Michael Kopelman

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Michael Kopelman

Professor Michael Kopelman (Past President) Michael Kopelman PhD, FBPsS, FRCPsych, FMedSci, is Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychiatry, King’s College London (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience) and, until 2015, he ran a Neuropsychiatry and Memory Disorders Clinic at St Thomas’s Hospital. He has been co-editor/co-author of The Handbook of Memory Disorders, 2002; Lishman’s Organic Psychiatry, 2009; and Forensic Neuropsychology in Practice, 2009. He has previously been President of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences, President of the International Neuropsychiatric Association, and President of the British Neuropsychological Society; and he is the current President of the International Neuropsychological Society. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and was a founder member of the Society of Expert Witnesses, and of the Memory Disorders Research Society. His clinical and research interests include the nature of retrograde amnesia, confabulation, and psychogenic amnesia, including the nature of amnesia for offences. He has been providing expert witness reports on neuropsychiatric and general psychiatric matters since 1981; and his cases encompass a number of high profile criminal court, Appeal Court, SIAC, death row, and extradition cases. He was co-author of a Royal College of Psychiatrists report provided to the House of Lords before they declared Detention Orders unlawful in December 2004, and of a confidential report which went to the Governmental mediation hearings on Guantanamo returnees in 2010.

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