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Forensic Mental Health Evaluations in the Digital Age

A Practitioner’s Guide to Using Internet-Based Data

Editors: Batastini, Ashley B., Vitacco, Michael J. (Eds.)

  • Timely investigation of how social media and other internet-derived data can be used to assess behavior
  • Offers best practice guidelines for both criminal and civil psycho-legal questions
  • Includes instructional case studies to help guide clinicians and mental health practitioners
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About this book

This is the first book devoted to the use of social media and other internet-derived data in forming forensic clinical opinions of behavior. Designed for mental health practitioners, it outlines the challenges and the benefits of incorporating digital information in forensic assessments. It offers best practice guidelines geared to both criminal and civil psycho-legal questions. Each chapter includes a brief overview of the psycho-legal issues, clinical applications of consulting internet-based data, ethical and legal considerations and real life, de-identified case examples. This book provides guidance to the clinician in an emerging technological environment in which there are few resources, and ensures a more scientific and legally sound practice.

About the authors

Ashley B. Batastini, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she directs the Correctional and Forensic Psychology Research Laboratory. She also maintains a private practice conducting pre-trial evaluations as a licensed psychologist in the state of Mississippi. Dr. Batastini earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Texas Tech University after completing a pre-doctoral internship at Western State Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Batastini has authored or co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters related to the psychological effects of administrative segregation, community re-entry barriers, violence risk communication, and applications of telepsychology in corrections. Additionally, Dr. Batastini is the lead developer of an evidence-based program for inmates with mental health concerns who are detained in or prone to restrictive housing environments (Stepping Up, Stepping Out).

 

Michael J. Vitacco, Ph.D., ABPP, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior as well as in the Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. At Augusta University he serves as the Director of the postdoctoral fellowship program in forensic psychology.  He also maintains a private practice conducting pretrial, preemployment, risk evaluations as a licensed psychologist in the states of Georgia and Wisconsin, He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of North Texas, an internship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in conjunction with the United States Department of Justice, and a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Vitacco has 15 years of clinical expertise in conducting forensic mental health assessments. Dr. Vitacco is a licensed psychologist and has been board certified in forensic psychology since 2016. Dr. Vitacco is highly published on topics related to forensic mental health treatment and assessment, including violence risk, detection of malingering, and the civil commitment of NRGI patients.

 


Buy this book

eBook £55.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: April 23, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-33908-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover £69.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: April 23, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-33907-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Forensic Mental Health Evaluations in the Digital Age
Book Subtitle
A Practitioner’s Guide to Using Internet-Based Data
Editors
  • Ashley B. Batastini
  • Michael J. Vitacco
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-33908-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-33908-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-33907-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 246
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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