Expert Testimony in Psychology: Ramifications of Supreme Court Decision in Kumho Tire Co., Ltd. v. Carmichael

TitleExpert Testimony in Psychology: Ramifications of Supreme Court Decision in Kumho Tire Co., Ltd. v. Carmichael
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsYoungstrom, EA, Busch, CPellegrini
JournalEthics & Behavior
Volume10
Issue2
Pagination185-193
Date Published2000
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10508422
KeywordsExpert , judgments , United
AbstractA recent Supreme Court decision, Kumho Tire Co., Ltd. v. Carmichael (March 23, 1999), may have substantial impact on psychological expert testimony. Previous criteria for admissibility of scientific expert testimony now apply broadly to expert testimony, not just testimony narrowly grounded in scientific evidence. Judges will determine the relevance and reliability of all expert testimony, including that based on clinical experience or training. Because psychological testimony has varied in its evidentiary basis, sometimes relying on science and otherwise on clinical training or experience, court decisions will gradually determine the precedent for its admissibility. We also discuss long-term consequences for the credibility of psychological expert testimony and the relation between psychology and law. 
NotesYoungstrom, Eric A. 1 Busch, Christine Pellegrini 2; Affiliation: 1: Department of Psychology, Case Western Reserve University 2: Swartz, Campbell, & Detweiler, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Source Info: Apr2000, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p185; Subject Term: JUDGMENTS (Law); Subject Term: EXPERT evidence; Subject Term: UNITED States; Number of Pages: 9p; Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 3780
DOI10.1207/S15327019EB1002_06

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