Forensis, a term of Greek origin meaning "In the forum," or of public assembly, has come to be associated with the courtroom. Thus, forensic psychological evaluation is the application of psychological science to the legal system or in a court of law. Dr . Richard is uniquely qualified as both a Designated Forensic Psychologist (DFP) and Qualified Examiner (QE) in Massachusetts and has performed hundreds of evaluations and provided expert witness testimony to the District and Superiors Courts throughout the Commonwealth.
Few psychologists maintain forensic evaluation, teaching, and a robust therapy practice. This combination of practice both discourages the "hired gun" persona sometimes assumed by juries and allows for a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of the psychological functioning of the client.
Dr. Richard also provides consultation to attorneys and the legal system.