Forensic Services

Ouachita Behavioral Health and Wellness provides a range of Forensic Services for both civil and criminal court systems. Many courts require the expertise of a Forensic Psychologist that possesses the clinical experience and qualifications to provide psychological evaluations and expert testimony regarding both criminal and civil cases. They have the ability to bring the science of human behavior to the judicial system. These evaluations aid in helping judges and juries make informed and educated decisions.

Ouachita Behavioral Health and Wellness provides the following types of Forensic Services:

– Parental Fitness Assessments
– Guardianship Assessments
– Visitation Assessments
– Competency for Estate or Person
– Law Enforcement Certification
– Law Enforcement Fitness to Return to Duty
– Fitness to Proceed Examination (Must be requested through courts and ordered by a Judge)
– Criminal Responsibility Examination (Must be requested through courts and ordered by a Judge)

Forensic Psychologist

Dr. Paul Deyoub obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 1972 and his Masters in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University in 1974. He then received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 1978.
Dr. Deyoub has specialized in Forensic Psychology from graduate school, internship, and practice. He has been licensed in Psychology in Arkansas since 1979 and in Kentucky prior to that. He is certified by the Division of Behavioral Health Services, Arkansas State Hospital, to examine for Criminal Fitness and Responsibility.
Prior to serving as Ouachita Behavioral Health and Wellness’ Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Deyoub was in private practice in Little Rock from 1984-2017.
His scope of practice includes: evaluations for all legal matters (criminal, domestic, and civil) as well as employment certification; offering expert opinions and testimony to assist the finder of facts and other decision makers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Forensic Psychology?

Forensic Psychology is a specialty application of medical and psychological knowledge, research, and assessment techniques used in the service of legal work. It very often involves work with courts, attorney’s, judges and other parties around potential litigation.

What does an evaluation consist of?

A typical evaluation may consist of:
• A review of pertinent records
• Interviews with relevant parties
• Administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological assessments
• A comprehensive written report

How do I know if I need a Forensic Assessment?

These evaluations can be ordered by a judge during court proceedings or recommended by a retained attorney or a court appointed special advocate. They can be useful in a wide variety of settings including civil and criminal litigation and fitness for duty.

How much does a Forensic Evaluation cost?

The fees for Forensic Services can be found here.

How do I schedule an Evaluation?

To schedule, you can print out the referral sheet found here and email it to melissar@obhaw.org or fax it to 501-620-5170. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Robinson at 501-620-5113.

Can I bill my insurance for a Forensic Evaluation?

We are unable to bill insurance for Forensic Assessments as the services are not deemed medically necessary.

What if I need to cancel my Forensic Evaluation?

We require a 48 hour notification to cancel a scheduled evaluation.