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In the decade since the publication of the first edition of The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology, the field has expanded into areas such as social work and education, while maintaining the interest of criminal justice researchers and policy makers. This new edition provides cutting-edge and comprehensive coverage of the key theoretical perspectives, assessment methods, and interventions in forensic psychology. The chapters address substantive topics such as acquisitive crime, domestic violence, mass murder, and sexual violence, while also exploring emerging areas of research such as the expansion of cybercrime, particularly child sexual exploitation, as well as aspects of terrorism and radicalisation. Reflecting the global reach of forensic psychology and its wide range of perspectives, the international team of contributors emphasise diversity and cross-reference between adults, adolescents, and children to deliver a contemporary picture of the discipline.


‘The first edition of this book was my ‘go to’ text for students of all levels due to the brief yet informed summaries of key aspects within forensic psychology. This new edition again hosts a phenomenal cast list, combining a ‘who’s who’ of expertise, written in an easily accessible form.’

Terri Cole - Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology and Programme Leader for Investigative Forensic Psychology (MSc), Bournemouth University, UK

‘This is a sophisticated reboot of a much-loved and well-thumbed handbook drawing on the talents and innovation of established and emerging voices. Sitting somewhere in between an encyclopaedia and practical reference guide, this text will be invaluable to students and practitioners. Whilst it may not easily fit in a pocket, it prompts us all to challenge and reflect on what we are doing to increase diversity, inclusivity and accountability in our work.’

Joanna R. Adler - Professor of Forensic Psychology, University of Hertfordshire, UK

‘I have been involved in undertaking research and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in forensic psychology for over 15 years, and I am delighted to endorse this book. Jennifer Brown and Miranda Horvath having brought together a comprehensive, detailed and accessible text. A ‘must have’ for all students and budding researchers in forensic psychology.’

Tammi Walker - Professor of Forensic Psychology and Principal of St Cuthbert’s Society, Durham University, UK

‘This is the definitive forensic psychology text. It explores a diverse range of topics against a contemporary backdrop. Written by major international scholars and practitioners who have shaped the field, this authoritative and pragmatically geared book is an invaluable resource for professionals and trainees.’

Lorraine Sheridan - Associate Professor, School of Psychology, Curtin University, Australia

‘I warmly welcome this much expanded second edition. It is especially heartening to read the editors’ acknowledgement of the impacts of the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter social movements and their likely influence upon forensic psychological research, policy and practice. I fully anticipate it being on forensic reading lists internationally.’

Graham Towl - Professor of Forensic Psychology, Durham University, and former Chief Psychologist, Ministry of Justice, UK

‘This is an excellent resource for anyone working or studying in the forensic field. This is always my recommended go-to for learning about new forensic topics. Rather than conducting detailed literature searches yourself, this handbook conveniently summarises decades of research for you, identifying the key concepts and theories for each topic.’

Louise Almond - Professor in Investigative and Forensic Psychology and Programme Director for the MSc in Investigative and Forensic Psychology, University of Liverpool, UK

‘The second edition of this handbook is a valuable resource for both academics and practitioners in forensic psychology and allied disciplines. The updated volume covers substantive issues in forensic psychology, and I will be recommending this text very highly to my postgraduate students and colleagues.’

Theresa A. Gannon - Professor of Forensic Psychology and Director of the Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology, University of Kent, UK

‘This new edition is impressive in both breadth and depth. World-leading researchers deliver engaging and carefully curated chapters. I strongly recommend this handbook to students, teachers and practitioners in the field.’

P. A. Granhag - Professor of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

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