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Clinical Practice of Forensic Neuropsychology
An Evidence-Based Approach

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ISBN 9781462507177
Published November 13, 2012 by Guilford Press
352 Pages

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Written by a foremost expert in the field, this hands-on, evidence-based guide describes how to conduct a comprehensive forensic neuropsychological evaluation and provide expert testimony. All steps are covered--from selecting, scoring, and interpreting tests to writing reports and responding to cross-examination--with special attention to assessing noncredible performance. The book identifies seven common flaws of forensic neuropsychological reports and shows how to avoid them. Excerpts from testimony transcripts illustrate ways neuropsychologists can protect their reports from attack. Also featured are case illustrations and a sample report.

Table of Contents

1. The Neuropsychological Exam
2. Assessment of Neurocognitive Symptom Validity
3. Assessment of Symptom Validity through Psychological Symptom Overreport Measures
4. Assessment of Symptom Validity through Psychodiagnostic and PTSD Symptom Measures
5. Test Scoring/Interpretation and the Neuropsychological Report
6. Seven Common Flaws in Forensic Neuropsychological Reports
7. The Special Problem of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the Forensic Neuropsychological Evaluation
8. Testimony: Protecting Your Data and Conclusions from Attack

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Kyle Brauer Boone, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, has a private practice in Torrance, California, and is Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published six books and over 125 peer-reviewed research articles, including many in the area of development and validation of tests to detect feigned cognitive symptoms. She has also published two tests used to assess for performance validity on neuropsychological exams: the b Test and the Dot Counting Test. Dr. Boone served on the committee that developed the practice guidelines for clinical neuropsychology published by the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology in 2007, and she was an invited attendee of the 25-member consensus conference that developed the practice guidelines for the use of neurocognitive performance validity tests published by the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology in 2009 and updated in 2021. She is board certified through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and is the 2020 recipient of the Ralph M. Reitan Award for Clinical Excellence from the National Academy of Neuropsychology.


This book is a rare find--a solo-authored work addressing an area of practice that is increasingly important to neuropsychologists. A prolific author, Boone has succeeded in directly and consistently imparting practical information on the involvement of clinical neuropsychologists in civil litigation. This book overflows with clinical wisdom learned the hard way, and is also squarely in keeping with today's emphasis on evidence-based practice. Boone presents exactly the kind of worldview and perspective that I try to instill in my residents.--Jerry J. Sweet, PhD, ABPP, NorthShore University HealthSystem; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

This book is not just a great resource for neuropsychologists--it should be read by every practicing forensic psychologist. Boone covers all of the 'hot topics' in forensic assessment in a logical, well-balanced, and most readable fashion. For example, her reviews of the assessment of malingering and posttraumatic stress disorder in forensic practice are spot on.--Jeffrey N. Younggren, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles; risk management consultant, American Psychological Association Insurance Trust

From one of our most important author-researchers in forensic neuropsychology, this book delineates major issues facing neuropsychologists who engage in forensic practice. Boone provides an impressive level of detail, with an emphasis on examining symptom and performance validity. The studies that form the empirical foundation for her approach are comprehensively discussed. Essential reading for all who are interested in this area of practice.--Kevin J. Bianchini, PhD, ABPN, Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group, Metairie, Louisiana

The book delivers on the promise of its title--it is both rich with clinically focused guidance and grounded in the growing empirical evidence base. The linkage of practical information and published research makes this volume ideally suited to serve as a general reference for forensic neuropsychologists and a text for postdoctoral and graduate trainees.--Yossef S. Ben-Porath, PhD, Department of Psychology, Kent State University

Boone is widely recognized as an exemplary scientist-practitioner, making her optimally qualified to author this book. The book is unique in presenting a framework for conducting a forensic examination and providing sworn testimony, with a focus on civil practice. Boone's description of the evaluation process is linked to research and published professional standards to provide a basis for empirically grounded practice. The analyses of actual cases and critiques of opposing expert reports are also helpful. This book is a valuable resource for forensic practitioners at all levels, and is well suited as a text for an advanced graduate or postdoctoral seminar in forensic neuropsychology.--Glenn J. Larrabee, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, independent practice, Sarasota, Florida
-An excellent resource on forensic practice in neuropsychology. What sets it apart from other books on the topic is its practical guidance and functional examples, essentially walking readers through the process from start to finish.--Doody's Reviews, 5/17/2013ƒƒ“This is a truly excellent book….As a clinical psychologist working in neuropsychology, my favorite aspect of this book is the ease of application to clinical practice.”--The Psychologist, 10/16/2013ƒƒ“In addition to the general knowledge of neuropsychology that is needed when engaging in forensic work, there exist important aspects of one's practice that need to be considered when entering the legal arena. Dr. Boone's Clinical Practice of Forensic Neuropsychology provides a practical approach that offers many real-world guidelines for forensic practice. It manages to do this without seeming formulaic in the process. In addition to the major theme of effort testing in the book, material specific to forensic evaluations, separate and apart from the assessment of effort, is also provided….Successfully blends published research with pragmatic insights from the author's experiences in forensic settings, It is quite readable cover to cover and serves just as easily as a source book for quick reference.”--Psychological Injury and Law, 5/1/2013