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Death and Accident Investigation Protocols
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: By Mary H. Dudley
ISBN: 978-1-46-655688-1
Publishers: CRC Press ( Taylor & Francis )
Price: 57.99
Publication Date: 24th June 2013

Publisher's Title Information

Through an examination and assessment of the body at a death scene, the medicolegal death investigator (MLDI) must be able to recognize circumstances that point to what manner of death occurredbe it natural causes, homicide, suicide, accident, or undetermined. A handy reference for use in the field and in the lab, Death and Accident Investigation Protocols provides 34 checklists and forms to help investigators make these determinations.
Categories of death covered in this guide include:
Aircraft and motor vehicle accident
Alcohol- and drug-related
Blunt- and sharp-force injury
Drowning
Electrocution, exposure, and fire
Gunshot
Hanging
Hospital- and nursing home-related
Infectious disease
Natural causes
Occupational exposure
Poison and toxic substances
Sexual assault
Suicide
Formatted as a convenient 8 x 11 spiral-bound book, this manual helps investigators know what to look for, what questions to ask, and how to categorize the scene and the physical injuries. The forms in the book can either be copied for use or downloaded from an accompanying CD, which allows for easy form modification. The text includes descriptive illustrations and diagrams associated with various categories of death. An essential tool for the busy investigator, the book facilitates the organization of information for a myriad of death scenarios.

Contents

Aircraft Accident
Alcohol-Related Death
Blunt Force Injury
Child FatalityAbuse or neglect
Child Infant Death - General
Child-Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Combo/Short Form (Natural death, motor vehicle accident, suicide)
Death report - General
Drowning
Drug Overdose
Electrical
Exposure
Falls
Fire
Gunshot/Shotgun
Hanging
Homicide
Hospital death - natural
Hospital death - Surgical
In Custody Death
Infectious Disease
Inquiries
Lightning
Medication List
Motor Vehicle Accident - Driver/Passenger
Motor Vehicle Accident - pedestrian
Natural death
Occupational Exposure
Organ and Tissue Donor Information Report Form
Poisons and Toxic Substances
Sexual Assault
Sharp Force Injury
Suicide
Unidentified Remains

The Author

Mary H. Dudley, M.D., M.S., R.N., is the chief medical examiner for Jackson County, Missouri and is board certified in anatomic and forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathologists. She completed a two-year fellowship in forensic pathology at the University of New Mexico following a four-year anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Previously, Dr. Dudley was the chief medical examiner in Sedgwick County, Kansas, and medical examiner for Maricopa County in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Dudley has been active in the field of forensic medical investigation for many years. She developed the first forensic nursing program in Colorado in 1994 and the first Forensic Medical Investigation (FMI) training course in 1996.


Clinical Practice of Forensic Neuropsychology - An Evidence-Based Approach
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Author: Kyle Brauer Boone
ISBN: 978-1-4625-0717-7
Publishers: Guilford Press
Price: 33.99
Publication Date: Oct 2012

Publisher's Title Information

Written by a foremost expert in the field, this hands-on, evidence-based guide describes how to conduct a comprehensive forensic neuropsychological evaluation and provide expert testimony. All steps are coveredfrom selecting, scoring, and interpreting tests to writing reports and responding to cross-examinationwith special attention to assessing noncredible performance. The book identifies seven common flaws of forensic neuropsychological reports and shows how to avoid them. Excerpts from testimony transcripts illustrate ways neuropsychologists can protect their reports from attack. Also featured are case illustrations and a sample report.

