How to examine mental health experts : a family lawyer's handbook of issues and strategies

Zervopoulos, John A., author

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  • Creator John A. Zervopoulos, Ph.D., J.D
  • Format Books
  • Publication
    • First edition
    • Chicago, Illinois : American Bar Association, ©2013
  • Physical Details
    • xxv, 238 pages ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 9781614388371, 1614388377
  • OCLC ocn821560854


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • How qualified is qualified? -- When experts rely on experts -- Consulting versus testifying experts: is there a problem? -- Retained experts and their testimony: hired gun or credible? -- Retaining and working with your expert -- Peer into counseling's black box -- Psychological evaluations: more than just testing -- Make sense of psychological tests -- Psychological tests and catching lies -- Make sense of computer-based test reports -- Collateral information: uses and abuses -- Tie experts to professional practice guidelines -- Let the records show -- Use Daubert's reliability toolbox -- Daubert's reliability toolbox: general acceptance and peer review/publication -- Daubert's reliability toolbox: testability and error rates -- Mental health testimony = conclusions + opinions -- Manage experience-based testimony -- It's research, but is it relevant? -- DSM-IV diagnoses: what's the problem? -- Use the analytical gap test: Joiner's versatile reliability metaphor -- Recognize and challenge experts' judgment biases -- Hiding the gap: the power of words -- Recommendations; where the rubber meets the road -- Interim reports: half-baked or reliable? -- Size up evaluation reports: what's the purpose? -- Mine the report's treasures -- Rescue an expert's testimony? try Daubert's flexibile side
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