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Foreword Thomas Grisso, ph.d. vii Preface xi About the authors xv Chapter 1 Introduction 1 Chapter 2 Functions of Forensic Reports 9 Chapter 3 Content of Forensic Reports 17 Chapter 4 Principles of Forensic Reports 34 Chapter 5 Structure of Forensic Reports 54 Chapter 6 Interrogatories, Affidavits, Declarations, Demonstrative Exhibits, and Demonstrative Aids 91 Chapter 7 Conceptual Issues Regarding Testimony 97 Chapter 8 Testifying at Depositions 118 Chapter 9 Testifying in Admissibility Hearings 129 Chapter 10 Pretrial Preparation 137 Chapter 11 Direct Examination 151 Chapter 12 Cross-Examination 171 Appendix A Sample Reports 223 Appendix B Sample Affidavits and Declaration 315 References 341 Author index 355 Subject index 361

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RANDY K. OTTO, PHD, ABPP, AssociateProfessor, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy at theUniversity of South is board certified in forensic psychology andclinical psychology by the American Board of ProfessionalPsychology. He has served as President of the American Board ofProfessional Psychology, the American Psychology-Law Society, theAmerican Board of Forensic Psychology, and the American Academy ofForensic Psychology. RICHART L. DEMIER, PHD,ABPP, is board certified in forensic psychology by the AmericanBoard of Professional Psychology. He is retired from the U.S.Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, where he conducted forensicevaluations and served as Director of Clinical Training for thefacility s internship and postdoctoral fellowship programs.He is currently the Director of Clinical Training at the School ofProfessional Psychology at Forest Institute, in Springfield,Missouri. MARCUS T. BOCCACCINI, PHD, Professor,Department of Psychology and Philosophy at Sam Houston StateUniversity in Huntsville, Texas has published more than 75 articlesrelating to the intersection of psychology and the legal system.His research focuses on agreement among expert witnesses and fieldresearch in forensic psychology.


"Communication is the heart of forensic practice and this book provides a lot of heart. The authors cover every aspect of the art of forensic communication from A to Z in an easily understood, concise way. Forensic Reports and Testimony is a must-have book for trainees in forensic mental health and contains much that will be of value to seasoned clinicians. I predict that this text will become the essential guide to developing professional report writing and testifying skills in training programs in psychiatry and psychology." ?Steven K. Hoge, MD, Clinical Professor; Director, Columbia-Cornell Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program; Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY "In this terrifically practical book, the authors define a scholarly foundation for forensic reports, a process for conceptualizing and structuring them, and excellent how-to guidance on report writing and testimony preparation. They have made the subject come alive with many examples of good and bad reports and testimony and show how transparency and acknowledgment of limitations serves both experts and the justice system well." ?Stanley L. Brodsky, Ph.D., The University of Alabama This is the best step by step guide to report writing coupled with research based, practical advice on how to give effective testimony. It contains the crystalized wisdom of three leading forensic psychologists on how to be persuasive while staying within the ethical guidelines for forensic psychologists and psychiatrists. The authors provide multiple examples of sophisticated, nuanced responses to challenging cross examination questions. ?Phillip J. Resnick, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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