Dr. James provides a variety of forensic psychological services including forensic mental health evaluations, expert witness testimony, attorney consultation, and case preparation. Typically, forensic services are court-ordered, attorney-retained, or referred by an agency such as the Department of Social Services, Law Enforcement Agency, or other third party.  Because forensic services are provided for the referring agency, they can not be billed to insurance companies.  Reasons include: the services are not deemed "medically necessary" for examinee (they may be legally or occupationally necessary) and privilege and record ownership (owned by the retaining party or court, not the examinee) belong to the retaining party rather than the examinee.  When selecting an evaluator, it is crucial to retain someone with knowledge of the governing legal statutes as well as ongoing training in the area of psychology and the law.

Attorney Consultation

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Case planning and strategy support
Child forensic interview reviews and consultation
Review and critique of mental health records/evaluations
Preparation for direct and cross examinations
Training to attorneys and paralegals regarding issues of 
mental health within the legal system

 

Agency Consultation
Threat assessment
Training to medical/mental health staff regarding forensic vs clinical work
School threat assessment and management training and policy consultation 

 

Forensic Evaluations & Expert Witness Testimony
 
Civil

​​Child custody/parenting plans

Child forensic interviewing

Child abuse/neglect 

Fitness for duty

Guardianship/conservatorship

Mental/psychological injury

Criminal - Adult and Juvenile 

Criminal competencies

Criminal responsibility / mental state at the time

Capital and non-capital mitigation