Forensic Psychology

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Dr. Schneider has extensive experience conducting forensic assessments including in high profile cases. She specializes in complex, multi-opinion evaluations and is often brought in when other experts disagree about issues related to a defendant’s competence to proceed or criminal responsibility. Dr. Schneider clearly and articulately explains to the court the central issues involved and the reason for the conflicting opinions. She is often brought in to explain complex psychological concepts to judges/juries because of her easy to understand manner of presentation. Dr. Schneider travels the world as a consultant for the military during courts-martial. She assists in every phase of the trial from jury selection to sentencing.

Whether you are a defense attorney or a prosecutor, public or private, civil or criminal, Dr. Schneider’s objective, professional, and thorough methods will assist and impress you. Her evaluations are detailed and comprehensive, her rates are reasonable, and her reports consistently receive accolades from opposing counsel and judges.

Dr. Schneider has extensive courtroom experience. She provides clear, competent expert testimony that respects the province of the judge/jury but that also explains the relevant psychological issues and how they may apply to the specific case. Her CV is stellar and she is always qualified by the court.

The following represents a sampling of the primary areas of her expertise:


Criminal:
  • Competence to Proceed
  • Criminal Responsibility
    • Not guilty by reason of insanity
    • Mental Condition
  • Mitigation
  • Aid to Sentencing
  • Risk Assessment
  • Confidential Expert for Military Court-Martial

Civil:
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Undue Influence
  • Disability
  • Fitness for Duty
  • Personal Injury/Emotional Harm
  • Civil Commitment
  • Guardianship
  • Competence (to consent to treatment, make financial decisions)
  • Independent Medical Examinations (IME) in Psychology

Consultation:
  • Confidential expert consultant for the Government or the Defense at military courts martial
  • Review of opposing expert’s report
  • Preparation for cross examination of mental health expert
  • Trial consultation/preparation where mental health is at issue
  • Case conceptualization from a mental health perspective
  • Jury selection and voir dire
  • Substance Use
  • Perception and memory
  • Motions preparation
  • Mitigation

Testimony:
  • Alcohol intoxication and effects
  • Blackout vs passout
  • Perception and memory
  • Diagnoses
  • Forensic psychology
  • Mitigation
  • Substance use disorders and treatment
  • Rehabilitation and risk
  • Competence to stand trial, to participate in treatment
  • Sanity
  • Undue influence
  • Testamentary capacity
  • Psychosis
  • Psychological research
  • Malingering

Teaching and Presentations:
  • U.S. Air Force Academy guest lecturer - Forensic Psychology
  • Judge Advocate General (JAG) School invited lecturer and expert witness (Forensic Psychology, Sexual Assault, Alcohol Blackout)
  • Colorado Psychological Association - Insanity Acquitees: A National Comparison of Programs
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School - Challenges in Assessing Criminal Responsibility