Forensic Neuropsychological Expert
Neuropsychological tests include measures of
i. Attention paying and thought processing speed
ii. New learning and short-term memory for verbal and visual information
iv. Problem solving, judgment, reasoning, and other “executive” functions
v. Communication, both expressive and receptive
vi. Emotional state
Neuropsychological tests are selected by a licensed psychologist holding a doctorate (Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.) degree, usually with supervised postdoctoral training and, increasingly, with board certification in clinical neuropsychology (ABPP-CN or similar).
The tests themselves may be administered and scored by a neuropsychologist or by a testing assistant (psychometrist) who has been specifically trained in the proper administration and scoring procedures for these tests. Prior to COVID pandemic, nearly all neuropsychological evaluation was conducted face to face. However, pandemic risks of infection have shifted a number of evaluations to being administered virtually (patient at home or in a facility, tester in office) or in a hybrid fashion (patient in the office and tester in separate office).
Once the test results are completed and scored, the neuropsychologist reviews the scoring (if done by a psychometrist), compares each score with the expected score for the background of the patient, and analyzes the patterns of strengths and weaknesses to arrive at conclusions of value in clinical and forensic decision making.
A typical forensic neuropsychological evaluation requires 1-5 hours of record review (depending on the case and sources of information), 1-2 hours of clinical diagnostic interview, 3-5 hours of neuropsychological testing, 1-2 hours of personality evaluation, 1-2 hours of analysis and interpretation, and 1-3 hours of report preparation. Total times typically range from 8 to 15 hours but can be higher if there needs to be comparison to previous evaluations.
A Master of His Profession
Simply put, after seeing Dr. Clionsky testify in several trials and thereafter having worked with him closely on cases, I consider him a master of his profession and I cannot imagine there is anyone better at analysis and testimony in a claim involving neuropsychology issues. He is truly the “go-to” expert for these matters.
I can recommend Dr. Clionsky’s services to any lawyer in need of a true expert in neuropsychology and brain injuries. His credentials are impeccable, his experience is very deep, and his opinions well-studied and persuasive.
– Springfield, MA Attorney at Law