A forensic psychology expert witness typically has an advanced degree and a background as a clinical psychologist. Forensic psychology is a discipline that supports both civil case and criminal matters, and a forensic psychologist should have an understanding of fundamental law, as well as be able to effectively communicate evidence with legal professionals. The selected expert may be a member of an industry organization, such as the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), or the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers (NAPPP).
Examples of matters that may require the expertise of a forensic psychology expert witness include those relating to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), standards of care, a child custody evaluation, competency as it relates to a criminal case, and health insurance disputes. Forensic psychologists can also assist law enforcement with criminal profiling. To aid legal professionals, a psychologist can help with jury selection, development of case strategy, and expert witness preparation. Prior to accepting a case, it is important that a forensic psychologist consider his or her ethical guidelines put in place for the field of forensic psychology.
Expert witness services by a forensic psychology professional may include a psychological assessment, expert report, expert opinion, deposition testimony and courtroom testimony. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, the lead attorney may request a forensic psychologist with prior expert testimony experience. Cahn Litigation is frequently called upon to identify a mental health professional, including those specializing in forensic psychology. Whether the case involves traumatic stress, mental capacity, a psychological evaluation, neuropsychology, personality disorder, or psychological testing, Cahn has the experience and network required to turn a search for a forensic psychologist around expeditiously. The firm has an earned reputation of providing expert candidates with just the right balance of expertise and testimony experience.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Forensic Psychology experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Forensic Psychology landscape.
This expert is a Clinical Psychologist with additional training in Neuropsychiatry. This expert's private practice provides services in Forensic Psychology, focusing on psychological evaluations in criminal, civil, and family court cases for private attorneys and law firms. This expert has testified in both State and Federal Courts. This expert also provides psychotherapy, diagnostic reports and neuropsychological evaluations. This expert has made numerous presentations at academic conferences and despite a long experience in the field, has kept up with continuing education.
This expert holds a master's degree and Ph.D. in experimental psychology as well as many years of experience in basic and applied research in psychophysics, cognitive science, perception, attention, reaction time, memory, human factors, aging, driver behavior, and related areas. This expert has testified in courts in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Singapore on matters involving issues such as human vision, warnings, product defects, visual evidence, and trips and falls. This expert's master's research was in learning and reaction time and this expert's Ph.D. dissertation was in human vision. This expert subsequently had postdoctoral fellowships in psychology and in physiological optics. This expert has also been a faculty member or research associate in psychology at several universities.
This expert's research experience includes many grant/contract awards, presentations and publications; grants from the National Eye Institute, National Science Foundation, National Science & Engineering Research Committee; over 70 presentations at scientific meetings and at safety conferences in the US, Canada and Europe; 100 publications in the areas of vision, visual search, electrophysiology, perception reaction time, human cognition, artificial intelligence and driver behavior. This expert is the principal author of a book which analyzes visual, cognitive and response factors in driver behavior based on data from basic science, human factors, and the driver research literature.
This expert has extensive prior litigation experience having served as both a testifying expert as well as a consulting expert, explaining complex scientific concepts in simple, layman's terms to non-experts. This expert can perform tests of visibility/perception under field conditions and analyze accidents to determine probable cause such as human factors, controls, warnings, visual design, Human Error Vs. Design Error and potential safety hazard.