Journal of Psychiatry & Law

Journal of Psychiatry & Law is a medical journal focusing on Psychiatry & Law

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 3, Fall

Administrative Law Adjudications Involving Healthcare Professionals: Mental Health Expert Testimony
Mental health experts are often needed to provide expert testimony about a respondent healthcare professional's retrospective mental state and prospective fitness for duty. This calls for the expert to parse the degree to which educational deficiency...
"Are You Kidding?": Effects of Funding Cutbacks in the Mental Health Field on Patient Care and Potential Liability Issues
Mental health funding cuts and associated reductions in training have exercised a starkly negative effect upon psychiatric patient care in recent years, as reflected in research conducted in the United States and abroad. This article conveys and discusses...
Attorney Preparedness as Judged by Experts: An Empirical Pilot Study
This pilot study examines the "preparedness" of attorneys as perceived by respondent expert witnesses. Retaining and opposing counsel were rated with regard to their familiarity with the respondent's qualifications, with the respondent's published writings,...
Expert Professionalism as Judged by Experts: An Empirical Pilot Study
We conducted a pilot study about the professionalism of opposing expert witnesses as perceived by subject experts. The investigated topics included opponents' disorganization; forgetfulness; failure to examine a relevant party or review relevant documents;...
Folk Psychology and Criminal Law: Why We Need to Replace Folk Psychology with Behavioral Science
Much of what social scientists apply when addressing legal matters is based upon "folk psychology" as opposed to behavioral science. This article addresses how folk psychological notions arise and why they continue to exist, and then proposes an alternative...
Justice for Girls?: Stability and Change in the Youth Justice Systems of the United States and Canada
Justice for Girls?: Stability and Change in the Youth Justice Systems of the United States and Canada, by Jane B. Sprott and Anthony N. Doob (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2009), 288 pp., $37.50.In Justice for Girls?, Canadian criminologists...
Legislation Prohibiting Physicians from Asking Patients about Guns
Several states have recently considered legislation that effectively prohibits physicians from asking patients about firearm ownership. In 2011, Florida passed the Privacy of Firearm Owners Act, which prevented the state's medical personnel from asking...
Should Forensic Psychiatrists Conduct Psychological Testing?
Forensic psychiatrists occasionally conduct psychological testing, for a host of reasons that may include a lack of access to psychological consultation, a lack of funding for such consultation, or a genuine belief that they are technically and legally...
The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law
The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law, by Martha Chamallas and Jennifer B. Wriggins (New York, NY: New York University Press, 2010), 228 pp., $40.00.The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law by Martha Chamallas and Jennifer Wriggins,...

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