Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Determining the Mental Capacity of a Decedent

By Expert ID: 3013, Ph.D. Forensic psychologists and neuropsychologists regularly give expert opinions about a person’s mental capacity in the criminal, family law and civil courts. The evaluative process involves clinical interviews,...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Are Adults Faking ADHD for Secondary Gain?

By Expert ID: SC853, Psy.D. Despite general agreement on the importance of symptom validity assessment in medico-legal contexts, the issue as a necessary practice in the examination of college students who show signs of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)...
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Article - PSYCHIATRY: Sexual Abuse – An Addictions Perspective

By Expert ID:14027, M.D., FASAM Sexual abuse cases always hinge on interactions between individuals. Addiction, often unacknowledged, can sometimes provide telltale evidence that changes the outcome of a case. Yet, civil cases of alleged sexual abuse frequently do not...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: The Role Of Personality Disorders In Employment Litigation

By Expert ID: 6043, Ph.D. You may not be familiar with the formal diagnostic term, Personality Disorders, but as a practicing attorney, you undoubtedly have encountered individuals with these conditions. It’s a fair bet that most of those encounters ended...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: The Psychological Autopsy As A Forensic Tool

By Expert ID: 6031, Ph.D., ABPP The Psychological Autopsy (PA) is used for research; it functions as a medical-legal tool to aid in the certification of deaths. It is also a forensic procedure for both criminal and civil cases. The PA has become an invaluable tool in...
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Article - PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY: Psychopharmacology In Court

By Expert ID: 06112, M.D. The perfect storm of insurance restrictions for non-pharmaceutical interventions, combined with the introduction of better-tolerated psychiatric meds, has led to unprecedented use of powerful, prescription drugs among the public....
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Stalking – the State of the Science

By Expert ID: 6018, Ph.D. Since the behavior of stalking was criminalized in California in 1990, we have seen literature on the topic bolstered by dozens of new studies each year. Although definitions of the crime vary, there seems to be a legal consensus that three...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Digital Threats – Emerging Predatory Behaviors in the Workplace

By Expert ID: 6016, Psy.D. Human Resources/Risk Managers have become increasingly familiar with violence in the workplace and the warning signs of a threat potential for physical violence. However, malicious, digitally-based threats have appeared in the workplace as a...
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Article - PSYCHIATRY: The Psychiatric Autopsy and Its Application in Law

PSYCHIATRY: The Psychiatric Autopsy and Its Application in Law At first blush, “Psychiatric Autopsy” appears to be a misnomer. The historical mainstay of psychiatric assessment and treatment is the psychiatric interview and psychotherapy. Obviously, a decedent is...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Symptom Magnification & Waddell’s Behavioral Signs

By Expert ID: 05046, Ph.D. For many individuals that sustain an injury, there is a close correlation between subjective complaints and objective pathology. Since most physicians are trained in treating physical pathology, the outcome of treatment is usually...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Understanding Work-Related Emotional Distress

By Expert ID: 06021, Psy.D. The next time you’re at a party, count how many pleasantries you exchange before the topic of work arises. I’d lay some pretty good odds that “what do you do” is a heavy favorite as the question most likely to follow...
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Article - CASE CONSULTING: Increasing Damages in Class Action/ Mass Tort Cases

Forensic psychologists can significantly increase damages and awards in class-action and mass tort cases. This is an area of damages often ignored by attorneys; there is a sense that it will affect little change in the outcome of the settlement, or that there is no...
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Article - INTERNET: Keyword Infringement Surveys – The New Frontier in Measuring Likelihood of Confusion

By Expert ID: 06138, M.B.A., B.S. in Engineering In recent years, keyword advertising has become an increasingly important activity for marketers. Compared with other elements of the marketing mix, such as newspaper or television advertising, keyword advertising is...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Neurocognitive Malingering – The Importance of its Assessment in Criminal and Civil Forensic Evaluations

By Expert ID: 38004, Psy.D. Malingering is the intentional (conscious) fabrication or gross exaggeration of symptoms of mental disorders in order to achieve an identifiable goal. Mental health professionals who conduct forensic evaluations should assess the...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: Victimization and PTSD – Diagnostic and Clinical Challenges

By Expert ID: 22020, Ph.D. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has its roots in the military and the psychological impact of war on those who endure the trauma of combat. In part due to this history, the diagnostic criteria for PTSD requires that an individual have...
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Article - NEUROPSYCHOLOGY: Coup Contre Coup (The Neglected Brain Injury)

By Expert ID: 6049, Ph.D. Closed head injury is an extremely frequent occurrence in personal injury cases. According to the CDC, in the United States approximately 1.4 million individuals suffer from this type of trauma each year. By far, the predominant cause of...
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Article - NEUROPSYCHOLOGY: Psychology And The Law – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

By Expert ID: 6030 While the word “traumatic” in the term “traumatic brain injury” has been traditionally used to denote a physical trauma, the very nature of a significant accident that leads to brain injury often involves significant...
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Article - NEUROPSYCHOLOGY: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury – Recovery Course And Damages

By Expert ID: 6051, Ph.D., ABPP (CN, RP)  Diagnosing, treating, and managing Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) is one of the most complex issues for clinicians and attorneys who deal with this population. It is estimated that 70-90 percent of all treated TBI cases...
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Article - CASE CONSULTING: The Role Of The Expert In The Courtroom

CASE CONSULTING: The Role Of The Expert In The Courtroom The courtroom is a special place with special rules that must be understood in order for the most effective presentation of the clinical data to occur. The process is adversarial, which is generally contrary to...

Article - PSYCHOLOGY: The “Borderline” Plaintiff; Fascinating for a Psychologist, A Nightmare for an Attorney

By Expert ID: 5049, Ph.D. Clinical psychologists may dread treating the patient who is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, often referred to as a “Borderline”. Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder are among the most difficult,...
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Article - PSYCHOLOGY: A Lawyer’s Guide to Cults

By Expert ID: 7030, Ph.D. The term “cult” is a widely misunderstood term. Certainly, over the years, “cult” as a descriptor has taken a pejorative cast, and is often used lightly and inappropriately by the media and the average person. However,...
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Article - CASE CONSULTING: Understanding Malpractice In The Field Of Psychology, Family Therapy And Counseling

By Expert ID: 6012, Ph.D. Almost every state in the United States licenses and regulates the practice of psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, and counseling. There are hundreds of thousands of practitioners in these fields of non-medical treatment of...
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