Course Description

*This selection is for the Final Exam only. Access to the book, Detection of Deception, is required to complete the exam. If you already have access to the book, click the "Buy" button above to continue. To purchase the complete Online Course, which includes a PDF of the book, 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.

Amy R. Boyd, PhD, ABPP; Alix M. McLearen, PhD; Robert G. Meyer, PhD, ABPP; and Robert L. Denney, PsyD, ABPP, ABPN

M. David Rudd, PhD, ABPP, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Texas Tech University, with an adjunct appointment as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral  Sciences in the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.  He also maintains a part-time private practice in clinical psychology.  Dr. Rudd completed his undergraduate training at Princeton University, his doctoral training at the University of Texas-Austin, and a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia under the direction of Aaron T. Beck.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of three professional societies, including the American Psychological Association (Div. 12),  the International Association of Suicide Research, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (a founding fellow).  In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Rudd is an active researcher with over 100 publications including several books.  His research focuses on clinical suicidology, cognitive therapy, and ethics and regulatory issues in psychology.  His work has resulted in the receipt of several awards including the Edwin Shneidman  (1999) and Exceptional Leadership (2005) Awards from the American Association of Suicidology, and the Outstanding Contribution to Science Award (1998) from the Texas Psychological Association, as well as  several awards fro his outstanding teaching.  Dr. Rudd conducts national  and international continuing education workshops on high-risk patients.   He serves on several editorial boards and is Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology.

Course curriculum

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

  2. 2
    • "Detection of Deception" - Final Exam Questions (downloadable/printable)

    • Final Exam

  3. 3
    • Evaluation Questionnaire