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Berryessa, C. M. (In Press).  The Effects of Psychiatric and “Biological” Labels on Lay Sentencing and Punishment Decisions. Journal of Experimental Criminology.
Berryessa, C. M. (2017).  Attention, Reward, and Inhibition: Symptomatic Features of ADHD and Issues for Offenders in the Criminal Justice System. ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders. 9(1), 5-10.Link
Berryessa, C. M. (2017).  Educator of the Court: The Role of the Expert Witness in Cases Involving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Psychology, Crime & Law. 23(6), 575-600.Link
Berryessa, C. M., & Raine A. (2017).  Neurocriminology. (A. Brisman, E. Carrabine, N. South, Ed.).Routledge Companion to Criminological Theory and Concepts. , London: Routledge
Berryessa, C. M. (2017).  U.S. Public Views Toward Biosocial Risk Factors for Criminality: A Brief Report. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice. 3(4), 294-299.Link
Berryessa, C. M. (2016).  Brief Report: Judicial Attitudes Regarding Sentencing of Offenders with High Functioning Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 46(8), 2770–2773.Link
Choy, O., Berryessa C. M., & Raine A. (2016).  The Ethics of Biological Interventions on Psychopathic Prisoners. AJOB Neuroscience. 7(3), 154-156.Link
Berryessa, C. M. (2016).  Genetic Essentialist Biases, Stigma, and Lack of Mitigating Impact on Punishment Decisions. Journal of Law and the Biosciences. 3(2), 359-364.Link
Berryessa, C. M. (2016).  Judges’ Views on Evidence of Genetic Contributions to Mental Disorders in Court. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. 27(4), 586-600.Link
Berryessa, C. M., Chandler J. A., & Reiner P. (2016).  Public Attitudes Towards Legally Coerced Biological Treatments of Criminals. Journal of Law and the Biosciences. 3(3), 447-467.Link
Umbach*, R., Berryessa* C. M., & Raine A. (2015).  Brain Imaging Research on Psychopathy: Implications for Punishment, Prediction, and Treatment in Youth and Adults. Journal of Criminal Justice. 43(4), 295–306.Link
Berryessa, C. M., Milner L. C., Garrison N. A., & Cho M. K. (2015).  Impact of Psychiatric Information on Potential Jurors in Evaluating High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (hfASD). Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 8(3-4), 140-167.Link
Berryessa, C. M. (2014).  Judicial Perceptions of Media Portrayals of Offenders with High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorders. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology. 3, 45–60.: Lifescience Global AbstractLink


Berryessa, C. M. (2014).  Judiciary Views on Criminal Behaviour and Intention of Offenders with High-Functioning Autism. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour. 5(2), 97-106. AbstractLink

Purpose - The purpose of this study is to explore how judges perceive High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorders (hfASDs) and the disorders’ effects on an offender’s ability to formulate criminal intent and control behaviour.

Design/methodology/approach - Semi-structured interviews on topics related to offenders with hfASDs were conducted with 21 California Superior Court Judges. A coding scheme was developed and an iterative qualitative coding process was used for analysis.

Findings - Analysis yielded three major themes on how an hfASD diagnosis affects an offender’s ability to regulate actions and criminal behaviour. Interviewed judges reported beliefs that hfASD offenders view the world in a different way and that much of their behaviour is not under their direct control. Judges reported these perceptions likely affect how they criminally process and make legal decisions regarding offenders with hfASDs.

Research limitations/implications - The sample size was small and therefore no statistical significance can be drawn from results; findings cannot be applied to perceptions or experiences of the entire California Superior Court Judge population.

Originality/value - Past academic research reports that individuals with hfASDs that offend often do so because of specific symptoms associated with the disorder. This presents a complex dilemma for the criminal justice system regarding how best to understand the disorder and process these offenders. This study and its findings aim to shed light on issues judges encounter in determining these offenders’ responsibility and sentencing, in what ways this information might be integrated into judicial decision-making, and areas where future research is needed.

Berryessa, C. M. (2014).  Potential Implications of Research on Genetic or Heritable Contributions to Pedophilia for the Objectives of Criminal Law. Recent Advances in DNA & Gene Sequences. 8(2), 65-77.Link
Berryessa, C. M., Martinez-Martin N. A., & Allyse M. A. (2013).  Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Surrounding Research on Genetic Contributions to Antisocial Behavior. Aggression and Violent Behavior. 18, 605–610., Number 6: Pergamon AbstractPDF>>


Berryessa, C. M., & Cho M. K. (2013).  Ethical, Legal, Social, and Policy Implications of Behavioral Genetics. Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics. 14, 515–534.: Annual Reviews AbstractPDF>>