The Brain, Behavior, and the Legal System: Fundamental Neuropsychology for Forensic Evaluators
Chriscelyn Tussey, PhD presents a live virtual professional training program on The Brain, Behavior, and the Legal System: Fundamental Neuropsychology for Forensic Evaluators in partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP).
Forensic psychologists frequently conduct evaluations in which cognitive deficits are present. These deficits may stem from medical, neurological, and/or serious mental illness and can be relevant for addressing the psycholegal question.
This program will provide an overview of some common cognitive deficits and diagnoses found in forensic evaluations and a road map for how to address these issues as they arise. Relevant case law, as well as ethical standards and guidelines, will be examined, and this will include a discussion regarding competence to perform cognitive testing and when referral to a neuropsychologist is indicated. Pragmatic considerations when conducting forensic evaluations with a neuropsychology element, including intersectionality, test selection, and report writing, will be explored. Case examples and opportunities for practical application of this content will be integrated throughout the program.
This is ideal for forensic psychologists at any stage of their career (though this may be most applicable to those in their early-mid career, given those more senior may have already gained this fundamental knowledge through experience). Psychologists conducting forensic evaluations in any environment (e.g., private, correctional) would be appropriate for this program.
Please note that the purpose of this program is not to teach neuropsychological assessment or provide in-depth instruction on specific tests.