The Insanity Defense in Forensic Practice

Early in November, the Texas Supreme Court announced its decision to reverse and remand for a new trial, the case of Andrea Yates. It will be recalled that Yates, despite the abundant evidence of severe mental illness was convicted of killing her five children by drowning them in a bath tub. While the reversal was […]

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  • White House Conference on Aging: Symbolic victory for mental health?

    At the recent White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) 78 percent of the 1,200 delegates voted to support the resolution for training of geriatric education for health care professionals, ranking it sixth among 73 resolutions, which was touted by professional groups as a victory for geriatric mental health care. In stark contrast, legislators a few […]

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  • Psychologist’s murder remains mystery

    Police report no suspects in the slaying of Ira Polonsky, Ph.D., in his Vallejo, Calif., office building on Nov. 1. Polonsky, 64, was found just after 6 p.m. bleeding from a shotgun blast to the abdomen after police and medical workers responded to a 911 call and found him in a hallway of the office […]

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  • Economics, politics and psychological practice

    Like many of their fellow citizens, psychologists often are content with the “spin” coming out of Washington about a growing economy and the prosperity that is predicted to follow. Such Pablum is the kind of nonsensical, non-critical thinking that we can no longer afford, either as a country or as a profession. Too many psychologists […]

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