Forensic Psychiatric and Psychological Services

The Pine Rest Forensic Psychiatric and Psychological Services department provides a wide range of services to professionals in the legal and criminal justice system. Our team of forensic experts includes psychiatrists, psychologists and neuropsychologists who possess the clinical experience and qualifications to provide psychological evaluations and expert testimony regarding criminal and civil issues.

When the services of our experts are retained, you can expect a clear fee structure with accurate documentation of all work done, timely reports as well as unbiased and independent opinions.

For more information, contact us at 616.258.7524

Services

  • Independent Medical Examination (IME)
  • Disability Requests
  • Fitness for Duty
  • Return to Work
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Negligence
  • Guardianship and Testamentary Capacity
  • Competency to Stand Trial
  • Legal Sanity
  • Sentencing
  • Witness Competency
  • Child Custody Evaluations
  • School and Work Risk Assessments
  • Attorney Consultation
  • Forensic Report Review

Forensics Team

sanders_williamWilliam Sanders, DO

Dr. Sanders received his doctorate of osteopathic medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Psychiatry residency at Michigan State University. He completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Florida. He is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also Forensic Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Sanders currently serves as the Pine Rest Psychiatry Residency Program Director.

He provides expert evaluations on:

  • Disability requests
  • Fitness for duty
  • Personal injury
  • Medical negligence
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Guardianship
  • Testamentary capacity.

He also provides criminal services including:

  • Competency to stand trial
  • Legal sanity
  • Child abuse
  • Sentencing
  • Witness competency
In the news

Molly McCarthy, DOMolly McCarthy DO

Dr. McCarthy obtained her medical degree from Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at Vanderbilt University and went on to complete a fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at New York University, and forensic psychiatry at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry. She is board eligible in the sub-specialty of forensic psychiatry and will complete the board examination in the fall of 2019.

Since the completion of her training in 2015, Dr. McCarthy has provided services in Georgia and Michigan. She has worked at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health services since January 2016. She currently oversees the adolescent and young adult inpatient units and completes forensic consultations upon request. She is involved in supervising Michigan State University College of Human Medicine residents and medical students and enjoys teaching.

Shee provides expert evaluations on:

  • Disability requests
  • Fitness for duty
  • Personal injury
  • Medical negligence
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Guardianship
  • Testamentary capacity

Natalie Wallace, MD

Natalie Wallace, MD

Dr. Wallace obtained her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in psychiatry from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and then completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship at West Virginia University School of Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is board certified in the subspecialty of forensic psychiatry.

Since completing her training, Dr. Wallace has provided psychiatric consultation services to Grand Rapids area hospitals, has worked as an inpatient and outpatient psychiatrist, and is an associate professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She has made guest appearances on the Fox Morning Show, Maranda: Where You Live and Ask the Expert hosted by Shelley Irwin at WGVU.

She provides expert evaluations on:

  • Disability requests
  • Fitness for duty
  • Personal injury
  • Medical negligence
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Guardianship
  • Testamentary capacity

Chris BakerChristopher Baker, PhD

Dr. Baker earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University prior to attending the University of Cincinnati where he obtained his Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino, California, a forensic psychiatric hospital. His two-year postdoctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology was completed at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. His clinical expertise and experience includes adult neuropsychological assessment. He works with individuals with a wide range of neurocognitive disorders, including but not limited to differential diagnosis of dementia, brain injury, and a host of other medical/neurological conditions.

Dr. Baker’s forensic neuropsychological practice includes the assessment of adults in various civil and criminal contexts. These evaluations include, but are not limited to:

  • Independent medical examinations (IMEs)
  • Disability, Social Security, and return-to-work
  • Guardianship and testamentary capacity
  • Intellectual/developmental disability
  • Evaluation of effort, deception and malingering
  • Evaluation of neurocognitive conditions affecting competency to stand trial
  • Evaluation of traumatic brain injury and post-concussive syndrome
  • Evaluation of developmental disorders (e.g., ADHD/ADD) and academic accommodations

Gary BurkhartGary Burkhart, PhD

Dr. Burkhart received a Masters of Applied Science degree at the University of Waterloo and his doctorate degree (Ph.D.) at the University of Windsor in Human Clinical Neuropsychology. He completed internships at the Montreal Neurological Institute and at Henry Ford Hospital in Neuropsychology. He is Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

Presently, he serves as the Chair of the Psychology Department at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. He is also serving a three year term as the Chief Psychologist at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and consults at several other local hospitals. He has conducted numerous forensic evaluations and is often called to testify to his findings.

Dr. Burkhart’s specialty is in independent neuropsychological examinations.

