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Clinical Neuropsychology in the Criminal Forensic Setting

Denney, Robert L. PsyD, ABPP/ABFP; Wynkoop, Timothy F. PhD

Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation: April 2000 - Volume 15 - Issue 2 - p 804–828
Forensic Neuropsychology

This article reviews the application of clinical neuropsychology to criminal court proceedings, a complex, underserved, yet growing area of neuropsychological practice. The authors write from the perspective that the audience is primarily neurorehabilitation clinicians with limited experience in criminal matters. Discussions on the theoretical differences between clinical and forensic work, the forensic evaluation process with conceptual model, historical and current perspectives on criminal competencies and responsibility, prediction of dangerousness, and professional and ethical issues often encountered in criminal neuropsychology are provided.

Forensic Neuropsychologist, US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, Adjunct Faculty, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Springfield, Missouri (Denney)

Consulting Neuropsychologist, Court Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Clinical Affiliate Faculty, Bowling Green State University, Toledo, Ohio (Wynkoop)

Opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Federal Bureau of Prisons or Department of Justice.

Address correspondence to Robert L. Denney, PsyD, ABPP, US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, 1900 W. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65807, email

© 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.