Forensic Psychologist: What is it?
Forensic psychology is when psychology and the legal system intertwine. A Forensic psychologist utilizes their clinical knowledge of mental and/or neurological disorders to offer an expert opinion for a wide range of legal matters.
Forensic Assessments: Dr. Gerard Chambers has acted as an expert witness for agencies, plaintiffs, and defendants in the CA Superior Court system. He has been hired to work on forensic matters involving, neuropsychology, risk assessment, criminal recidivism, ADHD, the capacity to participate in a custody proceeding, parental capacity, conservatorships, and cases involving deferred home sales, Police Officer rejection second opinion evaluations, and the capacity to create 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 DFCS. 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.
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. Fairness, reason, deduction, precision, hard work and impartiality are also essential characteristics.
Mental Health Diversion: California Penal Code 1001.36 provides the opportunity for people charged with crimes to have the charges dismissed if they are directly related to a verifiable mental health condition. Dismissal of charges occurs if certain mental disorders are present, diagnosed by a qualified profession, and a proper treatment plan is developed and followed. This new program does have some exclusions in the law, including certain diagnoses, and certain criminal offenses. Due to the law being quite new, as long as there are no exclusionary criteria met, people can be granted a diversion .