Dr Amanda J White biography

Dr Amanda J White

Dr Amanda J White is a registered psychologist who has been conducting independent expert witness reports for use in the various criminal and civil courts for over 10 years. She holds endorsement as a Forensic Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist. She has completed a PhD specifically examining the role of neuropsychology in fitness to stand trial cases. She also works as a clinical neuropsychologist in aged care and rehabilitation within the public hospital setting, completing cognitive assessments for both inpatients and outpatients. She frequently conducts assessments involving decision making capacity, including accommodation and lifestyle decisions and financial management.

Dr White has completed clinical neuropsychology internships involving traumatic brain injury, paediatric assessment, dementia, capacity assessments, as well as a wide range of neurological disorders.  

Educational Qualifications

  • BPsych (Hons I), Sydney University
  • Master of Forensic Psychology, University of New South Wales
  • PhD with a Master of Clinical Neuropsychology, Macquarie University

Professional Memberships

  • Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the College of Forensic Psychologists
  • Fellow of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law*
  • Member, Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI)*

*Membership of these bodies is based on interest and does not require evidence of formal training and qualifications or competence

Professional Appointments

  • Appointed to the SIRA Authorised Health Practitioner Panel
  • Professional Member of the Psychology Council of NSW
  • Casual Lecturer, Master of Forensic Psychology program, UNSW
  • Appointed Expert Reviewer, Health Care Complaints Commission
  • Board Approved Supervisor (Clinical Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology)
  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL) NSW Branch President (2014-present; secretary 2012-2014; committee member 2011-)
  • Committee Member (2018-) and Acting Treasurer (2019-), National College of Forensic Psychologists (APS) 
  • Peer Reviewer for Journal of Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology

Publications

  • Co contributor to Chapter 14: Psychological assessment in a forensic context, in Crime and Mental Health Law in New South Wales: A practical guide for lawyers and health care professionals 3rd Edition. Chief editors: Howard, D. & Westmore, B. (2018). LexisNexis Butterworths, NSW.
  • White, A.J., Batchelor, J., Meares, S., Pulman, S., & Howard, D. (2015). Fitness to stand trial in one Australian jurisdiction: The role of cognitive abilities, neurological dysfunction and psychiatric disorders. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2015.1080152.
  • White, A.J., Batchelor, J., Pulman, S., & Howard, D. (2015). Fitness to stand trial: Views of criminal lawyers and forensic mental health experts regarding the role of neuropsychological assessment. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2015.101540.
  • White, A.J., Batchelor, J., & Meares, S. (2013). The role of cognition in fitness to stand trial: A systematic review. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, DOI: 10.180/14789949.2013.868916.
  • White, A.J., Batchelor, J., Pulman, S., & Howard, D. (2012). The role of cognitive assessment in determining fitness to stand trial. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 11(2), 102-109.
  • Denson, T.F., White, A.J., & Warburton, W.A. (2009). Trait displaced aggression and psychopathy differentially moderate the effects of acute alcohol intoxification and rumination on triggered displaced aggression. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 673-681.

Conferences/Presentations (selected)

  • White, A.J., & Hughes, M. (2019). Dementia and Crime. 6th Annual Criminal Law Symposium, Sydney, 16 March.  
  • White, A.J. & Hughes, M. (2019). The Medical Perspective- Capacity and Vulnerability in Succession Law, Succession Law Symposium, Sydney, 13 March. 
  • Invited Speaker, National Judicial College of Australia, New Perspectives on Courtroom Leadership Program, (2018, 22-23 November, Brighton, Sydney).  
  • White, A.J. & Hughes, M. (2018) Asking the Right Questions. Medico Legal Opinions Centre of Excellence Seminars, Sydney, 22 February.
  • Guest speaker, Expert Evidence Training, Master of Criminal Law Course, University of Wollongong (2018 & 2017). Dr Amanda White and Dr Melissa Hughes.
  • White, A.J. (2017). Cognition and Capacity. Salvos Legal Seminars, Salvation Army Headquarters, Sydney, 11 March.
  • Brains and the Law (2016, 10 June). Kevin Connor, Professor Richard Bernati and Dr Amanda White, Legalwise Seminar, Sydney.
  • White, A.J., Batchelor, J., Meares, S., Pulman, S., & Howard, D. (2015). The role of cognition in Fitness to Stand Trial (FST) assessments in an Australian context. Presented at the 2015 Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law Conference, Canberra, 25-28 November.
  • Neurolaw in Australia (2014, 2 May). Expert Panel Member. Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE), Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Pulman, S., & White, A.J. (2012). Psychological Assessment. Presented to Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) NSW.
  • White, A.J., Batchelor, J., Pulman, S., & Howard, D. (2011). Neuropsychological assessment and fitness to stand trial in Australia: A preliminary analysis. Presented at the 2011 APS Forensic Psychology National Conference, Noosa, 4-6th August.

Further training

As a provisionally registered psychologist Amanda gained experience in the psychological assessment and treatment of offenders with cognitive impairment within the Department of Corrective Services. She trained in the skill of conducting assessments and writing forensic psychological reports for use in the various criminal courts. Amanda also worked with clients with serious substance dependence in a community-based treatment program. Within this role, she performed a range of psychological assessments, trained in group based therapy and facilitated both individual and group treatment. Amanda previously trained and worked as a volunteer telephone counsellor in crisis management for Lifeline. She has also worked as an applied behavioural analysis therapist for a child with autism.

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