Forensic Mental Health Practitioner

The Second Membership Publication

The Forensic Mental Health Practitioner is a multidisciplinary publication that publishes scholarly articles relevant to professionals working in a diverse array of criminal justice, forensic mental health, and human service settings. Common topics include the assessment, treatment, and case management of criminal justice-involved populations. All articles are extensively referenced, consistent with the formatting guidelines of The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition (2020), and thoroughly screened and reviewed by the publication's board to ensure high quality. The Forensic Mental Health Practitioner is released in January (Winter) and July (Summer) of each year, beginning in 2020.

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Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health for Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Jerrod has also been employed with Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul, Minnesota for the past fifteen years. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS), and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today (FST) and the Journal of Special Populations (JSP). Jerrod has completed four separate master's degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI).

Associate Editors

Cody Charette, Ph.D., holds a doctorate degree from the Psychology, Policy, and Law program of the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University located in Fresno, CA. He specializes in threat assessment, deception detection, intelligence analysis, and the use of technology for indirect assessment of offenders and advanced data analysis. Cody's most recent publications are Laws Pertaining to Necrophilia Within the United States, chapter 5 in Understanding Necrophilia: A Global Multidisciplinary Approach, and Definitions of Violence and Aggression, chapter 3 in The Wiley Handbook of Violence and Aggression, Volume 1 Definition, Conception, & Development. Cody has made acknowledged contributions regarding school shooting incidents to Dr. Eric Hickey's Serial Murderers and Their Victims, 6thedition. He also assisted with pre-release editing of cryptographer, computer security, and privacy specialist Bruce Schneier's Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive (2012),Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World (2015), and Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World (2018). Contributing on the psychological theory behind human behavior as it relates to trust systems and security in society. In addition to his degrees in Psychology, Cody holds a bachelors of science in business information systems with mathematics minor and an MBA in marketing both from California State University, Fresno.

Janina Cich, MA, is the Criminal Justice Program Director in the Department of Human Services; College of Humanities and Social Science at Concordia University, St. Paul. Janina is a retired Law Enforcement Officer with two decades of Criminal Justice experience. Since 2003, Janina has been a Professor of Criminal Justice & Forensic Behavioral Health Programs, POST Skills instructor at local colleges and Universities, and a frequent lecturer. She conducts Crisis Intervention Training for Law Enforcement and Mental Health Practitioners and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). She has co-authored several Criminal Justice, and Forensic Mental Health articles and serves as a peer-review peer member of Forensic Scholars Today (FST) and associate editor of the Journal of Special Populations (JSP). Janina is also Board Member of Fraser Mental Health Advisory Team, and MN Peace Officer Standards (POST) focus group.

Kimberly D. Dodson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Criminology Program Director in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Dr. Dodson has over 20 years of law enforcement experience and she has extensive investigative training in child abuse and sexual exploitation of children. In addition, she has served as an expert witness in child abuse and neglect cases. Dr. Dodson's research interests include correctional program evaluation, the treatment and care of offenders with special needs, and inequalities in the criminal justice system. She has served on program advisory boards for several correctional facilities and has helped them develop and implement evidence-based programs. Dr. Dodson has published research in several high-profile journals including The Prison Journal, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Journal of Theoretical, and Philosophical Criminology, and The Journal of Special Populations. She is the editor of the Handbook on Offenders with Special Needs with Routledge Publishing. She currently serves as the Chair of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Minorities and Women Section.

Carlo A. Giacomoni, PsyD, ABPP, is board certified in clinical psychology and maintains an active practice in forensic psychology at North Star Mental Health, LLC. His forensic evaluations cover such topics as criminal responsibility (insanity), competence to stand trial, malingering, disability, and personal injury. He has previously conducted evaluations related to guardianship, child custody, parenting, and civil commitment. He has particular expertise working with and evaluating people with traumatic histories such as PTSD, child abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and domestic violence.

Mario L. Hesse, PhD is a professor of criminal justice at St. Cloud State University (MN). Dr. Hesse's research and teaching interests are in corrections, gangs and media and crime. Mario has extensive experience working in the corrections field (adult community-based programs, juvenile detention centers and juvenile probation). Mario has published articles in ACJS Today, Corrections Today, Great Plains Sociologist, Criminal Justice Review, and the Journal of Gang Research. Currently, Mario is a review-editor for the Journal of Gang Research, an associate editor for Forensics Scholars Today and has peer-reviewed numerous scholarly- and practitioner-based articles. He is a coauthor of Gangs (2016) and Juvenile Justice: The Essentials (2010) textbooks. Mario is a staff member with the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC) and frequent presenter at NGCRC's International Gang Specialist Training Conference.


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Volume 1, Issue 1
  • Suicide Risks and Adults with ADHD  
  • Elder Abuse as a Risk Factor for Suicidal Behavior in Older Adults  
  • Suicidal Behavior in Early Childhood and Preadolescence  
  • Suicide Risk Among School Age Children  
  • Suicide Risk and Suicide in End Stage Renal Disease Patients  
  • Suicide in Prisons A Brief Review  
  • Domestic-Violence-Driver-of-Adult-and-Elder-Murder-Suicide.pdf  

Volume 1, Issue 2
  • Prehospital Treatment of Psychache: A Case for Ketamine in the Management of Life-Threatening Suicidal Ideation  
  • Autism and Animal-Human Relationships  
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) A Beginner's Guide for Legal Professionals  
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Music Therapy in Children and Adolescents An Exploratory Review  
  • Chronic Health Concerns and Mental Illness in Incarcerated Populations  

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • Law Enforcement, Stress, Decision-Making, and Executive Functioning  
  • What's in a Name  
  • Dark Humor in Difficult Work  
  • Youth Firesetting Intervention - A Community Problem, A Community Solution  

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • Youth Firesetting and Conduct Disorder: A Brief Review  
  • Gang Prevention, Intervention, Suppression, and Best Practices  

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • Lineup Procedures: An Overview  
  • Reality Monitoring and Other Components of Source Memory  
  • Source Monitoring in Eyewitness Memory  

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