Forensic Assessment with the Millon Inventories


by Joseph T. McCann and Frank J. Dyer


Published by Guilford Press,  1996

240 pages, Hardbound
ISBN 1572300558





Mental health professionals are testifying in court cases more than ever before, creating a need for standards that ensure psychological assessment tools are utilized properly, ethically, and to their fullest potential. Focusing on the Millon Clinical Inventories--used for determining the presence of personality disorders and other forms of psychopathology--this volume accessibly details how and when to use these tests optimally in both civil and criminal cases.

Beginning with an overview of the Millon Inventories, chapters then integrate empirical research, forensic case studies, case law, and theoretical applications to detail the role of psychological testing in forensic assessment. Focusing on the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI) and the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACI), these chapters cover:

Psychometric issues in court
Legal and ethical considerations
Guidelines for preparing courtroom testimony
The pros and cons of computerized reports in court

The authors describe specific applications of the tests for both criminal and civil cases, exploring how the tests can be applied in cases of personal injury, disability, child custody, and parental fitness cases; to evaluate sex offenders, juveniles, and perpetrators of domestic violence; and to determine competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility.

A complete primer in the use of the Millon Inventories for both beginning and advanced forensic practitioners, this book also serves as a sourcebook for students in the field. As a review of relevant case law and the role of psychological testing in expert testimony, this volume is also of value to attorneys and law students who want to learn more about forensic psychology.


Chapter 1
An Overview of the Millon Inventories

Chapter 2
The Role of Psychological Testing in Forensic Assessment

Chapter 3
Case Law and the Millon Inventories

Chapter 4
Criminal Applications and Issues

Chapter 5
Civil Applications and Issues

Chapter 6
Psychometric Issues in Court

Chapter 7
Preparation of Testimony

Chapter 8
Use of Computerized Reports in Court 

Chapter 9
An Interpretive Strategy for the Millon Inventories in Forensic Cases



Joseph T. McCann, PsyD, JD, is a psychologist and attorney in Binghamton, New York, whose clinical and forensic practice encompasses a range of criminal, civil, and family court matters. His numerous publications are in the area of personality assessment and forensic psychology. A Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners, Dr. McCann is frequently called upon as an expert witness. He also serves as a consultant examiner for the New York State Office of Professional Discipline and is on the staff of the Binghamton Psychiatric Center's Children and Youth Mobile Mental Health Team.

 Frank J. Dyer, PhD, ABPP, is a former member of the New Jersey Board of Psychological Examiners. He served as Chair of the Board's committee to develop guidelines for psychological evaluation in divorce custody cases. He is currently in private practice in Montclair, New Jersey, and serves as a consultant to a number of state agencies and professional boards. 






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