Psychopathy in the Community and Courts
Name: David DeMatteo (email@example.com; 215-762-8342)
Academic Area: Criminal Justice/Psychology
Title: Psychopathy in the Community and Courts
We are working on two projects relating to psychopathy, which is a personality disorder characterized by distinct interpersonal, behavioral, and affective characteristics. Although researchers know a considerable amount about psychopathy among criminal and forensic populations, much less is known about psychopaths in the community (including high-functioning populations). Moreover, researchers know very little about how psychopathy evidence is used in legal proceedings. Our ongoing projects will examine (1) psychopathy among a high-functioning community population, and (2) how psychopathy evidence is used in court.
Associated Independent Study:
An independent study could focus on any aspect of psychopathy among community populations or how psychopathy is used in courts.
The student would gain (1) knowledge about psychopathy in criminal and non-criminal samples, (2) legal research skills, and (3) writing experience (manuscripts, etc.).
It is anticipated that the results of this research will be presented at local/national conferences and submitted to peer-reviewed journals.
The student will conduct legal research, code legal cases, conduct relevant literature reviews, assist in data cleaning/analysis, and assist in developing presentations and manuscripts.
The work will take place in Dr. DeMatteo's lab (Bellet Bulding in Center City).
Meetings will be held once/week (with more frequent email communication), and work can be done on- or off-site.