Forensic Evaluation

Dr. Lawing is uniquely suited to provide forensic psychological services to the greater New Orleans area. Her doctoral studies and post doctoral fellowship focused heavily on forensic psychology. She has published numerous peer reviewed studies in the area of forensic psychology. Dr. Lawing brings her education, training, and experience to offer informed and objective expert opinions to the trier of fact in the courtroom. She has testified numerous times across several parishes in Louisiana.

What Is Forensic Psychology?

Forensic Psychology is the application of the science of psychology to legal issues. The practice of Forensic Psychology is focused on the intersection between psychology and the law. A forensic psychologist applies his or her science and research to legal questions. The role of the forensic psychologist includes the selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of robust psychological tests that are likely to yield objective data, diagnostic and otherwise, about the psychological and cognitive functioning of the person being examined.

How Dr. Lawing Can Help

Dr. Lawing’s goal as an expert witness is to deliver accurate and precise information to the decision makers in the courtroom regarding psychologically based legal questions. She takes measures to ensure that the opinions offered are as objective as possible and does not offer opinions that are merely possible.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Lawing has been retained by judges and attorneys. She can offer expertise in a number of legal matters, in both criminal and civil law.

Criminal law issues frequently addressed include:

  • Sanity
  • Trial Competency
  • Waiver of Miranda Rights
  • Death Penalty Mitigation
  • Mitigating Circumstances for Sentencing
  • Psychological Risk Assessment
  • Sexual Disorders
  • Psychosexual Risk Assessment

Civil law issues frequently addressed include:

  • Personal Injury, including psychological injuries and emotional distress
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Civil Commitment
  • Psychological Autopsy