The essential tasks for an expert witness are to be prepared, to be effective and credible on the stand, and to manage well the demands of cross-examinations. Most novice experts are excessively anxious about their testimony. Effective experts are well-oriented to the legal and scientific context of court testimony.
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Brodsky, S.L. & Neal, T.M.S. (2013). Preparing and giving expert testimony. In Koocher, G.P., Norcross, J.C. & Greene, B.A. (Eds.) Psychologist’s Desk Reference: Third Edition (604-608). New York: Oxford University Press.