Contemporary Shifts in Forensic Psychology

Dr. Masood Zangeneh, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Innovative Learning, is co-editing a special issue on Forensic Psychology.

The consequences of crime are financially and socially severe, and exist on a global scale. Recent advancements in the field of Forensic Psychology have contributed to more accurate means of assessing individuals within forensic settings, and in doing so have facilitated the formulation of efficient treatment pathways as a means of tempering recidivism rates. Moreover, said developments have helped to secure stronger and more entwined working practices (often via drawing together multiple agencies) – thus reducing the barriers commonly faced by victims when attempting to reach out for support or when reporting crimes. Underpinning this is discourse surrounding mental health comorbidities, and moderating roles of social structure, historical factors, and developmental concerns. This special issue will explore some of the contemporary avenues of research in the field of Forensic Psychology and in doing so will give a voice to service providers, victims, and individuals with criminal convictions. 

We encourage manuscripts from academics, service providers, survivors, practitioners, individuals with convictions, and policy makers across disciplines. Manuscript types can include (but are not limited to): 

  • Essays or articles 
  • Reports based on empirical studies 
  • Book reviews or reviews of other types of relevant works 
  • Reflection or opinion pieces 
  • Materials produced by activist organizations with orienting/descriptive notes 
  • Creative expressions (poetry, artwork, storytelling etc.) 
  • Commentaries 
  • Letters 

Manuscript submission: November 1, 2022