Cognitive deficits may impact on issues relevant to criminal cases.
The main areas where I am asked to be involved include evaluating the impact of intellectual disability or neurological disorder (including brain damage) on decision making, including ability to give instruction and stand trial. I am experienced at providing objective assessment of cognitive function to provide information to the legal decision makers in these matters.
In addition, the impact of developmental and neurological disorders on behaviour and decision making can also be of interest in understanding offending. For example, exploration of the question of whether an older adult has developed cognitive deficits associated with dementia (such as Alzheimer-like dementia or Fronto-temporal dementia) and whether this may have caused behaviour to be out of character can also be helpful.