FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATIONS IN CRIMINAL CASES
Psychological Consultant: Psychologists may be hired by attorneys to consult on a case “behind the scenes”. Examples include educating the attorney about a client’s mental illness, assisting in jury selection or cross-examination, or critiquing another psychologist’s evaluation report.
Expert Witness: A psychologist may be asked to testify in court as an expert. The evaluation report may be read out loud in open court, and the expert must answer questions about the report and what transpired during conversations with the respondent and any other involved individual. The expert may be asked to discuss their knowledge regarding the research in a specific area of psychology as it relates to the respondent. Psychological experts may also be asked to educate the court on a specific mental health-related topic. Retainer includes preparation estimate.
Fact Witness: A psychologist who has previously evaluated or treated an individual in a clinical context may be asked to testify in court as a fact witness. The psychologist may be asked to discuss the evaluation or psychotherapy with the respondent, details of what was disclosed during sessions, and comment on the respondent’s mental health. Retainer includes preparation estimate.
General Psychological: An attorney or judge may request a general psychological evaluation in a divorce proceeding or any case in which a person’s mental health is in question. The resulting report includes the individual’s current mental status, diagnosis, and recommendations.
Violence Risk Assessment: Aims to determine whether an individual has a mental disorder and the level of dangerousness, but not to determine whether an individual committed a specific offense.
Psychosexual: This is a complete psychological evaluation with an additional heavy emphasis on sexual development, values, thoughts, interests, and behaviors.
Psychosexual with Risk Assessment: Often called a Sex Offender Specific Evaluation (SOSE), this examination is the same as a psychosexual evaluation with the addition of an assessment of the risk of committing a future sexual offense. We use only evidence-based actuarial risk assessment instruments and are prepared to defend their use in court.
Capital and Homicide Cases: We are experienced evaluators in murder cases, having evaluated defendants to assess competency, criminal responsibility, and mitigating factors.
We offer the following criminal forensic psychological services in NC.
We are based in Cary, NC, but we do travel for forensic services.
FAQ about Forensic Psychological Evaluations
Please note that we conduct our psychological evaluations within the strict ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association and the laws and rules of the North Carolina Psychology Board. As such, we cannot guarantee a specific outcome, diagnosis, or recommendation upon conducting an evaluation. There is certainly a chance that you will be unhappy with the results or that the evaluation will not benefit your case, and we do not issue refunds. We strongly suggest that you discuss with your attorney prior to hiring us for your court-related psychological evaluation, and we also suggest that you have your attorney consult with us prior to the evaluation. Finally, forensic evaluations must be paid out-of-pocket and will not be billed to your health insurance company.
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While our forensic psychologists in Cary have rich backgrounds in various forensic areas, they particularly specialize in sex offender risk assessment and treatment. Dr. Mary Anne Etheridge has testified several dozen times in sex offender cases and has completed well over one hundred psychosexual evaluations with risk assessment. She has over 200 clock hours of training specifically regarding sex offender assessment and treatment, and she has conducted independent research in sex offender risk assessment.
Dr. Roy Etheridge is the former Director of Mental Health at Harnett Correctional Institution in Lillington, NC, which included oversight of one of the largest mental health programs in the North Carolina prison system and oversight of the only sex offender program in the NC prison system (SOAR). As a private practitioner, he has worked with the federal government assessing criminal recidivism risk and overseeing the treatment of federal sex offenders on probation in North Carolina. He held the position of Clinical Services Director for the state's federal probation program overseeing sex offenders via a contracted company until 2015.
Call us if you need a violence risk assessment, sex offender specific evaluation, competency to stand trial evaluation, ITP evaluation, or other court-ordered psychological evaluation. Our forensic psychologists in Cary, NC completed forensic doctoral internships and residencies, and they have years of experience in forensic psychology in several different states. Both of our forensic psychologists have qualified and testified as an expert witness in Wake County, NC.