Saturday, January 17, 2015

Court ordered forensic eval for custody both parents. Psychologist diagnosed one mentally ill, did not adhere to APA standards

Q:  MD testified to stress disorder, psychologist crossed and could not confirm 4 or 5 points no tests done. What legal remedies

A:  David's Answer:  First, unless the MD is also in the APA, s/he is not necessarily bound by their guidelines or ethical principles. Nevertheless, no lawyer can responsibly opine whether the mental health professional violated some code without a full review of the testimony and report. Moreover, if your aim is to sue or file a complaint, you'll likely need the opinion of another forensic psychologist/psychiatrist to opine that the 1st one's report or opinion were so far afield as to be unethical. For a full assessment, schedule a consult with a NYC Child Custody attorney.  -- David Bliven, Bronx Child Custody attorney (

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