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The forensic psychologist's casebook: psychological profiling and criminal investigation

The forensic psychologist's casebook: psychological profiling and criminal investigation

Alison, Laurence J., editor

This book aims to demonstrate how forensic psychology contributes to police investigations, providing practical information about the type of reports provided by psychologists and behavioural advisors, and set within a broader theoretical context. It asks the question 'What do practitioners actually do when they provide advice for the police and the courts and how do they do it?' The contributors to the book are all experts in the field of offender profiling and behavioural investigative advice. The chapters provide valuable insights into particular case details, the ethical and legal consequences of advice, coverage of the relevant theoretical context, explanations for conclusions drawn, practical difficulties in preparing reports, potential pitfalls, and an account of how cases are resolved

Book. English.
Published Cullompton: Willan, 2005
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Laurence Alison
Manufacturer: London: Routledge, 2012
ISBN: 1843921014, 1843921138, 9781843921011, 9781843921134
Note: Originally published: Cullompton: Willan, 2005.
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: xxvii, 410 pages ; 24 cm
Subject: Forensic psychology.; Criminal behavior, Prediction of.


  1. Part 1: The Context of Criminal Investigation
  2. 1. From trait-based profiling to psychological contributions to apprehension methods by Laurence Alison
  3. 2. Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel murders: a very Victorian critical incident by Jonathan Ogan and Laurence Alison
  4. 3. Psychological research and police investigations: does the research meet the needs? by Emma C. Barrett
  5. 4. Suspect prioritization in the investigation of sex offences: from clinical classification and profiling to pragmatismby Georgia Wilson and Laurence Alison 5. The range of issues in crime analysis by Nina Cope
  6. 6. The interpersonal dynamics of police interviewing by Laurence Alison and Joanne Howard
  7. 7. Policing the police: theoretical and practical contributions of psychologists to understanding and preventing corruption by Louise E. Porter
  8. 8. Working with the courts: advice for expert witnesses by David Ormerod and Jim Sturman QC
  9. Part 2: Advising on Investigations 9. Rhetorical shaping in an undercover operation: the investigation of Colin Stagg in the Rachel Nickell murder enquiry by Laurence Alison and David Canter
  10. 10. Guidelines for profilers by Laurence Alison, Alasdair Goodwill and Emily Alison
  11. 11. Assessing the reliability of interviews with vulnerable witnesses by Katarina Fritzon
  12. 12. Malingering or memory loss in a major collision investigation: reconstructing accounts of suspects, victims and witnesses by Laurence Alison
  13. 13. Suicide or murder? Implicit narratives in the Eddie Gilfoyle case by David Canter 14. A stalking management programme: preparing advisory material for non-psychologists by Emily Alison and Laurence Alison
  14. 15. Consent, inference and patterns of abuse in a case of domestic violence by Emily Alison and Laurence Alison 16. Conclusions: personal reflections on the last decade by Adrian West and Laurence Alison

Author note

Laurence Alisonis Professor of Psychology at the University of Liverpool. He is also a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, and Academic Director of the National Centre for the Study of Critical Incident Decision Making.