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Forensic Psychiatric Services

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Forensic Psychiatry is a sub-specialty of psychiatry.  My practice of Forensic Psychiatry allows me to integrate my love for psychiatry with my interest in the legal system.  It has been my experience, that all too often, when these two disciplines interface (i.e., in a trial setting or in a disability claim), there is a need for an expert to clearly identify, explain and elucidate how psychiatric illness does and does not manifest, present and come into play.  My knowledge of psychiatry, familiarity with legal settings, and report writing skills have proven to be both necessary and valuable assets to my clients and patients.


Types of evaluations offered include:

Civil:
  • Impaired professionals
  • Fitness for duty
  • Emotional damages 
  • Sexual Harassment 
  • Sexual misconduct 
  • Sexual deviancy 
  • Assessment of violence potential 
  • Malpractice 
  • Psychiatric standards of care 
  • Addictive behaviors of all types 

Criminal:

 

  • Competency to stand trial
  • Sanity at the time of the offense
  • Capacity to understand and waive Miranda
  • Mental retardation


 

Do you have a question? Please read our frequently asked questions and answers.




What is forensic psychiatry?

Forensic Psychiatry is a sub-specialty of Psychiatry which entails the interplay of psychiatry and the law.  Typically, the field is divided into two areas:  Civil and Criminal.  The civil aspect of Forensic Psychiatry entails matters such as fitness for duty, various forms of addiction, sexual misconduct, psychic damages and assessment of violence potential.  The criminal aspect of Forensic Psychiatry entails matters such as state of mind at the time of the alleged offense (insanity), competence to stand trial, capacity to understand and waive Miranda and dangerousness.





What role would a forensic psychiatrist play in a trial or other dispute?

Not uncommonly, psychiatric illness is believed to play a role in a dispute.  A forensic psychiatrist is often well positioned to provide critical and valuable information to the trier of fact.  For example, a plaintiff may assert that the alleged harassment by a supervisor caused them to habitually drink alcohol, become depressed, and therefore perform poorly on the job leading to termination.  A forensic psychiatrist could examine the circumstances in which the harassment allegedly took place, look at the history and vulnerability of the plaintiff and following analysis, render several possible opinions. Some of the type of opinions that could be rendered entail, for example, whether the plaintiff's clinical presentation and symptoms are typical of, and consistent with what is usually seen in the course of true psychiatric illness.  Alternatively, a forensic psychiatrist may also be able to provide substantive clinical evidence in support of the plaintiff's claim.




Do you take sides?

I have been hired by multiple parties involved in a dispute; I have been hired by the defense, prosecution and plaintiff's counsel.   Prior to undertaking an assessment, I do not promise any outcome other than to be fair, complete and unbiased in rendering my opinion.