Journal of Psychiatry & Law

Journal of Psychiatry & Law is a medical journal focusing on Psychiatry & Law

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 2, Summer

A Pilot Study of Job Satisfaction in Massachusetts Judges
This pilot study examined the overall job satisfaction of Massachusetts judges, and additionally addressed these judges' views of what might serve to increase their job satisfaction. Results indicated that these judges were highly satisfied with their...
Applying Cognitive Models of Deception to National Security Investigations: Considerations of Psychological Research, Law, and Ethical Practice
The current threat of global terrorism has sparked a renewed interest in the development of more effective methods for the detection of deception. In the United States, the American Psychological Association (APA)-spurred by torture allegations involving...
Competence Assessment, Diverse Abilities, and a Pro Se Standard
In June 2008 the Supreme Court of the United States addressed the implications of mental illness on a defendant's constitutional right to self-representation in the case of Indiana v. Edwards. This article examines the Court's holding in Edwards from...
Disability Hate Crimes: Does Anyone Really Hate Disabled People?
Disability Hate Crimes: Does Anyone Really Hate Disabled People?, by Mark Sherry (Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2010), 160pp., $59.95.Mark Sherry's book Disability Hate Crimes: Does Anyone Really Hate Disabied People? is the first of its kind to deeply analyze...
Founders' Perspective on the History of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law
The Program in Psychiatry and the Law (the Program) resides in the Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Over the course of three decades of collaborative work, the Program has...
Learning outside the Box: A Handbook for Law Students Who Learn Differently
Learning Outside the Box: A Handbook for Law Students Who Learn Differently, by Leah M. Christensen (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2011), 216 pp., $28.00.With the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008 (ADAAA, RL....
Litigant Self-Representation I: The Fate of Defendants Who Represent Themselves in Court
The Supreme Court of the United States held in Indiana v. Edwards (2008) that states may limit the self-representation rights of criminal defendants with mental illness when such persons are incapable of acting effectively as their own counsel. This...
Parasomnias, Violence and the Law
In this review, we trace the parallel development of scientific understanding of parasomnias and the jurisprudence of violent behavior during sleep. Before sleep physiology was studied, it was generally self-evident that sleeping persons would not be...
The Concept of "Conduct Unbecoming" as Applied to a Physician's Extra-Medical Behavior
An approach analogous to the military concept of "conduct unbecoming an officer" is increasingly evident in the attempted management of physicians' personal behavior by medical licensing entities-even when such behavior bears little or no relation to...
The Psychology of Correctional Therapeutics and Offender Rehabilitation: Approaching a Balanced Model of Inmate Treatment
A correctional policy of medically mandated, constitutionally guaranteed, and legally enforced mental health treatment for persons with mental illness sounds both humane and like good public policy. The widely assumed presumption is that such a framework...