The American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies - Webinar

A Primer on Psychological Testing in Forensic Contexts   (MEMBERS ONLY)

Presented by Scott Fischer, Ph.D.

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Webinar Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to understand the significance of reliability and validity and the difference between these terms.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the primary benefits of psychological testing as well as the limits of psychological testing in forensic settings.
  • Participants will be able to appreciate the difference between forensic and clinical evaluation.
  • Participants will be able to be able to identify the different categories of psychological tests likely to be encountered in the court system period.
  • Participants will be able to be able to make good use of psychological test reports and consultation with a forensic psychologist.


This presentation is a primer on psychological testing in forensic settings designed for professionals who are consumers of psychological testing reports but do not actually conduct psychological testing themselves. The presentation will address the value and limits of psychological testing, different types of psychological tests and how they may impact the court process, and what to expect from the psychological evaluation and consultation with a forensic psychologist.

Presenter Biography:

Scott Fischer is a licensed psychologist in St. Paul.  The bulk of his practice is psychological assessment, primarily forensic evaluations.  Specific arears of practice include criminal, family, and juvenile court.  Dr. Fischer earned a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and completed internship at Yale University.  In the past he has worked in private practice and in community mental health settings.  He is now the owner of Acumen psychology.  He is the former chair of the Minnesota Psychological Association Ethics Committee and former Chair of the Minnesota Board of Psychology.   He is a board certified forensic psychologist. 

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