Kento Yasuhara, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

Psychology Department
College of Arts and Sciences

Ph.D., Drexel University, 2012

M.S., Drexel University, 2010

B.A., Cornell University, 2004

About Kento

Dr. Yasuhara's research involves the areas where mental health and criminal justice interact, such as evaluations involving mental state at the time of the offense, violence risk, and competency. Other research interests include current practices in determining defendant's ability to understand the consequences of pleading guilty and public perception of mental illness as a risk factor for violence and criminal behavior. Additionally, Dr. Yasuhara currently serves on the executive committee of the American Psychology - Law Society as the web site editor.

Recently Published Books and Articles

Foster, E., & Yasuhara, K. (2017) An Examination of the Differences between Forensic Examiners and Forensic Therapists. Journal of Forensic Psychology: Research and Practice, 17(2), 117-127.

Heilbrun, K., Yasuhara, K., Shah, S., & Locklair, B. (2016) Approaches to Violence Risk Assessment. In: Handbook of Violence Risk Assessment (2nd ed.). Routledge Press.

Reuland, M., & Yasuhara, K. (2015) Law enforcement and emergency services. In The Sequential Intercept Model and Criminal Justice, Oxford University Press.

Heilbrun, K., DeMatteo, D., Yasuhara, K., Brooks-Holliday, S., Shah, S., King, C.M., Bingham, A., Hamilton, D., & LaDuke, C. (2012). Community-based alternatives for justice-involved individuals with severe mental illness: Review of the relevant research. Criminal Justice and Behavior

Brooks-Holliday, S., Yasuhara, K., Shah, S., Bingham, A., King, C., Hamilton, D., Danylyuk, A., DeMatteo, D., & Heilbrun, K. (2011). The application of risk-need-responsivity to risk assessment and intervention-planning: Opportunities, limitations, and relevant research needs. American Psychology-Law Society News, 31, 4-5.

Heilbrun, K., DeMatteo, D., Brooks, S., Yasuhara, K., Shah, S., Anumba, N., King, C., & Pich, M. (2011). Risk-needs assessment: Bridging disciplinary and regional boundaries. Criminal Behavior and Mental Health, 21, 1-7

Heilbrun, K., Yasuhara, K., & Shah, S. (2010). Approaches to violence risk assessment: Overview and critical analysis. In R. Otto & K. Douglas (Eds.), Handbook of violence risk assessment (pp. 1-17). New York: Routledge.

Courses Taught
  • CJ 250 Scientific Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 365 Law, Psychology, and the Mental Health System
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