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Evidence for Forensic Mental Health Professionals

Presented By David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP
David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP

10 hours | 10 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Evidence for Forensic Mental Health Professionals is presented by David DeMatteo, PhD, ABPP. This badge-earning program can be shared digitally on platforms like LinkedIn or your resume and counts towards various certificates. Enroll to earn credit and share your new digital credentials with prospective employers and colleagues. This program counts as a foundational program in the certificates:

  1. Criminal Forensic Assessment Certificate
  2. Child Custody Evaluation Certificate
  3. Civil Forensic Assessment Certificate
  4. Juvenile Forensic Assessment Certificate
  5. Violence Risk Assessment Certificate

This program describes the admissibility standards provided by governing case law (e.g., Frye, Daubert, Kumho, Joiner) and the various rules of evidence (e.g., Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure).

This program also covers other topics related to the provision of expert reports and testimony by mental health professionals in criminal and civil legal proceedings, including the various bases of expert testimony (e.g., statutory, court rules), the rule against hearsay, ethics, and professionalism, expert immunity, and the role of discovery. Best-practice standards for data gathering and data presentation are also discussed.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the admissibility standards for expert evidence articulated by the Supreme Court of the United States

Describe the federal rules of evidence that govern the recognition of experts and admissibility of expert evidence

Describe the bases of expert testimony

Describe how expert evidence is affected by the rule against hearsay

Describe how to collect data and present data in a manner that is consistent with best practices and likely to withstand admissibility challenges

Describe several ethical and professional issues associated with the provision of expert evidence by psychologists in legal proceedings

Describe how to engage in forensic practice in a manner that recognizes the diversity of the examinees and attorneys with whom psychologists work


Presented By

David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP

Dr. David DeMatteo is a Professor of Psychology and Professor of Law at Drexel University and the Director of Drexel’s JD/Ph.D. Program in Law & Psychology. His research interests include psychopathic personality, forensic mental health assessment, and offender diversion. His research has been f...


1. Introduction

2. The Nature of the Expert's Role

3. Admissibility Standards for Expert Testimony

4. Daubert Examined

5. Daubert Legacy

6. Bases of Expert Testimony

7. Subpoenas

8. Discovery and Cross-Examination

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Transforming mental health professionals into experts

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CE Credit

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Convenience & Flexibility

Learn at your own pace, from wherever you might be!


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