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Forensic Psychologist Santa Cruz

What is a Forensic Psychologist?

In order to know what a forensic psychologist is, an understanding of the field of forensic psychology is warranted. Forensic psychology is when psychology and the legal system intertwine. A Forensic psychologist utilizes their clinical knowledge of mental disorders and are often called upon to offer to offer an expert opinion regarding mental health and subsequent legal matters. The scope of these legal matters have a wide range of possibilities.

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Finding Answers Through Accuracy & Professionalism

Forensic Assessments: Dr. Gerard Chambers has acted as an expert witness for the CA Superior Court system. He has been hired to work on forensic matters involving, neuropsychology, risk assessment, criminal recidivism, ADHD, Capacity to Participate in a Custody Proceeding, Parental Capacity, and cases involving Deferred Home Sales, Police Officer Rejection Evaluations, and the Capacity to Receive Funds for wills and trusts. Dr. Chambers also performs court ordered evaluations for Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma County Juvenile Dependency Court, as well as court ordered evaluations for Santa Cruz Juvenile Criminal Court, and Child Protective Services. Recently, Dr. Chambers has also secured a Santa Cruz County contract to provide learning disability/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) evaluations to CalWorks participants. Dr. Chambers has also provided evaluations for prospective psychologists petitioning the California Board of Psychology for accommodations during the EPPP/CPSE examination process. Dr. Chambers also lectures and provides CLE units to attorneys in both Santa Clara and Santa Cruz County, covering a myriad of assessment and brain based topics though a neuropsych evaluation.

What Makes a Good Forensic Psychologist?

A good forensic psychologist always uses the most comprehensive and detailed evidence that can be brought forth in a manner that does not allow their report writing or testimony to be impeached by opposing counsel. Understanding the statues implicated in the presenting question and using a fair and unbiased approach is what encompasses a successful forensic practice.


  • An intervention for nonsuicidal self-injury in young adults: A pilot randomized controlled trial. April 17, 2017
    Objective: Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is prevalent among young adults and associated with negative medical and psychological consequences, necessitating its treatment. However, few treatments have been developed to treat NSSI specifically, or to treat the behavior among individuals without borderline personality disorder. The purpose of this study was to investigate the Treatment for Self-Injurious Behaviors (T-SIB), […]
    Andover, Margaret S.; Schatten, Heather T.; Morris, Blair W.; Holman, Caroline S.; Miller, Ivan W.
  • How much is enough? Examining frequency criteria for NSSI disorder in adolescent inpatients. April 17, 2017
    Objective: To empirically evaluate the diagnostic relevance of the proposed Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM–5; APA, 2013) Criterion-A frequency threshold for nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) disorder. Method: Archival, de-identified, self-reported clinical assessment data from 746 adolescent psychiatric patients (Mage = 14.97; 88% female; 76% White) were used. The sample was randomly […]
    Muehlenkamp, Jennifer J.; Brausch, Amy M.; Washburn, Jason J.
  • Mechanisms of change in cognitive therapy for major depressive disorder in the community mental health setting. April 13, 2017
    Objective: This study examined the relation of change in theory-relevant cognitive variables to depressive symptom change over the course of cognitive therapy, as well as the specificity of change mechanisms to cognitive therapy as compared with dynamic therapy. Method: There were 237 adult outpatients who were randomized to either cognitive (n = 119) or dynamic […]
    Crits-Christoph, Paul; Gallop, Robert; Diehl, Caroline K.; Yin, Seohyun; Gibbons, Mary Beth Connolly

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