Forensic Neuropsychological Evaluations

When psychologists who are trained in clinical neuropsychology apply their expertise within the judicial system, this is the practice of forensic neuropsychology. The goal of forensic neuropsychological evaluation in the criminal arena is typically to determine whether a defendant’s psychological and/or neuropsychological problems meet a specific legal standard. Forensic neuropsychological evaluation entails a somewhat different methodology than clinical neuropsychological practice, usually necessitating a review of medical and educational records, collateral interviews with individuals familiar with the defendant, incorporating information from outside sources, and even surreptitious observation of the defendant. This multiple data source model is utilized by Dr. Leporowski to ensure corroborative information beyond the direct examination of the defendant and the defendant’s self-report.

Some examples of Dr. Leporowski’s forensic neuropsychological evaluation cases are:

  • Detecting malingered neurocognitive dysfunction
  • Neuropsychological assessment of claimants in traumatic brain injury cases
  • Diagnosis of intellectual disability in capital cases
  • Neuropsychological consultation in the sentencing phase of capital cases
  • Neuropsychological assessment of competency to proceed evaluations
  • Assessment of cognitive disorders, intellectual disability, or dementia in sanity cases
  • Assessment of intellectual disability, learning disabilities, and/or brain damage in juvenile defendants
  • Assessment of cognitive disorders, intellectual disability, or brain damage as mitigation for sentencing
  • Assessment of competency to waive Miranda in defendants with cognitive disorders, intellectual disability, brain damage or dementia
  • Neuropsychological assessment in confession cases
  • Assessment of likelihood of restoration of competence in intellectuallly disabled and/or brain damaged defendants
  • Assessment of frontal lobe dysfunction and associated risk assessment
  • Neuropsychological assessment of sex offenders