CHAPTER 2"Doctor, how can you claim to be an expert?"The first series of questions a psychologist/psychiatrist encounters is aimed at
establishing one's qualifications as an expert witness. The attorney who sees
value in your professional opinions has requested or subpoenaed your presence
in the courtroom, and will ask in direct examination a standard series of
questions about your background that will enhance your credibility as an expert.
Inquiry about one's education, clinical experience, and academic activities will
highlight the expert's professional strengths.The qualification process is designed to persuade the judge and jury of the
expert's credibility and the authority of the opinions rendered. After identifying
and introducing into evidence the expert's resume, the attorney will attempt to
stress favorable points, including the following educational or technical training:
|• ||formal professional education (schools, degrees, dates)|
|• ||clinical internship and clerkships|
|• ||specialization training|
|• ||continuing professional education|
|• ||honors, recognitions|
|• ||license, certifications|
|• ||professional memberships and activities|
The attorney also wants to elicit information about the expert's practical
experiences, such as:
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Mastering Expert Testimony:A Courtroom Handbook for Mental Health Professionals.
Contributors: William T. Tsushima - Author, Robert M. Anderson Jr. - Author.
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ.
Publication year: 1996.
Page number: 11.
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