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.
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.
Jordana Ogunsanya-Strong, Psy.D., is a Licensed Psychologist who received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she received her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Chicago. Dr. Ogunsanya-Strong completed her pre-doctoral internship training at Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center, where she provided individual, family, and group therapy to post-adjudicated juveniles using evidence-based interventions. Likewise, she provided psychological evaluations for pre- and post-adjudicated juveniles to assist the courts with appropriate referrals. Here, she received extensive experience conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations in a forensic setting. Additionally, she provided sex offender treatment for juveniles who have been convicted of a sexual offense. Dr. Ogunsanya-Strong completed her post-doctoral training at Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department’s C.A.S.T Unit, where she conducted clinical assessments and made recommendations for community supervision clients. Related, she consulted with criminal court judges and court liaison officers about mental health statuses and appropriate placement of clients. Dr. Ogunsanya-Strong also provided additional testing for the courts to assist with determining differential diagnoses for appropriate placement. Currently, Dr. Ogunsanya-Strong works as a Staff Psychologist at The Children’s Assessment Center, where she provides trauma-focused individual therapy to children and adolescents who have been impacted by childhood sexual abuse as well as therapy services to their family.
Dr. Yasisca Pujols completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. She was hired to work as a forensic psychologist at the VA Health Care Center in Harlingen, Texas in 2013. While in South Texas, she gained considerable experience in the areas of childhood and adult sexual abuse, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Parental Alienation Syndrome, substance abuse comorbidity, and military veteran issues. In 2016, she opened a small forensic-focused private practice in Brownsville, Texas. Since 2018, she has worked independently for the South Texas court systems. Currently, Dr. Pujols provides psychological services including individual and family therapy, psychological assessments, child custody evaluations and court-ordered psychological evaluations. When not in the office, she is actively involved in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is an avid competitor and sports mindset coach.