PsychologyLaw Partners : A Forensic Consulting Service

PsychologyLaw Partners

Using his practical PLAN (PsychologyLaw ANalysis) Model, based in caselaw and psychology’s professional literature, Dr. Zervopoulos helps lawyers to understand psychological materials and evidence and to critique mental health experts, their work, and their testimony. The following services, while not exhaustive, give lawyers a sharper edge to cut through difficult psychology-related issues during case preparation, expert depositions, and at trial:

  • Draft questions and prepare for deposition and court testimony of experts and other witnesses.
  • Critique an expert’s evaluation or social study report, examining the methodology, the quality of the data upon which the expert’s conclusions are based, and the reasoning supporting the expert’s conclusions and opinions.
  • Understand and challenge how experts use psychological testing and incorporate test results into their conclusions and opinions.
  • Survey professional literature and research applicable to psychological case issues and testing—important for depositions or direct-and cross-examinations of experts, and critical for Daubert or Frye challenges.
  • Analyze experts’ use of professional literature and research to support their methodology, conclusions, and opinions.
  • Review records of mental health professionals and agencies to examine the bases for experts’ conclusions and opinions or to identify standard of care concerns.
  • Evaluate the reliability of Child Protective Services investigations, including review of case records as well as research-based analysis of videotaped interviews and case issues in such investigations.
  • Develop themes to guide trial strategy and to organize case presentation in court.
  • Draft and prepare for Daubert or Frye challenges that a lawyer may bring or have to defend, using a practical, caselaw-based model to structure arguments and guide the court.
  • Determine interest-based concerns of the parties to generate useful mediation or settlement options or to resolve mediation or settlement impasses.
  • Consult with mental health professionals and their lawyers in cases before a mental health licensing board, and draft responses to the respective board that draw on professional standards, relevant statutes, and applicable caselaw.