A Forensic Psychological Evaluation is a psychological evaluation conducted in a medical-legal, administrative-legal, criminal litigation, or civil litigation context.
Security and Law Enforcement
I specialize in conducting forensic psychological evaluations needed by current or aspiring security officers applying for PA Act 235 Lethal Weapons Certification, applicants for PA Act 120 certification, NJ Police or Correctional Officer Academy applicants, security and law enforcement officers needing a psychological fitness for duty evaluation.
Firearms Permits and Licenses
I conduct psychological evaluations for applicants for PA and NJ gun permits needing proof of good mental health, and people seeking restoration of gun rights after a 302 or involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital.
I conduct psychological evaluations with civil litigants (e.g., worker compensation, personal injury) who are referred to determine to what extent they are suffering psychological damages associated with conditions such as PTSD and chronic pain following an accident, an injury, or alleged medical or psychological malpractice.
I conduct psychological examinations with criminal defendants who are referred to determine if there are significant mitigating factors associated with the crimes for which they have been charged.
I do forensic investigative hypnosis in selected criminal cases that have reached a standstill. The purpose of using hypnosis in this context is to obtain additional information to be followed up with further external investigation and corroboration that could help in solving the case.
Case Review and Expert Testimony
I have served as an expert witness in hundreds of cases and have testified as a psychology expert in court in over 100 cases. In the civil arena, I have served as an expert, performed case reviews, conducted psychological evaluations, and given sworn testimony in matters pertaining to malingering, chronic pain, neuro-cognitive deficits, competency, psychiatric disability, physical disability, and the extent and permanence of disability, damages and injuries.
For several years, I served as a Medical Psychology Expert for the Special Security Administration in adult and child disability determination cases.
In the criminal arena, I have served as an expert, performed case reviews, conducted psychological evaluations, and given sworn testimony in matters related to capital punishment and the death penalty, and in homicide trials involving the plea of “self-defense”.