Jeffrey Wittmann, Ph.D. Child Custody Forensic Consultation
Jeffrey Wittmann, Ph.D.Child Custody Forensic Consultation


Dr. Wittmann is a licensed psychologist and trial consultant whose practice concentrates on trial support for attorneys in custody and access matters and on forensic peer reviews (work product reviews).  He serves as a consultant for major law firms nationally and provided custody evaluation services both at county clinics and in private practice from 1985 - 2013.  He previously held an appointment as Adjunct Clinical Professor at SUNY Albany where he taught forensic psychology at the doctoral level.  Dr. Wittmann is a recognized expert on the intersection of law and psychology, on professional practices in the child custody area, and on Frye/Daubert issues related to expert testimony in family matters.  He is regularly on the faculty for training seminars offered to attorneys and mental health professionals, has been a frequently utilized instructor for judges in Family, Supreme, and Appellate courts nationally, and has served on multiple national task forces related to practice in the area of custody assessment.  Dr. Wittmann is on the editorial board of the Family Court Review and previously served on the boards of the Matrimonial Strategist, Journal of Child Custody, and the New York Family Law Monthly.  He is the author of “Custody Chaos, Personal Peace” (Perigee, 2001) and of numerous professional articles regarding forensic psychology. He was appointed in 2009 to a AFCC task force on child custody consultants, in 2017 to an AFCC task force on social science research and the courts, and in 2019 to the AFCC Task Force on the Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation.  Together with Timothy Tippins Esq., he is the author of Empirical and Ethical Problems with Custody Recommendations:  A Call for Clinical Humility and Judicial Vigilance, an award-winning article published in the Family Court Review in 2005 that generated widespread scholarly debate and that is a frequently-used template for critiquing the custody evaluation process.  His CAAS model for analyzing child custody evaluations is the first comprehensive tool designed specifically to assist attorneys in negotiations and trial preparation, a model he outlines in his book entitled "Evaluating Evaluations:  An attorney's Handbook for Analyzing Child Custody Reports" (MatLaw, 2013).  See Dr. Wittmann's curriculum vitae for more information.

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