Elliot L. Atkins, Ed.D.

Website pictureDr. Atkins has been called upon by attorneys from across the country to address issues including professional malpractice, criminal state of mind defenses, sentencing and the assessment of both perpetrators and victims of sexual abuse. He has consulted and testified nationally in several high-profile neonaticide cases. He has recently provided consultation to defense counsel in several high-profile institutional child sexual abuse cases. He has provided consultation and he lectures in areas related to post-Daubert methodological issues and the admissibility of psychological evidence as well as post-verdict practice in state and federal courts. Dr. Atkins recently co-authored two chapters (Capicity to Waive Miranda Rights and Sentencing) in the Handbook of Forensic Assessment: Psychological and Psychiatric Perspectives. He has also co-authored a chapter on death penalty mitigation in the upcoming textbook, Handbook of Forensic Psychology and Forensic Sociology. Dr. Atkins has been a consulting psychologist with Hampton Hospital in Westhampton, New Jersey. He has been an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Widener University and has provided clinical supervision for the doctoral internship programs at both Hahnemann and Drexel Universities.

He has been a consultant to municipal, state and federal agencies and legislative bodies. He has served on the boards of programs dealing with substance abuse and rehabilitation. Dr. Atkins has published articles and presented CLE workshops on topics related to the insanity defense, neonaticide, sentencing and the collaboration of clinicians and attorneys regarding the issue of professional boundary violations. For the past decade, he has chaired the American College of Forensic Psychology’s Forensic Skills panel of attorneys and forensic psychologists as they address professional and ethical issues confronting forensic mental health practitioners. He has made appearnaces on Oprah Winfrey, Montel Williams, Court TV and Prime Time Thursday with Diane Sawyer.

Dr. Atkins will again be presenting at the American College of Forensic Psychology’s 30th Annual Symposium in March of 2014.  He will be the panel chairmen for the forensic skills workshop and also co-presenting on two other presentations: Truth Serum – Current Legal and Psychological Perspectives and The Insanity Defense and Beyond.

Book chapters
Death penalty
Capacity to waive Miranda rights

The link between borderline personality disorder and homicidal behavior
Forensic skills
Forensic psychological consultation in US death penalty cases in state and federal courts
Admissibility of expert psychological testimony in the era of Daubert
When the Boundary is Crossed: A protocol for attorneys and mental health professional
Denial of pregnancy and neonaticide during adolescence: Forensic and clinical issues
Post-verdict psychological consultation in the federal courts
Preparing for sentencing in the federal courts
Use of sodium amytal in an insanity and diminished capacity defense of a capital murder case
Pretreatment drug use by adolescents entering a multi-agency polydrug abuse treatment program

CE and CLE Presentations:
Forensic Skills Workshop
The role of the forensic psychologist in the mitigation phase of the death penalty trial
False confessions: What forensic psychologists and attorneys need to know
Borderline Personality Disorder and murder: Areas of consideration for forensic psychologists and lawyers
Federal sentencing: Tough cases – examination of challenging sentencings
Interfacing with the forensic mental health consultant
Internet fantasy and prediction
Forensic psychological consultation in US death penalty cases in state and federal courts
Pseudocyesis and infant abduction
Two cases of childhood kidnappings
A successful insanity defense in a double parricide case
Collaboration among forensic mental health professionals
Post-Daubert admissibility of forensic psychological evidence and testimony in divorce and custody cases
What is mitigation evidence and how to find it: The role of downward departures
Video-peeping Toms: Developing trends
Therapist-patient sexual boundary crossing: a collaborative model for attorneys and mental health professionals
Daubert as gatekeeper: Attempts to quantify enjoyment of life
Expert psychological damage testimony in the civil arena
Denial of pregnancy and neonaticide during adolescence: forensic and clinical issues
Professional liability issues in therapies involving abuse memories
Post-verdict psychological consultation in the federal courts
Use of experts in employment discrimination matters
Treating the patient sexually victimized in therapy

New Jersey

Professional Affiliations
American Psychological Association
American Psychology-Law Society
National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
New Jersey Psychological Association
Pennsylvania Psychological Association


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