Clinical Forensic

Child Custody and Forensic Services at APPS

Understanding a client’s cognitive functioning and psychological profile are an important part of building a successful legal defense.

The skilled team at APPS, through state-of-the-art psychiatric, psychological and neuropsychological evaluations, provides an objective evaluation of clients’ mental status in the context of relevant legal issues. These evaluations can provide psychological profiling, an assessment of client competency, an objective evaluation of distress experienced, as well as an assessment of the client’s psychological functioning.

APPS clinicians have extensive legal experience including a nationally renowned forensic psychiatrist and psychologists with direct experience working for the Justice Department and the DC Superior Court.

Psychological and psychiatric evaluations and expert testimony can assist in many kinds of cases for which we are experienced and available for consultation:

Please contact us to schedule a consultation.

Areas of Forensic Services provided by APSS


  • Civil Personal Injury
  • Employment Litigation
  • Emotional Distress
  • Age, Race, Gender Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Medical or Psychiatric Malpractice
  • Mental and Psychiatric Disability Claims
  • Long and Short Term Disability Insurance Claims (includes Personal Injury and Inability to Work)
  • Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence
  • Return to Work Evaluations
  • Fitness for Duty Evaluations
  • Capacity to Contract/Make Medical Treatment Decisions
  • Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship Evaluations
  • Civil Commitment
  • Dangerousness Assessments
    • Suicide Risk Assessment
    • Violence Risk Assessment
    • Risk Assessment for Release from Incarceration
  • VA Discharge Upgrade Evaluations and Benefits Claims
  • Cancellation of Deportation Application
  • Evaluation of “Extreme Hardship” to a U.S. Relative for Immigration Purposes
  • Evaluation for Asylum Eligibility
  • Peer Reviewed Forensic Consultation

Children and Family Law

  • Custody and Visitation Issues
  • Child Neglect and Abuse
  • Divorce
  • Contested Estates and Probate
  • Child Custody Evaluations
  • Parenting Capacity Evaluations
  • Termination or Modification of Parental Rights


  • Competency to Stand Trial
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Diminished Capacity/Actuality Pleas
  • Malingering
  • Pre-Sentencing Assessments
  • Juvenile Fitness Evaluations
  • Mens Rea
  • Sexual Offenders
  • Criminal Insanity
  • Competency to Stand Trial
  • State of Mind Evaluations (Insanity Defense and Extreme Emotional Disturbance)
  • Pre-sentencing Evaluations (for purposes of mitigation)
  • Competency to Waive Miranda rights
  • Competency to Understand the Proceedings of a Plea Bargain