Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology

ISBN : 9780199734566

Elisabeth M.S. Sherman; Brian L. Brooks
400 ページ
161 x 236 mm

Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology is the definitive reference on the practice and process of civil forensic neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents. An elite, knowledgeable, and expert group of authors were assembled in order to produce the first text dedicated specifically to pediatric forensic neuropsychology. This volume covers core topics pertaining to forensic neuropsychological assessments of children and adolescents, such as the role of pediatric neuropsychology in the courtroom, ethical issues, and practical issues in private forensic practice. Other chapters discuss the foundations of pediatric neuropsychological assessment, and include discussion of neuropsychological test selection, base rates, interpreting change, and sub-optimal performance. In addition, the text covers forensic evaluations of specific pediatric populations including those suffering postconcussion syndrome and mild traumatic brain injury, moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, and medical malpractice cases, as well as the independent educational evaluation. Further chapters discuss premorbid and post-injury factors, and conditions important in the forensic neuropsychological evaluation of children including moderator variables and diversity, psychological and psychiatric conditions, and ADHD and LD. The book is intended primarily for neuropsychologists who engage in forensic work. Although the topics will be of most interest to those who assess children and adolescents, the topics will also be of interest to neuropsychologists who conduct forensic evaluations with adults. The text will also be useful for attorneys, and medical professionals involved in forensic evaluations, such as clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and physiatrists.


PART ONE: Theoretical, Conceptual, and Psychometric Issues in Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology
1. Pediatric Neuropsychology in Forensic Proceedings: Roles and Procedures in the Courtroom and Beyond
Jerry J. Sweet and Michael Westerveld
2. Ethical Issues in Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology
Shane S. Bush, William S. MacAllister, and Alan Goldberg
3. Basic Psychometrics and Test Selection for an Independent Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology Evaluation
Cecil R. Reynolds and Arthur MacNeill Horton, Jr.
4. Improving Accuracy When Identifying Cognitive Impairment in Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessments
Brian L. Brooks and Grant L. Iverson
5. Interpreting Change in Repeated Neuropsychological Assessments of Children
Grant L. Iverson
6. Differential Diagnosis of Malingering and Related Clinical Presentations
Daniel J. Slick and Elisabeth M.S. Sherman
7. Overview of Tests and Techniques to Detect Negative Response Bias in Children
Michael W. Kirkwood
8. Forensic Issues in Neuropsychological Assessment: Culture and Language
Danielle N. Landwher and Antolin M. Llorente
9. Interpretive Confounds in the Independent Pediatric Neuropsychological Evaluation
Jacobus Donders
PART TWO: Applied Clinical Issues in Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology
10. Independent Neuropsychological Evaluation of Children With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Gerard A. Gioia, Christopher G. Vaughan, and Peter K. Isquith
11. Independent Neuropsychological Evaluation of Children With Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
Keith Owen Yeates
12. Preinjury and Secondary Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Forensic Cases
Jeffrey E. Max, Russell J. Schachar, and Tisha J. Ornstein
13. Independent Neuropsychological Evaluation of Children in Medical Malpractice Cases
Ida Sue Baron and Joel E. Morgan
14. Neuropsychological Contributions to Independent Education Evaluations: Forensic Perspectives
Lisa G. Hahn and Joel E. Morgan
PART THREE: The Pediatric Forensic Toolbox
Exhibit A. Sample Consultant-Attorney Agreement
Exhibit B. Sample Pediatric Forensic Informed Consent Form (Short Version)
Exhibit C. Sample Pediatric Forensic Informed Consent Form (Longer Version)
Exhibit D. Sample Letter to Parents About Neuropsychological Assessment
Exhibit E. Sample Letter to Teacher About Neuropsychological Assessment
Exhibit F. Sample Consent Form for Release of Information From School
Exhibit G. Checklist for a Pediatric Independent Neuropsychological Evaluation Interview
Exhibit H. Sample Traumatic Brain Injury Interview Form
Exhibit I. Sample Background and History Questionnaire


Elisabeth M.S. Sherman is the Neuropsychologist and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Clinical Neurosciences and the Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship, Alberta Children's Hospital and University of Calgary. Brian L. Brooks is a Neuropsychologist at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, Alberta and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Clinical Neurosciences and at the University of Calgary.