Speaker: Daniel Martel, PhD
Topic: “Shut Up and Sign the Paper:” Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse, Undue Influence, and Incapacity
This presentation will explore the signs and symptoms of dementia in the context of estate planning, including testamentary capacity and vulnerability to undue influence. Optimal strategies for recognizing and assisting impaired clients will be discussed, with an emphasis protecting clients’ rights and resources through contemporaneous assessments. Details of ideal forensic neuropsychological and psychiatric examinations will also be described, using case examples.
Dr. Dan Martell is one of the most experienced forensic neuropsychologists in the United States, with over 25 years of clinical forensic involvement in both criminal and civil litigation. He has consulted on hundreds of forensic cases in over 30 states in internationally, specializing in issues of mental disorder, brain damage, and violent criminal behavior.
He is Board-Certified in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology; a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology; and a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology; and Past President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has authored over 100 scientific journal articles and research presentations at national conferences.
Dr. Martell graduated cum laude with a degree in psychology from Washington and Jefferson College and earned his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia. During his graduate training at Virginia, he studied at the School of Law and the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, developing his interests in clinical psychology and the Law. He completed his clinical internship and a post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Bellevue Hospital and New York University Medical Center in New York City, where he specialized in forensic neuropsychology.