Testifying in court can be a challenging experience. Novices who are unfamiliar with the judicial environment can feel insecure about many aspects of their testimony, from the language they use to the clothes they wear. Even experienced expert witnesses can be flustered by a skillful lawyer's cross-examination.

For over 20 years, Stanley Brodsky's Testifying in Court has been a trusted guide for expert witnesses across a variety of professions. Readers have come to know and trust his sage and good-humored advice on every aspect of the experience from initial preparations to maintaining power and control during cross-examination.

In this extensively updated edition of his classic text, the author has combined a wealth of new research with feedback from users of the first edition and his own evolving experience as an expert witness. As in the first edition, key principles are addressed in brief essays that draw on real-life scenarios and end in a take-home maxim.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition

  1. Admit–Deny
  2. Burden of Proof and Degree of Certainty
  3. Challenges to Experience: 1. Insufficient Experience
  4. Challenges to Experience: 2. Case-Specific Experience
  5. Challenges to Experience: 3. The Case Against Experience
  6. Changing Your Mind
  7. Child Sexual Abuse Testimony
  8. Collateral Data
  9. Courtroom as Place Identity
  10. Credentialing
  11. Culture
  12. Diagnoses and Definitions
  13. The Direct Examination
  14. Disaster Relief
  15. DSM Cautions
  16. Examiner Effects
  17. Feisty Experts: Witnesses Chiding Judges and Attorneys
  18. Freud as an Expert Witness
  19. Frittering Away Trustworthiness
  20. The Hired Gun
  21. The Historic Hysteric Gambit
  22. Humor
  23. Intimidation
  24. Just Before the Court Appearance
  25. Knowing When to Fold Them
  26. Language of Testimony
  27. The Learned Treatise Gambit
  28. Listening Well
  29. Malingering and Faking Good
  30. Moving On
  31. Narcissistic Experts
  32. Negative Assertions
  33. Perspective-Taking
  34. Power and Control on the Witness Stand
  35. Predictable Answers
  36. Probes for Guilt and Shame
  37. Professional Witnesses and Professionalism
  38. Psychotherapists as Expert Witnesses
  39. The Pull to Affiliate and Allegiance Effects
  40. The Push–Pull Technique
  41. Qualifications and Expertise
  42. Report Matters
  43. The Rumpelstiltskin Principle
  44. Saying "I Don't Know" Versus Waffling
  45. Socialization During the Trial
  46. Staying Current
  47. Theatrical and Outlandish Attorneys
  48. Transformative Moments
  49. Uninvolved and Inept Attorneys
  50. Using Quiet Times
  51. Vigorous Cross-Examinations and Vigorous Answers
  52. The Well-Dressed Witness
  53. When It Is Over
  54. Worst Testifying Experiences
  55. Your Expertise Used Against You



About the Author

Author Bio
Stanley L. Brodsky is a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Alabama, where he coordinates the psychology-law PhD concentration. His work specializes in the application of psychological knowledge to offenders, law, and legal issues. He is considered by many professionals and scholars to be the nation's leading expert on court testimony. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Psychology & Law Award of the American Psychology-Law Society.