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Forensic Neuropsychology

Neuropsychological Evaluation

Neuropsychological evaluation is used to diagnose and characterize the neurocognitive effects of medical disorders that impinge directly or indirectly on the brain.  Neuropsychological testing consists of review of medical records, interview with clients and relevant others, and individually-administered ability tests that comprehensively sample ability domains known to be sensitive to the functional integrity of the brain (abstraction, memory and learning, attention, language, problem-solving). These tests are objective and quantitative and require the patient to directly demonstrate his/her level of competence in a particular cognitive domain. 

Dr. Demarest has pediatric, adolescent, and adult experience, background training, and expertise, and has been working in Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation for 35 years.  He has provided expert testimony and deposition on many cases.

Forensic questions addressed by a Neuropsychological evaluation: 

  • Proving/disproving brain injury
  • Etiology - determination of causation in brain injury cases
  • Determination of malingering/presence of psychological factors in a case
  • Emotional/psychological/psychosocial problems post-brain injury as real and important with question of relation to injury
  • Documenting the cognitive and psychological effects of injury

Neuropsychological Consultation

Often, the only process necessary in a given case is consultation with Dr. Demarest.  Review of medical records, and discussion with referring attorney is provided in order to determine the merits of the case/potential case, and arguments, and with regard to putting a brain injury case together.  This process can save the time and expense of a full neuropsychological evaluation being pursued in cases in which it may not be necessary or may be unadvised, depending on the circumstances of the case.