The purpose of the Forensic Committee is to promote high standards for the delivery of forensic services in San Diego County and throughout the state of California. The Committee offers educational workshops and consultations to member psychologists who are interested in this challenging and highly specialized field. Promotion of the profession of psychology in multiple forensic arenas is also addressed by this Committee. The purpose of the Committee is to promote the appropriate and beneficial involvement of psychologists interested in becoming involved in legal issues. This Committee meets monthly and is involved in sponsoring continuing education events covering different topics within forensic psychology and forensic neuropsychology. The ethical practice in the areas of forensic psychology and neuropsychology involves an awareness of the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology and knowledge of the applicable sections of the American Psychological Association's Ethical Guidelines. Witnesses and consultants are often public figures from which attitudes toward mental health evolve and originate. Thus, it is important for experts to properly represent their credentials and establish acceptable foundations for their opinions. An expert who performs his/her job poorly tarnishes the whole field of psychology and restricts the benefit that a proper opinion can provide the trier of fact. For a list of references considered to be standard texts within the area of forensic psychology, view our Forensic References below.
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REFERENCES IN FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
The following is a list of references that are considered standard texts within the area of forensic psychology. These texts are listed for general information and do not represent an endorsement of these publications by the SDPA. They are listed without any remuneration being paid to the SDPA.
Melton, G.B., Petrila, J., Poythress, N.G., Slobogin, C. (1997). Psychological Evaluations for the Courts: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Lawyers (Second Edition). New York: The Guilford Press.
Blau, T. H. (I998). The Psychologist as Expert Witness, (Second Edition), New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Hess, A.K,, Weiner, I.B. (I999). The Handbook of Forensic Psychology. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Smith, S.R., Meyer, R.G. Law, Behavior, and Mental Health Policy and Practice. (1987) New York: New York University Press.
Rogers, R. (1997). Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception (Second Edition) Edited by Richard Rogers. New York: The Guilford Press.
Pope, K.S., Butcher, J.N., Seelen, J. (1993). The MMPI MMPI-2 and the MMPI-A In Court: A Practical Guide for Expert Witnesses and Attorneys. American Psychological Association, Washington, D,C.
Brodsky, S.L. (I 991), Testifying in Court: Guidelines and Maxims for the Expert Witness. American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
The above list is not exhaustive and it represents some of the more commonly used reference books in the area of the practice of forensic psychology.