Cross-Examining Psychiatrists and Psychologists: A Practical Guide
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Psychiatrists’ and psychologists’input holds a somewhat unique position in the medical-legal world. Though sometimes based on testing, their opinions are primarily based on the subjective activity of talking to their patients. This means the accuracy of the historical facts of a case becomes even more important. Relatedly, psychiatrists and psychologists are notoriously slippery witnesses and it is hard to fit their opinions into objective criteria. Cross-Examining Psychiatrists and Psychologists: A Practical Guide is a thorough examination of the substantive areas involved in cross-examining these professionals for both plaintiff and defense attorneys. Unedited, real trial transcripts demonstrate good and not-so-good approaches to cross-examination, with helpful notations pointing to substantive areas and techniques you need. Included in the book are examples of the ’Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5)’ and psychological testing cross-examinations; common psychological concepts and a glossary of terms; sections on discovery, finding the right expert, preparing for cross, and attacking opinions; and mental status examinations, psychological testing, and standard psychological facts. This one-of-a-kind resource helps firms efficiently and effectively prepare to cross-examine psychiatrists or psychologists.