Daniel Murrie, Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences


Daniel Murrie, Ph.D., serves as Associate Director of ILPPP. He oversees the ILPPP’s training programs in forensic evaluation and the postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology.  As a clinician, he performs forensic evaluations through the ILPPP’s Forensic Clinic.  As a scholar, his research and teaching address a variety of topics in forensic assessment, including programmatic work to enhance the reliability and objectivity of forensic mental health assessments.

Licensed Psychologist, Texas
Licensed Psychologist, Virginia

Selected Funding:
Do forensic experts with access to the same information come to different conclusions when retained by opposing sides in adversarial legal proceedings?
Source:  Law and Social Science Program, National Science Foundation.  

Selected Publications:

Chevalier, C., Boccaccini, M. T., Murrie, D. C.,& Varela, J. G. (in press). Static-99R reporting practices in sexually violent predator cases: Does norm selection reflect adversarial allegiance? Law and Human Behavior. 

Harris, P. B., Boccaccini, M. T., & Murrie, D. C.(in press). Rater differences in psychopathy measure scoring and predictive validity. Law and Human Behavior. 

Turner, D. B., Boccaccini, M. T., Murrie, D. C., & Harris, P. B. (in press). Jurors report that risk scores matter in SVP trials, but that other factors matter more. Behavioral Sciences and the Law. 

Varela, J. G., Boccaccini, M. T., Cuervo, V. A., Murrie, D. C.,& Clark, J. W. (in press). Same score, different message: Jurors’ perceptions of offender risk depend on Static-99R risk communication format. Law and Human Behavior. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000073

Boccaccini, M.T., Murrie, D. C.,Rufino, K. A., & Gardner, B. O. (2014). Evaluator differences in PCL-R factor and facet level scoring. Law and Human Behavior, 38, 337-345. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000069

Knighton, J. C., Murrie, D. C.,Boccaccini, M. T., & Turner, D. B. (2014). How likely is “likely to reoffend” in sex offender civil commitment trials? Law and Human Behavior, 38, 294-304. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000079

Boccaccini, M. T., Murrie, D. C.,& Turner, D. B. (2014). Jurors’ views on the value and objectivity of mental health expert witnesses. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 32, 483-495. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2129  

Murrie, D.C., Boccaccini, M.T., Guarnera, L.A.,  & Rufino, K.A. (2013). Are forensic experts biased by the side that retained them? Psychological Science, 24, (10) 1889-1897 doi: 10.1177/0956797613481812                                                                                                             

Boccaccini, M.T., Turner, D. B., Murrie, D.C.,Henderson, C.E., & Chevalier, C. (2013). Do scores from risk measures matter to jurors? Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 19, 259-269doi: 10.1037/a0031354

Gowensmith, W., Murrie, D.C.,& Boccaccini, M.T. (2013). How reliable are forensic evaluations of legal sanity? Law and Human Behavior, 37, 98-106.

Hawes, S.W., Boccaccini, M.T., & Murrie, D.C.(2013). Psychopathy and the combination of psychopathy and sexual devience as predictors of sexual recidivism: Meta-analytic findings using the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised. Psychological Assessment, 25, 233-243.

Murrie, D.C.,  Boccaccini, M.T., Caperton, J.D., & Rufino, K.A. (2013). Field validity of the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised in sex offender assessment. Psychological Assessment, 24, 524-529. doi: 10.1037/a0026015

Boccaccini, M.T., Turner, D., Murrie, D.C., & Rufino, K. (2012). Do PCL-R scores from state or defense experts best predict future misconduct among civilly committed sexual offenders? Law and Human Behavior, 36, 159-169. doi: 10.1037/h0093949

Rufino, K. A., Boccaccini, M. T., Hawes, S., & Murrie, D. C. (2012). When experts disagreed, who was correct? A comparison of PCL-R scores from independent raters and opposing forensic experts. Law and Human Behavior, 36, 527-537. doi: 10.1037/h0093988

Gowensmith, W.N., Murrie, D.C., & Boccaccini, M.T. (2012). Field reliability of competency to stand trial evaluations: How often do evaluators agree, and what do judges decide when evaluators disagree? Law and Human Behavior, 36, 130-139. doi: 10.1037/h0093958

