Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology

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This volume explains neuropsychological services to the population of brain injured adults and children who enter the legal system. It provides a comprehensive, well-integrated treatment of this new area of interest in neuropathology-psychopathology relationships, and examines the research knowledge base, which supportsthis investigation.

After exploring the foundations of forensic neuropsychology, The authors discuss the reliability of test data as well as norms, decision-making, and malingering. The Handbook also considers ethical issues, discovery depositions, courtroom testimony, and professional qualifications. A final section is devoted to specialized areas such as children, neuro-toxicology, criminal cases, and competency and the future of forensic neuropsychology.

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes the interface between neuropsychology and the law, in both theoretical and clinical areas. It covers both civil and criminal issues.
Purpose: According to the editors, "in order to address the urgent need for an authoritative reference work for the rapidly growing field, the Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology has been published. [It] reviews the major areas in which neuropsychologists in independent practice can work effectively within the jurisprudence system." The book meets these worthy objectives.
Audience: According to the editors, the book is intended for "forensic neuropsychologists in full or part-time practice and attorneys and judges who utilized neuropsychological data in their decision-making. Also, other professional(s) who enter the legal arena and rely on neuropsychological opinions such as forensic psychiatrists and forensic neurologists or clinical psychologists, school psychologists, social workers, counselors and special educators, among other healthcare and educational professionals, will find the [book] of considerable value." The editors and contributors are credible authorities and many of them hold diplomate status in clinical neuropsychology.
Features: The book begins with a discussion of historical and theoretical issues. It then covers clinical issues and how they are related to courtroom testimony. Both civil and criminal area are covered. This book also addresses special areas such as forensic neuropsychology with children, forensic neurotoxicology, and the assessment of competency to stand trial and NGRI (not guilty by reason of insanity). The book is good because it contains many case examples and covers theoretical, practice, and ethical issues. It reviews all the major areas that one would expect and it is well written.
Assessment: What I like most about this book are the case examples. It is practical and valuable for those who work in the legal arena. The novice forensic neuropsychologist will gain the most because the book walks one through the process of typical courtroom events, such as depositions and how to avoid conflicts of interest.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826118844
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/11/2003
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Lawrence Hartlage has served as president of the National Academy of Neuropsychology; the American Psychological Association division of Neuropsychology; and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. Elected to Fellow status by seven divisions of the American Psychological Association, he was a charter Fellow of the American Psychological Society and listed in the inaugural "Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare." He has served as consultant to the Canadian Research Council; Center for Disease Control; North Atlantic Treaty Organization; National Institutes of Health and U.S. Surgeon General.

Arthur MacNeill Horton, Jr., is in independent practice as Director of the Neuropsychology Clinic at Psych Associates of Maryland in Towson, Columbia and Bethesda, Maryland and consults on neuropsychology and drug abuse research issues.. He holds Diplomates in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and in Neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. Dr. Horton is the author/editor of over 15 books, more than 30 book chapters, and over 150 journal articles. He is a past-president of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, a doctoral-level certification board in neuropsychology, the Coalition of Clinical Practitioners in Neuropsychology (CCPN), and the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN). In addition, Dr. Horton was a member of the State of Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists for two terms. He recently co-authored The Test of Verbal Conceptualization and Fluency (TVCF), a measure of executive functions in children, adults, and the elderly.

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Table of Contents

Section I: Foundations
• Overview of Forensic Neuropsychology, A.M. Horton, Jr.
• The Neuropsychological Basis of Intelligence Revised: Some False Starts and a Clinical Model, C.R. Reynolds and C.L. French
• Normative Data and Scaling Issues in Neuropsychology, C.J. Golden
• Diagnostic Decision-Making in Neuropsychology, A.D. Williams
• Detecting Malingering in Civil Forensic Evaluations, G.L. Iverson
Section II: Issues Unique to Brain Injury
• Epidemiology of Traumatic Brain Injury, L.C. Hartlage
• Neuroimaging in Forensic Neuropsychology, E.D. Bigler
• Behavioral Change Following Traumatic Brain Injury, P.C. Patch and L.C. Hartlage
• Utilizing Neuropsychological Assessment in Disability Determination and Rehabilitation Planning, T.L. Bennett and M.J. Raymond
Section III: Practice Issues
• Depositions, J.E. Meyers and H. Widdison
• Diagnostic Issues: Attorney Perspective, J.M. Carson and C.M. Bee
• Neuropsychology in the Courtroom, L.C. Hartlage
Section IV: Ethical Issues
• To Release, Or Not to Release "Raw Test Data", That Is The Question, D.L. Rapp and P.S. Ferber
• Trained Third Party Presence During Forensic Neuropsychological Evaluations, J.J. Blase
• Conflicts of Interest and Other Pitfalls for the Expert Witness, B. Crown, H.S. Fingerhut, and S.J. Lowenthal
Section V: Special Areas
• Forensic Neuropsychology with Children, J.B. Titus and R.S. Dean
• Forensic z Neurotoxicology, R. Singer
• Forensic Neuropsychological Assessment in Criminal Law Cases, R.J. Sbordone, et al
• Neuropsychological Evaluations in the Context of Competency Decisions, M.D. Franzen
• Future of Forensic Neuropsychology, A.M. Horton, Jr.

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