hero image
Arnold Purisch, Ph.D. - Fielding Graduate University. Laguna Hills, CA, US

Arnold Purisch, Ph.D.

Associate Faculty - School of Psychology | Fielding Graduate University


Neuropsychology; behavioral change due to traumatic brain injury; psychiatric disorders; forensic psychological evaluation



Arnold Purisch, Ph.D. Publication







Arnold Purisch, PhD is co-author of Neuropsychology for Psychologists, Health Care Professionals, and Attorneys (2007, CRC Press.) An adjunct faculty member in the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University, Dr. Purisch is an expert in neuropsychology; behavioral change due to traumatic brain injury; abnormal brain function; psychiatric disorders; medicolegal evaluation and forensic psychological evaluation.

Dr. Purisch has conducted groundbreaking research on how to distinguish mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) from psychiatric disorders and other factors. Further research delves into ways of proving TBI in closed head injuries.

Dr. Purisch received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota in 1978, and became a qualified medical evaluator in 1991.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (3)


Traumatic Brain Injury

Forensic Psychology

Accomplishments (6)

Fellow (professional)

(1996) American Psychological Association, Division 40

Diplomate (professional)

(1994) American Board of Assessment Psychology

Qualified Medical Evaluator, Clinical Neuropsychology (professional)

(1991) State of California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Industrial Accidents

Diplomate, Clinical Neuropsychology (professional)

(1986) American Board of Professional Psychology

Fellow (professional)

(1985) National Academy of Neuropsychology

Diplomate (professional)

(1983) American Board of Professional Neuropsychology

Education (1)

University of South Dakota: PhD, Clinical Psychology 1978

(APA Approved)

Affiliations (8)

  • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • American College of Professional Neuropsychology
  • American Psychological Association (F40, M41)
  • California Psychological Association
  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  • Orange County Psychological Association

Event Appearances (5)

Proving traumatic brain injury of closed head injury

(September, 2004) Orange County Trial Lawyers Association  Santa Ana, CA

Distinguishing mild TBI from psychiatric disorders and other factors

(April, 2003) "Mold and Fungus" conference, sponsored by CLE International  Los Angeles, CA

Emotional and behavioral changes caused by brain injury

(March, 2003) Saddleback Brain Injury Support Group  Laguna Hills, CA

Distinguishing mild TBI from psychiatric disorders and other factors: In assessment and intervention in mild brain injury

(October, 2002) 9th Annual Conference on Behavior, Clinial Neurscience, Substance Abuse, and Culture  Los Angeles, CA

Forensic psychological evaluation: In mental health and the law

(October, 2002) Symposium conducted at the conference on Behavior, Clinical Neuroscience, Substance Abuse, and Culture  Los Angeles, CA

Articles (5)

BOOK: Neuropsychology for Psychologists, Health Care Professionals, and Attorneys, Third Edition

Taylor & Francis Group, LLC (CRC Press)

Robert J. Sbordone, Ronald E. Saul, Arnold D. Purisch

(2007) This third edition of Neuropsychology for Psychologists, Health Care Professionals, and Attorneys provides a clear, concise, and comprehensive discussion of neuropsychology, outlining its purpose, use, and historical development. It covers the anatomy of the brain, a wide variety of neurobehavioral disorders, comprehensive neuropsychological examinations, ecological validity, and the strengths and limitations of many widely used neuropsychological and diagnostic tests...

view more

Beneath the mask: Use of psychological tests to detect and subtype malingering in criminal defendants

Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice

Michaela C. Heinze, Arnold D. Purisch

(2001) Sensitivity with implications for utility of psychological tests in detecting malingering was examined in 57 men suspected of feigning incompetence to stand trial. The instruments included were the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (SIRS), M Test, Structured Inventory of Malingered Symptomatology (SIMS), Rey's 15-Item Memory Test, Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM), and the Atypical Presentation Scale (AP).

view more

Misconceptions about the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery

Europe PubMed Central

(2001) The Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery (LNNB) was introduced in the late 1970s as a fixed battery derived from clinical procedures and based upon the neuropsychological theory developed by the late Russian neuropsychologist Alexandr Luria. Considerable debate arose about the LNNB and it became the focus of harsh criticisms...

view more

Neuropsychological Assessment of the Criminal Defendant

Handbook of Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology

(2000) Neuropsychologists are often asked to evaluate complex cases involving the neurobehavioral consequences of brain injury with numerous etiological and modulating considerations beyond the injury indicated in the referral. Though many of these patients have sustained a serious compromise in their intellectual, behavioral, and cognitive functioning, the magnitude of their impairment and its relationship to their disability is often difficult to ascertain.

view more

MANUAL: Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery: A manual for clinical and experimental uses (Forms I and II)

WPS Series

Golden, Charles J., Purisch, Arnold D., Hammeke, Thomas A.

(1986) This is the complete Manual for the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery. Includes Forms I and II.

view more