Neuropsychology Consultants, Pllc
Forensic Neuropsychology Services

Curriculum Vitae

Office Address

Neuropsychology Consultants, PLLC
Hillsboro Building, Suite 306
4219 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37215
Phone (615) 329-2408    Fax (615) 691-7032

E-mail: jameswalker@neuroforensic.com

Education

Secondary School:
Deerfield Beach High School, Deerfield Beach, Florida, August 1978 May 1982.

College:
B.A., magna cum laude, Psychology, Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky, August 1985 – May 1987.

Graduate School:
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Louisville, August 1987 – December 1989.

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Louisville, December 1989 – August 1993.

Internship in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Vanderbilt University–VA Consortium, Nashville, Tennessee, August 1992 – June 1993.

Vanderbilt University Medical School, Medical Neurosciences Course, 1999 – 2000.

Clinical Experience

Clinical Neuropsychologist and Managing Principal, Neuropsychology Consultants, PLLC, October 2010 – present.  (Current position). Duties include provision of neuropsychology consultation services to physicians, attorneys, courts, and agencies.  

Chairman, Treatment Review Committee, Tennessee Department of Corrections, April 2005 – present. (Current position). Duties include management of the team of professionals who assess Middle Tennessee inmates who are referred for involuntary medication and/or conservatorship evaluations in local correctional facilities. 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Department of Psychology, January 2001 – December 2012.  Duties included supervision of graduate practicum students and interns, and occasional lectures in Vanderbilt’s graduate psychol-ogy training program.  

Director, Forensic Services Program (January 2009 – October 2010) and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (January 2001 – October 2010), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Duties included administration of a forensic evaluation clinic, with six faculty members (four psychiatrists and two psychologists) and support personnel, providing expert forensic consultation services in a wide variety of civil and criminal cases, teaching a forensic lecture series to medical residents, and chairing the annual Vanderbilt Forensic Services Mock Trial.

Neuropsychologist, Cumberland Heights Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, 2007 – 2010.  Psychological and neuropsychological evaluation of individuals receiving chemical dependency treatment.  

Neuropsychologist, Vanderbilt Comprehensive Assessment Program, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, January 2001 – October 2010.  Duties included psychological and neuropsychological assessment of impaired professionals referred for comprehensive mental health evaluations by various licens-ing boards, hospitals, and other institutions.  

Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, June 1999 – October 2010. Duties included performing clinical neuropsycho-logical evaluations on presurgical epilepsy patients, as well as on general neurological patients referred for neurocognitive assessments.

Neuropsychologist, Vanderbilt-Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, November 2000 – May 2002.  Performed psychological and neuropsychological assessments and engaged in psychotherapy with inpatients in rehabilitation for serious physical injuries and brain injuries.  

Neuropsychologist, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology Division, November 1998 – June 1999.  Research con-sultation regarding cognitive impact of psychoactive drugs currently undergoing clinical trials.
 
Consultant, Tennessee Medical Unit, Social Security Disability Determination Sec-tion, January 1995 – October 1995, November 1998 – October 2004.  Performed reviews of cases referred for determination for mental disability status under SSA guidelines.

Consulting Neuropsychologist, North Texas State Hospital, Wichita Falls and Vernon, Texas; Private Practice; and Clinical Director, Behavioral Health Care Services, Wichita Falls, Texas, October 1995 – October 1998.  Served as the consulting neuropsychologist for Texas’ maximum security forensic hospital. Also maintained a general private psychology practice, providing psychological assessment services, neuropsychological assessment services, and psychotherapy to adults, children, families, and geriatric patients.  

Director of Psychological Services, Cedarbrook Hospital and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs, August 1993 – May 1995.  Served as the administrator for psychological and mental health services for this comprehensive brain injury rehabilitation center in the Nashville area.  

Child and Family Psychotherapist, Center for Consulting Services, Bullitt County, Kentucky, August 1990 – May 1991. Provided psychotherapy services to families and children in crisis in this rural mental health clinic.  

Psychological Examiner, Riddick and Flynn Psychological Associates and the Jeffer-son County Department of Social Services, Louisville, Kentucky, August 1988 – August 1991.  Performed sexual abuse evaluations, parental competency evaluations, and juvenile competency to stand trial evaluations under contract with the local city government.  

Unit Aide, Department of Psychiatry, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky, August 1987 – June 1988.

