Author Archive | Daniel H. Swerdlow-Freed, Ph.D.

How do children talk about the events they experience?

Over the past three decades dozens of research studies have identified the optimal forensic interview techniques to use when questioning children about allegations of physical and sexual abuse. These studies have culminated in a set of best-practices which, if carefully followed, can assist children to provide reliable narrative accounts of their experiences.

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Competency to Stand Trial Assessment of Defendants with Intellectual Disabilities

In 1960, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Dusky v. United States, established the minimal standard for competency to stand trial: Whether the defendant has sufficient present ability to consult with his attorney with a reasonable degree of understanding and a rational as well as factual understanding of the proceedings against him.

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