Areas of Focus for the Research Team
This team addresses a variety of psychological phenomenon and their role in legal arenas. Within psychological interventions, we are interested in therapeutic treatment approaches with violent offenders and the mentally ill, reduction of academic dishonesty through adaptive authority styles in the classroom, and integrated programs addressing violence in many environments. Theoretically, Dr. Costopoulos is interested in psychoanalytic understanding of the personality behind deviant behaviors and the internal processes that enable particularly aggressive crimes. The role of psychological factors in legal proceedings is apparently in competency and sanity statute. Another interest is the influence of legal status on behavior of the defendant and methods to assess aggravating/mitigating factors and risk for sentencing.