Other Professional Experience

Chairman, Membership Committee, Tennessee Psychological Association, 1999 – 2000.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University, August 1993 – May 1995. Taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Abnormal Psychology (undergraduate), Psychology of Adjustment (undergraduate), Professional Issues and Ethics (graduate), and Cognitive Assessment (graduate)

License and Certifications

Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology, Diplomate #6237, American Board of Professional Psychology, October 27, 2006.

Board Certification in Forensic Psychology, Diplomate #6554, American Board of Professional Psychology, April 3, 2009.

Psychologist, License #P1748, Tennessee State Board of Psychology, November 17, 1994.

Clinical Psychologist, License #949, Kentucky State Board of Psychology, February 15, 1995.

Clinical Psychologist, License #1636, Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology, September 10, 2010.

Psychologist, License #12-08P, Arkansas Psychology Board, June 30, 2012.

National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, Certificate #44282.

Provider of Sexual Offender Assessments, State of Tennessee Sex Offender Treatment Board, 2000 – present.

Psychologist, License #2-5499, Texas State Board of Psychology (Inactive).

Medicare Neuropsychologist Certification, 2002 – present.

Professional Societies

Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology

Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology

Member, American Psychological Association

Member, Psychology and Law Society

Member, International Neuropsychological Society

Member, National Academy of Neuropsychology

Member, Tennessee Psychological Association

Member, Nashville Area Psychology Association

Community Activities

Volunteer, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Davidson County, 2013-present.
 
Volunteer, St. Luke’s Community Center, 2005 – 2006.


Board Member, Alzheimer's Association of Wichita Falls, Texas, 1997-1998.

Honors And Awards

Presidential Scholarship, Asbury College, 1985-1987.

University Fellowship, University of Louisville, 1988-1992.

Publications And Presentations

Phillips, M. & Walker, J. (2013) “Violence Risk Assessment of the Potentially Violent Patient: What Every Clinician Needs to Know.” Presentation to Nashville Forensic Psychology Interest Group, July 9, 2013.

Walker, J.S. (2013). “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD Assessment in the Disability Evaluation Context: A Closer Look.” Presentation, Claims Conference, Dallas, Texas, May 6, 2013. 

 Walker, J.S. (2012). “Excessive Malingering Rate among Veterans and Civilian Contractors Serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.”  Presentation to Nashville Forensic Psychology Interest Group, November 27, 2012.
 Walker, J.S. (2012).  “Trends in Forensic Psychology.”  Presentation to Nashville Forensic Psychology Interest Group, September 14, 2012. 

 Walker, J.S. (2012). “Is this Claimant Faking, Exaggerating, or Being Honest? Assessment of Malingered Physical, Cognitive, and Emotional Symptoms.” Presentation, Eastern Claims Conference, New York City, New York, February 27, 2012. 

Walker, J.S. (2011). “Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Violent Offender.”  Presentation, Tennessee Psychological Association, Nashville, Tennessee, November 3, 2011.
 
 Walker, J.S. (2011) “Malingering in Children: Fibs and Faking.” Journal of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 20, 545-556. 

Walker, J.S., Montgomery, S.A., and Bernet, W. (2011).  “Courtroom Testimony about the Warrior Gene:  Skirmishes, Battles, and Truce.”  Presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences conference, Chicago, February 26, 2011.  
Walker, J.S. & Bernet, W. “Neuroscience in Legal Proceedings.” (2012). In K. Pope and C.R. Thomas (Eds.) The Origins of Antisocial Behavior: A Developmental Perspective.

Walker, J.S. "Review of The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology," [Book Review] Journal of Forensic Science, January, 2011.

Bernet, W., Walker, J.S. “Is It Contact Refusal or Alienation?  How You Can Tell and How a Professional Can Help You.”  Tennessee Association for Justice Domestic Law Forum, Nashville, Tennessee, April 8, 2010.

Walker, J.S., “Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing for the Psychiatrist.”  Presentation, Oakstone Medical Education Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 25, 2010.

Walker, J.S., “Spiritual and Cultural Issues in Psychiatric Practice.” Presentation, Oakstone Medical Education Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 25, 2010.

Walker, J.S., “Ethical and Forensic Issues in Psychiatric Practice.” Presentation, Oakstone Medical Education Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 25, 2010.

Bernet, W., Walker, J.S. “Parental Alienation:  Past, Present, and Future.”  American Academy of Forensic Sciences 62nd Annual Meeting, Seattle. February 26, 2010.

Walker, J.S. “The Neuroscience of Psychological Therapies.” [Book review]. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 70 (5), May, 2009.  

Walker, J.S., “Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing for the Psychiatrist.”  Presentation, Oakstone Medical Education Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, April 30, 2009.

