Expert Evidence

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 79–106 | Cite as

Legal Responsibilities of Forensic Psychologists

  • Brian A. Thomas-Peter
  • Sarah Warren


This paper discusses the legal, ethical and professional issues encountered in forensic psychology. Psychological theory and research potentially have much to contribute to legal questions. The paper presents examples of psychology's contributions in the areas of risk assessment, the reliability of children's evidence and the assessment of sexual interest. Furthermore, it is suggested that psychological understanding of personality disorder should inform legal processes to a greater degree than at present. The paper therefore both describes and challenges the current relationship between psychology and the law.


Risk Assessment Great Degree Personality Disorder Psychological Theory Sexual Interest 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian A. Thomas-Peter
    • 1
  • Sarah Warren
    • 2
  1. 1.Reaside Clinic Birmingham Great ParkBirminghamU.K
  2. 2.School of PsychologyUniversity of Birmingham, EdgbastonBirminghamU.K

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