Sexual Risk Assessments: A Primer on Forensic Psychological Evaluations for Legal Professionals
Sexual Risk Assessments: A Primer on Forensic Psychological Evaluations for Legal Professionals



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Course Description

This program was recorded on January 29, 2019

Forensic psychologists are specialized in conducting mental health evaluations with those who are involved in the legal system. Sexual risk assessments are often needed at various stages of the legal process (e.g., pre-trial, trial, sentencing, community supervision, and SVP civil commitment). A forensic psychological evaluation in this context can provide information and opinions regarding a particular person’s risk for reoffending, the empirically supported risk factors associated with such, and treatment recommendations. These evaluations can often be beneficial in informing decisions related to bail motions, plea bargaining, and sentencing.

Attorney Sarah DeMarcoSarah DeMarco
Dr. Sarah DeMarco is a Licensed Psychologist in New Jersey (#561800) and New York (#021383), and a Clinical Supervisor at Pirelli Clinical and Forensic Psychology, LLC. She earned an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. DeMarco has worked with adults and adolescents in a variety of clinical-forensic and correctional settings, such as a forensic psychiatric hospital, state prisons, inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment centers and a juvenile detention center.Dr. DeMarco’s training has focused largely on forensic mental health assessments that address various psycholegal issues. Of particular note, Dr. DeMarco has extensive experience conducting violence and sexual violence risk assessments with both adult and juvenile offenders. Dr. DeMarco conducts psychological evaluations for the courts, capitalizing on her experience in such assessments for various civil and criminal matters. In addition to her clinical and forensic work, Dr. DeMarco is an adjunct professor in the graduate program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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  1. What differentiates forensic psychologists from other clinicians, including treating professionals
  2. Types of sexual risk assessments (e.g., pretrial and sentencing risk/mitigation, Megan’s Law removal; civil commitment or sexually violent predator [SVP])
  3. Overview of the principles of risk assessment
  4. The procedures and format of sexual risk assessments, reports, and testimony
  5. What differentiates internet offenders (e.g., child pornography; solicitation) from contact offenders, including assessment, report, and testimony-related considerations
  6. Case samples