Civil Court & Other Forensic Evaluations
ForenPsych Consulting and Assessment Services L.L.C. offers comprehensive expert Forensic Psychology Evaluation Services in areas in which we have specialized knowledge, skill, experience, and education. Dr. Kristina Vincent specializes in Psychological Testing and Forensic Psychological Evaluations in the following areas:
Independent Medical Examinations (IME's)
Dr. Kristina Vincent at ForenPsych Consulting and Assessment Services L.L.C. offers forensic psychological evaluations for insurance companies and attorneys in disability insurance matters, workman’s compensation, personal injury (tort) cases, and Independent Medical Examinations (IME). Specific types of tort cases include, but are not limited to: motor vehicle and other accidents; sexual harassment; employer misconduct; sexual abuse claims against defendant’s holding positions of special trust; civil rights issues, medical and psychological malpractice; critiquing reports from opposing expert witnesses; and trial consulting.
An Independent Medical Exam (IME) is when a psychologist who has not previously been involved in a person’s care examines an individual. There is not a therapist-patient relationship. IMEs may be conducted to determine the cause, extent, and medical treatment of a work-related or other injury where liability is at issue; whether an individual has reached maximum benefit from treatment; and whether any permanent impairment remains after treatment. An Independent Medical Exam (IME) may be conducted at the request of an employer, an insurance carrier, or a law firm to obtain an independent opinion of the clinical status of the individual. Workers’ compensation insurance carriers, auto insurance carriers, and self-insured employers have a legal right to this request.
The psychologist completing an Independent Medical Exam (IME) is typically engaged by either the insurance carrier or the defendant in a litigation case. As such, the individual being evaluated is not always completely candid with the evaluator, and at times there is a hostile relationship, involving considerable suspicion. Statements regarding injuries are not taken at face value. Regardless of the referral source, the individual will be examined for signs of the symptoms reported and symptom validity testing will be conducted in all cases. The completion of an Independent Medical Exam (IME) requires diligence and a systematic approach to evaluation of historical information, the individual's claims, as well as a comprehensive examination using objective psychological testing.
An Independent Medical Exam (IME) involves:
Review of relevant medical and psychological treatment records to assess pre-injury (physical or psychological) and post-injury functioning and examining preexisting conditions.
Evaluating the course of the injury, illness, or mental disorders
Relevant background information: personal history, education and employment history, mental health history, substance abuse history, social history, and medical history
Clinical interview with individual. The individual's report will be compared to their prior reports and other documentation in the record.
Collateral records (and Collateral interviews, as needed) regarding the individual's pre-injury and post-injury functioning
Distinguish subjective complaints from objective findings
Psychological testing involving evaluation of general psychopathology, personality factors, intellectual functioning, and trauma
Symptom validity assessment and the psychological assessment of exaggeration, malingering and deception
Prognosis and treatment recommendations, as applicable.
IME Evaluations can be completed by video conference through Doxy.me or Zoom, which is secure and HIPPA compliant. Please contact me to set up initial consultation
Military Court Martial
In 1950, Congress enacted the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) allowing military personnel to undergo Article 32 investigation in place of the grand jury. Article 32 investigation is an open hearing designed to inquire into the facts of the case surrounding the charges. The defense may appoint an expert with specialized knowledge to assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue thereto to form an opinion.
Dr. Vincent’s extensive experience working with Military commands and active duty service members allows for valuable insight to a complex system. She serves as a consultant and expert witness for military court proceedings. Dr. Vincent is available for consultations regarding sexual assault, pornography possession cases, memory and substance abuse, physical abuse of a child, general assault, and competence to waive rights. Dr. Vincent is available to serve as a consultant for both government and defense trial counsel