ANNOTATED REFERENCE LIST BOOKS
The Psychologist as Expert Witness ( Blau, 1984) is one of the standard texts on forensic psychology. It contains a brief review of the court system, and provides practical advice about many aspects of forensic work, from preparing a case folder, to conducting an evaluation and testifying in court. Areas covered include competency to stand trial, the insanity defense, custody disputes, and personal injury litigation. It contains numerous sample forensic evaluations and examples of court dialogue. The useful appendices report important cases and contain a glossary.
Testifying in Court ( Brodsky, 1991) has become an instant "classic." It contains numerous nuggets of wisdom and advice covering a broad range of topics of interest to the mental health expert.
Forensic Psychological Assessment ( Shapiro, 1991) focuses primarily on criminal forensic psychology. Topics covered include competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility. There are also chapters on being an expert witness and on professional liability.
Psychological Evaluations for the Courts ( Melton et al., 1987) is a comprehensive handbook of forensic psychological assessment. It contains a useful overview of the law and its relationship to the mental health professions. It has detailed chapters on competencies in the criminal process, mental state at the time of offense, and sentencing. Civil commitment, civil competencies, com-