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Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Formal psychological evaluation generally involves various kinds of examination, including cognitive, personality, neuropsychological, and forensic assessments. Psychological evaluation typically follows referral from physicians, attorneys, the court, or other mental health professionals, with a request that particular kinds of issues or questions be addressed.The assessment most often entails a combination of clinical interview, psychological testing, and a review of records and other collateral information.

Forensic psychological evaluation involves the interface between psychology and the law, and refers to the application of psychological knowledge to the criminal and civil justice systems. Over the past decade, I have become increasingly involved in forensic assessment and am certified as a Forensic Evaluator by the Oregon Health Authority. As such, I provide Criminal Forensic Evaluation as related to the following psycholegal issues:

Competency to Stand Trial, involving a determination of the defendant's capacity to understand the nature of the proceedings against him/her, to assist and cooperate with counsel, and to participate in his/her own defense.

Guilty Except for Insanity, involving an examination of whether at the time of engaging in the alleged criminal conduct, the defendant, as a result of mental disease or defect, lacked substantial capacity either to appreciate the criminality of their conduct or to conform their conduct to the requirements of the law.

Mental State at the Time of the Offense/Diminished Capacity, involving an opinion regarding whether a defendant, suffering from mental disease or defect, had the capacity to form the intent to commit the alleged crime.

Sentence Mitigation, involving situations wherein a defendant's mental disturbance, despite their not being found to be insane, may be used to mitigate sentencing.

Violence Risk Assessment, involving an examination of empirically-based individual/dispositional, historical, social/contextural, and clinical risk factors associated with future violence.

Psychopathy and Other Personality Disorders, involving an assessment of whether a defendant is diagnosable with a deeply ingrained and maladaptive pattern of relating to the world which may underlie criminal conduct. Psychopathy, in particular, characterized by aggressive narcissism and chronic antisocial behavior, is a potent predictor of illegal behavior and violence towards others.

Malingering, involving an opinion regarding the extent to which an evaluee may exaggerate or feign psychological impairment, motivated by external incentives, including financial gain or the avoidance of criminal prosecution.

Additionally, I provide Civil Forensic Evaluation related to Personal Injury cases, involving an assessment of cognitive and/or emotional difficulties associated with traumatic injury, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. While not a Neuropsychologist, I am a Clinical Psychologist with training in neuropsychology, who evaluates mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussive Syndrome.

I have experience with expert courtroom testimony as well as consultation with attorneys, including the provision of recommendations for the cross-examination of other experts.

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