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Evaluation of Workplace Disability (Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment)

Lisa Drago Piechowski


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Forensic mental health assessment (FMHA) has grown into a specialization informed by research and professional guidelines. This series presents up-to-date information on the most important and frequently conducted forms of FMHA. The 19 topical volumes address best approaches to practice for particular types of evaluation in the criminal, civil, and juvenile/family areas. Each volume contains a thorough discussion of the relevant legal and psychological concepts, followed by a step-by-step description of the assessment process from preparing for the evaluation to writing the report and testifying in court.

Volumes include the following helpful features:
- Boxes that zero in on important information for use in evaluations
- Tips for best practice and cautions against common pitfalls
- Highlighting of relevant case law and statutes
- Separate list of assessment tools for easy reference
- Helpful glossary of key terms for the particular topic

In making recommendations for best practice, authors consider empirical support, legal relevance, and consistency with ethical and professional standards. These volumes offer invaluable guidance for anyone involved in conducting or using forensic evaluations.

This volume focuses on evaluating the determination of disability status in the workplace. The reader is walked through every aspect of the evaluation, beginning with an introduction to the nature and legal meaning of disability. The authors offer evidence-based practice recommendations and a helpful overview of issues specific to evaluations for social security, worker's compensation, and other disability benefit programs.

Oxford University Press, USA, 9780195341096, 179pp.

Publication Date: June 22, 2011

About the Author

Lisa Drago Piechowski, Ph.D., ABPP is a clinical and forensic psychologist specializing in issues related to disability, fitness for duty, workers compensation, and other employment-related matters. Dr. Piechowski is licensed as a psychologist in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.