July 13, 2009

Diagnostic reification in court

Good psychologists think in shades of gray. But the inside of a courtroom is painted black and white. One side wins, the other loses. Here, I discuss an ethical dilemma posed by this disjuncture between scientific uncertainty and the law's pull for absolutes. This dilemma concerns diagnostic labeling in court.

So begins my new "Ethics Corner" column in the July/August issue of the California Psychologist, available HERE.