A clinical psychologist may be appointed by the court to perform psychological evaluations. CORRUPTCT reports the following:
"Although the psychologist is an expert, he or she can still be cross-examined. For example, we have caught the following:
1. Diagnosing a client with a condition (“sadistic personality disorder”) that is no longer recognized. The diagnosis was allowed by DSM-III (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition), but was discontinued in the current DSM-IV. The psychologist had apparently hoped that the Judge would be impressed, and that the lawyers would not catch the anomaly of diagnosing an unrecognized disorder.
2. Diagnosing a client on the basis of the MCMI (Millon Clinical Mulitaxial Inventory-III), an objective personality test, while failing to note that the MCMI was normed on clinical populations, not on the general population, as is the far superior MMPI-2 (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory). MCMI is more popular than it should be, because it is shorter than the MMPI, thus easier to administer; and has conveniently implemented computer scoring and analysis which greatly simplifies the labor that the psychologist has to perform to earn his or her fee. Psychologists seldom disclose these limits of the MCMI to the Court."
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