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What Every Lawyer Should Know About Forensic Psychology

Get the information you need on forensic psychology and how it can affect your case.

Attorneys are increasingly called upon to negotiate complex legal cases and situations that require integrating psychological evidence and expertise into the legal context. From criminal cases where the defendant's mental state is at issue to family law and child custody evaluations and torts involving mental suffering in the civil context, lawyers are forging fruitful partnerships with psychologists and other mental health experts. This on-demand webinar will arm attorneys and other legal professionals with a basic understanding of the legal issues most often requiring expert psychological evidence; a foundation for understanding and efficient use of psychologist work product; and the basics of recruiting and working with psychologists. This on-demand webinar also brings you up to the state of the art with a discussion of recent cases and controversies surrounding the role of neuroscience in the courtroom. The role of psychological expertise and neuroscience in the courtroom and as a key component of top-flight trial teams is growing consistently. This on-demand webinar is critical for attorneys and their colleagues seeking a solid foundation for meeting the increasingly challenging task of capitalizing on the fast evolving intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and law.

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Psychology and Law: Key Concepts and Updates in the Civil and Criminal Arenas

  • Key Criminal Concepts and Cases: Competency to Stand Trial (CST), Dusky V. U.S., 362 U.S. 402 (1960); Mental State at the Time of the Offense (MSO), NGRI, and GBMI, M'Naghten (a/k/a McNaughton); Sexually Violent Predator Statutes
  • Key Civil Concepts and Law: Child Custody, Tort and Child Witnesses
  • The Psychology of Jury Selection and Jury Decision-Making

Neuropsychology: Introduction and Overview

  • Understanding Normal Distribution, Assessment Measures, and Why Psychologists Are Excellent at Describing the Behavior of Groups
  • Understanding What a Psychologist Can Tell to a Reasonable Degree of Scientific Certainty About an Individual
  • Localization Association of Brain Function
  • Neuroimaging

The Care and Feeding of Psychologists as Expert Witnesses and Trial Consultants: Maximizing the Investment

  • What to Look for in an Expert Psychologist and What to Expect
  • How to Read a Forensic Psychological Report and Understand the Nuance
  • Crafting the Referral Question
  • Trial Consultation: The Limits of Multiple Roles and the Benefits of a Psychologist's Input

The Coming Clash of Neuroscience and the Law

  • Recent Cases and Controversies
  • The Looming End of a Meaningful Mens Rea? Is Neuroscience Set to Eviscerate Historic Notions of Criminal and Civil Mental States
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This course was last revised on August 21, 2014.

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Robert A. Beattey, JD

Robert A. Beattey, JD

BeatteyForensic

  • Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellow & Adjunct Lecturer, John Jay College of Criminal Justice & The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Active research, teaching, practice areas: sex offender policy, neuropsychology and psychometrics; legal decision-making; long-term impacts of child abuse and neglect; and public health policy
  • Past positions: chief litigator, Spencer Law Firm, PLLC (Tacoma, Seattle, Anchorage); senior attorney, Columbus, Ohio, City Attorney’s Office; assistant prosecuting attorney
  • Writer of academic, professional and popular articles published in: Monitor on Psychology; Michigan State University Journal of Medicine and Law; Crimes of the Centuries: An Encyclopedia of Notorious Crimes, Criminals and Criminal Trials in American History (in press), Daily Reporter, Continental News Review, The Courier, Akron Legal News, Free Press, and Louisville Herald
  • B.A. degree, Columbia University; J.D. degree, The Ohio State University; Ph.D. candidate, Clinical Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice & The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Can be contacted at 917-426-7001 or [email protected]
Heidi A. Bender, Ph.D.

Heidi A. Bender, Ph.D.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry (dual primary appointments)
  • Director, Neuropsychological Services, Center for Cognitive Health, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology
  • Awarded nine federal and foundation grants for original scientific research
  • Writer of 32 articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries on neuropsychological evaluation, with a specialization in the assessment of diverse and/or non-native English speaking populations
  • 49 poster/paper presentations at national and international meetings of professional organizations and societies (both neuropsychological and neurological)
  • Ph.D. degree, The Graduate Center, CUNY; M.A. degree, New York University; M.A. degree, City University of New York (CUNY); M.Phil. degree, The Graduate Center, CUNY; B.A. degree, New York University;
  • Can be contacted at 212-241-9348 or [email protected]
Patricia A. Zapf, Ph.D.

Patricia A. Zapf, Ph.D.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

  • Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • President-elect, American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41, APA)
  • Appointed Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Distinguished Member of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) in 2006 for outstanding contributions to the field of forensic psychology
  • Editor, AP-LS Book Series and associate editor, Law and Human Behavior
  • Writer of eight books and manuals, and over 85 articles and chapters on forensic evaluation and criminal competencies, including Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law: A Handbook for Lawyers (Oxford) and Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial (Oxford)
  • Conducted over 2500 forensic evaluations across the United States and in Canada
  • Trains legal and mental health professionals on issues related to forensic mental health assessment throughout the United States
  • Can be contacted at 212-866-0608 or [email protected]
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Product ID: 394053
Published 2014
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