Forensic Assessments

Background

Forensic assessments are a part of the broader category of psychological assessment, separate and distinct from traditional psychological evaluations. Forensic assessment may include traditional psychological assessments but specifically examine forensic measures. The primary purpose of a forensic assessment is to assist decision makers in the legal and criminal justice systems.

Assessments

Typically, an assessment consists of:

  • Clinical diagnostic interview(s), including psychosocial history and functioning.
  • Reviews of police and hospital records and treatment records.
  • Comprehensive battery of standardized tests to assess the specific issues to be addressed.

The Tests

The psychological tests below are the most widely used, accepted and respected in the field at present. They inform and validate the clinical assessment and diagnostic impression.

Selected Neuropsychological Tests & Batteries

  • Mini-Mental State Exam-II (MMSE-II)
  • Wechsler Memory Scale-IV (WMS-IV) (Multi-scale test battery)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale WAIS-IV) (Multi-scale test battery)
  • Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST)
  • Tests & Rating Scales of Executive Functioning (Structure of Intellect test- SOI systems)

Psycho-diagnostic & Personality Testing for Adults

  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-II (MMPI-II/RF)
  • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-IV (MCMI-IV)
  • Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)
  • Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)- correctional setting
  • Millon Inventory of Personality Styles (MIPS)
  • NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent (MMPI-A)
  • Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)
  • Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI)
  • Rorschach Administration and Scoring Systems
  • Thematic Apperception Test for Adults (TAT)
  • Rotter Sentence Completion Blanks
  • Projective Drawings (HTP)
  • Structured Diagnostic Clinical Interviews

Specialized Forensic Tests

  • Multiphasic Sex Inventory-IIā€”Adult and Adolescent forms (MSI)
  • Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI-4)
  • Sexual Violence Risk 20 (SVR-20)
  • STATIC 99R
  • Violence Risk Assessment Instrument (HCR-20)
  • Spousal Assault Risk Assessment (SARA)
  • Psychosexual Life History Questionnaire

Selected competency, criminal responsibility and malingering instruments and tests.

  • Trauma, Abuse, Dissociation and Multiple Personality Inventories
  • Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES-II)
  • Multi-scale Dissociation Inventory (MDI)
  • Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI-II)
  • Detailed Assessment of Post-traumatic Stress (DAPS)
  • Clinician Administered Post-Traumatic Stress Scale (CAPS-5)
  • Dissociative Symptoms Interview Formats

Ethical Standards

I currently hold and maintain licensure in Oregon and California in good standing with no complaints or disciplinary action. I am a member of the Global Institute of Forensic Research, the American Psychology Law Society APA Div 41 and the International Association of Forensic Psychotherapy. As part of my commitment to the ethical practice of Psychology and Forensic Psychotherapy, I keep up to date with the latest research and attend several training sessions per year. The following link is a summary of the speciality APA guidelines I practice and follow:
https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/features/forensic-psychology.pdf