Friday, May 15, 2020
This previously-announced program will now be offered as a webinar instead of an in-person event. If you plan to attend, please register using this link and we will send you the WebEx instructions by email prior to the program. If you have questions, please email Sarah.R.Olson@nccourts.org.
Co-Sponsored by the Guilford County Public Defender’s Office and Indigent Defense Services. 1 hour of general CLE credit anticipated. Participants will be billed $3.50 for the CLE credit by the State Bar.
Mental health experts routinely rely upon psychological testing when formulating psycholegal opinions; however, the recent study “Psychological Assessments in Legal Contexts: Are Courts Keeping ‘Junk Science’ Out of the Courtroom?” published by the Association for Psychological Science found that expert testimony based on tests are rarely subject to Daubert challenges. In this 1-hour CLE, Dr. Maureen L. Reardon will review the key findings from this study and its implications for practicing attorneys. Specifically, this seminar offers practical guidance on resources and strategies for scrutinizing the quality, selection, and use of psychological tests in criminal forensic practice.
- Identify at least two resources that provide information about psychometric properties of published psychological tests
- Apply Daubert criteria to psychological and forensic assessment instruments
Maureen L. Reardon, Ph.D received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Florida State University and is board certified in forensic psychology (ABPP). During her tenure with the Federal Bureau of Prisons she completed evaluations of competency, sanity, and violence risk and, for two years, was responsible for the oversight of the institution’s forensic evaluation program. Dr. Reardon is in independent practice in Raleigh, NC, is Past President of the American Board of Forensic Psychology, and is the current Co-Chair of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology Continuing Education Program.