Todd Finnerty, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Independently Practicing Psychologist in Columbus, Ohio
Psychological Consultant to the Ohio Division of Disability Determination
Medical Records File Review on Private Disability Insurance Claims

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Contacting Dr. Todd Finnerty, Psy.D.

For directions to the office you can call the Office suite #250 receptionist: (614)438-2684
If you have any other questions or to schedule an appointment Dr. Finnerty prefers that you contact him personally via email or on his cell phone: (330)495-8809
Dr. Finnerty's toll free, secure fax number: (855)647-9617
Email: toddfinnerty@toddfinnerty.com

Where is Dr. Todd Finnerty's office?

Dr. Finnerty has a private practice in the Crosswoods area of Columbus, Ohio just north of Worthington near the intersection of I-270 and Rt 23 (High St). Dr. Finnerty's office is in the One Crosswoods Center on the corner of High St (Rt 23) and E Campus View Blvd. There is a Bob Evans and Subway on the opposite side of the street. The office is in suite 250 (Regus/HQ). You can check-in with the receptionist in suite 250 (second floor). The building is accessible including an elevator. Dr. Finnerty does consulting work at other locations and is available at this location by appointment only.

100 E. Campus View Boulevard
Suite #250
Columbus, Ohio 43235

Can I take the bus?

There is a covered bus stop next to the building's parking lot on E. Campus View Blvd. You can use COTA's website to plan your trip.

When do you schedule appointments?

Dr. Finnerty's online appointment scheduler offers some appointment times that can be scheduled quickly if you have an existing relationship with Dr. Finnerty. However, Dr. Finnerty is available for appointments on other days and times but these appointments must be arranged with him directly over the phone. Dr. Finnerty never offers evening or weekend appointments. However, Dr. Finnerty does offer early morning appointments if you call him (they aren't in the online scheduler). He is available for appointments as early as 8:30 am. If you are planning on having multiple tests including IQ testing conducted you may wish to begin these tests earlier in the morning instead of over lunch time. Please call Dr. Finnerty before scheduling to discuss your testing needs, an estimated amount of time needed and an appropriate starting time for the evaluation: (330)495-8809.

What are your fees?

These fees are effective now unless you have a previously arranged contract or other agreement with Dr. Finnerty for a different fee. Payment is due in advance unless otherwise arranged. Dr. Finnerty is open to negotating a different fee than the fees noted below depending on the nature of the work involved. For example, for Veterans' Independent Medical Opinions Dr. Finnerty will be happy to discuss a flat fee with you in advance based in part on the number of medical records to be reviewed.

Dr. Finnerty will provide an independent psychological evaluation/IME for a flat fee of $750. This includes a review of a reasonable amount of background records, writing a report and necessary testing. It will typically be conducted in a 45 minute to four hour block of time depending on what services are needed.

Please note, if multiple time consuming tests are needed that take up a considerable amount of time an additional hourly fee may be necessary on top of the flat fee. This will be arranged in advance prior to the start of the evaluation. In addition, a reduced flat fee of $375 may also be available for less comprehensive evaluations (for example, an evaluation that is primarily just IQ and adaptive behavior testing). Dr. Finnerty will provide an evaluation focused primarily on IQ testing and adaptive behaviors for $375.

Dr. Finnerty's typical hourly fee is $160 per hour unless otherwise arranged in advance.

Do you take insurance?

Dr. Finnerty is not on most insurance panels. In addition, the services provided by Dr. Finnerty are typically not covered by health insurance.

Do you provide evaluations for people applying for Social Security disability or VA disability benefits?

While Dr. Finnerty is willing to provide you with an independent evaluation, Dr. Finnerty strongly cautions you against trying to obtain your own disability evaluation for these programs unless your attorney advises it or you have another strong reason such as an appeal of a denial. In general, if Social Security or the VA decides that they do not have enough information on your claim they will order an evaluation from a psychologist or psychiatrist that they will pay for. Dr. Finnerty performs some of these disability evaluations for the VA through third party companies like QTC. Dr. Finnerty also works as an in-house file reviewer on Social Security disability claims and has done this since 2004.

