Coping with Cross-Examination and Other Pathways to Effective Testimony / Edition 1

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Health professionals, substance abuse counselors, psychologists, handwriting analysts, and experts on physical evidence will be interested in this book that teaches readers about the typical techniques attorneys use to challenge experts' credibility and the basis of their opinions. Pointers on preparation and effective narrative style are included, backed by findings from the emerging literature on the assessment of expert testimony.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book successfully provides both a foundation and a model for the expert witness while also attempting to alleviate the stress and uncertainty of testifying.
Purpose: The purpose is to examine the psychology behind cross-examination, how one is to think on the stand, which words should be used and which need to be avoided, and the interplay between attorney and witness. The author presents the issue of testifying in the hopes that the reader's fear will be alleviated and ultimately be mastered. In a litigious society, this book is quite timely and meets not only the author's objectives, but quite possibly the field of psychology.
Audience: Basically, any professional who has served or will be serving as an expert witness will benefit from this well written book. Mainly, both clinical and forensic psychologists and psychiatrists will find this book invaluable. The author's credibility and knowledge of the field of forensic psychology and the legal system is without question. He brings years of real world clinical and academic experience to this book.
Features: The book seems to cover every possible aspect of testifying in court from addressing body language, speech, and metaphors in testimony, overconfidence, and lies. Quite timely, is the author's discussion of the various professional dilemmas and boundaries. Many clinician experts will appreciate the tips for dealing with adversarial attorneys while on the stand. Overall, this book benefits from the short, concise chapters and stands out as a solid reference for one to refer to in the future.
Assessment: Stanley Brodsky has made a substantial worthwhile contribution to the field of mental health with this well written compilation of advice and knowledge for the expert witness. Truly a stand-alone book that deserves to be read by all clinicians who have or will be testifying in court.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591470946
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

I Introduction
1 What This Book Is About 3
2 A Beginning Point: Ten Things You May Not Know About Testifying 8
II Testimony: Narrative and Style
3 Bridges 1: Telling a Story on the Stand 16
4 Bridges 2: Narrative Techniques for Courtroom Testimony 22
5 More Yin, Less Yang 29
6 Imagery to Reduce Anxiety 33
7 Reversals 37
8 Position and Alignment 41
9 Witness Preparation and Videotape Feedback 45
10 Hypercorrect and Personal Speech 50
11 Metaphors in Testimony 56
12 Pretentiousness 62
13 Overconfidence 65
14 Smung and They Don't Know It 68
15 Suspicion-Evoking Testimony 72
16 Visible Displays of Emotion 1 77
17 Visible Displays of Emotion 2 82
18 Repetitions 85
19 Pocket Men and Quarterbacks 90
20 Defining Moments 94
21 Trivial Revenge 98
22 Lies 103
23 Anticipate Tactics of the Adversarial Attorney 112
24 Bullying Attorneys 118
25 Involuntary Disclosure of Forensic Self 123
26 Gendered Invasion of Witness Privacy 126
27 Physical Threats 131
28 Ingratiation 134
III Expertise and Bases for Testimony
29 Transcripts of Problem Depositions 142
30 When Unprepared 145
31 Translations 149
32 Empathy Dilemmas 154
33 Headline Testimony 158
34 Distrusting Experts 164
35 Lawyer Intrusions 168
36 Clear Boundaries of Testimony 172
37 (Not) Offering Advice 176
38 Token Experts 181
39 Expert Panels 184
40 Yes or No Demands 188
41 Clients Next Door 193
42 More Pulls to Extrapolate 196
43 Echo Effects 199
44 Familiar Presentation of Famous Studies 203
45 Highly Paid, Well-Known Experts 206
46 Surprise Demands 210
47 The Tough and Tangential Cross-Examination 216
48 Data Errors 221
49 Cross-Examinations About Tests 224
50 Sexual Predator Testimony 1: Principles 228
51 Sexual Predator Testimony 2: Challenges to the Construct 233
52 Actuarial Testimony 238
References 243
About the Author 249
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