Steven K. Erickson, JD, PhD, LLM, ABPP Forensic Psychologist

Adult Criminal Forensic Evaluation

Dr. Erickson has extensive experience evaluating adults in the context of criminal charges. He is available to evaluate adult defendants addressing such legal questions as:

  • Competency to Stand Trial
  • Competency to Plead Guilty
  • Competency to Waive Miranda Rights
  • Insanity Defense
  • Diminished Capacity
  • Risk for Reoffense and Future Violence
  • Sex Offender Recidivism
  • Sentencing Mitigation/Aggravation 
  • Civil Commitment

Criminal Evaluation

Mental health diagnosis is often central to many of these questions before the court. Dr. Erickson utilizes a wide range of psychological tests in the diagnostic process. The most common diagnostic concerns that he addresses are:

  • Malingering
  • Psychopathy
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder)
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance-related disorders

Dr. Erickson completed a two year fellowship in severe mental disorders at the University of Rochester, which provided him specialized training in the assessment of illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.   These illnesses are often implicated in criminal matters involving people with severe mental disorders.