KAREN FRANKLIN, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, an instructor at the San Francisco Bay Area campus of Alliant International University, and chair of the Ethics & Professional Affairs Committee of the Alameda County Psychological Association. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of criminal defendants. She was among the first to study the motivations of hate crime offenders, and presented her findings at a U.S. Congressional briefing. Other research interests include the cultural dynamics underlying multiple-perpetrator rape and the ethics of psychiatric diagnosis in forensic settings. She was awarded the 2012 Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology award from the California Psychological Association, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowship, and the Monette/Horwitz Trust Award. Her peer-reviewed articles have appeared in Behavioral Sciences & the Law, American Behavioral Scientist, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, the Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, and other academic journals. A former criminal investigator and legal affairs news reporter, she received her postdoctoral training in forensic psychology through the University of Washington.
With more and more students turning to forensic careers, some high schools are now offering advanced courses in forensic science. In its 2012 high school textbook on advanced forensics, Cengage Learning highlights the career of a forensic psychologist. It’s rather ironic that they chose to profile me in the chapter of Forensic Science: Advanced Investigations … Continue reading »View full post
On All Things Considered, NPR’s Alix Spiegel explores the controversial PCL-R instrument, designed to ferret out psychopaths, and its great influence over one prisoner’s parole fate. Here, a panel of experts — Karen Franklin among them — debates the test’s role in the criminal justice system. Plus, Dr. Franklin reviews Jon Ronson’s new book on … Continue reading »View full post
That’s the title of my “Ethics Corner” column in California Psychologist, discussing some of the quagmires as well as opportunities for ethical practice behind bars. I’ve also uploaded a companion resource page here on my website. Here’s the way the column starts: A recent photo in the Los Angeles Times pictured a psychologist administering therapy … Continue reading »View full post
The competency training page showcases legal cases with publicly available teaching tools, most of them free and online. Resources include reports, videos and transcripts of hearings and evaluations. Featured cases include: Competency Cases Online Theodore Kaczynski Colin Ferguson Ralph Tortorici Scott Panetti Mike Tyson Steven Hayes John Salvi III José Padilla Thomas A. Shay Competency … Continue reading »View full post