Course Description

*This complete Online Course includes a PDF of the book, Detection of Deception, and the Final Exam. If you have access to the book and want to purchase the Final Exam only, click here

This program focuses on insights into client attempts at deception and the methods and measures available for detection such as behavioral clues, interview strategies, and psychological testing; measures specifically developed for detecting deception; the exaggeration and feigning of neurocognitive function; use of hypnosis and the polygraph; special considerations for children and adolescents; and psychopathy as it relates to deception.

12 CE credits/hours, 120 questions

Target Audience

Psychologists | School Psychologists | Marriage & Family Therapists | Mental Health Counselors | Social Workers

Learning Level


Learning Objectives

  • Explain the basics of deception and its detection.
  • Present general assessment techniques for detecting deception, including behavioral clues, interview strategies, and the use of general psychological tests in the detection of deception.
  • Identify measures specifically developed for the detection of deception.
  • Discuss exaggerating and feigning of neurocognitive dysfunction.
  • Describe the use of hypnosis and the polygraph in the detection of deception.
  • Recognize malingering and dissimulation in children and adolescents
  • Assess psychopathy and its relationship to the detection of deception.


  1. 1
    • Statement of Understanding (downloadable/printable)

  2. 2
    • PDF Book (downloadable/printable)

  3. 3
    • "Detection of Deception" - Final Exam Questions (downloadable/printable)

    • Final Exam

  4. 4
    • Evaluation Questionnaire

About the Presenters

Amy R. Boyd, PhD

Amy R. Boyd, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in independent practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is co-owner of Psychological Solutions, Inc., a company focused on providing quality assessment, consultation, treatment, and training to diverse client populations. She received her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville. Dr. Boyd has worked in a variety of settings, including both state and federal psychiatric hospitals and prisons. She has conducted forensic evaluations and testified in federal court as an expert witness. Her most recent appointment was as the program coordinator for a correctional program focused on providing treatment to a diverse group of inmates who were unable to function adequately in a high security prison environment within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Dr. Boyd has written and presented in the areas of correctional psychology programs, psychopathy, forensic assessment, and professional attitudes and has provided continuing education training for mental health staff in the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Alix M. McLearen, PhD

Alix M. McLearen, PhD, received her MS in clinical psychology from Southwest Missouri State University and her PhD in clinical psychology/psychology-law from the University of Alabama. She has worked in a variety of clinical and criminal justice settings at the state, federal, and county levels. Currently she is employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Florida, as the coordinator of a specialty treatment program for male inmates with cognitive deficits resulting from psychosis, mental retardation, and head injury. In addition, she chairs the institution's Reentry Committee wherein she develops programming to help prepare inmates for societal reintegration. She has published and presented on topics related to correctional treatment and forensic evaluation.

Robert G. Meyer, PhD, ABPP

Robert G. Meyer, PhD, ABPP, is Full Professor in the Psychology Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. He received his MA (1964) and PhD (1967) in clinical psychology from Michigan State University. After spending approximately 2 years as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he came to the University of Louisville in 1969 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychology Clinic. In 1976, he was made a Full Professor. Dr. Meyer is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in both clinical and forensic psychology, and is a fellow in Divisions 12 (Clinical) and 41 (Law and Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. He has authored or coauthored over 60 published articles, 23 book chapters, and 14 books, including The Clinician's Handbook: Integrated Diagnostics, Assessment, and Intervention in Adult and Adolescent Psychopathology (5th ed.), The Child Clinician's Handbook (2nd ed.), Case Studies in Abnormal Behavior (7th ed.), and, in a lighter moment, The Complete Book of Softball. He was editor of the Bulletin of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, a past-president of the Kentucky Psychological Association, and an associate member of the Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association. Among his awards, Dr. Meyer was presented with the Distinguished Career in Psychology Award by the Kentucky Psychological Association.