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Our services in this area addresses a full range of situations where the expert opinion of a forensic psychologist is necessary.  Examples include the following types of situations:

  • “I am not sure the evaluation I obtained was credible and I am in a legal situation”
  • “Does my child or my adult son or daughter have disabilities qualifying them for free government services?”,
  • “How can I get an assessment so my child can be served through the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)?”
  • “How can I figure out if my adult son or daughter fulfill the psychological criteria to receive Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)?”

Below this menu of services you will find comments from past clients or professionals reviewing Dr. Brunner’s work.

See my full list of clinical, career guidance and forensic evaluation and treatment services

Menu of Forensic Services

Expert Second Opinion Consultation Evaluation:

Factors assessed: Forensic psychological expert review of various work products, including testimony or  psychological reports. 

Purposes: Evaluate credibility of a report and diagnoses, testimony, and whether more assessment is needed.  Identify the strong vs weak aspects of a behavioral health practitioner’s work.  Strategize the next best steps in order to most economically proceed forward.  Help clients gain a masterful grasp of the nuances of the case and foresee likely areas of future dispute.

Forensic Disability Evaluation – Narrow Scope:

Factors assessed Identify delays (emotional, behavioral, cognitive social) deficits impacting growth or development, including factors causing immaturity, lack of independence, failure to thrive, etc.  

Purposes:  Determine if client meets legal statutes (e.g., State of Arizona) or organizational (e.g., DDD, SSDI, DES, AZ Long Term Care) criteria to determine if they qualify for services, from the viewpoint of the psychologist.

Comprehensive Forensic Disability Evaluation – Broad Scope:

Factors assessed:  Incudes all components of the narrow scope disability evaluation named above. But also assess the complete situation, and puts any disability related issues into context against the backdrop of their general vocational, personality, familial, economic and environmental circumstances.  

Purposes:  Provide a report (as needed) that can be submitted for review by legal parties such as the Social Security Disability Administration (SSDA), Department of Economic Security (DES) or AZ Long Term Care.

Forensic Fitness for Duty (FFD) Workplace Evaluation

Factors assessed: Psychologically assess any and all factors related to work performance, to help a person or organization understand if a professional needs any ongoing monitoring or practice limitations.  Includes record review. 

Purposes: Determine set of recommendations that allow an employee to work safely and competently. 

Forensic General Psychological Evaluation (Court ordered or Private Party)

Factors assessed: Assesses a full array of neuropsychological or personality factors and identify any diagnoses (E.g., ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia) cognitive or personality tendencies that affect daily functioning.  Includes record review.  

Purposes: Help the court and judge or a private party (attorney or private person) gain a bird’s eye view of overall psychological functioning by understanding predominating characteristics, impairments (e.g., poor memory or slow processing), or personality tendencies (anger problems) impairing learning, relationships, motivation or productivity.  

Forensic Learning Disability/Psychological/Neuropsychological Evaluation – Broad Scope:

Factors assessed: Examines learning issues that bear upon legally defined need for appropriate services, as defined by jurisdictional statutes and laws.  Examples include determining whether a school district is legally required to provide services that their district is not able to provide in-house.  

Purposes: Identify what accommodations are necessary to offer a person equal access to their educational or workplace institution, per local and federal laws  

Forensic Parenting Fitness evaluation – Court ordered or Private

Factors assessed: Examines a parent’s competence as a parent, and identifies any diagnostic issues or impairing tendencies affecting treatment of child. 

Purposes: Identify any issues that needs to be addressed to help parent serve in their role competently 

Forensic Personal Injury Evaluation

Factors assessed: Examines a parent’s psychological competence as a parent, and identifies any diagnostic issues or impairing tendencies affecting treatment of child. 

Purposes: Identify any issues that needs to be addressed to help parent serve in their role competently 

Feedback from forensic clients or professionals