Dr. Whitney’s unique training and experience in clinical psychology, developmental psychology, forensic psychology, and psychometrics, as well as decades of clinical practice experience allow him to clearly communicate in writing and speech the basic science that will support forensic cases in the courts, the media, and community settings. Dr. Whitney continually strives to maintain his professional integrity and objectivity against all challenges to both that life brings.
In criminal matters, Dr. Whitney evaluates cases on behalf of prosecutors, defense attorneys, or the court. In civil matters, Dr. Whitney evaluates cases on behalf of either plaintiff or defense.
Forensic psychologists cover nearly the same range of issues as forensic psychiatrists, with the exception of psychopharmacology. In addition, they have specialized expertise in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychological tests and the related field of psychometrics.
Child & Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry
Child and adolescent forensic psychiatrists are also trained in adult psychiatry and may handle the full range of topics covered by forensic psychiatrists. In addition, they have specialized expertise regarding:
Mental disorders in children and adolescents
Interviewing children and adolescents
Children as witnesses
Effects of child abuse
Effects of child sexual abuse
False allegations by children
Child custody, divorce, adoption, and foster care
School, college, and university bullying, threats, and violence
Juvenile adjudicative competence
Competence to confess
Autism spectrum disorders
Fetal alcohol syndrome
Juvenile waivers to adult court
Termination of parental rights
Dr. Whitney has testified in 50 to 100 civil and criminal matters on a wide array of issues. Dr. Whitney has testified or consulted in criminal matters of national interest.
Dr. Whitney has testified or given deposition to determine damages for special education students, internet crimes, physical offenses against children, sexual offenses against children, and developmental disabilities impact related to responsibility for behaviors.