Capacity, Finances, and the Law: Brain Science Meets the Law

  1. Part of "Capacity, Finances, and the Elderly: Brain Science Meets the Law"
    A symposium sponsored by the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior and the Boston Society for Neurology and Psychiatry
    December 12, 2013 | Brigham and Women's Hospital | Harvard Medical School
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    Kay Lazar is a staff health reporter for the Boston Globe who focuses on aging, sports medicine, and public health. She previously worked as a news writer and producer at ABC and CBS radio networks.
    Her work spans a wide range of topics including drug overuse among dementia patients, health care costs for consumers, family management of Alzheimer’s, Medicaid contracts, and public policy regarding the medical use of marijuana. In 2011, Ms. Lazar won first place in beat reporting from the Association of Health Care Journalists for her coverage of health policy and aging.

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  2. Part of "Capacity, Finances, and the Elderly: Brain Science Meets the Law"
    A symposium sponsored by the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior and the Boston Society for Neurology and Psychiatry
    December 12, 2013 | Brigham and Women's Hospital | Harvard Medical School
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    Ekaterina Pivovarova, Ph.D. is a Forensic Psychology Fellow in the process of completing her requirements for licensure as a psychologist. Her clinical training has focused on refining forensic assessment skills through specialized graduate and post-graduate training, and conducting research on clinical decision-making. Dr. Pivovarova will continue her research training at the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University (starting September, 2013) by investigating the application of neuroscience to psycho-legal questions.
    Dr. Pivovarova obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University in New York. As a graduate student, she completed a wide-range of practicums/externships, including at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bellevue Hospital Center, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, and Fordham Law School Criminal Defense Clinic. She obtained a highly competitive internship at Bellevue Hospital Center/New York University Medical School, where as a forensic psychology intern she conducted forensic evaluations at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and Bronx Court Clinic, as well as neuropsychological assessments at Bellevue Hospital Center. Additionally, in her capacity as an intern, she provided individual, group, and family therapy to a wide-range of clients. After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Pivovarova entered a leading Clinical Forensic Psychology Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she conducted competency to stand trial, insanity, risk assessment, and need for commitment evaluations and testified about her findings in courts throughout the Commonwealth.
    Dr. Pivovarova’s research training has focused largely on forensic psychological assessments, including exploring psychometric properties of various malingering instruments. For her dissertation, she developed a structured professional judgment tool, entitled the Malingering Assessment of Psychopathology (MAP) aimed at guiding, and potentially improving, decision making about feigning of psychiatric symptoms. The American Psychology and Law Society recognized her work and she received a second place Dissertation Award. She is continuing to research clinical decision making about psycho-legal issues, by focusing on how the legal system views evolving neuroscientific findings.

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  3. Part of "Capacity, Finances, and the Elderly: Brain Science Meets the Law"
    A symposium sponsored by the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior and the Boston Society for Neurology and Psychiatry
    December 12, 2013 | Brigham and Women's Hospital | Harvard Medical School
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    Judge Susan Ricci, JD, is an Associate Justice of the Probate and Family Court in Worcester, Massachusetts. She was appointed to the bench in 1993, having previously been a Partner at the Norman & Ricci Law Offices. Judge Ricci is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Worcester County Bar Association. She is also Vice Chair of the Supreme Judicial Court Mental Health Legal Advisory Committee, former member of Judicial Conduct Commission, and Chair of the Probate and Family Court Guardianship of Mentally Ill and Minors Committee.

    Judge Ricci completed her Bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Florida and went on to obtain graduate education in Early Childhood Education. She worked as an Early Childhood Teacher in Palm Beach County Public School before entering law school at Suffolk University School of Law and completing her Juris Doctorate.

    She has received multiple awards including in 2003 as a Distinguished Jurist at the Massachusetts Judges Conference and in 2004 as a Distinguished Jurist from St. Thomas More Red Massachusetts. She was also the recipient of the 2007 Massachusetts Association of Womens Lawyers Distinguished Judge Award.

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  4. Part of "Capacity, Finances, and the Elderly: Brain Science Meets the Law"
    A symposium sponsored by the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior and the Boston Society for Neurology and Psychiatry
    December 12, 2013 | Brigham and Women's Hospital | Harvard Medical School
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    Bruce H. Price, MD, is Chief of the Department of Neurology at McLean Hospital and Co-Director of the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior. The author of over 120 original articles, critical reviews, commentaries, and textbook chapters, Dr. Price is an internationally recognized leader in the integration of neurology, psychiatry, neurosurgery, and neuropsychology. His research interests include the cognitive and behavioral consequences of neurologic and psychiatric diseases, brain dysfunction in violent and criminal behavior, frontal lobe functions including insight, judgment, empathy, self-awareness, social adaptation, and decision-making, memory disorders, and dementias.

    Dr. Price graduated from Harvard College cum laude, attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, then completed an affiliated internal medicine residency program, serving as its chief resident. He next trained in general neurology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, returning to Boston where he pursued fellowship training in cognitive and behavioral neurology at Beth Israel Hospital. He served there as a staff member for ten years. In 1994, he was appointed Chief of the Department of Neurology at McLean Hospital. He is an Associate in Neurology at MGH and Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. In 1999, he founded the Behavioral Neurology Fellowship Program at McLean Hospital. At MGH, he is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Neuropsychiatry Fellowship and the Co-Founder and Associate Director of the Fronto-Temporal Dementia Fellowship.

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  5. Part of "Capacity, Finances, and the Elderly: Brain Science Meets the Law"
    A symposium sponsored by the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior and the Boston Society for Neurology and Psychiatry
    December 12, 2013 | Brigham and Women's Hospital | Harvard Medical School
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    Rebecca W. Brendel, MD, JD is the Clinical Director of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program and the Director of Law and Ethics at the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior at MGH. She has previously served as a psychiatrist on the MGH Consultation Psychiatry Service and as staff at the MGH Law & Psychiatry Service, where she was Associate Director of the Harvard Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

    Dr. Brendel graduated with Honors from both University of Chicago Law School and Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at MGH and McLean Hospital and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at MGH. From 2006 – 2007, she was the Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University. She is also admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. She is a Fellow and Councilor of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Brendel has served on the Ethics Committees of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and chaired the Standards and Ethics Subcommittee of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

    Dr. Brendel’s educational efforts and research interests are informed by her broad clinical practice and focus on issues at the interface of psychiatry, medicine, law, ethics, and human rights. She regularly teaches in both medical and legal continuing education programs.

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Capacity, Finances, and the Law: Brain Science Meets the Law

On December 12th, 2013, the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior joined forces with the Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry to host a conversation among experts in neurology, psychiatry, and the law about how the science of aging could impact how…


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On December 12th, 2013, the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior joined forces with the Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry to host a conversation among experts in neurology, psychiatry, and the law about how the science of aging could impact how we protect older adults from financial victimization and undue influence.

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