Handling the Psychological Aspect of Criminal and Civil Investigations
Idigo Forensic and Clinical Psychology is a business led by a skilled forensic psychologist. I serve different people in New Jersey, conducting different assessments and providing my professional expertise to aid in civil and criminal matters.
Criminal Forensic Evaluations
This evaluation aims to identify whether a person has a mental disorder and their potential level of future dangerousness. However, the violence risk assessment is not used to verify whether an individual committed a specific offense.
In this psychological evaluation, there is an additional emphasis on the following:
- Sexual Development
This assessment also includes the examination of a person’s risk of committing future sexual offenses. The evaluation uses evidence-based actuarial and structured professional judgement risk assessment instruments.
Civil Forensic Evaluations
In some cases, courts require detailed psychological information about a parent and their child’s relationship. A forensic psychologist helps answer questions about parenting issues or address general parental capacity.
- Child Custody
- Parenting Risk
- Relocation Risk
- Substance Abuse and Addictive Behaviors
Individuals and couples need a psychological evaluation to assess their emotional stability and readiness to adopt and parent a child.
The assessment focuses on the following factors:
- Potential Underlying Psychopathology
- Quality of the Marital Relationship
- Intended Child-Rearing Practices
- Motivations for Adoption
Independent Medical Examination (IME)
This evaluation quantifies the presence or extent of cognitive and/or emotional change following actual or suspected illness or injury. An IME can also be conducted for legal purposes to obtain a second opinion about diagnosis or treatment and to:
- Determine Suitability for Specific Types of Employment
- Evaluate Possible Impairments With Specific Tasks
Forensic mental health evaluations are essential for immigration cases, particularly for people who have experienced trauma. The most common immigration evaluations include:
- Extreme Hardship Waivers
- Political Asylum
- Naturalization Waivers (N-648)
The court often needs a psychologist’s expertise to determine whether mental injury exists, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A personal injury evaluation includes:
- Clinical Interview
- Record Review
- Psychological Testing
- Contacting Collateral Sources in the Case
A forensic assessment is done for various matters in public safety, such as:
- Fitness for Duty
- Pre-Employment Screening
- Critical Incident Debriefing
- Wellness Session For Law Enforcement
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Get in touch with me to learn more about my forensic evaluation services. I look forward to helping you with your investigation.