American Psychological Association Advocacy

In addition to serving as a forensic neuropsychologist at Insight Psychological Consultants in Frankfort, Kentucky, Dr. Paul Ebben stays active in his field through a variety a professional affiliations. Dr. Paul Ebben holds membership in the Kentucky Psychological Association and has been part of the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1994.

One way the APA encourages the growth of the psychology field is through government advocacy. APA maintains three government relations offices and two affiliated organizations, each of which work to advance the field of psychology and its interests through legislative action. The organization’s core goals include increased federal research funding and an improved regulatory environment. In addition to its focus on health issues like aging and health care reform, the APA advocates for the improvement of education systems using psychological research and the expansion of mental health assistance for military service members. APA advocacy organizations also keep members of the APA up to date regarding major changes in policy and current issues in the policy process.


The Role of Neuropsychological Evaluations

Dr. Paul Ebben, a forensic neuropsychologist, provides a variety of assessment services for criminal and civil proceedings. For example, Dr. Paul Ebben performs neuropsychological evaluations in order to help determine an individual’s competency to stand trial in a court of law.

Neuropsychological evaluations are used to compare a person’s cognitive and behavioral functioning to a baseline of what is considered normal. In such an evaluation, a person is subjected to a series of tests that are designed to provide data on how a person’s brain is working and what strengths or weaknesses he or she might have in that regard. The tests typically focus on memory, mood state, personality, and intelligence. In addition, they often evaluate a person’s capacity for more complex activities, such as the ability to plan and to conceptualize.

These neuropsychological tests are standardized, in that the process is the same for each individual. The results are then compared to those of healthy people who share the same background as the test taker, such as age and educational level. The tests provide valuable information that can be utilized for a number of purposes, such as determining legal competency or the need for treatment.

About Pediatric Neuropsychology Evaluations

Over the course of his career, Dr. Paul Ebben has conducted neuropsychological evaluations of patients of all ages. Dr. Paul Ebben has also published in peer-reviewed journals including research in pediatric neuropsychology.

The pediatric neuropsychologist makes connections between a child’s brain activity and his or her behavior. Drawing on training in neuropsychology and clinical psychology, as well as in neurological development, this professional evaluates children with injuries, diseases, or developmental challenges of the brain. By developing an understanding of how a child’s brain works, the pediatric neuropsychologist can identify the causes of a child’s behavior, the way he or she learns, and the root of many social and emotional problems.

When evaluating a child, the pediatric neuropsychologist will ask the child to solve problems and answer a number of questions. Many of these tests present insights into the child’s problem-solving abilities, attention and memory skills, processing speed, and academic aptitude. Others assess emotional challenges such as anxiety, depression, aggression, and social issues. Using insights drawn from these tests, the pediatric neuropsychologist can suggest interventions that capitalize on the child’s strengths and most effectively address his or her problems.

The Simpson’s Paradox in Tennis

Dr. Paul Ebben, a graduate of the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, has practiced forensic neuropsychology at Insight Psychological Consultants in Frankfort, Kentucky, since 2002. Dr. Paul Ebben likes to stay physically active by playing tennis whenever possible.

The sport of tennis features a unique scoring system that does not take into account cumulative points. This system sometimes results in a player winning a match despite failing to win as many points as his or her opponent. This event is a representation of Simpson’s Paradox, a statistical anomaly that sees two seemingly connected variables result in a reversed outcome when combined. Perhaps the most famous instances of Simpson’s Paradox in tennis came in 2010 when John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played the longest match of all time. Mahut won 24 more points than his opponent over the course of more than 11 hours, but went on to lose the match by a score of 70 games to 68 in the final set.

Interestingly, few players have been a victim of Simpson’s Paradox as often as Roger Federer, widely regarded as one of the best athletes ever to play the sport. When compared to over 70 players who have contested at least 20 Simpson’s Paradox matches over their career, Federer’s 4-24 mark is by far the worst. The statistic indicates that on four occasions the winner of a record 17 major titles defeated his opponent despite winning fewer points, while 24 times Federer found himself on the losing end of that equation. Jim Courier’s 11-15 mark was the only other non-winning record among the sampled players who had won multiple major titles.

Two Contrasting Styles of Tennis

Dr. Paul Ebben has served Insight Psychological Consultants, PSC, in Frankfort, Kentucky, as a forensic neuropsychologist since 2002. In his time away from the office Dr. Paul Ebben leads a physically active lifestyle that includes duathlon training and playing tennis.

Tennis is a sport with a rich history. Over the years a number of distinct tactical approaches to the game have developed, headlined by two major styles of play. The majority of professional tennis players, and by extension amateurs and recreational competitors, play aggressive baseline tennis. This type of player generally stays at the back of the court for the duration of a point. Unlike a counter-puncher, who may stand several feet behind the court, an aggressive baseline player will stay as close to the baseline as possible in order to dictate play with ground strokes. Usually, a baseline player’s only forays to net will come after powerful, angled shots to put away easy volleys.

In stark contrast to the aggressive baseliner is the serve-and-volley player. While this style of play has almost completely vanished from the modern professional tour, serve-and-volley play defined tennis for several generations and is still popular with older club players. A serve and volleyer will possess a powerful or accurate serve, ideally both, that allows him or her to get to the net with strong positioning. A perfect serve and volley point consists only of the serve and a single wining volley, and many players in this style will rush the net on both first and second serves. When returning, serve-and-volley players use a technique called chip and charge, hitting a low, slicing return and rushing the net.

A Brief Overview of Forensic Psychology

Dr. Paul Ebben currently works for Insight Psychological Consultants, PSC, in Frankfort, Kentucky, as a forensic neuropsychologist. Dr. Paul Ebben earned his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and his doctorate degree from Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology.

The field of forensic psychology involves the marriage of psychology and law, examining human behavior in those involved with the criminal justice system. A forensic psychologist may be required to work with victims or offenders in the criminal area, or with plaintiffs or defendants in the civil area. Due to the nature of their work, forensic psychologists will likely find employment in private practice, prisons, police departments, or any number of additional government agencies.

Some forensic psychologists prefer to pursue the field academically and take up positions at universities or research centers. A forensic psychologist’s research activities focus to apply various tenets of psychology to areas of law, such as criminology.