A work product review performed by an experienced forensic psychologist can be an integral part of effective legal representation that promotes fair and reliable court decisions. Particularly in cases involving child custody evaluations and forensic interviews of children, work product reviews can determine whether valid and reliable procedures were used and ensure that findings were not influenced by examiner bias or other serious deficiency. Attorneys often engage the support and expertise of forensic psychologists to critique child custody report and forensic interview work products as a means of quality control, to protect their client’s legal rights, and to demonstrate effective assistance of counsel.
Dr. Daniel Swerdlow-Freed uses his extensive knowledge of child custody evaluation practices and forensic interviewing procedures to assist attorneys in these complex areas of litigation. His thorough critiques of child custody evaluation and forensic interview work products provide candid, insightful, and unbiased opinions regarding their quality and reliability. If substantive problems are identified, Dr. Swerdlow-Freed assists in developing trial strategy, presentation of evidence, and preparing for direct or cross-examination of lay and expert witnesses. His research-based testimony is also effective at explaining the nature of deficiencies and their affect on evidence. Attorneys value his objective and balanced feedback because it supports formulating appropriate trial strategy and effectively managing client expectations.