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Traumatic Brain Injury and Forensic Neuropsychology

Bigler, Erin D. PhD; Brooks, Michael PhD, JD

The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation: March-April 2009 - Volume 24 - Issue 2 - p 76–87
doi: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e31819c2190
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As part of a special issue of The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, forensic neuropsychology is reviewed as it applies to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other types of acquired brain injury in which clinical neuropsychologists and rehabilitation psychologists may be asked to render professional opinions about the neurobehavioral effects and outcome of a brain injury. The article introduces and overviews the topic focusing on the process of forensic neuropsychological consultation and practice as it applies to patients with TBI or other types of acquired brain injury. The emphasis is on the application of scientist-practitioner standards as they apply to legal questions about the status of a TBI patient and how best that may be achieved. This article introduces each topic area covered in this special edition.

Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience (Dr Bigler) and University Accessibility Center (Dr Brooks), Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; and Department of Psychiatry and The Brain Institute of Utah, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (Dr Bigler). Dr Bigler performs clinical neuropsychological consultations that address forensic questions.

Corresponding Author: Erin D. Bigler, PhD, Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience, 1001 SWKT, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602 (

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.