What is Forensic Neuropsychology?

Neuropsychologists have a unique expertise that is relevant to legal institutions and people who come into contact with the law. Building on general clinical assessment principles, forensic neuropsychology applies the analysis of brain-behavior relationships to specific questions within the legal system. Because of the involvement of the legal system, these questions are addressed in a somewhat different manner than purely clinical evaluations. Examples of forensic neuropsychology applications include the following:

  • Independent medical examination (IME) of the presence and extent of cognitive, behavioral, and emotional impairment subsequent to alleged or known head injury
  • Examination of learning disability and protections afforded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Objective neuropsychological case review of medical records, raw test data, and neuropsychological reports to discuss the merits of a case
  • Assessment of a client's fiduciary competency
  • Determination of medical decision making capacity
  • Disability determination
  • Fitness-for-Duty Evaluation
  • Workers Compensation