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Robert Meyers Recorded Webinar: Introduction to Conducting Psychological Assessments in Federal Immigration Cases


Friday, July 12, 2019

11 am – 12:30 pm Eastern/ 10 am – 11:30 pm Central/ 9 am – 10:30 am Mountain/ 8 am – 9:30 am Pacific

Moderator: Dr. James F. Boswell, University at Albany, State University of New York


In today’s heated political climate, unauthorized immigrants living in the United States are increasingly the focus for capture and deportation. Congress, in establishing the immigration laws of this nation, has provided for a number of exceptions to deportation when the foreign national is in the country without legal status. Three of these exceptions include when the foreign national: suffers spousal abuse at the hands of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (Violence Against Women Act); faces immediate danger or death (political asylum); or, if a qualified family member would suffer extreme hardship as a result of the removal of the foreign national. Psychologists can play a significant role in these cases by conducting assessments and providing evaluations and expert testimony. This introductory workshop will give a brief review of the immigration laws and the professional role(s) of a psychologist in an immigration case. This cursory introduction to this area will, hopefully, inspire you to learn more about how you can participate in this legal and ethical process, and to include work as a “forensic psychologist” in your professional toolbox.

 Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. 1. Identify and explain some of the U.S. immigration laws and rules and how they open the door to the psychologist as an expert witness

    2. Identify and explain the role of the forensic psychologist in an immigration case and the basic criteria necessary to help the court in making a determination

    3. Identify some of the ethical considerations of conducting assessments in this area 

    4. Describe the psychological assessment and reporting process in an immigration case

About the Presenter:

Dr. Robert Meyers is the founder and Director of New York Psychological Wellness, PC, located in Bayside, Queens, NY. His research, writing, teaching, and training of clinicians has focused on forensic psychology and treating the Chronic Pain Triad (which includes treatments for pain, sleep, and emotional distress). Dr. Meyers is a frequent presenter of workshops at ABCT and APA, on both clinical and forensic topics. He is a founding member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Dr. Meyers is also an attorney and professor for more than thirty years. He has two forensic psychology books (one on conducting assessments in immigration matters) and a book chapter anticipated for release in 2019/2020.

Recommended Readings

Cervantes, J. M., Mejía, O. L., & Mena, A. G. (2010). Serial migration and the assessment of extreme and unusual psychological hardship with undocumented Latina/o families. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 32, 275-291. doi:10.1177/0739986310366286

INS v. Hector, 479 U.S. 85; 107 S. Ct. 379; 93 L. Ed. 2d 326; 1986 U.S. LEXIS 19; 55 U.S.L.W. 3351 (Supreme Court of the United States, 1986)

INS v. JONG HA WANG, 450 U.S. 139; 101 S. Ct. 1027; 67 L. Ed. 2d 123; 1981 U.S. LEXIS 71(Supreme Court of the United States, 1981)

Stutman, G., & Brady-Amoon, P. (2011). Supporting dependent relatives of undocumented immigrants through psychological hardship evaluations. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 11, 369-390.

Vaisman-Tzachor, R. (2012). Psychological evaluations in federal immigration courts: Fifteen years in the making—lessons learned. The Forensic Examiner, 21, 42-53.

Meyers, R.S. (2020, in process). Conducting psychological assessments in U.S. immigration cases. Springer US, Inc.


Item No: RMRW
Member Price: $25.00
Non-Member Price: $35.00

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