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Psychologists as Expert Witnesses - The Facts

A report by Professor Jane Ireland, published in 2012, claimed that up to 20% of Experts instructed in cases in the Family Courts are not qualified.

The National Centre for Applied Psychology published this paper in April 2012 in response to a publication by the University of Central Lancashire (UCL) of a summary report “Evaluating Expert Witness Psychological Reports: Exploring Quality”.

The Author of the UCL paper was Professor Jane Ireland and the research was conducted with funds from the Family Justice Council (an independent body, funded by the Ministry of Justice).

In the first report of it’s kind in the UK, Professor Ireland looked at 126 Expert Witness reports from Courts in the Midlands, North and South of England. Professor Ireland, who is herself an Expert Psychological Witness, also came to some other rather surprising conclusions. Including that two thirds of the reports reviewed in the research were rated as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ and that 90% of the Expert Witness Psychologists in the sample group were not currently in clinical practice.

Whilst Professor Ireland herself acknowledges that the report is a ‘preliminary study’ it does raise some challenging questions for those operating in the profession and also for solicitors and Courts who are responsible for instructing experts.

Please see articles below for more information

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Areas of confusion

Areas of confusion The publication by the University of Central Lancashire of a summary report “Evaluating Expert Witness Psychological Reports: Exploring Quality” by Professor Jane Ireland in February 2012 was thought by many psychologists who work as expert witnesses to have created confusion about: – the status of the recommendations…

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What titles can Psychologists use?

What titles can Psychologists use? The Health Professions Council was given statutory responsibility for the registration of professional applied psychologists from July 2009. From August 2012, only psychologists who are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) may use titles protected by the HCPC. These are: Clinical Psychologist…

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Are all Psychologists Doctors (Dr)?

Are all Psychologists Doctors (Dr)? Some psychologists are entitled to use the title ‘Dr’ in front of their name because they have a post-graduate research degree such as a PhD or a professional training degree such as a DClinPsy. Other psychologists qualified as applied psychologists before it became customary to…

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‘Current practice’ in relation to psychologists as expert witnesses

‘Current practice’ in relation to psychologists as expert witnesses Professor Ireland suggested that “there should be an expectation that psychologists providing court reports should continue to hold contracts with relevant health, government or educational bodies (e.g. NHS, Private Health, Prison Service, Local Authority etc) or demonstrate continued practice within the…

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This is often an area of confusion. Understanding the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist can be crucial to securing the right professional for your case.

Psychologists are trained in human and emotional development. They use their extensive knowledge of human emotions, behaviour and mental health to assess the problems being experienced by their clients. Based on their expert assessment; conclusions, recommendations and treatment plans will be presented in a report as required. Psychologists use a range of assessment techniques including psychometric testing as well as varied therapeutic models in order to understand and improve the mental health and psychological well-being of clients.

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