplines in social science and law.

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Leading Canadian scholars cover a wide range of topics spanning the applications of psychology in both criminal and civil areas of law. An authoritative introduction to law and psychology for a Canadian audience.

Introduction to Psychology and Law: Canadian Perspectives

By James Ogloff and Regina Schuller

© 2001

Despite the notable Canadian presence in the field of psychology and law, there is currently no comprehensive Canadian textbook on the subject. While a few U.S. textbooks cover the field, they give little or no attention to Canadian law and research. In recognition of this problem, editors Regina Schuller and James Ogloff have put together an authoritative introduction to law and psychology for a Canadian audience. Within the fifteen chapters that comprise the book, leading Canadian scholars cover a wide range of topics spanning the applications of psychology - clinical, social, cognitive, developmental, experimental - in both criminal and civil areas of law. These include memory and eyewitness testimony, the jury, sentencing, competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and many others. The legal system in Canada serves as the backdrop for each of the chapters, which begin with an interesting case or anecdote that introduces the reader to some of the major issues facing psychologists and lawyers in this country.

The book offers a compelling introduction to the field and a unique perspective to Canadian readers, especially students in psychology, criminology, and other disciplines in social science and law.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.5in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    'This book has been long-awaited and will represent a very important contribution to our field ... scholarly, comprehensive, well-written.'


    Stephen Porter, Department of Psychology, Dalhousie University
  • Author Information

    James R.P. Ogloff is the University Endowed Professor of Law and Forensic Psychology, Simon Fraser University, and Director of Mental Health Services, British Columbia Corrections.



    Regina A. Schuller is an Associate Professor of Psychology, York University, and has served as the Undergraduate Program Director for that department.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments
    Contributors

    PART ONE Introduction to Psychology and Law

    1. An Introduction to Psychology and Law
      Regina A. Schuller and James R.P. Ogloff
    2. An Introduction to Law and the Canadian Legal System
      V. Gordon Rose

    PART TWO Psychological Applications to Criminal Procedure

    1. Police Investigations
      A. Daniel Yarmey
    2. Memory in Legal Contexts: Remembering Events, Circumstances, and People
      J. Don Read, Deborah Connolly, and John W. Turtle
    3. The Jury: Selecting Twelve Impartial Peers
      Neil Vidmar and Regina A. Schuller
    4. The Jury: Deciding Guilt and Innocence
      Regina A. Schuller and Meagan Yarmey
    5. Sentencing, Parole, and Psychology
      Julian V. Roberts

    PART THREE Introduction to Forensic Clinical Psychology

    1. The Assessment and Treatment of Offenders and Inmates: General Considerations
      James F. Hemphill and Stephen D. Hart
    2. The Assessment and Treatment of Offenders and Inmates: Specific Populations
      Tonia L. Nicholls, James F. Hemphill, Douglas P. Boer, P. Randall Kropp, and Patricia A. Zapf
    3. Fitness to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility in Canada
      James R.P. Ogloffand Karen E. Whittemore
    4. Violence and Risk Assessment
      David R. Lyon, Stephen D. Hart, and Christopher D. Webster

    PART FOUR Introduction to Forensic Civil Psychology

    1. Civil Commitment and Civil Competence: Psychological Issues
      Kevin S. Douglas and William J. Koch
    2. Psychology's Intersection with Family Law
      William J. Koch and Kevin S. Douglas
    3. Psychological Injuries and Tort Litigation: Sexual Victimization and Motor Vehicle Accidents
      Kevin S. Douglas and William J. Koch

    PART FIVE Conclusion

    1. Psychology and Law: Looking Towards the Future
      James R.P. Ogloff and Regina A. Schuller

    Appendix: Training Opportunities in Law and Psychology
    Notes
    References
    Subject index
    Case index