Neuropsychology in the Courtroom

Expert Analysis of Reports and Testimony

Edited by Robert L. Heilbronner

January 8, 2008
ISBN 9781593856342
Price: $65.00
273 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"

“Anyone reading Neuropsychology in the Courtroom: Expert Analysis of Reports and Testimony will have an opportunity to receive professional advice from a variety of expert neuropsychologists....All authors in this book are experts in their respective areas. A unique advantage to this book is the inclusion of actual expert testimony....Failure to avail oneself of information available from books such as Neuropsychology in the Courtroom: Expert Analysis of Reports and Testimony could lead to diminished capacity in professional service delivery and increase potential risk for both the patient and the provider. The jury is in, and a verdict has been rendered: This book is a 'must read' for every forensic neuropsychologist.”


“Utilizes extensive case history descriptions to flesh out the various chapter topics, which include traumatic brain injury, multiple chemical sensitivity, electrical brain injury, anoxic brain injury, chronic pain, and pediatric neuropsychology cases. A useful section painstakingly analyzes a mild traumatic brain injury case from the triple perspective of the treating clinician, plaintiff's expert, and defense expert.”

International Journal of Emergency Mental Health

“This book has much to offer clinically and pedagogically to forensic practitioners.”

Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

“Provides unique and enlightening information that would be invaluable to any neuropsychologist who regularly engages in forensic work.”

Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society

“This book will make a unique and useful addition to the libraries of neuropsychological practitioners at all stages....The book presents both content and process. The chapters present functional knowledge through lessons that are directly applicable to forensic and clinical work. Important clinical and empirical material is dispersed throughout the chapters as readers are taught how to conceptualize and best present that information in the legal arena. The elucidation of the functional application of the material presented is one of the distinctive aspects of this work and one of the reasons it will be a good aid for practitioners....The writing was clear and the chapters easy to read and understand. The chapters were generally engaging and entertaining while also being informative and useful....An overarching theme was for practitioners to be competent and stay close to the science of our field to avoid looking ridiculous. This book should aid practitioners in that quest and I highly recommend it.”

Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

“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. The book reveals the complexities of practice and offers practical advice, making it a useful supplement to coursework or practicum placements as well as a resource for self-study. By emphasizing responsible practice and evidence-based judgments, Heilbronner promotes sound clinical decision making and advances professional standards.”

—H. Gerry Taylor, PhD, ABPP-CN, Center for Biobehavioral Health, Nationwide Children's Hospital Research Institute; Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University

“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-CN, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and Northwestern University

“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 book 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