For this assignment, you will submit a 1 to 2-page paper in which you will demonstrate your beginning formulation of the topic, its importance, and how it also identifies potential scholarly resources you may use for your Signature Assignments.
In selecting a topic, you are welcome to pick a topic that is of interest to you. You may also find it helpful to see some potential topics that would be good areas to research for your project, which you are welcome to utilize and develop for your topic. Please review the list below to assist you in topic selection.
Suggested Research Topics Related to Forensic Psychology:
Validity and feasible utility of criminal profiling
Treatment efficacy of personality disorders which relate to criminogenic behaviors
Rehabilitation models and their impact on the correctional system
Efficacy of treatment and supervision models utilized with sexual offenders
Threat assessment prediction, accessibility, and utility in educational contexts
Juvenile recidivism in the context of different treatment and correctional modalities
Eyewitness testimony, confessions, and other police techniques and their impact on the judicial process
Involuntary psychological treatment in the correctional setting and impacts on outcomes
Efficacy of treatment in a correctional environment
Commitment statutes and their efficacy relative to recidivism
Neurodevelopmental disorders, competency, and rehabilitation
Developmental pathways for criminogenic or psychopathic behaviors and efficacy of a juvenile intervention
Impacts of psychological science and education on law enforcement policy, training, and/or daily operations
Impacts of forensic psychology reports in courtroom proceedings
In part 1, you will describe the topic and its importance. Essentially, in a brief 1-page summary, you will explain the extent of the forensic psychological issue that you have identified and note the importance of your topic by referencing scholarly materials.
In part 2, you will complete a chart where you identify 3-5 sources that you might use to evaluate your problem in your literature review and presentation later in the course. These may be the same resources you utilized in part 1 or additional resources you have identified through your research that may be useful in your project. In this part of the assignment, you will construct a chart that organizes your research and allows you to analyze each one across certain key dimensions. See the following example to get an idea of how you can prepare such a chart. Be sure to also include a full reference page for any sources utilized in both parts of this assignment.
Length: 1-page summary; chart with 3-5 scholarly resources, not including title or reference pages
References: Include a minimum of 3 scholarly resources.