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

The skilled team at Ashburn Psychological and Psychiatric Services (APS), through state-of-the-art psychiatric, psychological and neuropsychological evaluations, provide 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.

APS 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:


Custody and Visitation Issues
Child Neglect and Abuse
Contested Estates and Probate


Civil Personal Injury
Employment Litigation
Emotional Distress
Age, Race, Gender Discrimination
Sexual Harassment


Competency to Stand Trial
Cognitive Impairment
Diminished Capacity/Actuality Pleas
Criminal Insanity
Pre-Sentencing Assessments
Juvenile Fitness Evaluations
Mens Rea
Sexual Offenders