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Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2009 Nov;24(7):635-46. doi: 10.1093/arclin/acp062. Epub 2009 Sep 23.

Test security in medicolegal cases: proposed guidelines for attorneys utilizing neuropsychology practice.

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VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, South Nashville, TN 37212, USA.


In the context of forensic neuropsychological assessments, the professional interaction of law and psychology is viewed primarily as one where the retaining attorney or court dictates its needs to psychologists when resolving legal disputes. While this perspective is conceptually accurate, the positive and practical collaboration of law and psychology also relies on attorneys adhering to basic protections of sensitive psychological assessment procedures and tests. Objective testing is undermined when a practitioner of law engages in actions prior to, during, or following a neuropsychological examination in a manner that threatens the test security. An appreciation among practitioners of law and psychology regarding the necessity of test security is essential. This article reviews attorney actions that can affect test security, proposes a distinction by psychology between appropriate and problematic client preparation for a neuropsychological examination, integrates the available legal precedent regarding test security, and suggests productive measures to protect test security in medicolegal settings.

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