Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology

Forensic Specializations

Assessment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Psychological Trauma:

Relevant Experience
  • San Francisco VA psychological forensic evaluator of military PTSD and trauma claims
  • Completion of over 150 forensic evaluations involving psychological trauma
  • Completion of coveted San Francisco Veterans Affairs & UCSF Fellowship in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse
  • Clinical specialization in the treatment of psychological trauma

Occupational Evaluations:

Relevant Experience
  • Certified as a Qualified Medical Evaluator by the State of California to conduct occupational evaluations of contested cases in the Workers’ Compensation System
  • Subject Matter Expert for Qualified Medical Examiner Pre-Test Panel
  • Credentialed IME provider for multiple third-party vendors
  • Completion of over 100 occupational evaluations assessing psycho-legal questions including disability status, fitness for duty, treatment needs, causation of injury, and workplace threat assessment

Competency Evaluations

Relevant Experience
  • Court-appointed adjudicative competency evaluator for multiple superior courts
  • Inpatient hospital forensic psychologist for legally incompetent defendants
  • Completion of over 50 civil and criminal competency evaluations involving adjudicative competency, competency to waive counsel, contractual competency, competency to make medical decisions, and retrospective assessment of competency in capital proceedings

In addition to these areas of expertise, Dr. Ernst is frequently retained to conduct forensic evaluations in a broad range of legal proceedings. Please see the following links for more information about Dr. Ernst’s approach to specific civil evaluations and criminal evaluation:

Civil Evaluations

Criminal Evaluations


Forensic Specializations

Assessment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Psychological Trauma:

Relevant Experience
  • San Francisco VA psychological forensic evaluator of military PTSD and trauma claims
  • Completion of over 150 forensic evaluations involving psychological trauma
  • Completion of coveted San Francisco Veterans Affairs & UCSF Fellowship in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse
  • Clinical specialization in the treatment of psychological trauma

Occupational Evaluations:

Relevant Experience
  • Certified as a Qualified Medical Evaluator by the State of California to conduct occupational evaluations of contested cases in the Workers’ Compensation System
  • Subject Matter Expert for Qualified Medical Examiner Pre-Test Panel
  • Credentialed IME provider for multiple third-party vendors
  • Completion of over 100 occupational evaluations assessing psycho-legal questions including disability status, fitness for duty, treatment needs, causation of injury, and workplace threat assessment

Competency Evaluations

Relevant Experience
  • Court-appointed adjudicative competency evaluator for multiple superior courts
  • Inpatient hospital forensic psychologist for legally incompetent defendants
  • Completion of over 50 civil and criminal competency evaluations involving adjudicative competency, competency to waive counsel, contractual competency, competency to make medical decisions, and retrospective assessment of competency in capital proceedings

In addition to these areas of expertise, Dr. Ernst is frequently retained to conduct forensic evaluations in a broad range of legal proceedings. Please see the following links for more information about Dr. Ernst’s approach to specific civil evaluations and criminal evaluation:

Civil Evaluations

Criminal Evaluations