Todd Finnerty, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist

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Contacting Dr. Todd Finnerty, Psy.D.

If you have questions or to schedule an appointment Dr. Finnerty prefers that you contact him personally via email or on his cell phone: (330)495-8809
Email: toddfinnerty@toddfinnerty.com

What is your fax number?

Effective January 2020 Dr. Finnerty no longer uses fax and no longer has a fax number. Weird that a healthcare professional no longer has a fax, right? Dr. Finnerty also no longer has a pager. Don't worry, Dr. Finnerty can communicate with you in a reliable and secure manner.

Can I send and receive encrypted emails and/or transfer medical records to you online?

Yes, if you follow the instructions on Dr. Finnerty's page here.

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

Is Dr. Finnerty taking new patients for treatment?

No.

Can I take the bus?

There is a bus stop near 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 is willing to bill case rates for file reviews. The flat case rate is $600 for files with 1,499 pages or less and $1,500 for files with 1,500 pages or more (though I've temporarily discounted this rate to $900). A case rate is a guarantee that you will not be charged more than that rate regardless of how long it takes Dr. Finnerty to do the work. For veterans' disability cases Dr. Finnerty needs to be able to review the entire claims file.

Dr. Finnerty will provide an independent psychological evaluation/IME for a flat fee of $900. 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.

Dr. Finnerty's no show/late cancellation fee is $300.

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

Dr. Finnerty offers a reduced rate of $395 for administering an IQ test and providing a report. Learn more about IQ testing with Dr. Finnerty.

How can I pay you?

Dr. Finnerty prefers that you pay by check. However, other arrangements including PayPal are possible. You can learn more about that here.

Do you take insurance?

Generally no. Dr. Finnerty is not on most insurance panels. In addition, the services provided by Dr. Finnerty are typically not covered by health insurance.

Can an attorney talk to you before scheduling an IMO?

Yes, attorneys are invited to speak with Dr. Finnerty or exchange encrypted emails with him about the basic nature of a veteran's disability case before referring it to Dr. Finnerty. This will help determine if the referral for an independent medical opinion by Dr. Finnerty is appropriate.

What is your office's firearms policy? Can I bring a gun?

Yes, if you are otherwise permitted to by law. There is no prohibition against carrying concealed weapons in Dr. Finnerty's office. There is no sign on the office building or on Dr. Finnerty's office suite prohibiting the concealed carry of firearms. Dr. Finnerty does expect you to abide by all Federal and Ohio laws while in his office, of course. Follow this link for more information related to Ohio Concealed Carry laws. Dr. Finnerty will not ask you if you own firearms unless that information becomes relevant based on other examination findings.

Can I come to the exam intoxicated?

No, please don't.

Can I bring my child or children to be in the examination with me?

No, please don't. Also, no childcare is available in the waiting area.

Can I audio or video record the examination?

No, recording of the examination is not permitted. A representative from your attorney is also not permitted. This would also be a violation of the policies of some of my referral sources and also my ethics code. For example, no examiner for the Ohio Industrial Commission is allowed to let you record the exam. Here is the reference.

See also: Statement on Third Party Observers in Psychological Testing and Assessment: A Framework for Decision Making (from the American Psychological Association) and the Policy Statement of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology regarding Third Party Observation and the recording of psychological test administration in neuropsychological evaluations

Will you provide an independent medical opinion or examination on disability insurance claims for both insurance companies and claimants?

Yes, Dr. Finnerty will be happy to review cases for both disability insurance companies and also for people who have a pending disability insurance claim. Dr. Finnerty will offer an independent opinion in keeping with the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology regardless of who is paying for the IMO or IME.

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).

Will you schedule a fitness-for-duty evaluation?

Dr. Finnerty has performed FFD exams in the past but is no longer scheduling them. Dr. Finnerty is willing to perform examinations related to disability/impairment, however.

Do you provide Emotional Support Animal Letters?

No, given that Dr. Finnerty does not typically maintain an ongoing treatment relationship with examinees Dr. Finnerty currently does not perform evaluations related to ESA letters.

Are pets allowed in your office?

No. Unfortunately, Dr. Finnerty's office is located in a large office suite with multiple other businesses. Pets cannot be accommodated. In addition, typically Dr. Finnerty needs to evaluate your functioning when you're not in the presence of your pet.

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 assessments when necessary. Please call Dr. Finnerty to discuss any specific testing questions or needs: (330)495-8809.

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

Dr. Finnerty can administer these tests for you. This is typically done for questions related to giftedness, monitoring academic achievement or disability concerns. However, Dr. Finnerty's fee may be higher than other options. 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.

Learn more about IQ testing with Dr. Finnerty here.

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

More Giftedness links? Sure.
Ohio Association of Gifted Children
National Association for Gifted Children
Hoagies Gifted Education page
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

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.

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.

Is Dr. Finnerty dependent on large payouts from disability insurance companies and/or attorneys involved in workers' compensation claims?

No, Dr. Finnerty is not. Sometimes individuals/organizations are concerned about potential bias due to a professional obtaining a significant percentage of their income from a specific company or referral source (such as attorneys for injured workers or attorneys for employers involved in workers' compensation claims). However, Dr. Finnerty's income is not primarily related to IME's or records reviews for disability insurance companies. The vast majority of Dr. Finnerty's time is spent as an in-house consultant for the state of Ohio's Disability Determination Service. Dr. Finnerty evaluates a wide range of Social Security disability cases on a near-daily basis for Social Security. He is not currently accepting most referrals related to workers' compensation in Ohio other than impairment evaluations for the Ohio Industrial Commission (approximately 4 examinations per month) and can remain as independent as possible on these examinations given that he does not have any conflicts of interest with any outside workers' compensation-related referral sources. Dr. Finnerty also occasionally accepts impairment-related examinations for disability insurance companies. Dr. Finnerty does not charge exorbitant rates for these examinations- he charges the same amount for each exam regardless of who the referral source is (and this amount is consistent with the amount paid by the Ohio Industrial Commission). Dr. Finnerty performs a few medical records reviews related to disability insurance companies per month (however the bulk of his time is spent reviewing Social Security disability claims). Dr. Finnerty's primary source of income is from helping Ohio make decisions on Social Security disability claims.

Do you offer videoconferencing options for examinations/ consultations?

Dr. Finnerty has this ability but is in the early phases of rolling this out for people physically located in Ohio where Dr. Finnerty is licensed. You can learn more here.

Office Video and Audio Recording Policy

Video and/or audio recording is not allowed in Dr. Finnerty's office.

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 tens of thousands of medical records file reviews on Social Security disability claims since 2004. He has also performed hundreds of medical records reviews for disability insurance companies. In addition, he performs psychological evaluations related to disability and workers compensation. You can learn more about Dr. Finnerty here.

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

Why is your website so ugly?

It sure is. Many years ago Dr. Finnerty taught himself HTML and other programming languages. However, to design this website Dr. Finnerty is still using HTML that he writes himself inside a basic text editor (not using CSS or computer programs). For secure operations such as payments or scheduling appointments the website directs you to secure sites made by Microsoft and PayPal. If you spot a typo on this page it is 100% Dr. Finnerty's fault.

Social Media and other online links?

Dr. Finnerty does not communicate with potential examinees or patients over social media and has a limited presence there.

Reviews & IME's (newsletter/community for professionals)

Dr. Finnerty on LinkedIn

Dr. Finnerty on Goodreads

Psychology.news blog

Books by Dr. Finnerty

Nexus Letters blog

Where can I find Dr. Finnerty's books?

Dr. Finnerty's books are available on Amazon.


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