Clinical Neuropsychology

Application in Criminal, Civil, and Family Court Matters
  • Richard Schuster
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 5)


Neuropsychology is a growing subspecialty. As sophistication in neuro-psychological assessment has increased, applications for neuropsychology have expanded as well. Neurology and rehabilitation medicine have discovered the applicability of clinical neuropsychology. Forensic psychiatry and psychology have also begun to recognize its effectiveness. This chapter first briefly highlights the basic theory and rationale of neuro-psychology. The interface of neuropsychology with the law is then examined by specific cases concerning civil, criminal, and family court matters. The aim is to demonstrate how clinical neuropsychology can illuminate issues meaningful to the mental health forensic investigation. In conjunction with a forensic mental health examination, a clinical neuropsychological assessment can often clarify areas that in the past were obscure.


Neuropsychological Assessment Neuropsychological Deficit Neuropsychological Battery Court Mental Health Clinical Neuropsychology 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Schuster
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Comprehensive Rehabilitation ConsultantsNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, Derner InstituteAdelphi UniversityNew YorkUSA

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