bookmark_borderRachel Bomysoad, Dr. King, and other former members of the lab published a new article

Rachel Bomysoad, Dr. King, and former lab members Jill Del Pozzo, Sarah Hitchcock, Loumarie Vasquez, and Ivysmeralys Morales published a new article, “University Students’ Mental Health Services Need and Utilization, Telemental Health Awareness, and Barriers to Seeking Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” in the Journal of College Student Mental Health.

The abstract reads:

Telemental health services have become more pressing for higher education students since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The extent of that need, and barriers to accessing care, remain uncertain – including demographic inequities. Between June 2020 and December 2021, public university students (N = 1441) were surveyed about demographic factors, history of mental healthcare, telemental health awareness, and perceived pandemic-time mental healthcare needs and barriers. Approximately one-third of the sample reported feeling an increased unmet need for mental health services, with connection to services being predicted by semester cohort, neighborhood income level, mental healthcare history, and level of telemental health awareness. A variety of barriers to seeking care were endorsed by a minority of participants. Results can inform outreach and capacity efforts in the post-vaccines era to improve access to care – including telemental healthcare – for historically marginalized groups, poorer students, and those unfamiliar with mental health services.

This project was originally conceived by Dr. Del Pozzo circa the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

bookmark_borderDr. King and several lab members published a new book chapter

Dr. King and several lab members—Lauren Grove, Sana Vora, and Kenny Gonzalez—have published a book chapter, Assessment and intervention technologies in juvenile justice, in the newly released book, Challenging bias in forensic psychological assessment and testing, edited by Glenda C. Liell, Martin J. Fisher, Lawrence F. Jones, and published by Routledge.

The chapter serves as a companion piece to the systematic review conducted by Lauren Grove, Dr. King, lab member Rachel Bomysoad, former lab member Loumarie Vasquez, and Dr. King’s colleague at the University of Alabama, Dr. Lauren Kois, Technology for assessment and treatment of justice-involved youth: A systematic literature review, published in the journal Law and Human Behavior.

bookmark_borderDr. King and two lab members published a new book chapter

Dr. King, his colleague at the University of Virginia, Dr. Shannon Kelley, and two lab members, Lauren Grove and Brooke Stettler, have published a book chapter, An American perspective, in the newly released book, Safeguarding the quality of forensic assessment in sentencing: A review across western nations, edited by Professor Michiel Van der Wolf and published by Routledge.

The chapter reviews the law and practice of forensic mental health health assessments for adult sentencing, juvenile disposition, insanity acquittal commitment, and sexually dangerous person commitment in the United States, for an international comparative volume.

bookmark_borderDr. King and Sana Vora published a summary of all of APA’s amicus briefs

Dr. King and his doctoral student mentee, Sana Vora, published an entry in the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) News Legal Update column, titled Sixty Years of American Psychological Association Amicus Curiae Briefs: 1962 to 2022.

The entry summarizes the 196 amicus (“friend of court”) briefs, 1 letter in support of certiorari (one route by which a higher court may review the decision of a lower court), and 1 letter in support of petition for review that the American Psychological Association (APA) had filed with a range of courts, beginning in 1962 and up through April 2022.

Dr. King and Ms. Vora have made available for download the data set that they compiled for the project, for use and potential updating in the future by others.

The entry can be read here and the data set is available here.