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America Out Loud Network © – Go out onto the mean streets; visit the crimes scenes and work in the forensic lab with your hosts, Dr. Ron & Dr. Joni.

    🎧 The Psychology and Law of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

    🎧 The Psychology and Law of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, has become a household word, but it is a term – and a disorder – that is often misunderstood. In the media, it is all too often associated with vets and with violence. But the reality is that PTSD is much more complicated than most people think and its role in the legal arena is often complicated. Join Dr. Joni Johnston for this episode of Thread of Evidence, where she interviews Dr. Sanjay Adhia, a forensic psychiatrist and expert witness on PTSD, where they explore the law and psychology behind post-traumatic stress.  



    Website: www.forensicpsychiatrynow.com 

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    🎧 Can Children Be Psychopaths?

    🎧 Can Children Be Psychopaths?

    Few psychological terms carry such negative implications as the diagnosis of “psychopath.” We know, for example, that adults with psychopathy often leave a path of interpersonal destruction and emotional devastation behind them. We also know that that criminal psychopaths tend to offend far more often – and commit more serious crimes - than their antisocial peers.  



    Dr. Abigail Marsh



    But what causes someone to become a psychopath? How early does it start and what can we do about it? In this episode of Thread of Evidence, Dr. Joni Johnston talks with Georgetown University professor and researcher Dr. Abby Marsh about the controversy surrounding childhood psychopathy and what the implications are for parents and the criminal justice system.



    Abigail Marsh is a Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science at Georgetown. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and conducted her post-doctoral research at the National Institute of Mental Health. She is the author of over 70 publications in journals that include Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Human Behavior, American Journal of Psychiatry, and JAMA Psychiatry, as well as an award-winning trade book about her research on the brain basis of empathy and compassion called THE FEAR FACTOR.

    • 58 min
    🎧 Violence Risk

    🎧 Violence Risk

    Dr. Kelly Watt



    In this age of mass shootings and workplace violence, terms like “violence risk” and “threat assessment” have become common terms. But what do they really mean? Who does them and why? And do they work? On this episode of Thread of Evidence, Dr. Joni Johnston talks with Dr. Kelly Watt and gives us an up-close-and-personal look at what it means to ask the hard questions and make the tough decisions about how deadly a person might really be.



    Dr. Kelly A. Watt obtained her BA in psychology at Simon Fraser and her MA and PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked as a Psychology Fellow at Vancouver Coastal Health between 2008 and 2010. She currently works as Threat Assessment Specialist at Protect International Risk and Safety Services Inc. and a Workplace Consultant at Competence Center Bergen.

    • 57 min
    🎧 Prosecuting Sexual Abuse in the Church

    🎧 Prosecuting Sexual Abuse in the Church

    Few things are more powerful than faith. And few things are more devastating than when that faith is abused. On this episode of Thread of Evidence, Dr. Joni Johnston talks with John D. Winer, an attorney who has prosecuted numerous cases of sexual abuse by religious leaders. During the interview, they explore topics such as how victims typically come forward, how he evaluates the credibility of individuals who come forward, and how the legal process can help victims feel empowered after a life time of shame and suffering. Dr. Joni then talks to two victims of sexual abuse by a former church leader, who talk about their experiences and how they found the courage to speak out and to get justice.  



    John D. Winer is recognized statewide by his colleagues as an outstanding litigation and trial attorney. He has obtained record-setting verdicts and settlements over the last 34 years. Mr. Winer is frequently asked to lecture to other attorneys in his areas of specialty and emphasis including wrongful death, serious personal injury, psychological injury, employment litigation, psychotherapist malpractice, healthcare provider sexual abuse, workplace sexual harassment, elder abuse, traumatic brain injury and catastrophic injury cases. Image: NYT

    • 58 min
    🎧 The Art and Detection of Faking Mental Illness

    🎧 The Art and Detection of Faking Mental Illness

    How easy is it to fake mental illness when you are facing the death penalty? How about when you are applying for disability or suing someone for emotional distress? Psychologists call this malingering and it’s something every forensic psychologist has to consider when money or freedom is on the line. In this episode of Thread of Evidence, Dr. Joni Johnston interviews Dr. Barry Rosenfeld, a board certified forensic psychologist who talks about how often mental illnesses are faked and how forensic psychologists tell the difference between genuine symptoms and faked ones.



    Dr. Barry Rosenfeld is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University. He worked for several years as Senior Psychologist for the New York and is Past President of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services as well as the former Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Dr. Rosenfeld is board certified in forensic psychology and maintains an active practice in forensic consultation. He has evaluated multiple individuals detained in the infamous Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay military prisons, consulted to a U.N. War Tribunal regarding the prosecution of Serbian individuals accused of war crimes, and evaluated litigants in a class action lawsuit against the government of India. He has testified in many high-profile domestic cases, including U.S. v. Osama Bin Laden (involving alleged Al Qaeda members convicted of blowing up the U.S. Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya).

    • 58 min
    🎧 Whistleblowing and Workplace Investigation

    🎧 Whistleblowing and Workplace Investigation

    With all that’s going in Washington these days, the word “whistleblower” is a term we’re hearing more and more. But what is a whistleblower? Is it a disgruntled employee with a personal or political axe to grind? Is it, as synonyms suggest, a rat, a snitch, a tattletale? Or is it someone who sees something unethical or illegal and chooses to put him or herself at risk to act in the public interest? On today’s show, we’re going to talk to Amy Oppenheimer, a former administrative judge who has over 35 years investigating all kinds of workplace complaints and who sheds light on the complexities of being inside the investigation of workplace misconduct.  









    Amy Oppenheimer has over 35 years of experience in employment law, as an attorney, investigator, arbitrator, mediator and trainer. She is also a retired administrative law judge. Her areas of expertise include investigating and preventing workplace harassment and discrimination, and responding to allegations of harassment, retaliation, whistleblower claims, discrimination and other forms of workplace misconduct.









       

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