Violence and Crime

Victimization, Suicide, and Self-harm


The construct of psychopathy is included in most of my research studies on violence. Psychopathy is a personality disorder with similarities to Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD). However, it includes additional emotional and interpersonal dysfunction, such as callousness, guiltlessness, and remorselessness.

Some of the specific research questions that I have, or am, addressing in my research on psychopathy include: (a) the role of psychopathy in the assessment of risk for violence among offenders, forensic psychiatric patients, civil psychiatric patients, and juvenile offenders; (b) the psychometric properties of various measures of psychopathy; (c) the factorial structure of measures of psychopathy, and their (in)variance across race, gender, and culture; and (d) the susceptibility of self-report measures of psychopathy to induced mood.

Forensic Assessment

Law and Psychology