What Is a Forensic Psychologist?
Forensic Psychology is the interplay between psychology and the law. Forensic psychologists provide a unique role in helping to address legal questions both in civil and criminal matters. Unlike forensic psychiatrists, forensic psychologists often use psychological testing to assist in answering complex legal questions regarding criminal defendants' risk to re-offend, diagnoses, fitness to stand trial, and criminal responsibility. Such evaluations often play an important role in decisions about sentencing and release. Forensic psychological services are also frequently requested in civil matters to render expert opinion about psychological injury, disability, and fitness for employment.
Unlike clinical work, forensic evaluations require a neutral non-partisan approach. Dr. Goldenson is very aware of limits of confidentiality. She is fair, thorough, and respectful and works in a collaborative and thoughtful manner. Dr. Goldenson is committed to further training and keeps up to date with the newest models of forensic assessment. She also actively publishes and teaches in this niche field, particularly in the domains of intimate partner violence, trauma, and at risk youth.
Dr. Goldenson has been hired to travel provincially at the request of lawyers to answer questions pertaining to an accused individual's general mental health and diagnosis and risk to reoffend (sexually, violently or generally) and she then provides treatment and risk management recommendations.
She is also frequently retained by third parties for medico-legal evaluations in order to assess psychological injuries from accidents, as well as to assess whether people are fit to practise in their given profession; e.g., police officer fitness for duty evaluations.
If you are a lawyer in Ontario and have any questions about these services, you may call for a free consultation. Legal Aid funding is accepted on a case by base basis. Dr. Goldenson is happy to provide her CV and references.