Psychology Colloquium, “The Link Between Mental Disorder and Violence,” to be held February 12

Posted on 2/8/2016 11:24:22 AM

Professor Edward Mulvey of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will be “Addressing the Link Between Mental Disorder and Violence” in Uhler Hall, Room 111, on Friday, February 12 at 3:30 p.m.

The relationship between mental health disorders and involvement in violence is a relevant concern for both clinicians and policy makers. Situations in which individuals with behavioral health disorders may be involved in violence in the community present particularly difficult management problems for clinicians as well as potential liability concerns. Designing effective policy to balance individual liberties, promote effective treatment, and protect community members from predictable violence is an enduring challenge for policy makers.

This presentation provides an overview of what is known about the link between mental health disorders and violence. It will provide a broad summary of the existing research, indicating how much and what aspects of diagnosable disorders increase the risk of involvement in community violence. It will make the case for devising methods to assess both an individual's overall likelihood of involvement in violence as well as a person's fluctuating risk of involvement in violence. Future directions for both clinical practice and policy formation will also be highlighted.

Edward Mulvey is a professor of psychiatry and director of the Law and Psychiatry Program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Mulvey has conducted numerous research studies on violence and mental illness, prediction of future violence and crime, juvenile offenders, service provision in the juvenile justice system, and criminal justice policy.

Department of Psychology