Forensic Assessment and Evaluation

Dr. Ermshar & Associates has expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health issues that can impact an individual’s legal proceedings.  We evaluate a wide range of psycholegal issues including; competency to stand trial, dangerousness, and diminished responsibility, such as the insanity defense.  A comprehensive forensic report can affect sentencing by addressing important mitigating circumstances related to a case.  In the sentencing phase of a trail, we can assess and evaluate risk for future violence in order to provide extenuating factors for the judge or jury to consider.

All forensic evaluations include a review of pertinent legal, clinical, and medical documentation, a clinical interview examining psychosocial history, incorporation of collateral data, and the administration of psychological testing and/or specialized forensic instruments to evaluate the presence of any psychological disorder or personality characteristics that may impede rational decision making, judgment, or awareness.  Dr. Ermshar and her team prepare a comprehensive written report that presents the most relevant facts and offers an opinion on the forensic issues assessed.  We are also available to testify about assessment methods, results, and conclusions of forensic evaluations.

Dr. Ermshar & Associates can conduct the following criminal evaluations:

  • Insanity / Criminal Responsibility
  • Mens Rea / Diminished Capacity
  • Competency to Stand Trial
  • Domestic Violence Evaluations
  • Violence Risk and Threat Assessment
  • Sex Offender / Sexual Violence Risk Assessment
  • Malingering evaluations

Dr. Ermshar & Associates also determines various civil competencies through comprehensive evaluations including:

  • Conservatorship
  • Risk Assessment for Imminent Danger to Self or Others
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Testamentary Capacity

If you or your client has suffered a psychological injury, Dr. Ermshar & Associates can conduct a personal injury evaluation to determine whether or not a person may qualify for compensation, including:

  • Workers compensation
  • Psychological Injury Due to Abuse
  • Employment Discrimination / Harassment / Sexual Harassment
  • Personal Injury
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Malingering of Emotional / Cognitive Impairments
  • Workplace Threat Assessments

Dr. Ermshar & Associates has experience working with immigrant populations from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds She provides psychological evaluation for immigration cases, including:

  • Immigration Law
  • Political Asylum
  • Extreme Hardship

Alternative Sentencing

Alternative sentencing is an evidence-based and effective treatment that benefits court-referred clients and the community at large.  In lieu of jail, adults and juveniles can be referred by the court to complete residential treatment, community service, or outpatient treatments such as anger management, alcohol and drug educational programs, or domestic violence counseling.  As forensic experts, Dr. Ermshar & Associates can negotiate and discuss alternative treatment plans to facilitate recovery-oriented options with legal and therapeutic teams.


Dr. Ermshar & Associates
Pasadena - San Marino Location
2400 Mission Street
San Marino, CA 91108
Office Phone: (626) 421-7201
Dr. Ermshar Direct: (626) 405-0521
Fax: (626) 405-0523

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