4 Hours | 4 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Using Psychological and Forensic Assessment Instruments with Diverse Populations is presented by Krissie Fernandez Smith, Ph.D., ABPP, in partnership with The American Academy of Forensic Psychology. 

In this program, participants learn what factors to consider when determining the appropriate use of psychological tools during forensic assessments with diverse populations. The program will build on the Standards for Education and Psychological Testing and relevant literature to identify a decision-making process that will ensure the appropriate selection of tests so the results will inform sound forensic opinions. In addition, the program uses case vignettes to describe ethical dilemmas that can arise from psychological test use within diverse populations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe guidelines and standards that should inform decisions about test use in forensic assessments with diverse populations

  • Describe how aspects of an evaluee’s personal experiences can impact results of psychological testing

  • Describe a structured approach that can help determine the appropriate use of a test with a specific evaluee

  • Describe their knowledge of the guidelines and standards to case examples

Presented By

Krissie Fernandez Smith, PhD, ABPP

Krissie Fernandez Smith, Ph.D., ABPP has been board certified in forensic psychology since 2017. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a forensic emphasis from Sam Houston State University in 2007. Following her graduation, she completed various criminal forensic evaluations while employed at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Michigan. Since 2010, she has worked at the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic where she completes court-ordered evaluations for juvenile justice and child protection proceedings. In 2016, she became the Associate Director of the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic. She is an Assistant Professor in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and provides training for their Psychiatry and Law fellowship program. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Forensic Psychology and its examination faculty.
  • Intended Audience

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

  • Experience Level

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

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3


    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4


    • Lesson 3 Video

  • 5


    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Case Vignettes

    • References

  • 6


    • 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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