Dr. Whitney’s Forensic Psychology Consultation Practice

by Stephen Forsyth

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 Psychology

 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 offenders

  • Juvenile adjudicative competence

  • Competence to confess

  • Criminal responsibility

  • Conduct disorder

  • ADHD

  • Autism spectrum disorders

  • Fetal alcohol syndrome

  • Juvenile waivers to adult court

  • Juvenile justice

  • Termination of parental rights

  • Adoption

  • Foster care

 Criminal Experience:

 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.

 Civil Experience:

 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.

Asperger’s Syndrome and the Criminal Law: The Special Case of Child Pornography

by Stephen Forsyth

For years parents of children with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) struggle and sacrifice in the simple hope that their child can lead a “normal” life – get an education, have a satisfying career, and raise a family. The child has such hopes, too. Finding the right schools, curriculum, and therapists, and struggling constantly to teach the child the social conventions and interpersonal skills which neurotypical youth learn on their own, is an exhausting and expensive venture. Read the full article here

Specialty clinics offer complete care for adults with autism

by Stephen Forsyth

Logan Madsen is an artist with Miller syndrome, a rare genetic condition marked by limb deformities (he has eight fingers and eight toes), hearing impairment, breathing difficulties and painful joint problems. He also has autism and severe depression.

Madsen, 37, had been seeing a psychiatrist for the depression since he was 13 years old, but wasn’t diagnosed with autism until he was in his mid-20s. His various doctors often failed to take into account his spectrum of conditions.  Read the full article here.

Customized Training and Consultation to Facilities, Clinics, and Schools

by Stephen Forsyth

Dr. Whitney can establish contracts with outpatient clinics, residential or therapeutic programs, and school districts who are seeking training for children with an autism spectrum disorder in their homes, community programming, and classrooms. Training can include assessment and diagnosis of individuals as well as setting up individualized treatment programs or accommodating the environment. Dr. Whitney can rely on multidisciplinary input (physician, school, speech, occupational and physical therapy, as well as the family) and will utilize a medical home model approach with each family.