Forensic Psychology: Defined
I know the name may sound like I provide counseling to dead people, but I assure you, that's not the case. Forensic psychology is psychology as it relates to the law. Many psychologists currently work within the legal system, either with the correctional system, outpatient treatment centers, or private practice, like myself. If you are working in a setting where your patients or clients have contact with the law, that is a forensic setting.
Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology
In most situations, a good lawyer is able to think of the many possible outcomes of a case where they either lose, or (hopefully) win. It's my job as a forensic neuropsychologist to help expand those scenarios into areas that might not have been explored yet. For example, if you've been in a car accident, and are now experiencing mental health issues, such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which are affecting your ability to function the way you had previously, your lawyer might be tempted to only explore the PTSD aspect of your case. Which is an excellent route, and likely a path towards a winning verdict. As an expert in organic and non-organic brain disorders, I might suggest looking at any possible neurological aspects that might have occurred as a result of the accident; a brain injury for instance. By using my knowledge of the brain and mental health, I can help expand the possible outcomes, which may strengthen the case in a person's favor.
I have worked with the legal system in various capacities. I have provided counseling services within the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and to recently released offenders who are just starting parole, and have worked with offenders seeking treatment for drug addiction. I have provided expert consultation on numerous legal cases, and have extensive training with various types of forensic assessment, including competency to stand trial, malingering assessment, psychopathy assessment, memory issues, substance abuse screening, and symptom identification. I provide mental health evaluations, deposition services, in court testimony, case consultation, and record review services. I provide free, 30 minute phone consultations for forensic services to see if I am able assist with the case, or if the relationship is going to be a good fit.
Please call to schedule a free, 30 minute consult. Visit the Fees & Insurance page for my fee schedule for forensic psychology services.