Forensic neuropsychology is the application of the scientific, technical, and specialized knowledge of neuropsychology to address legal matters arising in civil and/or criminal proceedings.
Forensic neuropsychological evaluations are most commonly referred by attorneys, judges, or insurance companies when neuropsychological problems may have a direct influence on a legal issue. We provide forensic neuropsychological evaluations for both defendants and plaintiffs in civil proceedings, pre-trial and pre-sentencing evaluations of criminal defendants, Worker’s Compensation and disability evaluations, determination of personal/financial competency, special education due-process hearings, and other legal contexts. We also provide reviews of records of others’ neuropsychological reports; however, these reviews will not result in a definitive diagnosis in nearly all cases.
When providing forensic neuropsychological evaluations, a doctor-patient relationship is not established and patients waive their right to receive feedback regarding the results and recommendations. Results are provided, verbally or in writing, to the relevant legal representative or authority. Also, referral sources (e.g., attorneys) agree to provide all available records, past and current, including educational, work, legal, medical, and psychological records.
The verbal or written report of the findings will be unbiased and objective. We are hired for our expertise and scientific objectivity, not to render a particular opinion. We are not part of a patient’s “legal team” nor do we represent the interests of insurance companies or other institutional entities.