Ethical Practice in Forensic Psychology: A Systematic Model for Decision Making
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While most psychologists working in forensic contexts aspire to practice in a manner consistent with the highest ideals of ethical practice, they face numerous and complex concerns and may be unclear about how to apply the Ethics Code and Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists to their real-world issues.
In Ethical Practice in Forensic Psychology, Shane S. Bush, Mary A. Connell, and Robert L. Denney explore common ethical dilemmas forensic psychologists may encounter in procedures including referrals, evaluations, documentation of findings and opinions, and testimony and termination. The authors present and apply a practical ethical-decision making model to timely case vignettes in the areas of civil, criminal, and child/family law to demonstrate how to approach the ethical challenges faced in forensic psychology; they also offer suggestions for addressing potential ethical misconduct by colleagues.
This balanced and comprehensive volume will be a valuable addition to the library of forensic psychology students and trainees, and career forensic psychologists.
- The Interface of Law and Psychology: An Overview
- The Referral
- Collection and Review of Information
- The Evaluation
- Documentation of Findings and Opinions
- Testimony and Termination
- Addressing Ethical Misconduct
Appendix: Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct
About the Authors
Shane S. Bush, PhD, ABPP, ABPN, is in independent practice in Smithtown, New York. He is board certified in rehabilitation psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is board certified in neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. He is a fellow of both APA Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.
He is an editorial board member of The Clinical Neuropsychologist, coediting the Ethical and Professional Issues section. He is also an editorial board member of the Journal of Forensic Neuropsychology and Applied Neuropsychology, for which he edited special issues on ethics. He is coeditor of the book Ethical Issues in Clinical Neuropsychology, editor of A Casebook of Ethical Challenges in Neuropsychology, coauthor of Health Care Ethics for Psychologists: A Casebook, and coeditor of Geriatric Neuropsychology: Practice Essentials. He has authored position papers on forensic matters for the National Academy of Neuropsychology and has presented on ethical issues at national conferences.
He is a veteran of both the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy.
Mary A. Connell, EdD, ABPP, is in independent practice in Fort Worth, Texas. She is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Primary areas of work are child custody evaluation, evaluations for sentence mitigation, and personal injury examinations. She is president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Custody.
She provides workshops on parenting assessment for child custody/access matters and child protection matters and on ethics in forensic practice. She serves on the Committee on Professional Practice and Standards, a Board of Professional Affairs committee of the APA. She has authored 195 or coauthored articles on sexual abuse investigation in custody evaluation, focus of custody evaluation, interstate psychological practice considerations, evaluation for sentence mitigation in death penalty cases, and evaluation procedures in child custody matters.
Robert L. Denney, PsyD, ABPP, ABPN, has been a forensic psychologist and neuropsychologist at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, for over 14 years. He is also an associate professor and director of neuropsychology at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield. He is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and in neuropsychology by both the American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology.
Dr. Denney is on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Neuropsychology, for which he edited a special issue on negative response bias and criminal forensic neuropsychology. He is coeditor of Detection of Response Bias in Forensic Neuropsychology and coauthor of Detection of Deception. He has published in the scientific literature on such subjects as neuropsychological evaluation of criminal defendants, malingering, evaluating psychological damages, trauma and violence, ethical issues, and professional licensure.
He has also presented throughout the United States on neurolitigation, the application of neuropsychology to criminal forensic matters, neuroanatomy, brain injury, malingering, and admissibility of scientific evidence. Opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent opinions of the Federal Bureau of Prisons or the Department of Justice.