Dr. Robert E. Hanlon is a board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist with a specialization in forensic neuropsychology, including the psychological assessment of violent offenders. Dr. Hanlon is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Clinical Neurology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

For the past 17 years, he has served as the director of the Inpatient Neuropsychology Service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is also the director of Neuropsychological Associates of Chicago, involved in clinical assessment, consultation, forensic neuropsychology, teaching, and research.

His publications include more than three dozen articles and chapters in professional journals and textbooks. Dr. Hanlon has given dozens of invited lectures and presentations on forensic topics that include: Neuropsychology of Violent Aggression and Murder; and Neuropsychological Features of Violent Criminal Defendants.

Download selected publications and articles from Dr. Hanlon’s forensic research lab

Domestic Homicide: Neuropsychological Profiles of Murderers Who Kill Family Members and Intimate Partners; Journal of Forensic Sciences – 2015

Domestic Killers are a Different Breed From those Who Kill Strangers; Amy Ellis Nutt, Washington Post – August 27, 2015

The Killer in Your Home: Domestic Violence Researcher Works Up a Profile; Alison Bowen, Chicago Tribune – August 28, 2015

Neuropsychological and Intellectual Differences Between Types of Murderers; 2013

Psychotic Domestic Murder: Neuropsychological Differences Between Homicidal and Nonhomicidal Schizophrenic Men; 2012

Neuropsychological Features of Indigent Murder Defendants and Death Row Inmates in Relation to Homicidal Aspects of Their Crimes; 2010


Dr. Hanlon is a frequent speaker at various associations, conferences, and meetings.

Topics Include:

  • Neuropsychology of Violent Aggression and Murder
  • Prevention of Domestic Violence and Domestic Homicide
  • Neuropsychological Features of Violent Criminal Defendants
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Strategies: Awareness, Identification, and Intervention
  • Neuropsychological and Intellectual Differences between Types of Murderers: Impulsive vs. Predatory/Premeditated Homicide
  • Neuropsychological Evaluations of Capital Murder Defendants

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