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Testimony That Sticks


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Prologue Chapter 1: Disrupting our Academic Communication Style Chapter 2: Setting the Truth on Fire: General Testifying Strategies Chapter 3: Relationship with the Attorney Chapter 4: Establishing Credentials and Credibility Chapter 5: Relationship with the Jury Chapter 6: Social Pragmatics Chapter 7: Jargon Chapter 8: Direct Examination Chapter 9: Assessment Tools Chapter 10: Visuals Chapter 11: Performance and Symptom Validity Chapter 12: Concussion Chapter 13: Specific Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders Chapter 14: Cognitive Development, Premorbid Function, and Intellectual Function Chapter 15: Cross Examination Chapter 16: Relationship with Other Experts Chapter 17: Testifying in a Diverse World Chapter 18: Depositions Chapter 19: Preparation and Managing Anxiety Chapter 20: Specific Testifying Situations Chapter 21: Reports Chapter 22: Statistics Chapter 23: Training Epilogue Acknowledgments

About the Author

Karen Postal is board certified in clinical neuropsychology and pediatric neuropsychology. She is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, and a past president of the Massachusetts Psychological Association and Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society. Dr. Postal is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School where she teaches postdoctoral fellows in neuropsychology. She also has a lifespan private practice dedicated to helping people think better in school, at work, and throughout later life. Her research focuses on helping clinicians and neuroscientists improve communication with patients and the general public.


"There is no better resource that I know of to help neuroscientists translate idiosyncratic jargon into easy-to-understand language in the courtroom." -- Robert L. Heilbronner, PhD, ABPP-CN, Chicago Neuropsychology Group, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University "Whether you are new to testifying or an experienced expert, Postal's Testimony That Sticks has your back. If you read this book carefully, you are not going to be out on a scientific island in court, as you will have both the science and the lore on your side. This book lifts you out of the academic mindset and helps you actually communicate the science so that it sticks in the jurors' minds. A wonderful read and a most helpful book!" -- Michael D. Chafetz, PhD, ABPP, Algiers Neurobehavioral Resource, New Orleans, LA

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