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Current Articles

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

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; Suboxone is not addressed and should be further explored. Although not an exhaustive review, the following information helps bring to light the importance of psychopharmacologic intervention in the effective treatment of substance abuse and substance dependence.

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Air Bag Deployment Criteria

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

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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Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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