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Steven Gaskell, Psy.D.- Forensic Psychologist Expert Witness
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Dr. Steven Gaskell at Psycholegal Assessments, Inc. offers psychological examination of Malingering and Deception, as well as other Psychological Evaluations and Forensic Psychological Evaluations. Most such assessments of Malingering and Deception are a routine practice utilized in various psycholegal assessments (e.g., competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility – insanity defense). Call us today at630-780-1085or404-504-7039for a Free Consultation.
Dr. Steven Gaskell – Forensic Psychologist – Malingering and Deception Psychological Expert Witness
Forensic psychologists are frequently asked to assist the courts in answering a psycholegal question. Such forensic psychological assessment is subject to malingering or deception. Examinees may attempt to either fake good or fake bad in both the interview and testing. The forensic psychologist must always be wary of the examinee’s attempt to malinger due to the secondary gain present in most forensic assessments. For example, an individual charged with a crime may feign mental illness to avoid going to trial, or may fake or exaggerate symptoms in order to attempt to be found not criminally responsible and therefore, not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI). Another instance in which an individual may attempt to feign mental illness is the evaluation of psychological damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
The forensic psychologist needs to be able to recognize faked or exaggerated symptoms. Malingering is not necessarily an either-or situation. The forensic psychologist must be able to distinguish the actual psychological impairment or suffering from exaggerated or feigned symptoms. The detection of malingering requires clinical acumen as well as sound psychological assessment and psychological testing. Forensic psychologists need excellent clinical skills to detect the presence and extent of malingering during an evaluation and Dr. Gaskell has extensive experience in this area. Dr. Gaskell relies on a review of records for evidence or lack thereof of mental impairment or disability. He also relies on specialized psychological testing when conducting such an evaluation. Most of the psychological testing that is designed to detect malingering is based on the assumption that the examinee will exaggerate or produce symptoms not generally seen in clinical populations. Dr. Gaskell now has a clinical assessment and psychological testing protocol for the comprehensive assessment of possible malingering of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is particularly useful in various psycholegal assessments.
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Psycholegal Assessments, Inc. 2135 City Gate Lane, Suite 300 Naperville, Illinois 60563