Trials of a Forensic Psychologist: A Casebook
Written by psychologist and lawyer Charles Patrick Ewing, one of the country's leading experts on forensic psychology, Trials of a Forensic Psychologist: A Casebook is a scholarly, thought-provoking collection of cases from the author's three decades of professional experience. Bringing to life the psychological and legal details of each case as well as the personal stories involved, this volume insightfully covers those issues facing forensic psychologists, including:
- Ability to Waive Miranda Rights
- Coerced Confessions
- The Insanity Defense
- Battered Woman Syndrome
- Evaluating Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse
- The Implications of Extreme Emotional Disturbance
1. Waiver of Miranda Rights and Voluntary versus Coerced Confession.
2. Battered Woman Syndrome, Self-Defense, and Extreme Emotional Disturbance.
3. Insanity: Malingering versus Organic Brain Syndrome.
4. Insanity, Extreme Emotional Disturbance, or Both?
5. Voluntary or Coerced Confession?
6. Child Abuse Victim, Sexual Predator, or Both?
7. Battered Woman Syndrome, Duress, and the Death Penalty.
8. Validation of Alleged Child Sexual Abuse.
9. Murder or Manslaughter? Extreme Emotional Disturbance.
10. Insanity, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Brief Reactive Psychosis.
"…Charles Patrick Ewing, a law school professor...is one of the most renowned forensic psychologists in the United States, the author of a number of books, countless articles, and editor of a respected forensic psychology journal. As is evident from Trials, his expertise is widely sought around the country in high-profile criminal trials. And the man can write! The accounts of the 10 trials in this book are compelling. I can think of few if any forensic psychology books that I have read for pleasure or that I cannot put down, but Trials is indeed one. I found this to be an excellent book - well written, engaging, informative." (PsycCRITIQUES; 1/28/09)"I found this to be an excellent book—well written, engaging, informative. Trials gives the reader a sense of how forensic psychology fits in context in legal proceedings. Ewing creates engaging, engrossing stories to convey the course of a forensic psychology case, and these narratives, I suspect, will stay with the reader far longer than the dry, technical materials on the subject one usually reads. I can think of no better book to recommend to neophyte forensic psychologists, to give them a concrete sense of how their evaluation and testimony skills will actually be applied in the future. But even the experienced forensic practitioner will enjoy the book, although for a different reason—to recognize a fellow practitioner of one’s craft practicing at a high level."
—Philip H Witt, Somerville, NJ
"Cases in forensic psychology can be fascinating. When a highly skilled and experienced forensic psychologist like Charles Patrick Ewing describes real cases in plain English, the result is that rare combination of educational and enjoyable--equally suitable for the classroom in snowy January or the beach in June. Jonathan Kellerman, move over. Don't miss this one."
—Kirk Heilbrun, Ph.D., Professor and Head of Department of Psychology, Drexel University