Malingering, Lies, and Junk Science in the Courtroom

by Jack Kitaeff

About Jack Kitaeff

Dr. Jack Kitaeff is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia specializing in forensic and police psychology.

He graduated from the City University of New York. His psychology education includes an MS degree in experimental psychology from the State University of New York and a PhD from the University of Mississippi. He completed a clinical psychology internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and a residency in psychology at U.S. Dewitt Army Hospital. He served as a psychologist and Major in the United States Army.

His legal education includes a JD degree from the George Mason University School of Law and a legal clerkship with the United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia. Dr. Kitaeff’s private practice concentrates on consulting with police and sheriff departments conducting pre-employment psychological screening of law enforcement applicants, fitness-for-duty evaluations, and psychological profiling.

Dr. Kitaeff has edited a book on Forensic Psychology and also written a book on Jewish people in Law Enforcement. He is an adjunct professor of psychology with the University of Maryland, and serves on the faculty of Capella University, Walden University, and the Washington Center as well. He has appeared on several television and radio programs.

About the Contributors

Alan A. Abrams, MD, JD, FCLM is a psychiatrist and a lawyer whose practice includes providing expert testimony and evaluations in criminal, civil, disability, competency, and worker’s compensation cases.

Lee Bewley, PhD, MHA is a major in the U.S. Army, Medical Service Corps and an assistant professor in the Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Health & Business Administration.

Robert W. Bigelow, JD is a managing partner in the law firm of Bigelow & Narra, LLC (NY, NJ). He is an author, educator, and frequent television commentator on legal issues. He is a former senior supervising attorney with the Legal Aid Society-Criminal Defense Division (LAS-CDD) in New York City.

Ariana M. Brooks, MA is a research assistant with the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children at Claremont McKenna College.

John S. Carbone, MD, JD, MBA serves as chief of psychiatry for the North Carolina Department of Corrections. A lawyer as well as a psychiatrist, he is also a fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine.

Karin Horwatt Cather, JD is a former assistant commonwealth attorney in Virginia. She is a writer with the National District Attorney’s Association and writes articles on technical topics for The Prosecutor magazine.

M. Nicholas Coppola, PhD, MHA, FACHE is program director and associate professor at the U.S. Army-Baylor Graduate Program in Healthcare & Business Administration. He is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps.

Diane F. Halpern, PhD is director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, as well as a professor of psychology, at Claremont McKenna College. She is a past president of the American Psychological Association.

Jeffrey P. Harrison, PhD, MBA, MHA, FACHE is president of the Harrison Consulting Group, Inc. (HCG, Inc.), a consulting firm specializing in health care organizations including hospitals, health systems, and medical practice groups. Consulting services include strategic planning, market development, health care operations, health care reimbursement, and corporate compliance.

Alan Newman, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice.

Maheen Patel, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice.

Richard G. Salamone, PhD, ABPP is in the private practice of neuropsychology, clinical psychology, and biofeedback. He provides outpatient and inpatient neuropsychological assessments and consultations with neurologic and psychiatric populations, as well as psychological assessment of psychiatric and medical/surgical populations (including pre-surgical psychological evaluations). Dr. Salamone also provides psychotherapy with a broad range of adult patient populations including mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and chronic pain. He is on the active medical staff of the Wellmont-Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Stanton E. Samenow, PhD is a clinical psychologist in Alexandria, Virginia, specializing in forensic psychology. He has served as an expert witness in criminal and civil matters. Among the books that he has written are Inside the Criminal Mind, and Before It’s Too Late: Why Some Kids Get Into Trouble and What Parents Can Do About It.

Antoinette Collarini Schlossberg, PhD is an associate professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Professional Studies at St. John’s University.

Harvey Schlossberg, PhD is an associate professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Professional Studies, St. John’s University. He is the author of Psychologist With a Gun.

Meghan Shapiro, MHA, CHE is assistant administrator of Stokes Reynolds Memorial Hospital.

Nesibe Soysal, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice.

Paul F. Stavis, JD was the founding director of the Law and Psychiatry Center at the George Mason University School of Law. He has been a professor of health, mental health, criminal, and bioethics law at various institutions of higher learning. He is an experienced litigator in large-scale civil rights class actions and in general private practice. He is currently the director of the Bureau of House Counsel for the NYS Department of Health. He has written extensively in many areas of law and psychiatry, including empirical studies of public policy, care, and treatment.

Clayton Stephenson is a graduate student at Claremont Graduate University.

Sandra R. Sylvester, JD has been an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Prince William County, Virginia, since 1988. She has prosecuted child abuse cases for 17 years and lectures throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia on topics relating to prosecuting and investigating child abuse cases and dealing with expert witnesses. She started the “Expert Witness Database” and maintains information on common defenses and defense experts. Ms. Sylvester was the 2005 recipient of the Von Schuch Distinguished Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Award for her work in child abuse and her assistance to Virginia’s prosecutors.

Susan B. Trachman, MD is currently in private psychiatric practice in Fairfax, Virginia. She is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University and George Washington University.


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