6_hill_selina_finalSelina Hill Lee, PhD

Dr. Hill Lee received her PhD from Tennessee State University. She has training providing forensic assessments for court ordered adolescents and adults, which included cognitive testing and evaluating competency. These evaluations often included recommendations and placement in the community. She has worked with Pine Rest since 2009.

Dr. Hill Lee’s current practice includes an active therapy caseload, supervising a team of master’s level clinicians, as well as providing general and forensic assessment for children and adults. These assessments include, but are not limited to:

  • AD/HD
  • Learning disability
  • Cognitive ability

Daniel Post PsyDDaniel Post, PsyD

Dr. Post received his Doctorate of Psychology from Wheaton College and completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. His clinical expertise and experience includes outpatient therapy, psychological and forensic assessment and clinical supervision. He works regularly with children, adolescents, adults and families.

His current practice includes an active therapy and supervision caseload as well as general and forensic assessment. These assessments include, but are not limited to:

  • AD/HD
  • Learning disabilities
  • Cognitive ability
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Emotional functioning
  • Guardianship
  • Child custody
  • Risk of violence
  • Fitness for duty

6_vanorman_brant_final3Brant VanOrman, PsyD

Dr. VanOrman earned his Doctor of Psychology degree at Wheaton College. During that doctoral training, he received extensive training in issues related to child abuse/neglect and parental competency.

He joined Pine Rest in 1999 and, since 2002, his clinical practice has been devoted to psychological assessment and testing. During that time he has conducted various types of assessments, including but not limited to:

  • Evaluation of risk of violence in the school and workplace
  • Cognitive abilities
  • AD/HD
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Pre-surgical evaluations

Since 2007, he has served as Training Director for Pine Rest’s American Psychological Association-accredited doctoral psychology internship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Forensic psychiatry and psychology are specialty applications of medical and psychological knowledge, research, and assessment techniques used in the service of legal work.  It very often involves work with courts, attorney’s, judges and other parties around potential litigation.

Forensic psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors (M.D. or D.O.) and forensic psychologists are licensed clinical psychologists (Ph.D. or Psy.D) who have completed their doctoral training along with additional specialty training and ongoing continuing education related to various interfaces of mental health and the law.

These evaluations are very often ordered by a judge during court proceedings, recommended by a retained lawyer, or required by academic or vocational settings. They can be useful in a wide variety of settings including civil and criminal litigation, disability, risk, and fitness for duty. Our team individually considers each request for forensic assessment to ensure it is an appropriate and answerable forensic question and that it is scheduled with the correct specialist in a timely manner.

This can be done by anyone who needs this specialty assessment but it is most helpful and expedient if the source of the referral (i.e., attorney, human resources director) contacts FPPS directly to clarify the reason and specific needs of the evaluation.

A typical evaluation may consist of:

  • A thorough review of pertinent records
  • Interviews with relevant parties
  • Consultation with attorneys and other professionals
  • Administration, scoring and interpretation of reliable and valid psychological assessments
  • Comprehensive, timely report
  • Participating in court related activities (deposition, testimony)

It will be essential that proper releases of information be completed with one’s attorney and other individuals involved in the evaluation to ensure critical communication can occur in a timely manner.  We recommend signing the release with your attorney first so that they can facilitate the proper evaluation.

The cost of a forensic assessment varies based on the specific provider required and breadth of assessment required.

We require a retainer of $500-$1050 (depending on provider specialty) be paid before a forensic evaluation can start. This cost covers the initial two hours of time with the balance being due before the report is released.

Evaluation rates for our providers vary based on specialty from $250 per hour to $350 per hour. These fees include all time reviewing the case, conducting the evaluation, preparing a forensic report, and testifying in court (if required).

With each individual case we strive to give an estimate of the potential costs and will communicate directly with the individual or attorney should there be any significant changes to the overall cost of the assessment. Upon completion you will receive an itemized receipt of all time spent on the evaluation.

Ethically, we are not able to bill insurance for forensic assessment services as these services are not deemed medically necessary which is essential for billing to medical insurance.

We understand that things can change quickly in the legal system and strive to be fair.

For cancellations with notice of more than 48 hours we are able to provide a refund of the retainer fee.

For cancellations with less notice or no notice this fee is forfeited.

We appreciate open and timely communication which allows us to respond appropriately and care for the specific needs of our clients.

A completed report is generated at the completion of the evaluation and released upon full payment. Final reports typically take 1-2 weeks to generate, but if special circumstances require faster reporting it can be discussed and accommodated.

Yes, our experts are able to provide expert opinions in court related to the evaluations performed or other issues that fit within their areas of expertise.

Pine Rest Forensics in the News

Dr. William Sanders being interviewed by Fox 17 reporter

Fox 17 interviewed Dr. William Sanders on determining a defendant’s competency to stand trail using forensic psychiatry and psychology in December 2016.

For more information, contact us at 616.258.7524