The Bedeviling Blind Spots in the Risky Business of Risk Assessment
Jeffrey Singer, Ph.D.
Forensic evaluators conducting risk assessments for violence and sexual violence are required to be objective and impartial when formulating their professional opinions upon which triers of fact as well as social service and correctional entities rely. Yet, much literature highlighting inaccurate evaluations occur due to cognitive biases and heuristics, i.e. thinking shortcuts, as well as from systemic partisan allegiance effects. This presentation will review common cognitive heuristics and systemic forces that often produce inaccurate risk assessment results. The advantages and drawbacks of actuarial methods and structured professional judgment approaches will be discussed as well as the presenter’s own rubric to facilitate integrating risk assessment material.
St. Elizabeth's College
the Annunciation Center Flex Rooms
(Attendees should park in the lot in front of the Annunciation Center, walk in the front door, go down the stairs, and enter the large glass doors of the Flex Rooms on the right)
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Cost: $25 (MCPA members)
$30 (non-MCPA members)
Includes Dinner (7:30-8:00pm)
Contact: Randy Bressler by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (973)346-4138. Please contact Randy by noon on Monday, October 30th for more information and to make a reservation. When calling Randy, please spell your name and indicate the name of the person(s) for whom you are making the reservation.