RISK ASSESSMENTS

While no psychologist can accurately crystal-ball the future with 100% accuracy, we are trained to use the research data available that relate to various crimes in order to make predictions regarding potential future maladaptive behaviors.  Using sets of actuarial data, augmented by clinical, structured judgment, psychologists often can help stakeholders ascertain the likelihood of individuals engaging in future violence, sexual misconduct, addictions, and other inappropriate activities.  As one example, an employee may experience “flipping out” at work on a given day, being sent home.  Naturally, an employer has a vested interest in knowing the likelihood of whether this was a onetime occurrence (only) or whether this behavior is likely to repeat itself.  Risk assessment evaluations often include a clinical interview, psychological testing, records review, and contact with collateral sources.