Boccaccini, M.T., Murrie, D.C., Mercado, C., Quesada, S., Hawes, S., Rice, A., & Jeglic, E. (2012). Implications of Static-99 field reliability findings for score use and interpretation. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39, 42-58. doi: 10.1177/0093854811427131

Miller, A., Rufino, K., Boccaccini, M.T., Jackson, R., & Murrie, D.C. (2011). On individual differences in person perception: Raters’ personality traits relate to their Psychopathy Checklist-Revised scoring tendencies. Assessment, 18, 253-260. doi: 10.1177/1073191111402460

Boccaccini, M.T., Murrie, D.C., Hawes, S., Simpler, A., & Johnson, J. (2010). Predicting recidivism with the Personality Assessment Inventory among sex offenders screened for civil commitment as sexually violent predators. Psychological Assessment, 22, 142-148. doi: 10.1037/a0017818

Boccaccini, M.T., Murrie, D.C., Caperton, J.D., & Hawes, S. (2009). Field validity of the STATIC-99 and MnSOST-R among sex offenders evaluated for civil commitment as Sexually Violent Predators. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 15, 278-314. doi: 10.1037/a0017232

Murrie, D.C., Henderson, C.E., Vincent, G., Rockett, J., & Mundt, C. (2009). Psychiatric symptoms among juveniles incarcerated in adult prison. Psychiatric Services, 60, 1092-1097.

Murrie, D.C., Boccaccini, M.T., Turner, D., Meeks, M., Woods, C., & Tussey, C. (2009). Rater (dis)agreement on risk assessment measures in sexually violent predator proceedings: Evidence of adversarial allegiance in forensic evaluation?  Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 15, 19-53. doi: 10.1037/a0014897

Boccaccini, M.T., Turner, D., & Murrie, D.C. (2008). Do some evaluators report consistently higher or lower psychopathy scores than others? Findings from a statewide sample of sexually violent predator evaluations. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 14, 262-283. doi: 10.1037/a0014523

Murrie, D.C., Boccaccini, M., Zapf, P.A., Warren, J.I. &  Henderson, C.E. (2008). Clinician variation in findings of competence to stand trialPsychology, Public Policy, and Law, 14, 177-193. doi: 10.1037/a0013578

Boccaccini, M.T., Murrie, D.C., Clark, J., & Cornell, D.G. (2008). Describing, diagnosing, and naming psychopathy: How do youth psychopathy labels influence jurors?  Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 26, 511-528. doi: 10.1002/bsl.821

Murrie, D.C., Boccaccini, M., Johnson, J., & Janke, C. (2008). Does interrater (dis)agreement on Psychopathy Checklist scores in Sexually Violent Predator trials suggest partisan allegiance in forensic evaluation? Law and Human Behavior, 32, 352-362. doi: 10.1007/s10979-007-9097-5

Murrie, D.C., Marcus, D.K., Douglas, K.S., Salekin, R.T., Lee, Z., & Vincent, G. (2007). Youth with psychopathy features are not a discrete class: A taxometric analysis. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 48, 714-723. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2007.01734.x

Murrie, D.C., Boccaccini, M.T., McCoy, W., & Cornell, D.G. (2007). Diagnostic labels in juvenile court: How do descriptions of psychopathy and conduct disorder influence judges? Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 36, 228-241. doi: 10.1080/15374410701279602

Boccaccini, M.T., Murrie, D.C., & Duncan, S. (2006). Screening for malingering in a criminal forensic sample with the Personality Assessment InventoryPsychological Assessment, 18, 415-423. doi: 10.1037/1040-3590.18.4.415

Murrie, D.C., Cornell, D.G., & McCoy, W. (2005). Psychopathy, conduct disorder, and stigma: Does diagnostic labeling influence juvenile probation officer recommendations? Law and Human Behavior, 29, 323-342. doi: 10.1007/s10979-005-2415-x

Murrie, D.C., & Warren, J.I. (2005). Clinician variation in rates of legal sanity opinions: Implications for self-monitoring. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 36, 519-524. doi: 10.1037/0735-7028.36.5.519

