The Neuropsychological Assessment of Justice-Involved Men: Descriptive Analysis, Preliminary Data, and a Case for Group-Specific Norms

Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Volume 32, Issue 8, December 2017, Pages 929–942

14 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2020 Last revised: 26 Jun 2020

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Casey LaDuke

University of Virginia Health System - Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences

David DeMatteo

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Kirk Heilbrun

Drexel University

Jennifer Gallo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Thomas Swirsky-Sacchetti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 1, 2017

Abstract

Neuropsychological expertise has played an increasing role in legal decision-making in criminal contexts. Valid neuropsychological evidence in criminal forensic contexts requires normative data that are representative of justice-involved individuals. Unfortunately, existing normative data appear unlikely to represent justice-involved individuals due to significant demographic and clinical factors specific to this population. As a result, the interpretation of neuropsychological performance with justice-involved individuals using existing normative data may increase the risk of inaccurate description, invalid clinical conceptualization, misdiagnosis of impairment, and misattribution of deficits in functional-legal capacities. The current study aimed to examine the use of neuropsychological assessment with justice-involved men.

Keywords: Forensic neuropsychology, Assessment, Norms/normative studies, Head injury, Traumatic brain injury

Suggested Citation

LaDuke, Casey and DeMatteo, David and Heilbrun, Kirk and Gallo, Jennifer and Swirsky-Sacchetti, Thomas, The Neuropsychological Assessment of Justice-Involved Men: Descriptive Analysis, Preliminary Data, and a Case for Group-Specific Norms (December 1, 2017). Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Volume 32, Issue 8, December 2017, Pages 929–942, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3601299

Casey LaDuke (Contact Author)

University of Virginia Health System - Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences ( email )

VA
United States

David DeMatteo

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law ( email )

3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Kirk Heilbrun

Drexel University ( email )

3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Jennifer Gallo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Thomas Swirsky-Sacchetti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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