What is Forensic Psychiatry?
Forensic psychiatry is the sub-specialty of psychiatry dealing with the interface between psychiatry and the law. Forensic psychiatrists serve as consultants and expert witnesses for civil and criminal attorneys, the judiciary, government and non-government agencies, and corporations. Some are involved in treating individuals in correctional institutions or in mandated treatment settings.
Our Areas of Expertise
At Forensic Psyciatric Associates Medical Corporation (“FPAMed”), our forensic psychiatrists can be retained as a consultant or expert witness when mental health concerns intersect with legal matters. Areas we cover include:
Our forensic psychiatrist expert is presented with questions that involve the application of psychiatric medicine, technique and information to legal matters sometimes derived from statute or case law. Ethically, a forensic psychiatric evaluation is always necessary when addressing diagnostic issues.
The Psychiatric Evaluation
A forensic psychiatric evaluation employs in-depth interview techniques of clinical psychiatry, but also relies upon collateral sources of information, addresses more prominently the possibility of malingered (feigned) psychiatric illness, and attempts to answer specific medical-legal (psychiatric) questions. The evaluation is not treatment: indeed, the need for objectivity demands that it be performed outside of a treatment relationship.
Our Ethical Code
In the United States, the practice of forensic psychiatry is governed by a strict code of ethics, derived from the Principles of Medical Ethics as codified by the American Medical Association and as applied to psychiatric practice by the American Psychiatric Association and further modified by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (“AAPL”), the most prominent professional organization for Forensic Psychiatry. AAPL is a subsidiary organization of the American Psychiatric Association. The APA has its own unique Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.
Forensic Psychiatric Assessment of Multi-Plaintiff “Mass Torts” Claims
Mark I. Levy, MD and other members of the fpamed have conducted over a dozen evaluations of populations involved in multi-plaintiff ligation covering train crashes and other personal injury accident claims, water table pollution, asbestos, mold infestation and other toxic tort claims, as well as civil rights violation claims. fpamed has developed a team approach to screening a potentially injured population (and/or “class”) and then focusing in and performing more detailed forensic assessment of those individuals who appear upon screening to be significantly damaged.
Forensic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Anlee Kuo, JD, MD, a forensic child and adolescent psychiatrist and member of the FPAMed team, co-authored a chapter on forensic child and adolescent psychiatry in the Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Third Edition, American Psychiatric Publishing, Washington, D.C., 2004. The chapter includes the following sections and topics:
To download a copy of Dr. Kuo’s chapter, click here.
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