Mental health law

Mental health law concerns what the law says and directs about the bearing of psychological functioning on criminal, civil, and family law matters.

As Dr. King is trained as both a lawyer and a clinical psychologist, his lab also researches forensic psychology topics from a legal perspective. Traditional legal research strategies are used, in addition to the use of approaches that blend traditional legal research with empirical strategies.


Recent representative mental health law publications:

King, C. M., & Neal, T. M.S. (2020). Frequency of legal admissibility challenges to psychological testing evidence [Manuscript in preparation]. Department of Psychology, Montclair State University.

King, C. M., & Morales, I. (2020, October). Kahler v. Kansas (2020): Abolishment of the insanity defense? AP-LS Newsletter.

Zottoli, T. M., Daftary-Kapur, T., Edkins, V. A., Redlich, A. D., King, C. M., Dervan, L. E., & Tahan, E. (2019). State of the states: A survey of statutory law, regulations and court rules pertaining to guilty pleas across the United States. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 37(4), 388–434.

Layden, B. K., & King, C. M. (2019, October). Assessing threats of self-directed violence and duties of care within higher education institutions: Nguyen v. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2018). AP-LS Newsletter.

King, C. M. (2018). The psycholegal factors for juvenile transfer and reverse transfer evaluations. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 36(1), 46–64.

Heilbrun, K., King, C. M., & Slobogin, C. (2018). Insanity and diminished capacity: Scientific status. In D. Faigman, J. Blumenthal, E. Cheng, J. Mnookin, E. Murphy, J. Sanders, & C. Slobogin (Eds.), Modern scientific evidence: The law and science of expert testimony. West.

King, C. M., & Del Pozzo, J. (2018). The Supreme Court of California continues to endorse threat assessment and management. Intelligence, 4(3), 3.

King, C. M., & Del Pozzo, J. (2018, November). The Supreme Court of California’s continued endorsement of threat assessment and management duties: Regents of the Univ. of Cal. v. Superior Court (2018). AP-LS Newsletter.

King, C. M. (2017). Involuntary hospitalization. In A. E. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology. SAGE.

King, C. M., & Zelle, H. (2017, October). Feeling more confident in finding and understanding the context of laws. AP-LS Newsletter.