Forensic Reports & Testimony: A Guide to Effective Communication for Psychologists and Psychiatrists provides a roadmap for the mental health professional who wants to provide accurate, defensible, and useful reports and testimony to the legal system. Authors Randy K. Otto, Richart L. DeMier, and Marcus T. Boccaccini, recognized experts in the field, cover all aspects of the process, including preparing reports, affidavits, and exhibits; participating in depositions; and testifying in the courtroom. This book uniquely:
- Distinguishes between report writing in forensic and therapeutic contexts
- Includes and explains important maxims of writing forensic reports and testifying, including identifying sources of information, distinguishing between facts and inferences, offering opinions that are truly expert, and making one s reasoning process clear to the decision maker
- Provides numerous examples of experts affidavits, reports, and testimony with commentary and critiques
In this terrifically practical book, the authors define a scholarly foundation for forensic reports, a process for conceptualizing and structuring them, and excellent how–to guidance on report writing and testimony preparation. They have made the subject come alive with many examples of good and bad reports and testimony and show how transparency and acknowledgment of limitations serves both experts and the justice system well.
Stanley L. Brodsky, PHD, The University of Alabama
This is the best step–by–step guide to report writing coupled with research–based, practical advice on how to give effective testimony. It contains the crystalized wisdom of three leading forensic psychologists on how to be persuasive while staying within the ethical guidelines for forensic psychologists and psychiatrists. The authors provide multiple examples of sophisticated, nuanced responses to challenging cross examination questions.
Phillip J. Resnick, MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
ForewordThomas Grisso, Ph.D. vii
About the authors xv
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
Chapter 2 Functions of Forensic Reports 9
Chapter 3 Content of Forensic Reports 17
Chapter 4 Principles of Forensic Reports 34
Chapter 5 Structure of Forensic Reports 54
Chapter 6 Interrogatories, Affidavits, Declarations, Demonstrative Exhibits, and Demonstrative Aids 91
Chapter 7 Conceptual Issues Regarding Testimony 97
Chapter 8 Testifying at Depositions 118
Chapter 9 Testifying in Admissibility Hearings 129
Chapter 10 Pretrial Preparation 137
Chapter 11 Direct Examination 151
Chapter 12 Cross–Examination 171
Appendix A Sample Reports 223
Appendix B Sample Affidavits and Declaration 315
Author Index 355
Subject Index 361
RANDY K. OTTO, PHD, ABPP, Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy at the University of South is board certified in forensic psychology and clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has served as President of the American Board of Professional Psychology, the American Psychology–Law Society, the American Board of Forensic Psychology, and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.
RICHART L. DEMIER, PHD, ABPP, is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is retired from the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, where he conducted forensic evaluations and served as Director of Clinical Training for the facility s internship and postdoctoral fellowship programs. He is currently the Director of Clinical Training at the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute, in Springfield, Missouri.
MARCUS T. BOCCACCINI, PHD, Professor, Department of Psychology and Philosophy at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas has published more than 75 articles relating to the intersection of psychology and the legal system. His research focuses on agreement among expert witnesses and field research in forensic psychology.