Jennifer J. Harman, PhD. has served as an expert subject matter witness on numerous civil and criminal cases within and outside of the State of Colorado (e.g., New Mexico, Nebraska and Ohio). Her role varies depending on the particulars of each case, but her primary roles have been:
- As a "blind" subject matter expert witness who can educate the court about research on parental alienation and other forms of family violence. This type of testimony includes an overview of past and current research tailored to the particulars of the case (e.g., false memories).
- As an expert who provides an opinion to the court based on data provided. This opinion is prepared based on an exhaustive review of materials provided to Dr. Harman, not limited to past and current custody evaluations, communication history of the parties, psychological evaluations, GAL reports and court orders, police reports, depositions of parties, affidavits submitted by collateral contacts, photographs, medical records, interviews with concurrently assigned custody evaluators, etc. As an expert, Dr. Harman tests multiple hypotheses in the data provided to her in order to ascertain whether parental alienation may be occurring in the family, and how severely it is impacting the family system. She also provides recommendations for further evaluation and intervention.
Dr. Harman's fee for expert witness work is based on an hourly rate and a retainer is required.