4 Hours | 4 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on the Introduction to Forensic Assessment in Death Penalty Cases: Practical and Ethical Considerations is presented by Maureen Reardon, PhD, ABPP in partnership with the American Board of Forensic Psychology

This program offers guidance on the practical and ethical considerations most relevant to forensic work in death penalty cases. An overview of key legal concepts is provided to orient participants to the most common referral questions at each stage of the capital litigation process — from pre-trial evaluations of competence through post-sentencing waivers and competence for execution. Issues of racial bias, “environmental coercion,” professional competence/advocacy, and involuntary treatment are discussed as ethical dilemmas to be considered in this specialized area of forensic practice.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe the three stages of the capital litigation process for which forensic expert consultation may be relevant

  • Describe mitigating factors that involve exclusively psychological phenomena

  • Describe cultural diversity issues that may influence capital prosecution and sentencing

  • Describe ethical considerations unique to forensic evaluations in death penalty cases

Presented By

Maureen Reardon, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Reardon obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Florida State University in 2004. She completed a clinical internship with a forensic emphasis at the University of North Carolina, Department of Psychiatry, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Dorothea Dix Hospital. She is board-certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. In the course of her training and professional career, Dr. Reardon has completed numerous court-ordered and privately retained forensic assessments of competency (to stand trial, waive Miranda), criminal responsibility, recidivism risk, and sentencing mitigation. At the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, she supervised the completion of several hundred forensic evaluations completed annually by doctoral-level psychologists and pre-doctoral interns. She also consulted on violence risk assessments, managed therapeutic services provided to sentenced inmates, and directed the development of a “residential” forensic treatment program for those subject to civil commitment due to adjudications of insanity or non-restorability. She conducted staff training on suicide prevention, communication, employee assistance programs, and PREA. Currently, Dr. Reardon maintains a private practice based in Raleigh, North Carolina, primarily offering forensic evaluation and consultation services in several state and federal jurisdictions. Dr. Reardon serves on the faculty for the St. John’s University Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Certificate Program and previously, for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology online Master’s Degree program. She has offered seminars and workshops for mental health and legal professionals on various psycholegal topics, including the assessment of mental state defenses, forensic evaluation in capital cases, diagnostic formulation, and expert consultation. She is co-author of the book, Simple Treatments for Complex Problems: A Flexible Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System Approach to Psychotherapy, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, and has published research in the areas of competency restoration, antisocial personality/psychopathy, and substance misuse. She is an active member of the American Psychology-Law Society and currently serves on the Continuing Education committee. She serves as faculty for the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, reviewing work samples and conducting oral examinations of candidates seeking board certification. She is the former President (2019) of the American Board of Forensic Psychology and is the current Co-Chair of Continuing Education for the American Academy of Forensic Psychology
  • Intended Audience

    This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

    APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals.


  • 1


    • Review before proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

  • 3

    Practical and Ethical Considerations

    • Lesson 2 Video

  • 4

    Practical and Ethical Considerations

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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American Academy of Forensic Psychology

We are proud to partner with The American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) for this training. AAFP is a non-profit organization of board certified forensic psychologists whose mission is to contribute to the development and maintenance of forensic psychology as a specialized field of study, research and practice. The Academy does this by providing high quality continuing education workshops, providing a forum for the exchange of scientific information among its members, and conferring awards upon outstanding students and practitioners in the field of forensic psychology.

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