Decoding Madness: A Forensic Psychologist Explores the Criminal Mind


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Prometheus Books
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5.91 X 8.98 X 0.87 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author

Richard Lettieri, PhD. is a forensic neuropsychologist and psychoanalyst with over 25 years of experience. Whether privately retained or appointed by the court, he is frequently called upon to assess individuals for a number of reasons, including competency to stand trial and insanity, and to evaluate individuals accused of sex crimes and violent offenses. He has written and lectured on a variety of topics as an expert in his field, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, the Center for Psychoanalysis, the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association Divisions of Psychoanalysis and of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Lettieri received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and is a member of the Expert Witness Panels of Orange County and San Bernardino County Superior Courts. He has taught at Chapman University in Orange County, California, at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, and at Pepperdine University in the Masters and Doctorate programs. He lives in Santa Ana, California.


"Dr. Richard Lettieri's Decoding Madness is a thoughtful and compelling discussion of mental illness and crime. His work combines beautifully written case studies with clearly presented discussions of the science and art behind understanding and intervening in these kinds of cases. Lettieri also does a terrific job taking us through his thought processes when evaluating a person accused of crime and raises many philosophical questions around the notion of culpability. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of crime and madness." - Elyn R. Saks, Distinguished professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry at the University of Southern California's Gould Law School, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient, and author of The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness
"The core of Decoding Madness is its in-depth exploration of the complex psychological issues involved in criminal forensic cases. Uniquely, Dr. Lettieri shares his emotional reactions and doubts as he struggles to understand the psychological and legal issues involved in each case study. As a result, the reader is better positioned to appreciate the depth of his or her own intense and complex feelings evoked by the cases, and to recognize the psychopathologies involved in such calamities." - Jay Slosar, Ph.D., clinical and forensic psychologist, author of The Culture of Excess: How America Lost Self Control and Why We Need to Redefine Success, and founder of