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What is a clinical psychologist expert witness?

A clinical psychologist expert witness is a professional in the field of clinical psychology who is called upon to provide expert testimony in legal proceedings. This individual is usually called upon to offer opinions about psychological issues that are relevant to a particular case.

The expert witness may be asked to provide an opinion on the mental state of a defendant or a plaintiff. They may also offer an assessment of the psychological damages that may have been suffered by an individual as a result of a particular event. They may also be asked to provide an opinion on the validity of a psychological evaluation or to provide an explanation of psychological terminology for a judge or jury.

Clinical psychology expert witnesses are typically highly trained professionals with extensive experience in the field of psychology. They are often called upon to provide expert testimony in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, child custody, and family criminal cases. Their role is to help the court understand the psychological aspects of a particular case. Additionally, they will provide expert opinions based on their knowledge and expertise in the field of clinical psychology.

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The role of a clinical psychologist expert witness in family law cases


In a family law case, expert witness psychologists work closely with the Family Courts. They may be called upon to provide expert testimony on issues related to the mental health and well-being of family members, particularly children. Some of the specific roles of a psychology expert in a UK family case may include:

Providing psychological assessments on children:

An expert witness psychologist may be asked to assess the mental health of a child. They will be required to provide an opinion on whether the child is suffering from any mental health issues, such as anxiety, personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, spectrum disorder or depression. They may also provide cognitive assessments and psychological reports and risk assessments.

Providing opinions on child custody:

In cases involving child custody disputes, an expert witness psychologist may be asked to provide an opinion on which parent would be best suited to provide care for the child. This will be based on factors such as the child’s emotional and behavioural needs, developmental needs, and the ability of each parent to meet those needs. They may also be required to provide their opinions in care proceedings where local authorities have removed children from their parents.

Providing opinions on the effects of family breakdown:

An expert witness psychologist may be asked to provide an opinion on how the breakdown of a family may be affecting the mental health of children, and what measures can be taken to mitigate any negative effects.

Providing opinions on child abuse:

In cases where child abuse is alleged, an expert witness psychologist may be asked to provide an opinion on whether the child is showing signs of abuse, such as trauma or anxiety.

Providing opinions on mental capacity:

In cases where a family member’s mental capacity is in question, an expert witness psychologist may be asked to assess the person’s mental capacity and provide an opinion on whether they are capable of making decisions regarding their own care.

The expert witness psychologist’s role is to provide an impartial and unbiased opinion, based on their professional expertise. They can assist the court in making decisions on complex issues related to the well-being of children and families.

How can Expert Family Law assist?

Expert Family Law understand the importance of having an expert witness with many years of experience to help support your case. We assist litigants and legal professionals in finding the right clinical psychologists, forensic psychologists and family psychologist expert witnesses for their case.

The clinical psychologists on our panel are registered with the British Psychological Society

We have extensive experience in case management and working with clinical and forensic psychology expert witnesses. We take the stress out of locating an expert for your legal case.

If you require an expert witness or court report for your family law case, get in touch today using the form at the top of the page.


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