Dr. Lawing is uniquely suited to provide forensic psychological services to the greater New Orleans area. Her doctoral program research (in addition to her dissertation research) and post doctoral fellowship focused heavily on forensic psychology. She has published numerous peer reviewed articles as well as book chapters 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.

Abundans cautela non nocet
(an abundance of caution does no harm)

What Is Forensic Psychology?

Forensic Psychology is the application of the science of psychology to legal issues; the practice of which, 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 a thorough clinical interview, review of collateral information (such as collateral interviews and reviewing objective data), as well as the selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of robust personality and psycho-emotional tests that are likely to yield objective data, diagnostic and otherwise, about the cognitive and psychological 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:

  • Death Penalty Mitigation

  • Domestic Violence Evaluation

  • Mitigating/Aggravating Circumstances for Sentencing

  • Psychological Risk Assessment

  • Psychosexual Risk Assessment

  • Sanity

  • Sexual Disorders

  • Trial Competency

  • Waiver of Miranda Rights

Civil law issues frequently addressed include:

  • Civil Commitment

  • Employment Discrimination

  • Personal Injury, including psychological injuries and emotional distress

  • Psychological Autopsy

  • Sexual Harassment