Forensic Psychology

Neuropsychology, Psychometrics, Forensic, Cognitive Psychology

Forensic psychology is a field that combines the practice of psychology and the law. Those who work in this field utilize psychological expertise as it applies to the justice system. The word 'forensic' originates from the Latin word 'forensics,' which means "the forum," or the court system of Ancient Rome.

 

The American Board of Forensic Psychology describes this field as the application of psychology to issues that involve the law and legal system. Interest in forensic psychology has grown significantly in recent years. 

Our Forensic Services

  • Criminal Proceedings: Psychiatric and psychological evaluations can assist the court in all phases of criminal proceedings. These services must first be approved by a criminal court judge. Services provided include:

    • Determination of competency: to stand trial, plead guilty, waive one’s right to an attorney, or refuse an insanity defense

    • Determination of mental state at the time of the offense (e.g., not guilty by reason of insanity)

    • Determination of sentencing, including death penalty mitigation

  • Venture Capital and Private Equity: Assessing the quality of an organization's founder or executive team is important for alignment and future growth. If VC or PE is able to ensure continuity by ensuring the mental strength of a companies leadership, an 18 percent higher success rate is achieved.

  • Civil Commitment: Psychiatrists and psychologists also play an important role in civil commitment and the prediction of dangerousness to both self and others.

  • Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Evaluations: Independent Medical Evaluations (IME) for Workers' Compensation are performed for various industrial injuries. Personal injury evaluations are also performed.

  • Medical and Psychological Malpractice: Our team can serve as an expert in the determination of the quality of professional psychiatric and psychological services provided and determine if standards of care were met.

  • Federal Courts:  Our team of psychologists have experience in anti-discrimination and entitlement law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the determination of disability for Social Security

Success Story

Overview

Due to his declining health, the owner of a metal fabricating company promoted his son to CEO much sooner than expected. However, there was no identified successor ready to backfill the son’s position as COO. They needed to find a unique candidate who both had operational experience to replace the son as COO, as well as strategic experience for his son to rely on in place of him. They conducted a search but inconsistent hiring practices resulted in a series of false starts. The pattern had begun to cast doubt on the viability of the transition plan. Psynamics evaluated the current hiring process and found communication with candidates was missing, hiring decisions were random, interviewers were unprepared, and in this case talking openly about feeling overlooked for the position themselves. We designed a new predictive talent acquisition process with various psychometric tests, benchmarks, and interview guidelines. This ensured every candidate had a professional experience, and improved the selection decisions of the hiring committee.

Regional Fabricating Co.

Industry: Manufacturing

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Size: 210 employees / $250M

Company Bio

A 4 th generational fabricating company with global buyers and new plant overseas.

“We didn’t know what we didn’t know. We considered a hundred reasons for this problem, and tried recklessly to solve all of them. When the psychology team synthesized the issues and gave us a plan, we hired a COO, completed the transition plan, and started growing the company. It was perfect.”

-Happy Client

CEO

Robert W.

The Result:

The new predictive talent acquisition process landed the company a high impact, well-rounded COO to strengthen the team.

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