Forensic Psychological Evaluation
Forensic psychology is an area of practice where psychologists help to clarify aspects of a legal question. Forensic psychologists seek to do this through evaluating individuals and families; consulting to lawyers, courts, and law enforcement agencies; conducting research and developing theory; and assisting in the development of public policy.
Forensic psychological evaluation is a complex process that involves extensive interviewing, collection of collateral information, and psychological testing. Some forensic consultations can be less extensive and focused on limited aspects of a referral question. Opinions regarding forensic cases cannot be offered via e-mail unless a professional relationship has been established beforehand. Such a relationship is typically arranged with Dr. Boss by an attorney.
This is a summary of the types of forensic consultation that Dr. Boss provides:
Criminal forensic psychological evaluation and expert testimony.
- Criminal responsibility and diminished capacity
- Competency to stand trial
- Violence risk assessment
- Aid in sentencing
- Competency to waive Miranda rights
- Sex offender evaluation and risk assessment
- Juvenile evaluations
- Consultation to criminal investigators and law enforcement
Civil forensic psychological evaluation and testimony.
- Personal (psychological) injury
- Employment disability and workers compensation
- Pre-employment psychological screening
- Fitness for duty
- Consultation to employers regarding behavioral problems in the workplace, potential workplace violence
- Immigration: rehabilitation, psychological hardship, asylum, competency to proceed
Inquiries regarding careers in forensic psychology should be directed to the American Psychology-Law Society