Table 3

Deficiencies in Forensic Evaluations and Reports

Lack of training and expertise in the psycholegal content area
Advocacy, impartiality, lack of objectivity (e.g., therapist evaluator)
Other forensic boundary crossing or violation98
Inadequate database of documents
Over-reliance on litigant self-report
Lack of assessment of litigant response bias
Inadequate collateral information96,97,99
Failure to use validated forensic assessment instruments appropriately100,101
Failure to support clinical diagnoses
Psychopathology not linked to expert opinions
Psychological test results not linked to expert opinions
Inadequate support and explanation for expert opinions
Failure to state limitations of methods and opinions