Walker, J.S., “Spiritual and Cultural Issues in Psychiatric Practice.” Presentation, Oakstone Med-ical Education Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, April 30, 2009.

Walker, J.S., “Ethical and Forensic Issues in Psychiatric Practice.” Presentation, Oakstone Medi-cal Education Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, April 30, 2009.

Walker, J.S., “How to Understand and Interpret a Psychological Evaluation:  When Do You Need One for Your Case?”  Presentation, Tennessee Association for Justice Domestic Law Fo-rum, Nashville, Tennessee, April 16, 2009.

Bernet, W., Montgomery, S., Walker, J.S.  “MAOA and SLC6A4 Genotyping and Testimony at Criminal Trials.”  Presentation, World Psychiatric Association International Congress, Florence, Italy, April 1-4, 2009.  

Walker, J.S. “Substance Abuse and Legal Issues.” Presentation, Middle Tennessee Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Nashville, Tennessee, July 25, 2008.  

Chafetz, M., Phay, A., Walker, J.S., Caye, D., Pettigrew, T. “Malingering Assessment in Adults and Children.” Presentation, Tennessee Psychological Association, Nashville, Tennessee, October 31, 2007.

Walker, J.S. “Neuropsychological Evaluation.” In Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science. Allan Jamieson, Andre Moenssens (Editors). Indianapolis: John Wiley & Son. (2009)

Walker, J.S. & Abou-Khalil, B. “Seizures and Epilepsy.”  In Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science. Allan Jamieson, Andre Moenssens (Editors)  Indianapolis: John Wiley & Son. (2009)

Walker, J.S.  “Insight in Psychiatry” [Book review].  Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology. 21(1):55, March, 2008.

Walker, J.S., Roback, H.R., Welch, L.W.  “Psychological and Neuropsychological Evaluation.” In Current Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment, Second Edition. Eds. Ebert, M.H., Loosen, P.T., Leckman, J.F. New York:  McGraw Hill Medical Publishing, 2008.

Bernet, W., Walker, J.S., Vnenchak-Jones, C. “Genetics in Court:  Testimony Regarding MAOA and SLC6A4 Genotyping. Presentation, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, Boston, October 24, 2007.  

Walker, J.S. “Forensic Neuropsychological Evaluation of Seizure and Pseudoseizure Patients.” Presentation, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, August 10, 2006.

Walker, J.S. “Ethical Challenges in Using Psychological Test Criteria to Answer Forensic Ques-tions.” Presentation, Forensic Grand Rounds, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. February 15, 2005

Walker, J.S., Brown, K.  “Is this Person Faking? Malingering Assessment.” Presentation, Tennessee Psychological Association, November 7, 2003.  

Walker, J.S. “Using Psychological Tests to Identify Malingered Psychopathology:  How Good Are Our Tests?”  Presentation, Forensic Grand Rounds, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, June 17, 2003.

Bernet, W., Brown, K., Montgomery, S.A., Walker, J.S.  “Oddities of Forensic Psychiatry.” Presentation, Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. October 8, 2002.

Walker, J.S. “Trial Competency in Children.”  Presentation, Psychiatry Department, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, April 16, 2002.

Morgan, V., Abou-Khalil, B., & Walker, J.S.  “A Comparison of fMRI and the Intracarotid Amobarbitol Procedure (Wada Test) in Lateralizing Memory Functions among Treatment-Resistant Candidates for Temporal Lobectomy.  A Vanderbilt Discovery Grant Proposal.  

Walker, J.S. “The Disability Evaluation:  Is this Patient Faking?” Presentation, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, December 11, 2001.

Walker, J.S. “Assessment of Violence Risk.”  Address, Tennessee Psychological Association Annual Convention, October 27, 2001.  

Walker, J.S. “Assessment of Patients with Seizures and Pseudoseizures.” Address, Tennessee Psychological Association Annual Meeting, October 27, 2001.

Walker, J.S. “Neuropsychological Evaluation and Estimation of Premorbid Ability.” Address, Tennessee Association of Speech Language Pathologists, November 27, 2000.

Walker, J.S. “Assessment of Violence Risk in Offenders:  Actuarial and Clinical Methods.” Presentation, Vanderbilt Forensic Interest Group, October 5, 2000.

Walker, J.S. “Life or Death: Psychological Assessment of Competency for Execution.” Presentation, Nashville Area Psychological Association, July 27, 2000.

Walker, J.S. “Malingered Head Injury: An Update for the Rehabilitation Clinician.” Presentation, Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, April 6, 2000.

