Dr. Mark Ackerman provides mental status examinations and forensic evaluative reports for attorneys, the legal system and mental health providers.
Mental status examinations, also known as "IME's," are frequently requested by attorneys, the court system and mental health professionals to provide a better understanding of an individual’s behavior or cognitive functioning (e.g., memory, attention span) and to address mitigating factors, probation, sentencing and treatment planning. My evaluations are designed to assist the courts with a better understanding of personality characteristics and evaluate for emotional and mental disorders depending on the nature of the legal charges. The need for such evaluations often arises within a criminal context or civil matter. Examples of cases that I have worked with include arrests due to alcohol (e.g., DUI) and drug violations, sexual crimes, domestic abuse and work violations (e.g., cyber-crimes). I also provide parental fitness psycho-diagnostic evaluations for child protection matters. The mental status examination that I conduct is quite thorough and includes observation, clinical interview and objective psychological testing. Information obtained through collateral interviews and medical or psychiatric treatment records and legal documents is also often considered. Following this an evaluative report is generated to answer the referral question which may be used to assist with the legal process or differential diagnosis for treatment planning. I have training and expertise as an expert witness and have testified in court within both civil and criminal contexts. Please click here to learn more.