Friday, 11 July 2014

Visiting speaker: Christine Hatchard, Mosaic Psychological Associates, LLC and Monmouth University, USA

Date, time, location: Monday 21st July, 4.00pm, room C210.

"Making the case: Considerations for conducting legal, ethical and comprehensive psychological evaluation for sexual abuse civil litigation"

The speaker will discuss her experience conducting psychological evaluations for civil litigation in New Jersey, United States, with a focus on sexual abuse and sexual harassment personal injury cases. An overview of the testing process, ethical challenges and legal considerations, such as statute of limitations, delayed discovery and establishing psychological damages will be presented. Concepts will be illustrated through the speaker’s own work, which has included plaintiffs from 3 to 60 years old, in cases against a range of defendants, including child protective services, churches, private preschools, public high schools and school districts, family members, teachers and neighbors. The speaker will also discuss her educational background and training, the risks and rewards of forensic work and the crucial role that Psychologists play in the successful resolution of lawsuits.

Dr. Hatchard is a licensed clinical psychologist, forensic evaluator and Director of Mosaic Psychological Associates, LLC in New Jersey, United States. She is also an assistant professor at Monmouth University (NJ) where she holds several positions including Director of Undergraduate Psychology Research, Director of the Clinical Psychology Research Center and Field Placement Coordinator. In 1999, she founded and now directs Making Daughters Safe Again, a nonprofit organization, and through this work, is now recognized as a leading expert on the topic of female perpetrated sexual abuse. Dr. Hatchard has provided invited talks and trainings to a variety of audiences both nationally and internationally, and has been featured in newspaper, television, radio and film.

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