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

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