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.
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.