Course Description

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

    • Final Exam

  3. 3
    • 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 L. Denney, PsyD, ABPP, ABPN

Robert L. Denney, PsyD, ABPP, ABPN, is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and in neuropsychology by both the American Board of Professional Psychology and American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. He has been a forensic psychologist and neuropsychologist at the US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, for over 15 years. He is also an associate professor and director of neuropsychology at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Denney is on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Neuropsychology, coedited Detection of Response Bias in Forensic Neuropsychology, coauthored Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology: Key Concepts and Resources, and is published in the areas of neuropsychological evaluation of criminal defendants, malingering, evaluating psychological damages, trauma and violence, ethical issues, and professional licensure. Dr. Denney has done presentations throughout the US on nuerolitigation, the application of neuropsychology to criminal forensic matters, neuroanatomy, brain injury, malingering, and admissibility of scientific evidence.