On the use and misuse of genomic and neuroimaging science in forensic psychiatry: current roles and future directions

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2011 Jul;20(3):533-46. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2011.03.012.


Dramatic advances in the understanding of the neurobiological bases of human behavior have prompted excitement and controversy surrounding the ethical, legal, and social applications of this knowledge. The authors critically examine the promise and challenges of integrating genomic and neuroimaging techniques into legal settings. They suggest criteria for enhancing the viability of incorporating these data within a legal context and highlight several recent developments that may eventually allow genetic and neuroimaging evidence to meet these criteria and play a more prominent role in forensic science and law.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Brain / abnormalities*
  • Brain / pathology*
  • Brain / physiopathology
  • DNA Fingerprinting / legislation & jurisprudence
  • DNA Fingerprinting / trends*
  • Diagnostic Imaging*
  • Expert Testimony / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Forecasting
  • Forensic Psychiatry / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Forensic Psychiatry / trends*
  • Humans
  • Mental Competency / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Mental Disorders / genetics*
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • United States