Psychological Evaluation Services

Forensic Mental Health Assessment

Forensic mental health assessment applies psychological principles and science to help answer specific legal questions. Evaluations incorporate multiple sources of information including interviews, psychological testing, and records. Through careful review of this information and a comprehensive understanding of an individual's social and psychological background, Dr. Shah routinely provides thorough feedback and reports consistent with the data. Dr. Shah offers forensic evaluation services, consultation, and testimony in federal and state courts. He provides assessment services relevant to the following issues:

  • Competency to stand trial

  • Criminal responsibility

  • Diminished capacity

  • Psychosexual evaluations

  • Sentencing mitigation

  • Violence risk assessment

  • Testamentary capacity

Workplace Assessment

Dr. Shah provides psychological evaluations for employers for hiring purposes and to de-escalate potential crises. Multiple sources of information are also utilized to formulate meaningful conclusions and recommendations. Issues that could arise in the workplace that may warrant further assessment include aggression and threats, unusual and bizarre behaviors, substance use, noticeable cognitive decline, and conflicts with others that impede an employee’s ability to carry out job functions.​​ Dr. Shah offers workplace psychological assessments in the following areas: 

  • Pre-employment psychological screening

  • Fitness for duty evaluation

  • Independent psychological evaluation 

  • Violence risk assessment

Dr. Shah's Forensic Training and Background

After receiving his PhD, Dr. Shah completed his post-doctoral training in forensic psychology with the Psychiatry and Law Service at Emory University where he primarily engaged in competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility evaluations with defendants at the Fulton County Jail. During his post-doctoral training, Dr. Shah also worked in a private practice where he completed Social Security Disability evaluations and parental fitness evaluations for the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).

 

After his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Shah was employed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) as a Forensic Psychologist on an inpatient forensic unit at Georgia Regional Hospital at Atlanta (GRHA). He worked with defendants with severe and persistent mental illness. While working on an inter-disciplinary team, he was responsible for competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility evaluations, risk assessment evaluations, psychological testing, and individual and group competency restoration services. Through his adjunct faculty appointment with Emory, he supervised forensic psychiatry fellows during their rotation at GRHA. Dr. Shah spent time working as an outpatient forensic psychologist with DBHDD where he traveled to several counties in Georgia to conduct forensic evaluations.

 

Dr. Shah has since worked in private practice settings where he practiced both clinical and forensic psychology. In addition, he has completed fitness for duty and pre-employment evaluations for several different companies and continues to do this work. His forensic work currently focuses on evaluations mainly relevant to criminal law issues and select civil areas. He has testified as an expert witness in multiple counties in Georgia and in federal court.

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