Evidence for Forensic Mental Health Professionals

Evidence for Forensic Mental Health Professionals


10 Hours | 10 CEs (CEU)

Program Description

This self-paced training program on Evidence for Forensic Mental Health Professionals is presented by Dr. David DeMatteo.

This course 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 course 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.

The fee for this training program is $250 and includes all materials.

Intended Audience

This course is relevant for mental health professionals who conduct forensic evaluations or who intend to add forensic evaluation to their practice. This workshop is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this course, participants should 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 several ethical and professional issues associated with the provision of expert evidence by psychologists in legal proceedings
  • Describe how to collect data and present data in a manner that is consistent with best practices and likely to withstand admissibility challenges
  • Describe how to engage in forensic practice in a manner that recognizes the diversity of the examinees and attorneys with whom psychologists work

    About Dr. David DeMatteo


    David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP (Forensic), is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Law at Drexel University, and Director of Drexel’s JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology. Dr. DeMatteo received a BA in psychology from Rutgers University, an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from MCP Hahnemann University, and a JD from Villanova Law School. His research interests include psychopathic personality, forensic mental health assessment, offender diversion, and drug-involved criminal offenders, and his research has been funded by several federal agencies, state agencies, and private foundations.

    Dr. DeMatteo has co-authored several books and more than 90 articles and book chapters, and he has given over 200 presentations at national and international conferences. He is an Associate Editor for Law and Human Behavior, on the Editorial Boards of several journals, and a reviewer for more than 30 scientific journals. Dr. DeMatteo was Chair of APA’s Committee on Legal Issues. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania, where he conducts a wide range of forensic mental health assessments on juveniles and adults. Dr. DeMatteo is currently President of the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Div. 41).

    This course is designed for mental health professionals who want to learn about evidence provided by mental health professionals in the context of criminal and civil legal proceedings.


    Participants will focus on expert reports and testimony in the context of criminal and civil legal proceedings
    – Admissibility Standards
    – Governing Case Law
    – Rules of Evidence


    Participants will learn about the provision of expert reports and testimony by Mental Health professionals in criminal and civil legal proceedings
    – Expert Testimony
    – Hearsay and Ethics
    – Professionalism

    “Dr. DeMatteo is one of the top experts in the field. He is an engaging and funny presenter!”

    “This course provided a very in-depth discussion and relevant case examples.”

    “I enjoyed taking the course at my own pace! The audio files and handouts were helpful!”

    Continuing Education Credit

    This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 10 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. Each participant will be able to download and print the CE certificate upon completion of the final evaluation.

    Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

    Your satisfaction with our programs, products and services is important to us; however, because these are immediately made available to you upon registration and payment, we do not issue refunds. Should you find that a particular program, product or service is not the right fit for you, we will assist you in crediting your registration towards another one of our offerings that might better suit you.

    We specialize in training groups — from a handful to hundreds — and are happy to contact you to discuss your group training needs.

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