The Psychologist and the Psychiatrist as Expert Witnesses: Perceived Credibility and Influence

Jeff Greenberg, April Wursten

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Abstract

We assessed the relative perceptions and influences of MD and PhD expert witnesses. Subjects in favor of or against the insanity defense and with strong or weak issue involvement read a transcript of a burglary and assault case in which either (a) a PhD testified for the defense and an MD testified for the prosecution or (b) an MD testified for the defense and a PhD testified for the prosecution. Verdicts, general attitude measures, and specific witness credibility evaluations indicated a medical bias, primarily in the PhD-defense/MD-prosecution condition. Limitations and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-378
Number of pages6
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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