Live webinar presented by Dr. Shawn Acheson
August 3, 2023, 12:30pm
90 min of CLE credit anticipated
This workshop will provide an overview of the kind of work that neuropsychologists do, how they do it, and how it may be helpful to criminal defense attorneys. The bulk of this presentation will focus on brain injury and how it is diagnosed and its implications for criminal defense. The primary focus of the brain injury discussion will be on what is known as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also known as concussion, which accounts for most of all brain injuries. Specifically, potential mitigation and why mitigation is limited in mTBI. Moderate and severe brain injury as well as the diagnostic process of acquired brain injuries (e.g., stroke and neurotoxic exposure) will also be addressed as time permits.
This program is part of the 2023 IDS Forensic Science Education Series. The webinars will be presented monthly and are free to attend. Attorneys who want CLE credit for attending will be billed $3.50 per credit hour by the State Bar. Use this link to register for all webinars in the series and attend any that are of interest.
Dr. Acheson completed his doctoral training at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in 1997 and specialized training in neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and the Durham VA. Much of his career was devoted to teaching and research. In 2007 he began consulting with attorneys in criminal cases where brain related cognitive impairment might be a relevant factor in a defendant’s actions.
In 2010, Dr. Acheson joined the Duke Center for Psychiatry and Law where he served as Lead Psychologist from 2015 – 2017. Dr. Acheson is currently in private practice in Asheville, NC where his work is devoted to forensic neuropsychology in criminal and civil proceedings; worker’s compensation and independent medical evaluations; litigation support and consulting; and didactic training and clinical supervision. He works with attorneys throughout the state of NC and across the nation.