Title Ethical Practice in Forensic Psychology, 2/e
Subtitle A Guide for Mental Health Professionals
Author Shane S. Bush, Mary A. Connell, Robert L. Denney
ISBN 9781433831171
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 188
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher American Psychological Association (Eurospan Group)
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“This easy-to-read, comprehensive guide to dealing with ethical issues in the court system is a must-have for all forensic psychologists!”

—James N. Bow, PhD, ABPP-Forensic, Independent Practice, Wayne State University Physician Group, Livonia, MI, and Former Chair of the APA and ABPP Ethics Committees

“In this valuable resource, Bush, Connell, and Denney identify unique ethical dilemmas encountered by forensic mental health professionals and provide practical strategies for managing these dilemmas. Readers will benefit from the case examples and the application of the CORE OPT model to ensure the proactive practice of positive ethics.”

—Marc A. Martinez, PhD, ABPP, Private Practice, Owner and Managing Director of Clinical and Forensic Psychology Services, PLLC, Penfield, NY

“The first edition of this book was an instant classic and quickly became a mainstay for witnesses in every forensic subspecialty. The second edition lives up to this tradition and will be an essential resource for practitioners at all levels of experience and expertise.”

—Eric Y. Drogin, JD, PhD, ABPP, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and Former President, American Board of Forensic Psychology


Forensic psychologists have consistently relied upon Ethical Practice in Forensic Psychology for expert advice on negotiating ethical dilemmas in forensic contexts, including civil, criminal, and family law cases.

This fully updated second edition presents an updated systematic decision-making model based on positive ethics that practitioners can use to address conflicting roles and responsibilities, balance competing ethical and legal requirements, and maintain high standards of ethical practice and professional competence.

Authors Shane Bush, Mary Connell, and Robert Denney are renowned experts in forensic psychology and neuropsychology. They answer complex ethical questions related to third-party requests, collecting and reviewing data from multiples sources, conducting forensic evaluations, and reporting results in written reports and courtroom testimony. They also offer suggestions for addressing potential ethical misconduct by colleagues.

Detailed case examples illustrate how to apply this book’s ethical decision-making model in realistic scenarios.

This second edition examines significant new research and incorporates updated guidance from the APA Ethics Code, APA’s Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology, and other resources that have emerged since the first edition.




Chapter1. The Interface of Law and Psychology: An Overview • Primary Subspecialties Within Forensic Psychology • Forensic Roles for Psychologists • The Adversarial Environment • The. Need for Information on Ethics in Forensic Psychology • Applying General Bioethical Principles in Forensic Arenas • Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology: A Brief Overview • Related Professional Guidelines • Consideration of Jurisdictional Laws • Applying Risk Management Strategies in Forensic Practice • An Ethical Decision-Making Model for Forensic Psychology • Conclusion

Chapter 2. The Referral • The Retaining Party-Examiner Relationship • Case 1: Handling Referrals in Personal Injury Litigation • Conclusion

Chapter 3. Collection and Review of Information • Bases for Opinions • Case 2: Background Information in a Criminal Case • Conclusion

Chapter 4.The Evaluation • The Examiner-Examinee Relationship • Informed Consent, Assent, and, Notification of Purpose • Procedures and Measures Legal Considerations in Methods • Mandated Measures • Third Party Observers • Diversity Considerations • Record or Peer Reviews •
Case 3: Custody Evaluation • Conclusion

Chapter 5. Documentation of Findings and Opinions • Forensic Psychological Records • Scope of Interpretation • Monitoring Self-Bias • Forensic Reports • Test Security and Release of Raw Data • Clinicians Thwarting Disclosure • Feedback • Case 4: Anticipating Involvement in a Personal Injury Case • Conclusion

Chapter 6. Testimony and Termination • Role Clarification • Accuracy • The Ultimate Legal Issue • Attorney Tactics • Completion of the Case • Retention of Records • Case 5: Disclosure of Test Results Using a Criminal Case Example • Conclusion

Chapter 7. Addressing Ethical Misconduct • Framework for Addressing Perceived Ethical Misconduct • Case 6: Reporting Ethical Violations: A Family Law Example • Getting It Right After Getting It Wrong • Conclusion



About the Authors

About the Authors:

Shane S. Bush, PhD, ABPP, is director of Long Island Neuropsychology, PC and an adjunct faculty member in the University of Alabama’s Department of Psychology.

He is a fellow of APA and a past president and fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Dr. Bush has published more than 20 books, including Forensic Geropsychology: Practice Essentials (2018) and the APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology (2018).

He has served on multiple ethics committees, including the ABPP Ethics Committee. In 2019, he was the recipient of APA’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Independent Practice.

Mary Connell, EdD, ABPP, is a board-certified forensic and clinical psychologist with an independent practice in Fort Worth, Texas. She works as a consultant and a testifying expert in military courts-martial and civil litigation involving intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse.

Dr. Connell has served on boards and committees at several professional organizations, including the APA Ethics Committee. She has published extensively on topics such as child custody/access matters, parenting examinations, treatment considerations for children in pending sexual abuse investigations, ethics in forensic practice, and death penalty mitigation.

Mary Connell lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Robert L. Denney, PsyD, ABPP, is a consultant for prosecuting and defense attorneys, judges, and the insurance industry and is a clinical neuropsychologist at the Missouri Memory Center and Neurology Clinic at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Missouri. He is a fellow and past president of the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Dr. Denney has published and presented extensively on topics including neuropsychological evaluations of criminal defendants, evaluating psychological damages, brain injury, malingering, and admissibility of scientific evidence.

Robert Denney lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Target Audience:

This book is useful for forensic psychology practitioners, forensic psychology students and trainees.

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