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Mental Health Courts and Being an Expert Witness
6 CEUs Cultural Diversity & Ethical Boundaries: Freedom from Stereotypes

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Peer-Reviewed Journal Article References:
"An exploratory study of meta-factors of expert witness persuasion": Correction to Cramer et al., 2014 (2015). Journal of Individual Differences, 36(2), 130.

Baillie, P. (2015). Review of Clinicians in court: A guide to subpoenas, depositions, testifying, and everything else you need to know (2nd ed.) [Review of the book Clinicians in court: A guide to subpoenas, depositions, testifying, and everything else you need to know (2nd ed.), by A. E. Barsky]. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, 56(2), 267–268.

Cook, A. N., Dvorakova, E., & Storey, J. E. (2020). Judicial decisions regarding expert evidence on violence risk assessment. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, 7(3-4), 214–229.

Cramer, R. J., DeCoster, J., Harris, P. B., Fletcher, L. M., & Brodsky, S. L. (2011). A confidence-credibility model of expert witness persuasion: Mediating effects and implications for trial consultation. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 63(2), 129–137.

Edens, J. F., Smith, S. T., Magyar, M. S., Mullen, K., Pitta, A., & Petrila, J. (2012). “Hired guns,” “charlatans,” and their “voodoo psychobabble”: Case law references to various forms of perceived bias among mental health expert witnesses. Psychological Services, 9(3), 259–271.

Edwards, E. R., Sissoko, D. R. G., Abrams, D., Samost, D., La Gamma, S., & Geraci, J. (2020). Connecting mental health court participants with services: Process, challenges, and recommendations. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 26(4), 463–475.

Gardner, B. O., Titcomb, C., Cramer, R. J., Stroud, C. H., & Bate, B. P. (2013). Perceived personality similarity and perceptions of expert testimony. Journal of Individual Differences, 34(4), 185–192.

Grabman, J. H., Cash, D. K., Slane, C. R., & Dodson, C. S. (2021). Improving the interpretation of verbal eyewitness confidence statements by distinguishing perceptions of certainty from those of accuracy. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

Greenspan, R. L., & Loftus, E. F. (2020). Eyewitness confidence malleability: Misinformation as post-identification feedback. Law and Human Behavior, 44(3), 194–208.

Henderson, K. S., & Levett, L. M. (2016). Can expert testimony sensitize jurors to variations in confession evidence? Law and Human Behavior, 40(6), 638–649.

Krackow, E. (2021). Adults’ perceptions of child maltreatment allegations: The influence of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, parental coaching, accuracy of children’s autobiographical recall and expert witness testimony. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.

Krauss, D. A., McCabe, J. G., & Lieberman, J. D. (2012). Dangerously misunderstood: Representative jurors' reactions to expert testimony on future dangerousness in a sexually violent predator trial. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 18(1), 18–49.

Maeder, E. M., & Pica, E. (2014). Secondary confessions: The influence (or lack thereof) of incentive size and scientific expert testimony on jurors’ perceptions of informant testimony. Law and Human Behavior, 38(6), 560–568.

Sauerland, M., Otgaar, H., Maegherman, E., & Sagana, A. (2020). Allegiance bias in statement reliability evaluations is not eliminated by falsification instructions. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 228(3), 210–215.

Spanos, N. P., Quigley, C. A., Gwynn, M. I., Glatt, R. L., & Perlini, A. H. (1991). Hypnotic interrogation, pretrial preparation, and witness testimony during direct and cross-examination. Law and Human Behavior, 15(6), 639–653.

Williger, S. D. (1995). A trial lawyer's perspective on mental health professionals as expert witnesses. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 47(3), 141–149.

Yuan, Y., & Capriotti, M. R. (2019). The impact of mental health court: A Sacramento case study. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 37(4), 452–467.

Zapf, P. A., Kukucka, J., Kassin, S. M., & Dror, I. E. (2018). Cognitive bias in forensic mental health assessment: Evaluator beliefs about its nature and scope. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 24(1), 1–10.

Additional References:
- Center for Forensic Psychiatry, USA. From mental health professional to expert witness: testifying in court. The National Center for Biotechnology Information, p 1.

- Council of State Governments Justice Center. Mentalh Health Courts: A Primer for Policymakers and Practitioners. Bureau of Justice Assistance Office of Justice Programs U.S Department fo Justice, 2008 p 1-34.

- Kuchler, Deborah D. An In-Depth Look at Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses. California Courts, 2010 p 5-7 and 8-20

- Villanova University School of Law, PA, USA. What judges and lawyers think about the testimony of mental health experts: a survey of the courts and bar. The National Center for Biotechnology Information, P 1.


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