Dana R. Anderson, Psy.D.
Role of a Forensic Psychologist
A forensic psychologist is a psychologist who works in the criminal justice or court system. A forensic psychologist provides psycholegal evaluations and opinions to the court or attorney if retained privately. Typically the court is the client and the judge orders psychological evaluations with a specific legal question, citing relevant penal codes to be answered. A forensic psychologist answers the legal question by providing a report to the judge that includes conclusions and recommendations regarding the legal issue.
Forensic Psychological Evaluation
A forensic evaluation includes forensic assessment inventories, clinical psychopathology assessments, and clinical and neuropsychological screeners and tests to determine potential diagnoses and pathology. An evaluation includes a review of relevant legal documents, criminal complaints, medical and mental health records, and consultation with the plaintiff’s and defendant’s attorney.
Where Do Interviews Take Place?
Forensic interviews typically take place while a defendant is in custody at the county jail or detained at a correctional facility.
If the defendant is not detained, they can take place at the attorney’s office.