Forensic neuropsychology is a subspecialty of clinical neuropsychology. The assessments, findings of facts and conclusions are designed to be used in a forensic (legal) setting.
The primary responsibility of a forensic neuropsychologist is to provide information based on scientifically-validated neuropsychological principles and clinical treatment that is pertinent to answer critical legal questions. In forensic neuropsychology, specialists are not just concerned with whether the patient has a dysfunction, but whether the dysfunction resulted from an issue under consideration in a legal setting.
To arrive at an assessment that is admissible in a legal setting, the neuropsychologist is required to have advanced training and extensive experience. Forensic neuropsychologists must specialize in the forensic, or legal, application of their clinical knowledge and skills.
Although Forensic Neuropsychology is relatively new, the field of forensic neuropsychology has grown significantly in the past 20 years. Neuropsychological testimony is well-accepted in the courts throughout the United States.
Disabilities Forensic Neuropsychologists Assess Include:
- Mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
- Chronic pain
- Symptom validity
- Developmental disorders, including mental retardation and learning disorders
- Psychiatric disorders, including psychosis, mood disorders, and personality disorders
Learn More About Our Neuropsychological Services
NeuroHealth of Arlington Heights specializes in forensic neuropsychological assessments.
Dr. Laurie Phillips, Phd is a leading expert in the field. She is a sought-after thought leader locally and nationally on matters of forensic neuropsychology.
Schedule an Appointment for Your Assessment
If you think you or a family member would benefit from a forensic neuropsychological assessment, call our office at (847) 584-1894. We can tell you more about your eligibility, as well as what you can expect from the evaluation.