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Current Articles

Caught On Video
Cameras, Computers, and Control: Convenience or Conspiracy?

By Edward J Primeau


This article provides an inside look at the ever-expanding role of today’s security cameras and surveillance videos, used as a means of monitoring public activity and protecting citizens. I include a basic overview of the types of surveillance applications and compare their functional capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. I also examine the role of surveillance video in litigation, as well as the many issues that can arise from its use as evidence in legal proceedings. Finally, I offer insight into the ways surveillance videos and other monitoring devices will play an even greater role in the future.

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Psychopathy, Antisocial Personality, & Sociopathy: The Basics
A History Review

By Paula M. MacKenzie, PsyD, MSEd


The concept and use of the word psychopath has a rather long history all of its own, yet, in spite of its history, a good deal of conceptual confusion remains. Many authors have honed in on a very specific type of deviant behavior that at its core is distinctly different from mental illness or psychosis-related behavior. The focus of the following article is to conceptually explore this distinctly different behavior and the psychopathy basics, so to speak, which center on behavioral phenomena that by its very nature is best described as toxic, parasitic, predatory and potentially destructive to others. Also explored is how the related concepts of psychopathy, antisocial personality, and sociopathy have been defined, confused, and subsequently misused.

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Archive

Novmeber, 2014

An Anthropological Comparison of Two Children's Photographs

By Horacio E. Solla, PhD


The two most popular theories about the nationality of the famous tango singer, Carlos Gardel, are presented here. These are the Uruguayan and French theories. Both arguments are exposed according to documentation, witness testimonies, and Gardel's declarations to the media. A study and anthropological comparison of two children´s photographs...

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Integrative Clinician Part 2:
Integrative Awareness in PTSD Treatment:
Avoiding Unseen Risks of a Provider-Initiated Drug Withdrawal

By Rev. Dr. Chrys L. Parker, J.D.


In "The Integrative Clinician" series, the author discusses the importance of exercising integrative awareness when treating patients with PTSD. Through integrative approaches, clinicians can develop a heightened awareness of...

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October, 2014

Forensic Psychological Reports: Medical Records or Confidential Employment Documents?

By George A. Harris and Martin Zehr

This article explores ethical, legal, and practical problems related to disclosure and release of documents and reports in fitness for duty, forensic, and pre-employment evaluations. Regulations developed for state licensing boards often do not take into account the complexities of evaluations not done in a strictly clinical context. It is often unclear who has the right to authorize...

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An Expert’s Honor is Not an Oxymoron

By Paul D. Friedman, MA, PhD, JD

“Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.” William Shakespeare wrote about the internal need for honesty, integrity and honor over five hundred years ago and the same principles withstand the test of time.

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Chargemaster: How it is Ruining Healthcare for Americans

By John Haberströh

This paper will explore the ramifications of the nation’s systemic, overzealous overbilling for every conceivable medical service available as well as the laughable mythology of “non-profit” hospitals. There will be a brief discussion on the history Universal Health Care in the United States. We will also discuss what is so wrong with this system, why so many Americans are dying no matter how much money is thrown at the problem...

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Integrative Clinician PT 1

By Rev. Dr. Chrys L. Parker, JD

This article contains a brief discussion of (l) the author's concept of practice as an integrative professional, (2) an overview of what integrative care does and does not involve, (3) why integrative approaches may play an important role in the creation of vital linkages between caregiving professions, and (4) how the regular series The Integrative Clinician will operate to enhance integrative knowledge among professionals. The article also introduces the topic of integrative care by outlining three scenarios...

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September, 2014


Small Cues – Major Effect: How an Auditor Training Exercise Revealed a Multi-Generational Fraud

By Dr. Eddward T. Herron, CPA
Dr. Katherene P. Terrell, CPA
Dr. Robert L. Terrell, CPA, CIA

Research has shown that forensic accountants and auditors must possess certain skills and abilities that discourage reliance on routine behavior in audits.

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The Psychological Forensic Expert Witness: Ethical Considerations

By Michael S. Cardwell MD, JD, MPH, MBA

Psychologists are often called upon to provide testimony and evidence in judicial matters. In these roles the professional psychologist is either a psychological expert witness or providing their services as a forensic psychologist (American Psychological Association [APA], 2003).

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Transnational Terrorism: The Role of Financial Intelligence Examined

By Dale Duchesne

Transnational terrorism remains at the forefront of concern on the part of most security agencies throughout the Western World and indeed in many other parts of the world as well, particularly the Middle East, North Africa, Pacific Rim, South and Central Asia.

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Professionals Need Protection in Child Custody Evaluations and Social Studies for the Court

By Donna R. Milburn, PhD

As a clinical psychologist who has been providing evaluations for the family court system in Texas for over twenty years, this evaluator has witnessed what appears to be a deterioration of services being provided to the courts and to the attorneys and their clients over the years.

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August, 2014

Psychopharmacologic Treatment for Substance Abuse & Dependency: What the Literature Has to Say (A Meta-Analysis)

By Scott A., Johnson, MA, LP

This article will primarily focus on psychopharmacologic interventions for alcohol abuse and dependence. The implications for other types of substance abuse and dependence will be addressed in a more summative fashion and will address Nicotine, Marijuana, and Cocaine abuse/dependence...

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Air Bag Deployment Criteria

By Jesse Kendall, PE
Kenneth Alvin Solomon, PhD, PE

An introduction to air bag systems and inflation processes will be followed by a brief history of crash sensors. Variables used in air bag deployment algorithms will be described, and examples of several patented systems compared. Estimated ranges of speed, deceleration, and displacement thresholds for air bag deployment will also be provided.

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Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections

By Arthur D Hallstrom

To some extent, controlling infection transfer is similar to the field of noise control. In both, it is hard to control the source and very hard to control the receiver. Some receivers are more sensitive than others. So the focus in both disciplines is on path control. For noise, you path attenuate the noise to the desired level. For infections, you clean the air so that the airborne path does not contribute to creating infections.

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July, 2014

Small Cues – Major Effect: How an Auditor Training Exercise Revealed a Multi-Generational Fraud

By Dr. Eddward T. Herron, CPA
Dr. Katherene P. Terrell, CPA
Dr. Robert L. Terrell, CPA, CIA

In this issue we bring you part two of this piece concerning a series of bank frauds at the Farmers and Merchants Bank. The frauds took place over the span of 60 years. It is hypothesized that the fraud was able to be carried out for so long because auditors were predictable in their methodology. The authors explore the idea that small changes in procedure may be just the ticket to catch fraudsters.

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The Operational Police Behavioral Health Specialist© as a Member of the Hostage and Crisis Negotiations Team

By James L. Greenstone, EdD, JD, DABECI

In this article, Dr. Greenstone suggests a role that may be needed on Police Ops. Teams. It is the role of a behavioral health specialist. It would allow for a behavioral health specialist to be present when needed without affecting the cohesion necessary for high stakes situations. 

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SMOKE: Effective Cognitive and Field Training for IED Detection

By Matthew J. Sharps, PhD
Millie G. Herrera, BA
Amanda L. Lodeesen, BA

In this article the authors describe a new manner of training individuals to detect IEDs. The authors highlight the need to use cognitively based training in both public and private sectors, due to its effectiveness.

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The Need for Medical and Forensic Scientific Expert Testimony

By Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD

Cyril Wecht wrote these comments about the need for quality expert testimony in the areas of medical and forensic science. Dr. Wecht discusses the concerns some physicians and scientists have in regards to the adversarial legal system we have.

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