10 Hours | 10 CEs

This self-paced training program on Evidence for Forensic Mental Health Professionals is presented by David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP.

This course describes the admissibility standards provided by governing case law (e.g., Frye, Daubert, Kumho, Joiner) and the various rules of evidence (e.g., Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure).

This course also covers other topics related to the provision of expert reports and testimony by mental health professionals in criminal and civil legal proceedings, including the various bases of expert testimony (e.g., statutory, court rules), the rule against hearsay, ethics and professionalism, expert immunity, and the role of discovery. Best-practice standards for data gathering and data presentation are also discussed.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the admissibility standards for expert evidence articulated by the Supreme Court of the United States

  • Describe the federal rules of evidence that govern the recognition of experts and admissibility of expert evidence

  • Describe the bases of expert testimony

  • Describe how expert evidence is affected by the rule against hearsay

  • Describe how to collect data and present data in a manner that is consistent with best practices and likely to withstand admissibility challenges

  • Describe several ethical and professional issues associated with the provision of expert evidence by psychologists in legal proceedings

  • Describe how to engage in forensic practice in a manner that recognizes the diversity of the examinees and attorneys with whom psychologists work

Presented By

David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP

David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP (Forensic), is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Law at Drexel University, and Director of Drexel’s JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology. Dr. DeMatteo received a BA in psychology from Rutgers University, an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from MCP Hahnemann University, and a JD from Villanova Law School.

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  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced course is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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Course Preview


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Federal Rules of Evidence

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    The Nature of the Expert's Role

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Admissibility Standards for Expert Testimony

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Daubert Examined

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Impact of Daubert

    • Effects of Daubert

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Daubert Legacy

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Psychological Testimony

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Bases of Expert Testimony

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8


    • Lesson 7 Video

  • 9

    Discovery and Cross Examination

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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