Psychiatric Expert Witness

  • Competency to stand trial (current and retrospective assessments); Jackson hearings;   Competency to waive the insanity defense; Competency to proceed pro se; Competency to be sentenced

  • Criminal responsibility / insanity defense evaluations (NGRI / NGBRI)

  • Bolton hearings

  • Appropriateness for Unconditional Release

  • Aid-in-sentencing

  • Prosecutorial and defense consultation

  • Psychiatric assessments for the Federal Bureau of Probation

  • Additional matters upon request

  • Competency to make medical and financial decisions / Need for guardianship

  • Competency to consent to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

  • Need for, and appropriateness of, civil commitment

  • Testamentary capacity

  • Medical malpractice

  • Divorce and Custody-related proceedings

  • Substance abuse evaluations

  • Independent Medical Evaluations (IME's) / Expert Opinions for cases involving:
- Disability (private polices, Federal Disability Retirement / OPM, SSI/SSDI)
- Evaluation for impairment under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993
- Workers' compensation
- Psychic harm / Intentional or Unintentional infliction of emotional distress
- Sexual harassment
- Discrimination
- Retaliation, including "whistleblower" (qui tam) cases
- Wrongful termination
- Defamation
- Wrongful conviction/incarceration
- Physical and emotional injury due to intentional or unintentional cause, including police brutality
- Wrongful death
- Other

  • Fitness for duty assessments for:
- Pilots, including assessments for the FAA / HIMS Program and for commercial airlines
- Air traffic controllers, including serving as a consultant to the FAA
- Physicians, including for city/state boards of medicine and private employers
- Police officers
- FBI applicants
- Engineers
- U.S. Peace Corps volunteers
- Other occupations

  • Reviewer of evaluations of fitness for duty for the United States Department of Homeland
         Security, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

  • Records review and consultative services

  • Expert witness rebuttal reports

  • Additional matters upon request
Forensic Psychiatric Practice

Fee Schedule available upon request

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  • Violence risk assessment

  • Stalking risk assessment
Evaluations Performed on a National Basis, Office Located in Alexandria, VA

Psychiatric Assessment, Case Consultation, & Expert Witness Services

Experienced in Both Criminal and Civil Legal Matters:

Ryan S. Shugarman, M.D., PLLC

Clinical and Forensic Psychiatry