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by Gregory DeClue
by Gregory DeClue

Interrogations and Disputed Confessions: A Manual for Forensic Psychological Practice

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• 2005  256pp paperback   ISBN: 9781568870939

Psychologists are often enlisted to present expert testimony for either the defense or prosecution whenever a confession is called into question.  This book presents the causes and consequences of voluntary or police-induced false confessions. A sample report is included.


"Any forensic mental health expert who conducts evaluations regarding the validity of confessions or the competence to waive Miranda rights would be well advised to read this book.  It provides a scholarly foundation in case law and psychological theory and research, as well as a wealth of practical examples in how to communicate findings to the court.  DeClue's writing is clear and lucid, even when reviewing areas less familiar to forensic mental health experts, such as case law history.  I expect that Interrogations and Disputed Confessions will become the standard text on this issue."
     -Philip H. Witt, PhD, ABPP,
Diplomate in Forensic Psychology, Somerville NJ reviewing in the Journal of Psychology and Law

"Dr. DeClue has cleverly woven relevant wisdom from history, psychology, law, and criminal justice.  This remarkably readable book is simple enough for any intelligent citizen to understand, clear enough to advise any police officer, and at the same time sophisticated enough for the most advanced police administrator, criminal lawyer, or forensic psychologist.  This is an exceptional accomplishment."

     -Joel A. Dvoskin
, PhD, ABPP, Diplomate in Forensic Psychology, University of Arizona College of Medicine

"[This book] should be required reading not only for mental health professionals involved in evaluating issues related to false confessions but for criminal defense attorneys - those likely to encounter claims of untruthful confessions made by their clients.  This outstanding volume traces the Court's evolving view of factors that might serve to invalidate a confession.  Dr. DeClue has provided the most thorough, focused description of such cases (from 1884 until the present) outside of a law review article.  Landmark cases are brought to life; mental health professionals should have no difficulty 'operationalizing' holdings from these cases and applying them to forensic assessments."

     -Alan M. Goldstein
, PhD, ABPP,
Diplomate in Forensic Psychology, Professor of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
    Part I - Implications of False Confessions

Chapter 2: The Causes of Police-Induced False Confessions
Chapter 3: The Consequences of Police-Induced False Confessions
Chapter 4: Policy Recommendations for Police-Induced false Confessions

    Part II - Foundation

Chapter 5: A Model for Forensic Psychological Assessment/Consultation
Chapter 6: Legal Context
Chapter 7: Legal Issues for Which Psychological Testimony May Be Relevant

    Part III - Conducting Psychological Assessments and Preparing Testimony

Chapter 8: Addressing Waiver of Miranda Rights
Chapter 9: Addressing the Voluntariness of a Confession
Chapter 10: Addressing the Reliability of a Confession


Appendix: Sample Report of a Psychological Assessment Addressing Miranda Waiver: Voluntariness of a Confession, and Reliability of a Confession
Cases Cited
Subject Index

Author Index

CE Program
A supplemental 10-credit, 100 question continuing education program is available for this book.  To order the complete program (this book and CE test module, or test module alone if you already have access to this book), go to: Interrogations and Disputed Confessions - CE Program (10 Credits)

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About the Author

Gregory DeClue, PhD, ABPP,
is a licensed Florida Psychologist in independent practice in Sarasota, Florida, and is police psychologist for several law-enforcement agencies. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. Dr. DeClue has conducted over 1,000 criminal forensic psychological evaluations and over 1,000 evaluations of prospective or current law enforcement or corrections officers. He has written articles across a wide range of forensic psychological practice areas, including child custody, competency, malingering, sex-offender re-offense risk assessment, and confessions. He is 2004-2005 president of the Consortium of Police Psychologists (COPPS) and has presented workshops sponsored by COPPS, the American Psychological Association and American Academy of Forensic Psychology, the Missouri Prevention Institute, the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Mental Health Institute, and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.  Dr. DeClue may be contacted at [email protected], or through his website at:


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