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Forensic Neuropsychology Casebook


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I. Civil Cases: Adult
1. Electrical Injury, or ""My Day at the Beach"", Neil H. Pliskin
2. Workers' Compensation and Traumatic Brain Injury, Bradley N. Axelrod
3. Symptom Validity Testing and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Nothing but the Truth, Kristie J. Nies
4. Medical Malpractice, or ""Up the Nose (and Brain) with an Endoscopic Hose"", Robert L. Heilbronner
5. Alleged Traumatic Brain Injury in a Spanish Speaker, Lidia Artiola i Fortuny
6. Brain Injury When Chronic Pain Is a Prominent Diagnosis, Michael F. Martelli
7. A Rising Star Too Quickly Fades: Mismanagement of Sport-Related Concussion, Mark R. Lovell and Jamie E. Pardini
8. Feigned Cognitive Symptoms in Alleged Toxic Exposure: Like Father, Like Son, Kyle Brauer Boone
9. An Unexpected Excursion: Sexual Consent Capacity in a Nursing Home Patient with Alzheimer's Disease, Daniel C. Marson and Justin S. Huthwaite
II. Civil Cases: Pediatric
10. On the Far Edge of the Last Frontier: The Alaska Experience, Paul L. Craig
11. The Evolution of a Forensic Case: A Transition from Treating Clinician to Expert Witness, Lynn Bennett Blackburn
12. Childhood Malingering: Faking Neuropsychological Impairment in an 8-Year-Old, George K. Henry
13. Lead Astray: The Controversies of Childhood Lead Poisoning, Lisa D. Stanford
III. Criminal Cases
14. Boyfriend Busted in Fatal Stabbing, William B. Barr
15. Murder in Chicago: Insanity and Tragedy, Robert E. Hanlon and Michael W. Mayfield
16. Competence to Confess: A Case of False Confession and a False Friend, James P. Sullivan
17. Gambling, Money Laundering, Competency, Sanity, Neuropathology, and Intrigue, Robert L. Denney
IV. Ask the Experts
18. A Dialogue with Jerry J. Sweet
19. A Dialogue with Manfred F. Greiffenstein
20. A Dialogue with Paul R. Lees-Haley

About the Author

Robert L. Heilbronner, PhD, is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist practicing in Chicago. He is the Director of the Chicago Neuropsychology Group and Codirector of the Forensic Neuropsychology Institute. Dr. Heilbronner has faculty appointments at Northwestern University School of Medicine and the University of Chicago Hospitals, Pritzker School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Psychological Association and of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Heilbronner has published in peer-reviewed journals and books, and has presented on clinical and forensic neuropsychology issues at national and international meetings. He has also testified in a number of civil, criminal, and capital cases locally and nationally.


"Forensic neuropsychology has undergone rapid growth in the past decade. In contrast to traditional, topical texts, this casebook has the advantage of showing the reader how forensic neuropsychology is actually practiced. The volume covers a wide range of forensic topics, including workers' compensation, personal injury litigation, cross-cultural issues, competency in the elderly, and criminal competency and responsibility. The 'Ask the Experts' section solicits responses to commonly encountered issues from three well-known forensic neuropsychologists. This volume will be of interest to both novice and seasoned forensic neuropsychologists, and is also appropriate as a graduate-level or postdoctoral training text."--Glenn J. Larrabee, PhD, independent practice, Sarasota, Florida

"In the best tradition of Sherlock Holmes, this book takes you inside the minds of some of the country's most prominent neuropsychologists as they try to understand the symptoms and stories that patients present. Dr. Heilbronner and his contributing authors provide a compelling approach to forensic neuropsychology that goes beyond numbers and percentiles."--Scott R. Millis, PhD, MEd, Wayne State University School of Medicine

"Reading this book is like sitting down with some of your most knowledgeable colleagues to hear details of their 'trials' (literally!) and tribulations. The authors relate lessons learned from specific cases and model the best ways to participate ethically and conscientiously in the adversarial legal arena. The book will be valuable for novices seeking some ground rules and pointers from those who have been there, as well as for more experienced neuropsychologists. It is a practical read that offers insightful perspectives on what it is like for a clinician to step onto an attorney's playing field. Truly helpful and informative."--Ida Sue Baron, PhD, private practice, Potomac, Maryland, and Reston, Virginia; Department of Pediatrics, The George Washington University School of Medicine

"This may be the only book on medicolegal aspects of neuropsychology that is a genuine page turner. It is hard to put down because each case presentation is a detective story (the neuropsychological kind) within a detective story (the litigated kind). The authors are leading experts who share their wealth of practical experience to give the reader the sense of being an insider in each case. A valuable complement to typical academic texts, this book is a 'must' for forensic neuropsychologists and the attorneys who retain them, and should be of high interest to advanced trainees in neuropsychology who want to see what it really feels like to do this work."-- Robert M. Bilder, PhD, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital

"This book provides valuable and candid comments regarding forensic experiences in a wide variety of settings, by an equally varied group of clinical neuropsychologists. Most chapters end with a 'Lessons Learned' section which provides an opportunity for the authors to reflect on what the forensic experience taught them. This is a very valuable component to the book, one that underscores the importance of self-awareness for reducing bias when rendering expert opinion. Clinical neuropsychologists unfamiliar with the turbulent waters of forensic work will likely find this book helpful when navigating them."--George P. Prigatano, PhD, Department of Clinical Neuropsychology, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center

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