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(p. 207) Report Writing and Testimony 

(p. 207) Report Writing and Testimony
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(p. 207) Report Writing and Testimony
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David M. Corey

, and Mark Zelig

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190873158.003.0007
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date: 26 May 2020

In this chapter, the authors offer suggestions on how to write a report that answers the organizational client’s referral questions in a logical and effective manner. The chapter informs readers of the multiple audiences, well beyond the retaining party, that can be expected to scrutinize a written report, and offers guidance on how to write the report in a manner that anticipates the uses those various audiences may eventually make of the report and on how to avoid common errors. In recognition of the fact that the written report establishes the foundation for any future legal testimony, the authors describe the requirements for the admissibility of expert testimony in federal courts and differences between fact and expert witnesses. Finally, the chapter contains guidance on providing written reports and testimony in instances where the psychologist is retained by the examinee or the examinee’s attorney, as well as referrals for tie-breaking opinions.

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