Walker, J.S. “Neuropsychological Assessment for Neurologists.” Grand Rounds, Department of Neurology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, February 5, 2000.

Walker, J.S. “Coping with Cognitive Problems in Multiple Sclerosis.” Seminar, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Meeting, January 24, 2000.

Walker, J.S. “Neuropsychological Assessment of the Seriously Mentally Ill Patient.” Presentation, North Texas State Hospital, November 15, 1998.  

Walker, J.S. “Assessment of Executive Functioning.” Presentation, North Texas State Hospital, November 18, 1997.

Walker, J.S. “Living with Grief after Sudden Loss.”  Symposium, United Regional Healthcare System, Wichita Falls, Texas, April 17, 1995.

Walker, J.S. “Addressing the Needs of the Factitious Disorder Patient.” Presentation, Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, June 1, 1995.

Walker, J.S. “Identifying the Malingering Patient.” Presentation, Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, April 18, 1995.

Walker, J.S. “Interrelationship of Depressive Symptoms and Social Support Resources in the Elderly.” Colloquium, Department of Psychology, University of North Texas, April 21, 1992.

Meeks, S., Murrell, S.A., Walker, J.S. “Consequences of Depression for Physical Functioning and Mortality in Older Adults.”  American Psychological Association Convention Presentation, August, 1992.  

Salmon, P., Walker, J., Mullins, C. “Self-Statements Concerning Perceived Competence of Anxious and Nonanxious Musicians”. Presentation, MEDART International Conference, 1992.

Walker, J.S.  Reciprocal effects of social support and negative affect:  A structural equation modeling study.  Dissertation project, 1992.       

Walker, J.S., Meyer, R.G. "Hypnotic susceptibility and preliminary considerations."  In  R.G. Meyer, Practical Clinical Hypnosis:  Techniques and Applications, pp. 11-25. New York:  Lexington Books/MacMillan, 1992.

Walker, J.S., Bloch, J., Meyer, R.G. "Induction Techniques."  In  R.G. Meyer, Practical Clinical Hypnosis:  Techniques and Applications, pp. 27-34.  New York Lexington Books/MacMillan, 1992.                       

Walker, J.S., Connell, D., Meyer, R.G. "Deepening Techniques."  In  R.G. Meyer, Practical Clinical Hypnosis:  Techniques and Applications, pp. 45-65.  New York Lexington Books/MacMillan, 1992.   

Murrell, S.A., Meeks, S., Walker, J.S.  “Protective functions of health and self esteem against depression in older adults facing illness or bereavement.” Psychology and Aging, 6, 352-360, 1991.

Meeks, S., Walker, J.S. “Blunted Affect, Blunted Lives? Negative symptoms, ADL functioning, and mental health among older adults.” International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 5, 233-238, 1990.

Koteskey, R.L., Walker, J.S.,  Johnson, A.W.  “Measurement of identity from adolescence to adulthood: Cultural, community, religious, and family factors.” Journal of Psychology and The-ology, 18, 54-65, 1990.

Walker, J.S. Effects of identification and evaluation expectation on a social desirability scale, motivational distortion scale, and the Cattell 16 Personality Factors Inventory.  First-year thesis, 1988.

Koteskey, R.L., Walker, J.S.  “Identity Loss and Religiocultural Factors among College Students.  Paper presentation, APA Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) Annual Meeting, October 31, 1987.

Media Appearances

“Me Facing Life:  Cyntoia’s Story.”  Panel discussant at the Nashville Film Festival’s introduction of this documentary, moderated by WSMV’s Jonathan Martin, April 17, 2010.

“De-escalating domestic violence before it starts.”  Fox 17 News Morning Show appearance, Flint Adam, April 5, 2010.

“Murders in domestic violence situations sweep mid-state.”  Fox 17 News appearance, Scott Couch, March 30, 2010.

“Family feuds affect everyone,” Chicago Tribune article, Judy Hevrdejs, February 17, 2010.

“Hoarders get mired in clutter, unhealthy living environments,” Tennessean Article, Jessica Bliss, January 24, 2009.

“Basis for Superstitions.” WKRN Television interview, Justin Bruce, November 13, 2009.

“Criminal Psychologist Describes Kidnapping Cases.”  NewsChannel 4 WSMV, Televison interview by Marc Stewart regarding infant abduction matter, October 2, 2009.  

“Violence, Crime, and Mental Illness.”  NewsChannel 5+ Television MorningLine Program, August 25, 2009.

“The Murder of Steve McNair.”  Television Interview, Fox Channel 17, July 8, 2009.  
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