Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology is a specialization within the domain of Clinical Psychology that involves the application of psychological principles, concepts, and assessment procedures to the legal process and the justice system.

Within the Division of Psychiatry and Law, forensic psychological evaluations are commonly conducted to objectively determine the presence, type, and severity of psychopathology associated with various psychiatric, neurologic, and developmental disorders. Adults, adolescents, and elderly individuals may be referred for such evaluations. Forensic psychological evaluations provide objective information regarding the validity of complaints and the functional implications of psychiatric disorders and psychological impairment regarding the following conditions in either civil or criminal cases.


Competence and Guardianship

Criminal Cases involving issues of Fitness, Sanity, and Mitigation

This program offers the services of experts in the area of psychological measures that offers a significant contribution to the assessment of an individual’s character, capability, and function. Forensic assessment instruments minimize the examiner’s bias and provide standardization and the opportunity to compare performance to norms of an appropriate control group.

Each forensic psychiatrist/psychologist is trained to order appropriate forensic assessment instruments for his/her specific forensic case.

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about our doctors via faculty profiles:

Michael Brook, PhD
Krissie Fernandez Smith, PhD
Robert Hanlon, PhD
Philip C O'Donnell, MJ, PhD
James Reilly, PhD
Jason Washburn, PhD