Forensic Neuropsychology in Practice: A guide to assessment and legal processes

Paperback | October 24, 2009

EditorSusan Young, Michael Kopelman, Gisli Gudjonsson

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Clinical psychologists and psychiatrists are increasingly being asked to prepare reports for legal purposes. These might involve issues regarding the clients own mental state at the time they committed the crime, or it might involve the neuropsychological effects of an injury to a third party.In addition they might be looking at issues regarding impulsivity, and the role of underlying disorders such as ADHD, and antisocial or borderline personality disorders. These topics are typically the preserve of the field of forensic neuropsychology, yet for many, this discipline is seen as ahighly specialised one beyond the scope and skill of the clinical psychologist. This book fills a major gap in the literature, in providing a practical reference text for clinical and forensic psychologists and psychiatrists who are working in these important areas of forensic consultancy, and who need a working knowledge of neuropsychological assessment and legal processes.Topics include: aggression and violence, learning disability and developmental disorders - such as autism and ADHD, eplilepsy, amnesia, alcohol and substance misuse, and traumatic head injury. In addition, the book looks at expert testimony, malingering, and other ethical and professional issues. Itwill help practitioners deal with the clinical and neuropsychological problems in the field, and negotiate the legal labyrinths involved in issues such as competency, fitness to plead and stand trial, mental capacity and mitigation. With chapters written by leading practitioners and clinicians that provide a synthesis of key knowledge and best practice in their areas, this thought provoking and pragmatic guide will be essential for clinical and forensic neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, and lawyers.

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Clinical psychologists and psychiatrists are increasingly being asked to prepare reports for legal purposes. These might involve issues regarding the clients own mental state at the time they committed the crime, or it might involve the neuropsychological effects of an injury to a third party.In addition they might be looking at issues...

Suzy Young is Programme Leader of the Institute of Psychiatry's MSc. in Clinical Forensic Psychology and an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Broadmoor Hospital. She has served as an expert witness in a number of high profile legal cases, including the Jill Dando case, the Billy Joe Friend case, the Albert Newman case. She...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:October 24, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198566832

ISBN - 13:9780198566830

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Table of Contents

1. Susan Young, Gisli Gudjonsson and Michael Kopelman: Introduction2. Jessica Bramham and Seamus O'Ceallaigh: The neuropsychology of aggression and violence3. Glynis Murphy and Isabel Clare: Intellectual disability4. Susan Young: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder5. Isabel Clare and Marc Woodbury-Smith: Autistic spectrum conditions6. Natalie Pyszora, Eli Jaldow and Michael Kopelman: Amnesia7. Jonathan Bird, Margaret Newson and Krystyna Dembny: Epilepsy and automatism8. Helen Miles and Andrew Johns: Alcohol and drug abuse9. Rodger Wood: Traumatic brain injury10. Graham Powell: The role of the expert witness and acquired brain injury11. Gisli Gudjonsson and Susan Young: Sub-optimal effort and malingering12. Jacqueline Wheatcroft, Gisli Gudjonsson and Susan Young: Professional issues13. Michael Kopelman, Susan Young and Gisli Gudjonsson: Conclusion; themes and issues

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"This Book is a worthwhile investment for investigation managers, those responsible for developing and delivering witness interview training and for investigators committed to professionalism" --( Dr Harfield of the John Grieve Centre, 12 January 2007)'