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Challenges and debates in risk assessment: Moving the field forward or not?

Anthony R. Beech


The aim of the workshop is to highlight some of the recent debates and issues in risk assessment. Here, the focus of the session will be on three main areas: actuarial assessments, the status and problems in the measurement of dynamic risk factors, and the role of protective factors.

Hence, the aim of the workshop is to challenge and engender debate around these important areas of work, as well as noting the relative absence of current theorizing in the area. 


Anthony R. Beech is Professor Emeritus in Criminological Psychology at the University of Birmingham a fellow of the British Psychological Society and ATSA. He has authored over 190 peer-reviewed articles, 50 book chapters and 10 books in the area of forensic science/criminal justice. In 2009 he received the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in Dallas, and the Senior Award from the Division of Forensic Psychology, British Psychological Society.