Forensic Psychiatry: A Lawyer’s Guide

By Vivian chern Shnaidman

ABOUT THE BOOK

Lawyers frequently encounter clients and/or cases of bizarre behavior, mental illness, substance abuse, psychopathy, sexual offenses, learning disorders, birth defects, and other behavioral and emotional issues. Often they are ill-prepared to understand the nature of the psychiatric report, how the psychiatric assessment was structured, and how to best utilize and challenge these reports in court.
Forensic Psychiatry: A Lawyer’s Guide provides legal professionals the tools to identify mentally ill clients and help them navigate through the psychiatric information and language in reports and testimony. Topics include why a forensic psychiatrist is necessary, applications of psychiatry to law, various psychiatric disorders, and utilizing the expert witness.

  • A user-friendly roadmap to psychiatry for the non-psychiatrist—covers why you need a forensic psychiatrist and the applications of psychiatry to law
  • Provides coverage of the mental status examination, common psychiatric diagnoses, treatable disorders versus brain damage, medical problems masquerading as mental illness, and much more
  • Includes a full glossary of psychiatric terms as an additional easy reference guide

Loosening of Associations 

By Vivian chern Shnaidman

ABOUT THE BOOK

Tamsen Bayn is a recently-minted forensic psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. When she is asked to evaluate a defendant in a high-profile murder case, she is thrilled at her chance to enter the big leagues. But what she learns surprises everyone . . . and has some deadly consequences.


HOMICIDAL INTENT

by Vivian chern Shnaidman

ABOUT THE BOOK

They told her to peer into the mind of a killer.
They didn’t say which one....


It happened in a place of privilege in New York City, when a twelve-year-old boy committed an act of violence that stunned the city and the nation. Now forensic psychiatrist Tamsen Bayn has been hired by her fiancé, who is also a lead prosecutor in the case, to interview the accused boy’s parents and unravel the mysterious causes of an inexplicable crime. 

But when she does, Tamsen discovers something more shocking than the psychological history of a family and the pain of a deeply troubled boy. Tamsen begins to examine a shadowy connection between this crime and a pattern of violence around the country. 

Suddenly Tamsen is caught between science and the law, between the man she loves and a truth she must pursue. Inside an explosive mystery that involves genius, greed, hope, and murder, Tamsen may become the most dangerous player of all: the one who knows too much....