Forensic Psychology Expert Witnesses

Forensic Psychology

What is a forensic psychology expert witness?

Forensic psychology expert witness candidates typically have an advanced degree and background as a clinical psychologist. Forensic psychology is a discipline that supports both civil case and criminal matters, and a forensic psychologist should understand 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).

What types of cases require a forensic psychology expert witness?

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.

What litigation support work might a forensic psychology expert witness be expected to perform?

Expert witness services by a forensic psychology professional may include psychological assessments, research and authoring expert reports, providing expert opinions, 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 Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search for a forensic psychology expert witness around quickly, providing the right balance of expertise and testimony experience.

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Forensic Psychology Expert Witness - Representative Bios

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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 lawyers a sense of the Forensic Psychology landscape.