Forensic evaluations are often useful where there are mitigating cognitive, neurological, medical, psychological, historical or interpersonal factors which may assist with a comprehensive understanding of a situation that is before the Honourable Court. In forensic situations, clinical psychological, risk, clinical neuropsychological, and quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) assessments are worth considering in order to obtain this understanding in the context of the current offense. As well, Dr. Helmer’s assessments include tests of malingering and validity which are useful in informing the veracity of the findings. QEEG assessment, which examines brain functioning, can serve as a measure of validity profiling, as well as objective evidence of possible brain damage.
Dr. Helmer has experience as an expert witness at the Court of Queen’s Bench in both Ontario and Saskatchewan. His expert testimony has encompassed the areas of child, adolescent, and adult clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and the provision of information to the Court regarding capacity issues.