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Community and public safety psychiatry

Research Studies

Faculty of the CPSPD is engaged in forensic and general community psychiatry service oriented research.  Projects are supported by federal, state and private grants.  Principal Investigators include CPSPD faculty with a history of federal, state and private foundation funding support. Current projects have funding from the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and private sources.  Research partners include other divisions with the MUSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, other state agencies, the University of South Carolina (Columbia), Johns Hopkins University and the Royal Ottawa Healthcare Group. Current projects include

Protecting Children Online

Using Research-Based Algorithms to Prioritize Law Enforcement Internet Investigations.  This study uses data from Internet Crimes Against Children task forces across the United States -- offender characteristics, crime characteristics, and online behavior -- to develop empirically-based algorithms to assist law enforcement in prioritizing (1) cases involving production of child pornography over possession/distribution; (2) cases involving online luring for the purpose of meeting the minor to commit sexual offenses, over luring restricted to online behavior such as sexual chat or exchanging pornographic images; and (3) cases involving offenders who have committed hands-on sexual offenses against children over cases involving offenders with no known history.

Internet Crimes Against Children

Development of a Typology of Offenders for Use in Prevention, Investigations and Treatment.  This study uses data from Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) investigated by ICAC Task Forces in multiple states with a focus on perpetrator, victim and offense data and content analysis of Internet chats to solicit children. Results will serve to inform the mental health, social services, education and legal fields for use in forensic evaluations, treatment planning, criminal investigations, court proceedings and developing public safety strategies for protecting our communities’ youth.

Sexually Violent Predators

Psychosocial Characteristics and Treatment Needs of Those Recommended versus those Dismissed by the Multidisciplinary Team during the Civil Commitment Review Process.  This study is used to identify differences between persons recommended for commitment and those dismissed from further consideration during the commitment evaluation process in South Carolina. The results are for facilitating treatment planning for committed individuals and more broadly provide a data resource for system management in South Carolina. In addition, results serve to inform not only the mental health system, but also social services, education and legal fields for use in criminal investigations, court proceedings and developing public safety strategies for protecting South Carolina communities and especially the state’s children.


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