We researchers, we’re a manipulative bunch. We like nothing better than taking observable phenomena, controlling them, and bending them to the will of empirical scientific inquisition. However, due to the dynamic nature of our field, it is far from a rarity to encounter both new forms of criminal behavior and new manifestations of well-established criminal behavior.
As important as quantitative research is in our field, there is ample room for other ways in which to explore these complex phenomena and the range of experiences involved in, and resulting from, sexual violence. There is an abundance of qualitative work in forensic psychology seeking to provide a foundational understanding of various phenomena on which we can build measurable theoretical, assessment, and treatment practices.
This blog results from a year or so of conversations with a very patient Kelly Babchishin. Since the emergence of the NextGenForensic blog, I have come to think of myself increasingly as the older generation. This is not just bemused self-deprecation; the existence of a next generation raises questions for the rest of us. How do we make the most of career transitions? How do we succeed and fail the most effectively that we can? And for some of us, how do we become elders in the field without simply becoming cranky oldsters? As an emerging professional, I sometimes experienced cruel undermining by those who should have mentored me. Michael Seto’s message to newer forensic psychologists on this blog last year was an outstanding start to many of these conversations.