Murrie, D.C., Cornell, D.G., Kaplan, S., McConville, D., & Levy, A.G. (2004). Psychopathy scores and violence among juvenile offenders: A multi-measure study. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 22, 49-67. doi: 10.1002/bsl.573

Murrie, D.C., & Cornell, D.G. (2002). Psychopathy screening of incarcerated juveniles: A comparison of measures. Psychological Assessment, 14, 390-396. doi: 10.1037//1040-3590.14.4.390

Murrie, D.C., Warren, J., Kristiansson, M., & Dietz, P.E. (2002). Asperger’s Syndrome in forensic contexts. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 1, 59-70.


Ryan, E., Hunter, J.A., & Murrie, D.C. (2012). Evaluation of Juveniles Who Sexually Offend—A Guide for Mental Health Clinicians.  New York: Oxford University Press.

DeMatteo, D., Murrie, D. C., Anumba, N., & Keesler, M. (2011). Forensic mental health assessments in death penalty cases. New York: Oxford University Press.

Conroy, M.A., & Murrie, D.C. (2007). Forensic evaluation of violence risk: A guide to risk assessment and risk management. Hoboken, New Jersey. John Wiley & Sons.

Book Chapters

Murrie, D.C. (in press). Structured violence risk assessment: Implications for preventing gun violence. In L. Gold & R. Simon (Eds.). Gun Violence and Mental Illness. Arlington, VA.  American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.

Murrie, D.C.,& Kelley, S. (in press). Evaluating and managing the risk of violence in clinical practice with adults.  In P.M. Kleepsies (Ed.). Oxford Handbook of Behavioral Emergencies and Crises. New York: Oxford University Press.                                                                                  

Boccaccini, M. T., Marcus, D. K., & Murrie, D. C. (in press).  Allegiance effects in clinical psychology research and practice.  In S. O. Lilienfeld and I. D. Waldman (Eds.), Psychological science under scrutiny: Recent challenges and proposed remedies.  New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Murrie, D.C. & Zelle, H. (2014).  Criminal Competencies. In B. Cutler and P. Zapf (Eds.). The APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology (pp.115-158). Washington DC. American Psychological Association.

Murrie, D.C. & Kemp, K.  (2014). Evaluation of Legal Sanity. In K. Heilbrun, D. DeMatteo, S. Brooks Holliday, and C. LaDuke (Eds.), Forensic mental health assessment:  A casebook-- 2nd edition (pp.66-78).  New York: Oxford.

Murrie, D.C. & Kemp, K.  (2014). Line-by-line attribution of sources. In K. Heilbrun, D. DeMatteo, S. Brooks Holliday, and C. LaDuke (Eds.), Forensic mental health assessment:  A casebook --2nd edition (p.66).  New York: Oxford.

Boccaccini, M.T., & Murrie, D.C., (2014). Keeping up with the field in “field reliability” risk assessment research. In  A. Schlank (Ed.). The Sexual Predator (Vol 5).  Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.

Murrie, D.C., Boccaccini, M.T., & Turner, D.T. (2010). Ethical Challenges in Sex-Offender Civil Commitment Evaluations: Applying imperfect science   in adversarial proceedings. In A. Schlank (Ed.). The Sexual Predator (Vol 4).  Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.

Murrie, D.C., Martindale, D., & Epstein, M. (2009). Avoiding unsupported assessment techniques in child sexual abuse evaluations (pp. 397-420).  In K. Kuehnle and M. Connell (Eds.). The evaluation of child sexual abuse allegations: A comprehensive guide to assessment and testimony. Hoboken, New Jersey. John Wiley & Sons.

Murrie, D.C., & Redding, R.E. (2007). Psychosis, Mental Disorder, and the Law. In D. S. Clark (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Law & Society: American and Global Perspectives. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.

Redding, R.E., & Murrie, D.C. (2007). Judicial decision making about forensic mental health evidence. In A. Goldstein (Ed.). Forensic Psychology: Advanced Topics for Forensic Mental Health Experts & Attorneys (pp. 683-707). Hoboken, New Jersey. John Wiley & Sons.