Contents

1. The Neuropsychological Exam
2. Assessment of Neurocognitive Symptom Validity
3. Assessment of Symptom Validity through Psychological Symptom Overreport Measures
4. Assessment of Symptom Validity through Psychodiagnostic and PTSD Symptom Measures
5. Test Scoring/Interpretation and the Neuropsychological Report
6. Seven Common Flaws in Forensic Neuropsychological Reports
7. The Special Problem of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the Forensic Neuropsychological Evaluation
8. Testimony: Protecting Your Data and Conclusions from Attack

The Author

Kyle Brauer Boone, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Professor in the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University in Los Angeles and Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioural Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed research articles, including many on the development and validation of tests to detect feigned cognitive symptoms; the editor of the book Assessment of Feigned Cognitive Impairment: A Neuropsychological Perspective; and the author of two tests to detect non-credible cognitive performance, the Dot Counting Test and the b Test. Dr. Boone served on the committee that developed practice guidelines for clinical neuropsychology, which were published by the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) in 2007; she was also an invited attendee of the 25-member consensus conference that developed practice guidelines for the identification of feigned cognitive symptoms, subsequently published by AACN in 2009. Dr. Boone is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Reviews

"This book is not just a great resource for neuropsychologistsit should be read by every practicing forensic psychologist. Boone covers all of the 'hot topics' in forensic assessment in a logical, well-balanced, and most readable fashion. For example, her reviews of the assessment of malingering and posttraumatic stress disorder in forensic practice are spot on."
-Jeffrey N. Younggren, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles; risk management consultant, American Psychological Association Insurance Trust
 
"From one of our most important author-researchers in forensic neuropsychology, this book delineates major issues facing neuropsychologists who engage in forensic practice. Boone provides an impressive level of detail, with an emphasis on examining symptom and performance validity. The studies that form the empirical foundation for her approach are comprehensively discussed. Essential reading for all who are interested in this area of practice."
-Kevin J. Bianchini, PhD, ABPN, Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group, Metairie, Louisiana
 
"The book delivers on the promise of its titleit is both rich with clinically focused guidance and grounded in the growing empirical evidence base. The linkage of practical information and published research makes this volume ideally suited to serve as a general reference for forensic neuropsychologists and a text for postdoctoral and graduate trainees."
-Yossef S. Ben-Porath, PhD, Department of Psychology, Kent State University
 
"This book is a rare finda solo-authored work addressing an area of practice that is increasingly important to neuropsychologists. A prolific author, Boone has succeeded in directly and consistently imparting practical information on the involvement of clinical neuropsychologists in civil litigation. This book overflows with clinical wisdom learned the hard way, and is also squarely in keeping with today's emphasis on evidence-based practice. Boone presents exactly the kind of worldview and perspective that I try to instill in my residents."
-Jerry J. Sweet, PhD, ABPP, NorthShore University HealthSystem; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
 
"Boone is widely recognized as an exemplary scientist-practitioner, making her optimally qualified to author this book. The book is unique in presenting a framework for conducting a forensic examination and providing sworn testimony, with a focus on civil practice. Boone's description of the evaluation process is linked to research and published professional standards to provide a basis for empirically grounded practice. The analyses of actual cases and critiques of opposing expert reports are also helpful. This book is a valuable resource for forensic practitioners at all levels, and is well suited as a text for an advanced graduate or postdoctoral seminar in forensic neuropsychology."
-Glenn J. Larrabee, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, independent practice, Sarasota, Florida


Developing a Forensic Practice - Operations and Ethics for Experts
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: William H Reid
ISBN: 9780415537766
Publishers: Routledge
Price: 30.99
Publication Date: 19th March 2013

Publisher's Title Information

Developing a forensic practice can be confusing and intimidating. Dr. William Reid, a highly experienced forensic psychiatrist, has written a practical, straightforward guide for clinicians interested in doing it right and increasing their opportunities for a successful transition to forensic work. This book, which will be of interest to many attorneys as well, provides straightforward details, along with many case examples, of lawyer-expert communications and relationships, case assessment, record review, evaluations, reports, deposition and trial testimony, fees and billing, office operations, marketing, liability, and professional ethics. A bonus chapter by a successful malpractice attorney gives a unique and valuable "lawyer's perspective" on the content and mental health experts in general. The huge appendix provides over 40 highly useful examples of common office forms, letters, reports, and affidavits.
Any mental health professional who currently practices, or wants to practice, at the interface of mental health and the law will find this an indispensible practice resource.

