Standards for Experts
Recent Supreme Court decisions emphasize the need to regulate the admissibility
of expert testimony by means of standards that require opinions going
beyond ipse dixit; that is, that are based on more than the fact that
the expert "said it him/herself."
Dr. Bursztajn's recent article published in the Journal of the American
Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (32:205-10, 2003) Avoiding
Ipse Dixit Mislabeling: Post-Daubert Approaches to Expert Clinical Opinions informs
us how experts can reduce the likelihood that their conclusions will
Dr. Bursztajn has an active patient care practice and consults to physicians,
institutions, judges, and plaintiff and defense counsel nationally.