If you wish to obtain an evaluation or an independent medical opinion from Dr. Finnerty related to disability you will have to pay for the evaluation yourself. If you've never had an evaluation you may wish to simply allow Social Security or the VA to pay for the evaluation. However, in some circumstances you may not agree with the opinions from the exam that the VA or SSA ordered. Many times your attorney may advise you to obtain an independent exam or an independendent medical opinion. In those cases Dr. Finnerty is available to partner with your attorney to review your medical records and offer opinions on your disability case, particularly in relation to disability appeals cases with the VA and other entities. Dr. Finnerty will charge you for his time reviewing the records and if his opinion is favorable to your case he will write a report related to this and charge you for his time writing the report. Dr. Finnerty is willing to offer a flat fee at the start of the process so you can predict how much the review and report will cost prior to agreeing to the service. Your attorney's office will be able to handle these arrangements for you and arrange for the release of your records to Dr. Finnerty.

Are there common errors you see in VA disability cases?

Dr. Finnerty has performed a number of file reviews on Veterans' disability cases as well as performed compensation and pension examinations. Some of the errors Dr. Finnerty sometimes sees in the file include disability examiners discounting a Veteran's stressor for the purpose of a PTSD diagnosis. This will lead them to say that they don't meet the A criterion for PTSD when in fact their traumatic stressor does qualify under DSM-IV and DSM-5. Other errors that examiners may make include not thoroughly reviewing the background records and missing psych-related complaints that occur during the military. They may also not give sufficient consideration to behavioral markers around the time of discharge such as discipline problems or legal difficulties, anger problems and fights, substance use to self-medicate and similar concerns. In addition, disability examiners may place an undue emphasis on the validity scales of psychological tests like the MMPI-2 or MMPI-2-RF. This may lead them to make the error of ignoring or disregarding other evidence in the file without proper consideration, particularly when other explanations may exist for the elevated validity scales such as making a "plea for help." They may also use the wrong burden of proof such as "high scientific certainty" instead of "at least as likely as not."

Do you have experience with Workers Compensation?

Dr. Finnerty provides impairment evaluations for the Ohio Industrial Commission. He is available for some Workers Compensation related services as needed. He is a BWC provider but is not currently providing psychotherapy for injured workers (though he may begin doing so again in the future).

Can you schedule a fitness-for-duty evaluation quickly?

Dr. Finnerty typically has the ability to schedule an employee for fitness for duty evaluations with testing in a time-sensitive manner. These appointments will typically last around 4 to 5 hours. Please call or e-mail Dr. Finnerty to inquire about scheduling these appointments and do not schedule them on the online scheduler; there are likely 4 hour blocks of time available for them which will not appear in Dr. Finnerty's online scheduler.

Do you perform full neuropsychological testing batteries?

No, Dr. Finnerty does not do full neuropsychological testing batteries. Dr. Finnerty will perform some cognitive/IQ and memory testing and can include effort testing when necessary, however he does not provide neuropsychological assessments. He can assist you with a referral if necessary.

What types of psychological testing can you provide?

Dr. Finnerty offers personality testing when necessary (ex: MMPI-2, MMPI-2-RF, MCMI-IV, PAI). Dr. Finnerty does not offer the Rorschach or similar tests.

Dr. Finnerty also offers cognitive testing when necessary related to IQ/ ability, achievement, memory, etc. (ex: WAIS-IV, WISC-V, WMS-IV, WIAT-III). He can include effort testing and/or an adaptive behavior assessment when necessary. Please call Dr. Finnerty to discuss any specific testing questions or needs: (330)495-8809.

Do you provide independent IQ testing and/or gifted and talented evaluations?

Dr. Finnerty can provide independent IQ testing as well as related testing. This is typically done for questions related to giftedness or disability.

Please note that if your school determines that they need an IQ test they may conduct this test for free or otherwise pay for it (though generally they won't do an individually administered IQ test for giftedness questions). Dr. Finnerty does not make any classroom observations of a child nor does he attend IEP meetings. He will provide a report to a school, county board or other organization if you request it.