Contents

Getting Started. Vocabulary. Lawyer-Expert Relationships. Records and Record Review. Evaluations. Reports and Affidavits. Deposition and Trial Testimony. Fees and Billing. Ethics. Marketing. Your Office and Office Procedures. Liability in Forensic Practice. Simpson, A Lawyer's Perspective on Forensic Mental Health Experts. Internal Documents, Letters, Communications Initial Attorney Letter. Fee Sheet. Settlement Notification Letter. Evaluation Appointment Letter. Evaluee Information Sheet. Notification of Treatment Need Discovered During Evaluation. Subpoena Duces Tecum Response. Pre-Testimony Deposit Worksheet. Pre-Testimony Deposit Letter. Time Worksheet. Vendor Confidentiality Agreement. Employee Confidentiality Agreement. Report Examples Report: Trial Competency (Fitness to Proceed) (Simple).Report: Trial Competency (Fitness to Proceed) (Complex).Report: Criminal Responsibility (Sanity).Report: Criminal Defense, Mitigation of Charge or Sentence.Report: NGRI Release, Defense.Report: Personal Injury Defense (PTSD).Report: Clinician-Patient Sex, Plaintiff.Report: Malpractice, Plaintiff (Complex, Doctor and Hospital).Affidavit: Malpractice, Plaintiff Pre-suit.Letter/Report: Malpractice, Plaintiff Pre-suit, Lack of Causation.Report: Malpractice, Plaintiff (Complex).Report: Malpractice, Defense (Complex, Facility).Report: Malpractice, Defense (Facility), Forensic Practice Standards.Report: Malpractice, Defense (Clinician) (Alleged Fetal Damage from Medication).Report: Accidental Overdose vs. Suicide.Report: Defense, Death in Custody.Affidavit: Defense Rebuttal, Death in Custody.Report: Workplace Stressors Allegedly Causing Suicide, Expert Report Rebuttal.Report: Private Insurance Disability Appeal (Complex).Report: Employee Emotional Injury, Treater-Expert Conflict.Report: Professional Licensing Agency Review.Report: Professional Licensing Agency Review. Opinion Letter: Professional Licensure. Report: Civil Capacity, Contracting. Report: Capacity, Guardianship (Complex, Contested). Opinion Letter: Capacity, Business and Testamentary. Report: Auto Accident vs. Suicide. Affidavit: Supporting Motion to Strike Expert Testimony (Forensic Practice Standards). Letter: Rebuttal of Expert's Report, Forensic Practice Standards.

The Author

William H. Reid, MD, MPH, past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, has practiced forensic psychiatry for over 35 years in private settings, medical schools, and the public sector.

Reviews

"Already an established authority on this topic, Dr. Reid has delivered once again. Developing a Forensic Practice is just what the doctors ordereda highly practical, easily readable, and exceptionally well focused guide for staking one's claim in this expanding area of practice." - Eric Y. Drogin, JD, PhD, ABPP, Harvard Medical School; Former President, American Board of Forensic Psychology

"Dr. William Reid is a senior, experienced forensic psychiatrist who has prepared an excellent practical treatise on developing a forensic practice. This book should be read by every fellow in forensic psychiatry and every psychiatrist who practices forensic work and wishes to be successful and stay out of trouble." - Robert L. Sadoff, MD, Clinical Professor of Forensic Psychiatry and Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program, The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

"Becoming credentialed is one thing; actually practicing is another. Dr. William Reid, one of our foremost forensic psychiatrists, brings his wisdom to bear on the art and science of forensic mental health practice. This is a most memorable and useful book, the kind of map that keeps us on the path of good work and out of the swamp of litigation." - J. Reid Meloy, PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Univ. of California, San Diego; Faculty, The San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute

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