On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of speaking at the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s (NAN) 27th Annual Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. The topic of my presentation was “Neuropsychology in the Courtroom.”
My presentation was designed to give neuropsychologists an understanding of the admissibility of neuropsychological testimony at trial through a retrospective look at neuropsychological testimony and admissibility in the past and my observations of where neuropsychology was headed in the future. The conclusion of my presentation was that the field of neuropsychology was being destroyed internally by those defense forensic neuropsychologists who were being paid by the defense to raise artificial controversy in the field. I discussed the need for public disclosure of conflict of interest and the publication of articles and other literature and the need for clinicians to take back their practice. For too long, clinicians have permitted defense forensic neuropsychologists to take over their organization and to permit them to weaken their science and profession.
I hope to post within the next week my presentation as well as my slides.