ISSUES IN FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
Terence W. Campbell, Ph. D.
Thank you for your visiting Dr. Terence Campbell's web site. As a clinical and forensic psychologist, Dr. Campbell emphasizes the necessity of psychologists relying on relevant research in all their endeavors. Too often, however, the testimony of psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals relies more on unverified theory than empirical fact.
As expert witnesses, mental health professionals pose difficult problems for the legal system. As seriously flawed as their testimony can be, such errors are not readily recognizable except by those well-acquainted with the relevant research literature. Though a mental health professional's testimony may be riddled with errors, their technical vocabularies - and the numerical scores associated with test data - can create an impressive appearance of expertise. Without the assistance of a knowledgeable mental health professional, attorneys who attempt to cross-examine self-appointed experts in this area can find themselves rapidly floundering.
This web site has been designed to assist attorneys in effectively cross-examining mental health professionals. Above all else, Dr. Campbell advocates that expert testimony premised on relevant research can assist courts. Expert testimony that resorts to ill-conceived theories, however, threatens to mislead and misinform a trier of fact. Dr. Campbell assists attorneys in identifying expert testimony supported by relevant research, versus expert testimony premised on ill-conceived theories.
Terence W. Campbell, Ph.D., ABPP (Forensic)
Troy, MI 48085
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