Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution in criminal cases or civil proceedings. When charged with a felony or misdemeanor, a forensic psychological evaluation can help determine a person’s mental state at the time of the offense and can address issues of competency in legal proceedings. Risk assessments can be provided to guide judicial decision-making regarding placement and sentencing with a wide variety of offenders as well.
In personal injury, workplace discrimination, and sexual harassment cases, forensic psychological assessments can help determine the severity and veracity of claims of psychological distress. Forensic psychological assessments are frequently utilized to guide decision-making in child custody cases and in divorce mediation proceedings as well.
At Dr. Robin Lowey & Associates we provide a variety of forensic evaluations, including:
- Competency to stand trial
- Competency to waive Miranda rights
- Juvenile waiver/amenability
- Pre-sentencing risk assessment
- Psychosexual Evaluations
- Assessment of malingering
- Diminished capacity
- Insanity at the time of the offense
- Post-conviction review of other psychological evaluations
- Pre-employment screening
- Fitness for duty
- Personal injury
- Worker’s compensation
- Sexual harassment
- Age, race, gender discrimination
- Emotional distress
- Divorce mediation
Following the completion of a forensic psychological evaluation, expert witness testimony is provided when needed.