Forensic Reports and Testimony. A Guide to Effective Communication for Psychologists and Psychiatrists

  • ID: 2616824
  • Book
  • 400 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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

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ForewordThomas Grisso, Ph.D. vii

Preface xi

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

References 341

Author Index 355

Subject Index 361

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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.

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