Forensic and Non-Forensic
--Attorneys, governmental, or law enforcement personnel should refer to my Forensic Psychological Services Retainer Agreement and Fee Schedule for more information.
Psychological assessment is the process by which a mental health professional evaluates the mental status of an individual using interviews, clinical observations, psychological testing and, when relevant, reviews of documents or even contact with collateral individuals. The assessment process usually culminates in the preparation of a written report that offers a diagnosis and prognosis, suggests recommendations for treatment, and responds to other specific forensic or non-forensic referral questions. These assessments are often used in legal settings to document a wide variety of psychologically relevant facts, i.e., work-related emotional injury, fitness for duty as a police officer, or the capacity to adequately parent a minor child.
Other mental health professionals and physicians also use psychological assessments to evaluate an individual's depth of depression or risk of suicide or violent behavior, to confirm a diagnosis, or to suggest ideas for intervention. In recent years, I have specialized in administrative law -- legal proceedings involving licensed professionals such as physicians, psychologists, and attorneys -- and employment law -- involving matters such as age discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination
I have extensive experience conducting psychological assessments having performed more than 500 over the course of my career. I began conducting forensic assessments in 1980 and currently do an average of 15 per year for a variety of legal proceedings including in the areas of family, personal injury, will and probate, labor, criminal, and administrative law. The cases are evenly distributed between plaintiff and defense. I also perform an average of 15 non-forensic assessments per year for other health professionals.