Brodsky, Stanley L.

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BRODSKY, STANLEY L. (1939– ), U.S. psychologist and criminologist. Born in Boston, Mass., Brodsky received his M.A. (1962) and his Ph.D. (1964) from the University of Florida. He taught and pursued research at the Center for the Study of Crime, Delinquency and Correction, Southern Illinois University. He was a co-founder of the American Psychology-Law Society and in 1967 was elected president of the American Association of Correctional Psychologists. Brodsky's main interests were the psychology of criminal behavior, the development of psychological services in correctional setting, and the improvement of police attitudes toward suspects and treatment facilities. While serving in the U.S. Army (1964–67), he engaged in fundamental research projects on the psychological aspects of military prisons.

Brodsky was a professor of psychology at the University of Alabama and the coordinator of the Psychology-Law Concentration, an academic program that aims to develop scientist-practitioners who can apply research and intervention skills to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of behavioral problems. In 1996 he received the Distinguished Contribution Award for Outstanding Achievement in Forensic Psychology by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. Regarded by many as the premier expert on courtroom testimony in the U.S., Brodsky led workshops in the U.S. and Canada on the subject, with an emphasis on interactive teaching. He also had a private practice in forensic and clinical psychology as well as trial consultation.

Brodsky was the founding editor of the bi-monthly international journal Criminal Justice and Behavior, the official publication of the American Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology. Books by Brodsky include Psychologists in the Criminal Justice System (1974), Families and Friends of Men in Prison: The Uncertain Relationship (1975), Handbook of Scales for Research in Crime and Delinquency (with H.O. Smitherman 1983), The Psychology of Adjustment and Well-being (1988), Testifying in Court: Guidelines and Maxims for the Expert Witness (1991), The Expert Expert Witness: More Guidelines and Maxims for Testifying in Court (1999), and Coping with Cross-Examination and Other Pathways to Effective Testimony (2004).

[Ruth Beloff (2nd ed.)]