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New Handbook Edited by Associate Professor Dr. Randy Otto Offers Comprehensive Discussion of Violence Risk Assessments and Measures

OttoBook(November 9, 2009) Dr. Randy Otto in the BCS Department of Mental Health Law and Policy has edited a new handbook that should prove helpful to mental health professionals, attorneys, judges, criminal justice professionals, and others who are faced with issues surrounding risk for violence and its assessment. The Handbook of Violence Risk Assesment includes two introductory chapters covering general issues in violence risk assessment, while the remainder of the book offers a comprehensive discussion of specific risk assessment measures.

Dr. Otto has published numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of forensic assessment and clinical decision making. In 2007 he joined department colleagues John Petrila and Norman Poythress in authoring the third edition of Psychological Evaluations for the Courts: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Lawyers (Guilford Press).

Dr. Otto received masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Florida State University, and completed an NIMH-funded fellowship in Law and Psychology at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Otto is a licensed psychologist and is board certified in forensic psychology and clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. In addition to his position in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, he holds adjunct faculty appointments at Stetson University College of Law, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at the University of South Florida. Dr. Otto has served as President of the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Board of Forensic Psychology, and he chairs the Committee to Revise the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology. In 2008 he received an award from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology for distinguished contributions to the specialty.

Book Contents:

Heilbrun, Yasuhara, Shah: Violence Risk Assessment Tools: Overview and Critical Analysis.
DeMatteo, Edens, Hart: The Use of Measures of Psychopathy in Violence Risk Assessment.

Part I: Juvenile Risk
Augimeri, Enebrink, Walsh, Jiang: Gender-Specific Childhood Risk Assessment Tools: Early Assessment Risk Lists for Boys (EARL-20B) and Girls (EARL-21G).
Borum, Lodewijks, Bartel, Forth: Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY).
Hoge: Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory.

Part II: Adult Risk
Rice, Harris, Hilton: The Violence Risk Appraisal Guide and Sex Offender Risk Appraisal Guide for Violence Risk Assessment and the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment and Domestic Violence Risk Appraisal Guide for Wife Assault Risk Assessment.
Wong, Olver: Two Treatment- and Change-oriented Risk Assessment Tools: The Violence Risk Scale and Violence Risk Scale--Sexual Offender Version.
Douglas, Reeves: Historical-Clinical-Risk Management-20 (HCR-20) Violence Risk Assessment Scheme: Rationale, Application, and Empirical Overview.
Monahan: The Classification of Violence Risk.
Andrews, Bonta, Wormith, The Level of Service (LS) Assessment of Adults and Older Adolescents. Kropp, Gibas, The Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA).
Anderson, Hanson: Static-99: An Actuarial Tool to Assess Risk of Sexual and Violent Recidivism among Sexual Offenders.
Hart, Boer: Structured Professional Judgment Guidelines for Sexual Violence Risk Assessment: The Sexual Violence Risk-20 (SVR-20) and Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP).

For additional information, contact Dr. Randy Otto.

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