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Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology Evaluations & Expert Witness Services

Experts in forensic psychiatry and forensic psychology, forensic psychiatrist Ryan Shugarman, M.D. and forensic psychologist Shilpa Krishnan, Ph.D. have been performing high quality forensic psychiatric and psychological assessments since 2009 and 2013, respectively. Both providers have a wealth of experience in conducting evaluations, preparing reports, testifying as an expert witness, teaching, and performing clinical work.

Drs. Shugarman and Krishnan are presently available for consultation throughout the United States for civil, administrative, and criminal matters. Subject matters include a variety of mental health-related issues, state of mind, capacity, fitness for duty, disability, psychological harm, and malpractice, amongst others.

Services offered include performing independent medical examinations (IME’s), conducting psychological testing (Dr. Krishnan only), assisting in a consulting capacity, preparing expert reports or rebuttal reports, and testifying at trial as an expert witness. Fee schedules are available upon request.

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Expert opinions and independent medical evaluations (IMEs) 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
  • Divorce and custody-related proceedings
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Sexual harassment / Sexual assault
  • Discrimination
  • Retaliation, including “whistleblower” (qui tam) cases
  • Wrongful termination
  • Defamation
  • Emotional injury (psychological harm) due to intentional or unintentional cause, including physical injury or police brutality
  • Wrongful conviction / Wrongful incarceration
  • Other matters
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Competency to make medical and financial decisions / Need for guardianship
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Competency to consent to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
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Need for, and appropriateness of, civil commitment
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Fitness for duty assessments for:

  • Pilots and air traffic controllers, including assessments for commercial airlines and for the FAA / HIMS Program (Dr. Shugarman only)
  • Flight attendants
  • Physicians and other health professionals, including evaluations for state boards of medicine
  • Attorneys, including evaluations for state bar associations
  • Engineers, software developers, and I.T. specialists
  • Police officers, FBI applicants, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents, and other law enforcement personnel
  • United States Foreign Service Officers
  • United States Peace Corps Volunteers
  • Other occupations
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Additional matters upon request

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Criminal responsibility / Insanity defense evaluations 

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Ryan Shugarman, M.D.

Board-Certified General and Forensic Psychiatrist

Dr. Shugarman is a board-certified general and forensic psychiatrist who established his practice in 2010. He is available for forensic psychiatric consulting, psychiatric assessments and IME evaluations, and expert witness services for civil, administrative, and criminal matters involving adults. For information about his clinical work, please refer to his Provider page.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornell University, Dr. Shugarman earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He then completed a general psychiatry residency and forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Dr. Shugarman is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) and the American Medical Association (AMA). He holds academic appointments as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital and as an instructor with Saint Elizabeths Hospital’s forensic psychiatry fellowship program. For his teaching work as a forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Shugarman received the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law’s “Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Forensic Fellowship Program.” Dr. Shugarman has presented at both national and regional conferences on a variety of topics.

Retained by both plaintiff and defense counsels, Dr. Shugarman has testified in various jurisdictions (including federal court) for civil, administrative, and criminal matters. In addition to conducting assessments for individuals, companies, hospital systems, and boards of medicine, Dr. Shugarman performs fitness for duty and security clearance evaluations, including for several federal agencies.

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Shilpa Krishnan, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

Dr. Krishnan is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist. She conducts forensic psychological evaluations and provides consultation and expert witness services for civil and criminal matters involving psychological issues.

After receiving her master’s degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Dr. Krishnan earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from George Mason University in 2012. Next, she completed an APA-accredited, pre-doctoral internship at NYU School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center, followed by a postdoctoral residency in forensic psychology at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Krishnan is a faculty member and instructor for the Saint Elizabeths Hospital’s psychology pre-doctoral internship, externship, and postdoctoral residency programs, as well as the hospital’s forensic psychiatry fellowship program. In addition to serving as a research consultant for George Mason University, Dr. Krishnan has previously taught undergraduate forensic psychology courses at George Mason University and Marymount University. She has also presented at both national and international conferences on a variety of forensic psychological topics such as violence risk assessment and psychopathy.

Dr. Krishnan has provided expert witness testimony in several jurisdictions. Additionally, she serves as a qualified examiner through the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) Office of Forensic Services. Dr. Krishnan also serves as the Deputy Director of the Forensic Services Division for the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health. In this role, she assists in the direction and administration of mental health services for persons involved with the criminal justice system, helps to develop policy, and performs court-ordered forensic psychological assessments.

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