The Role of Consultants and Expert Witnesses in Cases of Alleged False Confession


The Role of Consultants and Expert Witnesses in Cases of Alleged False Confession

$250.00 $225.00

Dr. Brian Cutler

November 2, 2019

8:30am – 4:30pm

Palo Alto University, Los Altos Campus

7 Hours | 7 CEs

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Program Description

This live training on The Role of Consultants and Expert Witnesses in Cases of Alleged False Confession is presented by Dr. Brian Cutler.

This workshop will introduce participants to the phenomenon of false confessions and the role that consultants and expert witnesses play in false confession cases.  Topics covered in this workshop include the role of false confessions in miscarriages of justice, the science underlying false confessions, personal and situational risk factors for false confessions, the content of false confessions, outcomes resulting from false confessions, and policies and procedures aimed at reducing the risk of false confessions.  Particular attention will be paid to interrogation techniques and assessment of their coerciveness and potential for bringing about false confessions.  Particular attention will be given to the roles of the consultant and expert witness from case intake through resolution.

The first part of this workshop focuses on the fundamental issues described above.  The second part of the workshop involves applying the principles learned in the first part to case studies of interrogation. Participants will have the opportunity to view recorded interrogations, note the various risk factors for false confession within the interrogations, and engage in discussion of the cases with the workshop presenter.

If you would like to ‘attend’ this workshop but cannot travel to Palo Alto – consider virtual attendance. We are pleased to offer virtual attendance for all our workshops via ZOOM. Virtual attendees will be emailed all the details to connect via ZOOM and will be sent electronic copies of all materials.

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Intended Audience

The intended audience for this workshop includes mental health and allied professionals, including psychologists, social workers, and counselors. Legal professionals who want to understand the role of consultants and expert witnesses in cases of potential or alleged false confessions are welcome to attend.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:


  • Describe the role that false confessions play in miscarriages of justice of a variety of types
  • Describe the characteristics that render individuals particularly susceptible to false confessions
  • Describe situational factors that heighten an individual’s risk for false confession
  • Describe the process by which false confessions can seem as compelling to observers as true confessions
  • Describe contemporary policies and procedures designed to mitigate the risk of false confessions.
  • Describe the process by which interrogations are evaluated for false confession risk factors
  • Describe the roles that the consultant and expert witness play in cases of potential false confession

About Dr. Brian Cutler

In 1989, Dr. Cutler began serving as a consultant and expert witness in cases involving risk factors for mistaken eyewitness identifications and mistaken eyewitness memories and has to date consulted in more than 200 cases. In 2013, Dr. Cutler began serving as a consultant and expert witness in cases involving the risk factors for false accusations and false confessions, and to date has consulted in more than 40 cases. Dr. Cutler has consulted and testified in criminal (juvenile and adult) and civil cases (human rights and accident cases), depositions, hearings regarding admissibility of expert testimony, motions to suppress eyewitness identifications and confessions, ineffectiveness of counsel hearings, post-convinction appeals, bench trials, and jury trials.

Since 1987 Dr. Cutler has held faculty and academic administrative positions at Florida International University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where he is presently Professor. Since 1983, Dr. Cutler has conducted research on various forensic and social psychology topics. He has active research programs on eyewitness memory, interrogations, and police psychology, from social and cognitive psychological perspectives. Dr. Cutler has held research grants from the National Science Foundation of the United States and Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Cutler’s publications include Editor or Author of The APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology, the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law, Reform of Eyewitness Identification Procedures, Conviction of the Innocent: Lessons from Psychological Research, and five other books. He is also an author of more than 25 book chapters and 65 peer-reviewed articles, 25 articles in professional newsletters.

Dr. Cutler has also been fortunate to have had the following professional experiences:

  • Consultant/Expert Witness in more than 240 criminal and civil cases in the U.S. and Canada since 1988
  • 19 years university leadership experience as Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean at three universities
  • Editor-in-Chief of Law and Human Behavior, the journal of the American Psychology-Law Society
  • Past President of the American Psychology-Law Society, Division 41 of APA
  • Editor of the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Forensic Psychology
  • Editor of Reform of Eyewitness Identification Procedures (APA Press)
  • Editor of Conviction of the Innocent: Lessons from Psychological Research (APA Press)
  • Editor of Expert Testimony on the Psychology of Eyewitness Identification (Oxford University Press)
  • Author of Evaluating Eyewitness Identification (Oxford University Press)
  • Author of Mistaken Eyewitness Identification (Cambridge University Press).
  • Author of more than 25 chapters in edited volumes and more than 70 peer-reviewed articles
  • Dr. Cutler has authored and edited books on forensic psychology topics, often in partnership with distinguished colleagues. He has also authored and co-authored articles for peer-reviewed journals, law reviews, and trial advocacy publications. His objectives have included contributing to the scholarly knowledge about forensic psychology and facilitating translation of this knowledge into legal practice and policy.

    Continuing Education Credit

    This is a Live In-Person Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will be required to complete the evaluation for this workshop. No partial credit is available. Participants will earn 7 CE hours for this workshop upon full attendance and completion of the workshop evaluation. Certificates will sent electronically as PDFs available for download and printing.
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