Forensic psychology involves leveraging education and experience in clinical psychology to apply that knowledge to court-related matters. A forensic evaluation is different from therapy or counseling in that it involves the assessment of individuals within a legal context. The need for a forensic evaluation is often indicated by the need for an objective opinion in a psycholegal matter.
For those who have been referred for a forensic evaluation, Dr. Dohrenwend provides independent assessments that can assist in a variety of areas, including competency, behavioral functioning, emotional state, pathology and motivational features as appropriate. Familiar with applicable legal concepts and procedure, she consults with judges, attorneys, and litigants on a variety of issues. Dr. Dohrenwend works with children, adolescents and adults.
In addition to careful review of all records, assessment and interview, and preparation of a detailed report, expert testimony is also available.
Forensic evaluations include a comprehensive clinical interview, review of all relevant records and a full assessment of emotional, cognitive and behavioral health.
Our comprehensive assessment includes a number of different evaluations for a full assessment of emotional, cognitive and behavioral health. The evaluation usually involves incorporating collateral sources of data such as records or interviews of others. Evaluation of collateral documents and information collected through collateral interview is critical to an accurate evaluation as it can help to identify consistency or inconsistency with evaluee reports.
Through a forensic psychological evaluation we can provide expertise to judicial, administrative, and educational systems, offer expert opinion about psychological issues, serve as a trial consultant to attorneys, the courts, or others.
The evaluation may be used in criminal or civil court, by employers, or by insurance companies to determine the following: