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The psychologist as expert witness
Blau, Theodore H.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley & Sons, [1998]

Physical Description:
xii, 596 pages : illustrations, forms ; 25 cm
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KF8965 .B57 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The leading resource on forensic practice

The Psychologist as Expert Witness, Second Edition introduces practitioners to the law and the role of psychologists in the courtroom, covering all facets of forensic practice-one of the most rapidly growing areas of professional specialization. This comprehensive primer prepares the psychologist to function credibly as an expert witness, identifying the current and emerging areas of application of psychology to the law.

Revealing psychology's enormous potential to promote human welfare through the American system of jurisprudence, former American Psychological Association president Theodore Blau:
* Outlines the ways psychology has come into contact with the court via the areas of neuropsychology, clinical psychology, psychotherapy, mental disability, psychological profiles, various marital and family issues, and others
* Offers a wide range of situations in which psychologists have appeared as expert witnesses
* Includes step-by-step instructions on examining competency to stand trial and making custody recommendations
* Examines cases where psychologists have done well-and not so well-in court
* Discusses malingering, deceit, and exaggeration
* Presents guidelines for testifying in marital, civil, and criminal disputes
* Emphasizes standards for practice and practical training in providing testimony to the courts

Table of Contents

Coming of Age
Present and Future Roles of the Psychologist
The American Court System
Preparing to Serve as an Expert Witness
Psychological Tests in the Courtroom
Competency to Stand Trial, to Testify, and To Make Decisions
The Insanity Defense
Addiction and the Law
Domestic Issues: Marriage, Dissolution, and Custody
The Expert Witness and Personal Injury Litigation
Malingering, Deceit, and Exaggeration
Your Day in Court
Emerging Applications and Issues
Ethics, Constraints, Concerns, and Standards
Appendix A Landmark Cases
Appendix B Current Training in Psychology and the Law
Appendix C Expert Witness Admissibility-Federal Rules of Evidence, 1993
Appendix D
Appendix E Tables and Formulae for Comparing Military Test Performance with Current Test Results
Appendix F Forensic Psychology Specialty Guidelines
Appendix G Comparison of Neuropsychological Test Performance in Forensic and Non-Forensic Populations
Appendix H Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct
Forensic Glossary
Author Index
Subject Index