What are some Central Ohio area gifted education resources for more information?

Please contact your school district in relation to any potential programs they may offer and how to qualify for those programs. Here are some links to a few such programs to assist you:

Bexley City Gifted Education
Canal Winchester Local Gifted
Columbus City Gifted and Talented
Dublin City Gifted Education
Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ecot)
Gahanna-Jefferson City Gifted Education
The Graham School
Grandview Heights City Gifted Services
Groveport Madison Local Gifted and Talented Programming
Hamilton Local Gifted policy
Hilliard City Gifted Services
New Albany- Plain Local Gifted Services Department
Pickerington Schools Gifted Services
Reynoldsburg City Gifted Services
South-Western City Gifted & Talented Programming
Upper Arlington City Gifted Services
Westerville City Gifted Education
Whitehall City Gifted Services
Worthington City Gifted Services Department
Big Walnut Local Gifted Education Services
Buckeye Valley Local Gifted Identification
Delaware City Schools Gifted & Enrichment
Olentangy Local Gifted Services

Will you perform IQ testing and provide a report to government agencies?

Yes, Dr. Finnerty will perform this service. He will perform an IQ test, assess adaptive behaviors and provide a report that addresses functional domains looked at by Social Security disability as well as those on the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI/OEDI). Here are some relevant, local resources you may be interested in:

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities
OSU Nisonger Center
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Do you provide evaluations to determine if someone has a specific learning disability or ADHD?

No, Dr. Finnerty does not currently offer evaluations that are primarily focused on establishing whether someone has a LD or ADHD.

Do you provide counseling/psychotherapy/treatment?

Dr. Finnerty does not currently provide ongoing treatment at this time. While Dr. Finnerty plans to begin again offering some treatment services more extensively within the next few years, due to focusing on other projects he is currently not accepting new patients for treatment. He may be able to accept some short-term EAP work or other brief therapy at times depending on his schedule.

Does Dr. Finnerty administer the testing himself or use assistants?

Dr. Finnerty enjoys administering testing and does not use assistants. He perfoms all testing himself. Dr. Finnerty is present at all times during testing to make behavioral observations related to the testing.

Are your evaluations really independent if a specific person or organization is paying for it?

Yes, Dr. Finnerty's goal is to offer an independent opinion. Dr. Finnerty works for himself and has multiple streams of income. He is not reliant on any one referral source. Dr. Finnerty does his best to act ethically and within relevant professional guidelines. For example, the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology Guideline 1.02 notes forensic practitioners "strive for accuracy, impartiality, fairness, and independence." It notes "forensic practitioners recognize the adversarial nature of the legal system and strive to treat all participants and weigh all data, opinions, and rival hypotheses impartially. When conducting forensic examinations, forensic practitioners strive to be unbiased and impartial, and avoid partisan presentation of unrepresentative, incomplete, or inaccurate evidence that might mislead finders of fact." Dr. Finnerty's practices are also consistent with the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.

Office Forms, Privacy Policy and Credentialing Information

Dr. Finnerty's privacy practices form
Dr. Finnerty's CV
Dr. Finnerty's malpractice insurance cover sheet
Dr. Finnerty's psychologist license
Dr. Finnerty's licensure verification
Ohio licensure verification website

Can you tell me more about Dr. Todd Elliott Finnerty, Psy.D.?

Todd Finnerty, Psy.D. has been licensed as a psychologist in Ohio since 2003. He has performed medical records file reviews on Social Security disability claims since 2004. He also performs medical records reviews for disability insurance companies. In addition, he performs psychological evaluations related to disability and workers compensation. Dr. Finnerty has offered public comments in the past which have helped influence changes at the Social Security Administration. Dr. Finnerty has been nominated by his peers to run for president-elect of the American Psychological Association on multiple occasions. He also volunteers with the Ohio Psychological Association, most recently working on the education committee.

Have questions? You can call Dr. Finnerty directly on his cell phone (330)495-8809.

Are you currently running for an APA office and/or advocating for psychologists?

You can learn more about that here.

Where can I find Dr. Finnerty's books?

Dr. Finnerty's books are available on Amazon.


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