Forensic Mental Health Evaluations in the Digital Age

A Practitioner’s Guide to Using Internet-Based Data

  • Ashley B. Batastini
  • Michael J. Vitacco

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Ashley B. Batastini, Ashley C. T. Jones, Olivia K. Miller, Michael J. Vitacco
    Pages 1-22
  3. Michael J. Vitacco, Diandra Sigurdsson, Alynda M. Randolph, Ashley B. Batastini
    Pages 23-48
  4. Robert E. Cochrane, Kristina P. Lloyd
    Pages 49-82
  5. Kirk Heilbrun, Victoria Pietruszka, Jennica Janssen, Keisha April
    Pages 83-112
  6. Emily D. Gottfried, Abby L. Mulay, R. Gregg Dwyer
    Pages 113-142
  7. Sean B. Knuth
    Pages 143-167
  8. Lisa Drago Piechowski
    Pages 203-226
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 239-246

About this book


This is the first book devoted to the use of social media and other internet-derived data in forming forensic clinical opinions of behavior. Designed for mental health practitioners, it outlines the challenges and the benefits of incorporating digital information in forensic assessments. It offers best practice guidelines geared to both criminal and civil psycho-legal questions. Each chapter includes a brief overview of the psycho-legal issues, clinical applications of consulting internet-based data, ethical and legal considerations and real life, de-identified case examples. This book provides guidance to the clinician in an emerging technological environment in which there are few resources, and ensures a more scientific and legally sound practice.


psychology and law forensic mental health assessment social media and forensic psychology psychological assessment violence risk assessment social media psychological evaluation internet-based data

Editors and affiliations

  • Ashley B. Batastini
    • 1
  • Michael J. Vitacco
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA
  2. 2.Augusta UniversityAugustaUSA

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