Forensic Assessment

Forensic evaluation services are designed to help educate and inform courts and attorneys about psychological evidence or science that might have a bearing on legal issues in court. These can include:

  • Civil issues such as evidence of injury, whether a person has mental conditions or abnormalities, or whether a condition would influence a person’s capacity to function.
  • Criminal matters in which impulse control, decision-making, or the likelihood of engaging in a specific act may be relevant to a  case.
  • Competency questions regarding whether a person has the cognitive ability to participate appropriately at work, determine their own needs, or work effectively with others.

Forensic evaluations require a level of documentation, scientific foundation, and methodology that exceeds what is usual and customary in clinical practice.  It is also important that the subject of the evaluation understands that the expert’s ultimate responsibility is to the court. Because the “client” is most often the plaintiff’s or respondent’s attorney and not the person being evaluated, different procedures regarding confidentiality, documentation, and other factors apply.

If you believe that you are in need of a forensic evaluation, please discuss the matter with your attorney. We are happy to discuss how we might be able to help with you but be aware that we must work directly with your attorney. The attorney’s knowledge of statutory requirements, case law, and procedural needs is often paramount in forensic evaluations.  Since we are not lawyers, it is important for the person being evaluated to understand that we do not give legal advice.

Please note:  Due to ethical constraints, we are unable to perform forensic evaluations for former clients who have received treatment. Also, fees for forensic services are often significantly higher than our clinical rates.