Forensic Evaluation Program - Research Projects

The Forensic Evaluation Program at EVMS includes a research focus designed to expand the scientific knowledge base concerning forensic psychological evaluations.  Dr. Archer has conducted forensic research studies in collaboration with, or supported by, the University of Minnesota Press, the Norfolk Foundation, and the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.  These research areas include:

 

  • Application of the MMPI-A and MMPI-2 in forensic settings
  • The modifications and adaptations needed with traditional clinical assessment instruments to effectively address forensic issues
  • Mental health needs of adolescents in Juvenile Justice facilities, including the evaluation of emerging mental health needs for adolescents held in detention facility and the psychological needs of adolescents who are eventually placed in correctional facilities.
  • Characteristics of parents involved in child custody litigation, including a current collaboration on a large-scale study of the personality characteristics of child custody and parenting capacity litigants in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Standard and recommended components of child custody and parenting capacity evaluations
  • Personality characteristics of sex offenders

  

Selected recent forensic-related research publications and presentations include:

 

Books

Archer, R.P. (Ed.). (2006).  Forensic uses of clinical assessment instruments.  New York, NY: Routledge Press, Inc.

(See review here)

 

Articles

Archer, E.M., Hagan, L., Mason, J., Handel, R.W., & Archer, R.P. (in press). MMPI-2-RF characteristics of custody evaluation litigants. Assessment.

Archer, R.P., & Wygant, D. (in press). Child custody evaluations: Ethical, scientific, and practice considerations. Journal of Psychological Practice (Special Issue on Best Practices in Clinical Forensic Psychology).

Baum, L.J., Handel, R.W., Archer, R.P., Mason, J.A., & Elkins, D.E. (in press).  A validation of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent (MMPI-A) Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) Scales in a forensic setting. Journal of Personality Assessment.

Archer, R.P., Simonds-Bisbee, E.C., Spiegel, D.R., Handel, R.W., & Elkins, D.E. (2010). Validity of the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument -2 (MAYSI-2) scales in juvenile justice settings. Journal of Personality Assessment, 92, 337-348.

Karen, D., & Archer, R.P. (2010). A critical review of objective personality inventories with sex offenders. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66, 1254-1280.

Baum, L.J., Archer, R.P., Forbey, J.D., & Handel, R.W. (2009) A review of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory -Adolescent (MMPI-A) and the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACI) with an emphasis on juvenile justice samples. Assessment, 16(4), 384-400.

Pennuto, T., & Archer, R.P. (2008). MMPI-A forensic case studies: Uses in documented court decisions. Journal of Personality Assessment, 90, 215-226.

Archer, R.P., Buffington-Vollum, J.K., Stredny, R.V., & Handel, R.W. (2006). A survey of psychological test use patterns among forensic psychologists. Journal of Personality Assessment, 87, 85-94.

Stredny, R.V., Archer, R.P., & Mason, J.A. (2006).  MMPI-2 and MCMI-III characteristics of parental competency examinees.  Journal of Personality Assessment, 87, 113-115.

Archer, R.P., Stredny, R.V., Mason, J.A., & Arnau, R.C. (2004).  An examination and replication of the psychometric properties of the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument - Second Edition (MAYSI-2) among adolescents in detention settings.  Assessment, 11, 290-302.

 

Presentations

Archer, R.P. (2011, January). Pseudo-science vs real science in custody and divorce cases. Seminar presented at the 121st Annual meeting of the Virginia Bar Association, Williamsburg, VA.

Archer, R.P. (2010, October). The effects of divorce on child development and adjustment. Presentation to the 29th Annual Family Law Seminar: Spare the Child. Norfolk, VA.

Archer, E.M., Hagan, L., Mason, J., Handel, R.W., and Archer, R.P. (2010, March) MMPI-2-RF Characteristics of Child Custody and Parenting Capacity Litigations. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Symposium on Recent Developments in the use of the MMPI-2/MMPI-2-RF/MMPI-A, St. Petersburg, FL.

Archer, R.P. (2009, June). Forensic Personality Assessment of Children and Adolescents: The MMPI-A and Beyond. A workshop presented to the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, San Diego, CA.

Archer, R.P. (2008, September). Psychological Assessment in Custody Cases. Paper presented in the Interdisciplinary Seminar in Family Law and Mental Health, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA.

Archer. R.P. (2008, March). Assessment of Youthful Offenders. Chair of Symposium presented at the Society for Personality Assessment Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Archer, R.P. (2007, August). Forensic Uses of Psychological and Neuropsychological Tests. A symposium presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Archer, R.P. (2006, December). What constitutes a comprehensive, valid, child custody evaluation?   8th Annual Advanced Guardian ad Litem Seminar sponsored by the Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Virginia Law Foundation, Richmond, VA.

Archer, R.P. (2006, September). The role of mental health professionals in Family Law: Almost everything you were afraid to ask. Virginia Beach Bar Association, Bench Bar Conference, Virginia Beach, VA.

Archer, R.P. (2005, August).  Effectively challenging psychological testimony in the court room.  Grand Rounds presentation to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia.

Archer, R.P. (2005, April).  Psychological assessment in personal injury and medical malpractice cases (MMPI-2/MMPI-A).  Presentation at the National Institute on Presenting Psychological and Neuropsychological Evidence in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Cases.  The American Bar Association, Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section, and Health Law Section, and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago, IL.

Archer, R.P. (2005, April).  Challenging psychological test results and testimony.  Presentation at the National Institute on Presenting Psychological and Neuropsychological Evidence in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Cases.  The American Bar Association, Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section, and Health Law Section, and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago, IL.

Archer, R.P. (2005, March).  Using the MMPI-A in forensic settings.  A workshop presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Personality Assessment, Chicago, IL.

Archer, R.P. (2005, February).  Adolescent development and psychopathology: Effects on the parent-child relationship and custody evaluation results.  Presentation to the Second Annual Advanced Child Custody Retreat, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Richmond, VA.