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What Every Lawyer Should Know About Forensic Psychology

OnDemand Webinar (85 minutes)

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.


Robert A. Beattey, J.D., Beattey Forensic Heidi A. Bender, Ph.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Patricia A. Zapf, Ph.D., John Jay College of Criminal Justice


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