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Psychological Evaluations for the Courts
Third Edition
A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Lawyers

Gary B. Melton, John Petrila, Norman G. Poythress, and Christopher Slobogin
With Phillip M. Lyons, Jr. and Randy K. Otto

930 Pages
Size: 7" x 10"
September 2007
ISBN 978-1-57230-966-1
Cat. #0966
Price: $125.00 $106.25
March 2011
ISBN 978-1-60623-739-7
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“An authoritative text in the field of forensic psychology.”

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

“A great resource for practicing psychologists and graduate students preparing for mental health practice....This is a highly recommended resource for mental health professionals who will inevitably be in contact with the legal system.”

The Master's Advocate

“This encyclopedic text continues to stand out as an indispensable and authoritative reference work....One of the text's enduring strengths is its dual emphasis on ethics and empiricism....This text serves as a wide-ranging reference tool and a mechanism to survey the broader field, including everything from expert testimony admissibility and outpatient commitment to special education and anti-discrimination laws...Belongs on the bookshelf of every forensic psychology practitioner and mental health lawyer.”

National Psychologist

“Offers a comprehensive discussion of forensic assessment along with best practice guidelines for psychological evaluations in a wide range of criminal and civil proceedings.”

Juvenile and Family Court Journal

“This is an exceptional compendium of issues in forensic psychology....The critical aspects of forensic psychology are covered laudably. With new case law, changing statutes, and innovative research, this third edition is a worthwhile update....4 Stars!”

Doody's Review Service

“If you perform forensic evaluations for a living, you need this book.”

Journal of Psychiatric Practice

“This is the rarest of psychology books—an encyclopedic synthesis that fully serves both academic and practical interests. The sample reports alone are worth the purchase price to a practitioner, and the case law commentary should stimulate much research. During my testimony, I often disagree that any treatise is authoritative, but Psychological Evaluations for the Courts comes closest to getting my nod.”

—Manfred F. Greiffenstein, PhD, ABPP-CN, Psychological Systems, Inc., Royal Oak, Michigan

“This outstanding work belongs on every mental health expert’s shelf. It is the best forensic assessment book on the market, and the best available text for preparing for board certification examinations.”

—Paul R. Lees-Haley, PhD, ABPP, private practice, Huntsville, Alabama

“Melton et al. have done it again...and again. This third edition upholds the book's undisputed standing as the single, indispensable reference for forensic mental health examiners, students in forensic training programs, and attorneys. Thoroughly revised, it retains concepts of enduring value to the field while incorporating the most important advances in forensic assessment over the last 10 years.”

—Thomas Grisso, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School

“One of those rare books for which 'must read' is an understatement. Even more than its predecessors, this edition deserves ovations for combining cutting-edge science, exceptional clinical insight, and outstanding legal acumen. The platinum standard for forensic best practice has just arrived.”

—John Monahan, PhD, John S. Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia

“As good as the previous editions were, this third edition is even better. Its lucid exposition of legal issues, combined with sophisticated discussion of assessment approaches and ethical concerns, make it an invaluable companion for forensic mental health professionals and trainees of all disciplines. One of the few indispensable references for forensic mental health practice.”

—Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Law, Columbia University

“The release of the third edition of Psychological Evaluations for the Courts will ensure it remains the authoritative reference in the field for years to come. This is a truly indispensable volume that both embodies and establishes the state of the discipline. Its breadth of coverage is unmatched by any other book, and each topic is analyzed critically and in exacting detail. The quality of psycholegal scholarship is, quite simply, awesome. For educators, this book can serve as the single required text for virtually any graduate or postgraduate training program in forensic psychology. It is also an excellent practice guide for those already working in the field.”

—Stephen D. Hart, PhD, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
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