Clinical and Forensic Psychiatrist
Forensic Psychiatry What is It?
Forensic psychiatry is a medical subspecialty that combines research and clinical practice in the numerous areas in which psychiatry is applied to legal issues. While some forensic psychiatrists may specialize exclusively in legal issues, almost all psychiatrists, at some point, have to work within one of the many areas in which the mental health and legal system overlap.
The objective of a forensic psychiatrist is to give expert opinion to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, in the form of a written report, deposition or courtroom testimony in legal cases. It relates to the application of psychiatric knowledge and techniques to legal procedures (Taken from Forensic Psychiatry: An Allied Branch )
Dr. Goldwaser was named as a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association a special distinction for exceptional contributions to the community and the profession of psychiatry; the highest honor that the profession can bestow.
Dr. Alberto M. Goldwaser has conducted Civil, Criminal, and Administrative Forensic Psychiatric Examinations in State, Federal and Military courts around the United States. He has provided expert opinions through preparation of narrative reports and testifying in depositions and courts.
The following are examples in which psychiatry and law overlap:
Independent Medical Examinations Testimony: Defense/Plaintiff
- Pre Deposition/Trial Consultations
- Violence Risk Assessment
- Criminal Responsibility
- Competency: Civil/Criminal
- Undue Influence
- Child Custody and Parental Time Sharing
- Child and Elder Abuse
- Psychiatric Effects of Physical Injuries
- Psychic Injury
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Mental Disability
- Medical Malpractice
- Involuntary Treatment
- Correctional Psychiatry
- Ethics and Human Rights
- Sexual Harassment
- Boundaries Violation
- Wrongful Death
- Civil Commitment
- Right to Refuse Treatment
- Right to Treatment