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Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology

Forensic Psychology and Psychiatry Services
Civil, Personal Injury, Court Ordered

CMPS staff includes a variety of neuropsychologists, many of whom are board certified psychologists, and psychiatrists who can provide specialized forensic evaluations. With 25 years of forensic experience, Dr. Geoffrey Kanter (double board-certified in both Neuropsychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology) leads this team in providing high quality evidence-based evaluations which provide solid conclusions based on the scientific literature.

We work with both plaintiff and defense typically on a 50:50 basis. We pledge to provide services in an effective, ethical, clear, and unbiased manner.

Legal Contexts

I.        Personal Injury
II.       Medical Malpractice
III.      Product Liability
IV.      Workers Compensation
V.       Fitness for Duty
VI.      Competency (Testamentary, Guardianship, Medical Decision-Making)
VII.     Domestic

Types of Evaluations & Types of Illnesses/Diagnoses

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Postconcussive Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • PTSD
  • Psychiatric Dysfunction (depression, anxiety, personality disorders)
  • Somatization
  • Exaggeration, Malingering
  • Toxic torts (e.g. exposure to mold, lead, asbestos, radiation, carbon monoxide)
  • Competency (e.g. to stand trial, make financial decisions, Fitness For Duty)
  • Neurodevelopment (e.g. birth-related trauma)
  • Pediatric Neuropsychological Evaluation
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (e.g., Autism / Asperger’s Disorder)
  • Language Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Dementia and Memory Disorders
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Executive Dysfunction
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Malingering
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Neuropsychological Sequelae of HIV

Expert Witness Testimony

Our staff have seen hundreds of traumatic brain injury, neurological disorder, chronic pain, PTSD, and cases involving psychiatric dysfunction. Our staff have been well trained by leaders in the field such as Dr. Susan Filskov, Dr. Jeffrey Barth, and Dr. Scott Millis.

Forensic Neuropsychological and Psychological Evaluations

Our evaluations are scientifically driven and utilize the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art procedures available. We will evaluate the presence and severity of brain pathology in cases of confirmed or suspected brain injury, document the extent of the functional deficits or disabilities, the probable causes of the deficits, any limitations to competence or daily functioning, and probable prognosis. An evaluation includes a record review (see below), testing, interviews, observations, a clear and comprehensive integrated report, and verbal feedback about the rendered opinions.

We understand the time and financial pressures that are often involved in legal cases. Once a retainer has been received, your case is given our top priority for scheduling and we ensure the availability of a clinician whose expertise matches the needs of the case.

When a Psychiatrist is Required

Psychiatric opinions may stand on their own or be provided within the context of a more extensive psychological or neuropsychological evaluation. Mark Sylvester, M.D. has experience providing legal psychiatric opinions as well as depositions.

Case Reviews

One of the CMPS services that attorneys consistently describe as the most valuable is reviewing the often complex medical history of their clients. Our goal is to transform what often starts as a confusing, jargon-filled, lengthy history into a concise and compelling story. Reviewing the history enables us to connect the dots, create a timeline, and talk about the causal events that led up to a client’s current status.

Independent Medical Evaluations

Many times an insurance company wants an independent opinion about the functional deficits a client demonstrates. We can conduct an evaluation or a case review and provide an objective, independent, expert opinion.

Private Consultation

In addition to conducting an evaluation or review and/or providing expert witness testimony, CMPS neuropsychologists, psychologists, and psychiatrists are available for private consultation. We provide the same high quality analysis and provide education and advice that is held to the same standard as the opinions we give that may provide the foundation for future expert witness testimony.

We are available to critically review the expert opinions given by other neuropsychologists. As part of this process, we will prepare attorneys for questions another neuropsychologist, psychologist, or psychiatrist might ask and go over questions an attorney may wish to ask other experts. Private consultation provides an attorney with important information about the neuropsychological merits of the case and possible strategies.

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