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Joe S. Cecil, Ph.D., J.D.

Federal Judicial Center
Division of Research
Washington, DC, USA


Joe S. Cecil is a Senior Research Associate and Project Director in the Division of Research at the Federal Judicial Center.  Currently he is directing the Center's Program on Scientific and Technical Evidence. As part of this program he served as principal editor of the first two editions of the Center's Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, a third edition of which was recently published in collaboration with the National Academies. He has served as a member of several panels of the National Academy of Sciences, including the Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community, and presently is serving as a member of the Committee on Science, Technology & Law. He is currently directing a research project that examines the difficulties that arise with expert testimony in federal courts, with an emphasis on clinical medical testimony and forensic science evidence.  Other areas of research interest include access to federal courts, federal civil and appellate procedure, jury competence in complex civil litigation, and assessment of rule of law in emerging democracies. Dr. Cecil received his J.D. and a Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern University.

 

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