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Services

As Director, Dr. Abascal coordinates the evaluation of all types of forensic mental health cases.  Faculty include board certified and board eligible Forensic Psychiatrists and Forensic Psychologists.  We are located in Morgantown, West Virginia, and are available to conduct a variety of forensic evaluations throughout the state, including Criminal Evaluations, Civil Evaluations, and Family and Juvenile Evaluations.  We also provide expert consultation, expert witness testimony, and case review to attorneys, judges, government organization, and others.  Advanced forensic methods such as measures of feigning (for malingering concerns) and extensive neuropsychological testing are available.  Preliminary and exhaustive record review is available.

Clients are scheduled for interview promptly with the appropriate person in the Division.  These evaluations are conducted at our offices, at the locations of the evaluee, or through the use of HIPAA compliant videoconferencing.  Psychological testing is performed when indicated.  Accurate reports are generated with a rapid turnaround and present clear, concise opinions that are independent and objective.

To schedule an appointment or get more information, please complete the Referral Form, email WVUForensics@hsc.wvu.edu, or call 304-293-3331 to speak with Sophia Bienek-Cate, administrative associate.

The following are examples of commonly performed evaluations:

Criminal Evaluations:

  • Competency to Stand Trial
  • Criminal Responsibility
  • Diminished Capacity
  • Sentencing Mitigation
  • Dangerousness Risk Assessment
  • Sex Offender Risk Assessment
  • Waiver of Miranda Rights

Civil Evaluations:

  • Personal Injury
  • Emotional Harm
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Psychiatric Malpractice
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Fitness for Duty
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Guardianship

Family and Juvenile Evaluations

  • Juvenile Competency to Stand Trial
  • Juvenile Placement
  • Juvenile Sex Offender Risk Assessment
  • Parental Fitness
  • Transfer to Adult Court

Additional Services

  • Expert Case Consultation
  • Juvenile Competency Restoration Treatment
  • Juvenile Sex Offender Specific Therapy
  • Malingering Assessment
  • Neuropsychological Assessments
  • Workshops and Seminars
  • Jury Selection

Forms

Retainers and checks should be made to: University Health Associates and sent to:

University Health Associates
Attention: Heather Lucas
Chestnut Ridge Center
930 Chestnut Ridge Road
Morgantown, WV 26505