Forensic Psychiatry is a subspecialty of Psychiatry that focuses on the intersection of mental health and the law. Dr. Wiita is Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry and completed his training at the USC Institute of Psychiatry, Law, and Behavioral Science. He has extensive experience consulting and providing opinions on psychiatric issues in legal contexts. As a forensic psychiatric expert, he works in an array of capacities with attorneys, courts, or other parties involved in actual or potential litigation.
Ethics in Forensic Psychiatry
As a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), I follow the AAPL Ethical Guidelines for the Practice of Forensic Psychiatry. Furthermore, my opinions are based upon, in addition to my education, training, knowledge, and experience, the records and information with which I am provided.
I generally expect to receive any and all records, materials, and information that are relevant to the matter and the formulation of my opinions. If, however, after having formulated opinions, I become aware of additional information from any source, I reserve the right to change my opinions based upon said additional information.
services for forensic psychiatric issues
- Serving as an Expert Witness/Testifying
- Divorce and Custody Evaluations
- Appropriateness of Psychotropic Medication in Youth
- Psychiatric Personal Injury
- Violence Risk Assessment
- Competence to Stand Trial
- Insanity/Criminal Responsibility and Juvenile Culpability
- Transfer of Juveniles to Adult Criminal Court
- Capital Cases
- Testamentary Capacity
- Child Witness Reliability
- Child Sexual Abuse Claims
- Sexual Harassment
- Psychiatric Negligence and Malpractice
- Workplace and School Violence