Forensic psychological services go beyond traditional services in that the psychologist has experience in applying psychological principles and interventions to legal matters and situations. Additionally, you need to be aware that an important difference in confidentiality exists in legal cases. Unlike traditional psychological services, the information you provide can be released without your written authorization. In certain legal situations, you do not have confidentiality at the same time your records can be released without your permission. These include: when services are court-ordered; when you are a plaintiff in a lawsuit and when information is ruled as relevant to the welfare of a child. Insurance providers typically will not provide benefit coverage for forensic evaluations.
Premier Psychological Services in Houston, TX can provide you with the following types of Forensic Services
These occur in both ongoing and post-divorce disputes. Commonly requested in cases of child maltreatment or custody cases, these evaluations provide the most extensive assessments including recommendations to prevent future issues. These evaluations are typically composed of intellectual, academic, emotional state, personality, and behavioral assessments, as well as extensive interviews with the child. Collateral interviews and record reviews are also critical components of child evaluations. These evaluations also involve comprehensive psychological evaluations of the parents with the primary focus on each person’s parenting strengths, weaknesses, and on the nature of the relationships between each parent and their children.
If you are seeking an independent psychological evaluation or a determination of competencies or psychological damages, we can help you. Emotional damage, issues of harassment, and possible parental alienation are a few of the many problems we evaluate. In these matters, an interview specifically structured for the referred client is conducted, prior records are extensively reviewed, and research of the most relevant professional resources is conducted. We provide psychological testing to determine intellectual functioning, impairments, and/or malingering.
Dr. Snider is a Licensed Psychologist (Clinical, Clinical Child) who obtained her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Spaulding University with an emphasis in childhood disorders and a specialty in the full spectrum of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Anderson’s significant experience in the assessment process also enables her to consider other conditions or developmental disorders that might co-exist or in some cases better explain the difficulties found within the family seeking help. In addition to her testing and therapy contributions with Premier Psychological Services, she also provides comprehensive developmental services for infants and children with neurological differences Dr. Anderson also has a strong reputation in Houston providing exceptional forensic services. She has provided court ordered evaluations as well as therapy for a variety of issues. She also has experience with testifying in court as well as consulting with attorneys and other professionals. One of the highest compliments we receive is that attorneys and judges seek the un-biased services of Dr. Anderson for their most difficult cases.
Dr. Shea is a Licensed Psychologist (Clinical, Clinical Child) who obtained her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Shea holds a B.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a forensic specialization, as well as an Associate in Arts degree in Biblical Studies. Additional training in neuropsychology allows her to share with families’ valuable insight into the interaction of mental and physical health. Dr. Shea, a certified Child Advocate, is the Director of Psychology for the non-profit “I'm Bully Free!” whose mission is to protect all children and provide a safe environment. Dr. Shea has a passion for working with children and a commitment to providing effective therapy services and unbiased custody evaluations. She recently completed state-of-the-art training with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts during their 11th symposium entitled: Child Custody Evaluations in 2014. Dr. Shea is devoted to representing the voice of choice for children and victims. She has additional experience providing court appointed evaluations for competency to stand trial cases, mock jury consulting as well as working with traumatic brain injury clients involved in litigation. She regularly provides individual, family, and group therapy and has significant experience working with victims of violence and abuse. She is also the founder of Consulting, Assessment & Mediation services (CAMS).
Hilary Sherry, Ph.D is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist in the states of Texas and New York. She received her Master’s degree in psychology from Boston University and her Doctorate in clinical and forensic psychology from Sam Houston State University. She completed an internship at Manhattan Psychiatric Center in Manhattan, NY, focusing on serious and persistent mental illness, personality disorders and psychological assessment. She works with adults (starting at age 18) conducting psychological, neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments. Dr. Sherry also specializes in forensic assessments. Her scope of forensic practice includes conducting risk assessments, NGRI evaluations, competency to stand trial, and child custody evaluations. Dr. Sherry also has significant experience conducting neuropsychological evaluations for adults with acquired and traumatic brain injuries, neurodevelopmental disorders (including ADHD), stroke, dementia, and multiple sclerosis, as well as comorbid psychiatric diagnoses that impact their neuropsychological functioning.