Mental Health

Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist: An Expert by Any Other Name

By Eric Y. Drogin

This column’s inaugural outing addressed counsel’s need for assistance in “deciphering the roles” of mental health experts. Roles are often helpfully defined by labels, but all criminal justice practitioners know that labels also can confuse and obscure. Although cross examination presents an opportunity to get to the bottom of labeling issues, wouldn’t it be nice to gain some relevant insight ahead of time? Let’s examine how a prosecutor might interact with a reputable forensic psychologist in determining what certain labels actually mean:

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