About

Dr Amanda J White is a dually trained, qualified and endorsed Forensic Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist with over 10 years’ experience; one of only a few psychologists with these dual qualifications in the state of New South Wales. She has extensive experience in the assessment of clinical and behavioural issues that require a comprehensive view of psychological processes and their relevance to legal issues. Her highly specialised training allows her to combine clinical and forensic expertise to provide comprehensive assessments and expert reports that address both clinical and diagnostic questions, as well as forensic issues such as risk assessment and opinion regarding legal questions such as Fitness to Stand Trial and decision-making capacity, for example financial management.

She has extensive experience assessing clients with a wide range of conditions including acquired brain injuries, neurological conditions, neurodegenerative disorders, mental health disorders including personality disorders, and substance use disorders. She has gained well rounded and diverse practice and experience working across sectors including hospitals and public health, custodial environments, corporations and organisations, NGOs, and private business. She has particular interest and expertise in capacity assessments, older populations, individuals with complex presentations and forensic assessment.

Dr White is skilled in building rapport with clients, employing forensic and clinical interviewing techniques and assessment tools, to best understand their situation to deliver fair, objective and empirically grounded opinions, working ethically within her scope of practice. When necessary, Dr White will refer clients on to an appropriate specialist based on the clients’ best interests.

Dr White regularly provides independent expert reports for a variety of courts and tribunals. She has extensive experience in both criminal and civil matters. Her PhD investigated the role of cognition in fitness to stand trial assessments and she has several publications in this area. Dr White provides expert knowledge and opinion to assist clients understand their functioning and needs, with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Contact Dr White.

  • BPsych (Hons I), Sydney University
  • Master of Forensic Psychology, University of New South Wales
  • PhD with a Master of Clinical Neuropsychology, Macquarie University
  • 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)
  • Expert Reviewer, Health Care Complaints Commission
  • Professional Member, Psychology Council of NSW
  • SIRA Authorised Health Practitioner Panel
  • Casual Lecturer, Master of Forensic Psychology program, UNSW
  • 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, National College of Forensic Psychologists (APS) (acting treasurer 2019-)
  • Peer Reviewer for Journal of Psychiatry, Psychology & Law; Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology
  • 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: 10.1080/14789949.2013.868916.
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)

Professional Appointments

  • Expert Reviewer, Health Care Complaints Commission
  • Professional Member, Psychology Council of NSW
  • SIRA Authorised Health Practitioner Panel
  • Casual Lecturer, Master of Forensic Psychology program, UNSW
  • 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, National College of Forensic Psychologists (APS) (acting treasurer 2019-)
  • Peer Reviewer for Journal of Psychiatry, Psychology & Law; Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology

Selected 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: 10.1080/14789949.2013.868916.