Forensic psychologist David Thompson’s testimony – What you need to know
On June 21, 2022, the jury heard from Dr. David Thompson, a board-certified forensic psychologist with a specialty in child psychology. Dr. Thompson has more than 35 years of real-world experience evaluating, treating, and advocating for children.
Dr. Thompson was asked to conduct a thorough analysis and review of all of the notes, testing, and evaluation data conducted by plaintiffs’ expert witness, Dr. Mira Krishnan, for each of the four plaintiffs. Upon completion of his work, Dr. Thompson found that all four plaintiffs have age-appropriate IQ and standardized test scores, their behaviors are in line with what he would expect from children of their ages, and there is no evidence of neurocognitive or behavioral impairments. According to Dr. Thompson, each plaintiff showed an individualized pattern of strengths and weaknesses that is consistent with the range of strengths and weaknesses seen in people generally.
Here’s what you need to know.
All four plaintiffs have age-appropriate IQ and standardized test scores and appear to be doing well in school.
- Dr. Thompson testified that the plaintiffs’ IQ scores are all in normal range (scoring between 91 – 103), which matches their real-world academic performances.
- While each child has relative strengths and weaknesses, their test results for reading, sentence comprehension and math are all within normal levels, with none reflecting scores more than one standard deviation below average.
None of the plaintiffs suffer from any cognitive deficits that would prevent them from a full and successful life.
- Dr. Thompson testified that the plaintiffs’ test results do not show any cognitive deficits, such as problems with intellectual functioning, memory, planning, reasoning, or judgement.
- The data show that the children are doing reasonably well and there is no reason to believe that they will have difficulty graduating high school, being admitted to or graduating from college, or have negatively affected lifelong earnings potential.