This volume brings together leading neuropsychologists to shed light on the nuts and bolts of forensic practice. An array of adult and child cases are presented, involving such conditions as traumatic brain injury, multiple chemical sensitivity, cerebral anoxia, and electrical injury. Contributors show how they go about reviewing reports and depositions in a particular case, providing fine-grained analysis of the opinions and conclusions of the examiner. Issues addressed in detail include the selection of tests, appropriate use of normative samples, and errors in scoring and interpretation. Unique in providing multiple perspectives on each case, the book identifies common clinical and professional pitfalls and how to avoid them.
'This book provides a unique and revealing look into the minds of some of the most respected experts in forensic neuropsychology. Each chapter includes behind-the-scenes views of the expert's thoughts and reactions when faced with alternative interpretations of neuropsychological test data. I know of no other text that provides the reader with comparable insight into how neuropsychologists analyze the work of others, particularly when they may hold an opposing view. This book will be particularly valuable to those beginning to work in the forensic arena. It will also serve as a reference for more experienced clinicians, particularly when developing a 'plan of attack' in situations where they are faced with the scenarios depicted in the various chapters.' - William B. Barr, PhD, ABPP, Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, USA 'With contributions from seasoned practitioners, this book provides valuable insights into the challenges of forensic neuropsychology. The book's special value is as a guide to the judgments required and issues faced in taking on forensic cases. Covering topics rarely if ever discussed in other sources, chapters illustrate how practitioners prepare for expert testimony, weigh the factors involved in assessments of alleged brain insults, and respond to the opinions of other examiners... By emphasizing responsible practice and evidence-based judgments, Heilbronner promotes sound clinical decision making and advances professional standards.' - H. Gerry Taylor, PhD, ABPP/CN, Department of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital,USA 'A natural follow-up and companion to Heilbronner's Forensic Neuropsychology Casebook, this book offers additional concrete, practical information for trainees and clinicians who wish to learn more about the practice of forensic neuropsychology. The well-known contributors present instructive, thoughtful case material in an easy-to-navigate format and a readable style. The content is germane to practicing neuropsychologists, as is the theme of forensic case analysis from the perspectives of opposing retained experts.' - Jerry J. Sweet, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and Northwestern University, USA
Edited by Robert L. Heilbronner, PhD, ABPP, Chicago Neuropsychology Group, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Part 1. Case Analyses. Donders, Traumatic Brain Injury: Do You See What I See? McCrea, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Sensitive Matter in Neuropsychological Assessment. Oakes, Cents and Scentability: A Disability Claim Due to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Morgan, Noncredible Competence: How to Handle "Newbies," "Wannabes," and Forensic "Experts" Who Know Better or Should Know Better. Baron, Maturation into Impairment: The Merit of Delayed Settlement in Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology Cases. Bush, Electrical Brain Injury and a Case of Examiner Shock. Greve, A Second Look at Pain and Concussion. Part 2. Forensic Case Analysis from Opposing Perspectives. Mild Head Injury Case from a Treating Neuropsychologist. van Gorp, Plaintiff Expert's Analysis of the Case. Mittenberg, Defense Expert's Analysis of the Case. Part 3. Special Topics. Bigler, Anoxic Brain Injury: Daubert Challenge, Fixed versus Flexible Battery. Wills, A Pediatric Neuropsychologist's Lessons from "Independent Educational Evaluations": Respect Parents, Listen to Teachers, Do Your Homework, but Think for Yourself. Bush, Through the Looking Glass: Commentary on Neuropsychological Testimony. Heilbronner, Generating Questions for Cross-examining a Neuropsychologist: A Defense Consultant's Perspective. Iverson, Brooks, Holdnack, Misdiagnosis of Cognitive Impairment in Forensic Neuropsychology.