Clinical Neuropsychology in the Criminal Forensic Setting

Edited by Robert L. Denney and James P. Sullivan

May 28, 2008
ISBN 9781593857219
Price: $70.00
414 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"

Meeting a growing need for practitioners, this unique volume brings together leading experts to present the legal and clinical foundations of neuropsychology practice in criminal forensic cases. Authoritative yet accessible, the book reviews relevant case law and constitutional principles and provides clear-cut guidance for conducting assessments that address specific legal standards and questions, such as competency to confess, competency to proceed, criminal responsibility, and sentencing concerns. With coverage of both adult and juvenile contexts, chapters describe how to work effectively in correctional settings; gather information from multiple sources; detect deception; generate accurate, legally admissible findings; and communicate them successfully in the courtroom.

“Both scholarly and practical, this comprehensive volume can serve as a text for courses in criminal forensic neuropsychology and will be useful to any clinician that performs these kinds of evaluations and testifies as an expert witness in criminal cases.”

International Journal of Emergency Mental Health

“An extremely useful and informative collection of thirteen succinct chapters. The editors have accomplished more than rounding up the usual suspects in this volume. They brought together a consistent and evenly matched team of chapter authors who have succeeded in educating the reader about the myriad and complex issues related to working in an area of Clinical Neuropsychology where life, death, freedom, and/or incarceration may await those being examined....I am pleased to recommend Clinical Neuropsychology in the Criminal Forensic Setting to any neuropsychologist interested in the field of criminal forensic neuropsychology. This book is useful at all levels of training—including doctoral students, interns, residents, and practicing neuropsychologists who are interested in further training and development in criminal forensics. Certain chapters are a 'must read' for doctoral students taking courses which include forensic issues.”

Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society

“Denney and his colleagues have provided a comprehensive, critical, and authoritative description of the area of forensic neuropsychology. They are to be congratulated. This book will be a welcome resource for those who teach, train, and practice in this area. It will also be a most useful guide for judges, attorneys, and policymakers who deal with the questions at the heart of this volume.”

—Kirk Heilbrun, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Psychology, Drexel University

“Denney and Sullivan's unique text is a long-needed contribution and the first to focus exclusively on criminal forensic practice among neuropsychologists. The growing number of forensic practitioners involved in evaluating individuals in a criminal context will benefit greatly from this book. This text will be relied on by veteran experts already practicing in the field, new entrants to this practice, and those who are at the final stages of their training during internship and postdoctoral residency.”

—Jerry J. Sweet, PhD, ABPP-CN, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and Northwestern University

“The clinical neuropsychologist who ventures into the criminal forensic neuropsychology arena without having studied this volume, in its entirety, will be armed with only a 'wooden sword.' This volume would be useful in any graduate-level psychology and law course. In addition, selected chapters ought to be required reading in all graduate-level psychological assessment classes. The book should also be considered as required reading by law schoolprofessors teaching courses on criminal law, especially those that involve psychology or neuropsychology.”

—Robert J. McCaffrey, PhD, ABPN, ABPdN, Department of Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York

“Because its applied focus is complemented by an in-depth discussion of legal and clinical issues, this book will prove helpful to neuropsychologists who are new to forensic settings, as well as those who are more experienced. The volume provides a comprehensive review of the legal authority that shapes neuropsychological evaluations in criminal proceedings. It also offers in-depth coverage of all facets of the criminal process in which neuropsychologists can be of assistance to legal decision makers, including issues of competence to proceed, criminal responsibility, and sentencing/disposition.”

—Randy K. Otto, PhD, ABPP, Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, University of South Florida

Table of Contents

1. Constitutional, Judicial, and Practice Foundations of Criminal Forensic Neuropsychology, Robert L. Denney and James P. Sullivan

2. Ethical Issues in Criminal Forensic Neuropsychology, James A. Tyson and James P. Sullivan

3. Admissibility of Neuropsychological Evidence in Criminal Cases: Competency, Insanity, Culpability, and Mitigation, Paul M. Kaufmann

4. Negative Response Bias and Malingering during Neuropsychological Assessment in Criminal Forensic Settings, Robert L. Denney

5. Psychological Evaluation in Miranda Waiver and Confession Cases, I. Bruce Frumkin

6. Evaluation of Competency to Proceed, Bernice A. Marcopulos, Joel E. Morgan, and Robert L. Denney

7. Neuropsychology in the Assessment of Mental State at the Time of the Offense, Kathy F. Yates and Robert L. Denney

8. Neuropsychological Approaches to Criminality and Violence, William B. Barr

9. Neuropsychological Consultation in the Sentencing Phase of Capital Cases, Robert L. Heilbronner and Danielle Waller

10. Neuropsychology in the Juvenile Justice System, Timothy F. Wynkoop

11. Conducting Criminal Forensic Neuropsychological Assessments: Pragmatic Considerations, Stephen Honor and James P. Sullivan

12. Presenting Neuropsychological Findings, Opinions, and Testimony to the Criminal Court, Jerid M. Fisher

13. A Final Word on Authentic Professional Competence in Criminal Forensic Neuropsychology, James P. Sullivan and Robert L. Denney

About the Editors

Robert L. Denney, PsyD, ABPP, ABPN, has been a forensic psychologist and neuropsychologist at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, for over 15 years. He is also Associate Professor and Director of Neuropsychology at the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield. Dr. Denney is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and in clinical neuropsychology by both the American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology.

James P. Sullivan, PhD, ABPP, is in full-time independent practice in the area of criminal forensic neuropsychology, based in Tucson, Arizona. He is board certified in both forensic psychology and clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.


William B. Barr, PhD, ABPP, Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York

Robert L. Denney, PsyD, ABPP, ABPN, U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, Springfield, Missouri

Jerid M. Fisher, PhD, ABPN, private practice, Pittsford, New York

I. Bruce Frumkin, PhD, ABPP, Forensic and Clinical Psychology Associates, Miami, Florida

Robert L. Heilbronner, PhD, ABPP, Chicago Neuropsychology Group, Chicago, Illinois; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois

Stephen Honor, PhD, ABPP, private practice, Smithtown, New York

Paul M. Kaufmann, PhD, ABPP, Law/Psychology Program, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

Bernice A. Marcopulos, PhD, ABPP, Neuropsychology Laboratory, Western State Hospital, Staunton, Virginia

Joel E. Morgan, PhD, ABPP, private practice, Madison, New Jersey

James P. Sullivan, PhD, ABPP, private practice, Tucson, Arizona

James A. Tyson, PhD, Behavioral Health Unit, Family Health Services, Twin Falls, Idaho

Danielle Waller, MS, LCSW, Mitigation and Sentencing Services, Springfield, Illinois

Timothy F. Wynkoop, PhD, ABPP, private practice, Toledo, Ohio

Kathy F. Yates, PhD, Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, Orangeburg, New York


Neuropsychologists and forensic psychologists; also of interest to legal professionals.

Course Use

May serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses.