L. Andrew Huff, MD, MPH
Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry
Forensic Psychiatry Expertise
Forensic psychiatry is the application of psychiatry in courts of law. It also refers to a branch of psychiatry that seeks diagnostic precision beyond what is ordinarily required in a clinical treatment setting.
I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Forensic Psychiatry.
My areas of forensic expertise and experience include:
Competency to stand trial (called “sanity boards” by the military)
Criminal responsibility, also called the insanity defense
Forensic psychiatric evaluations
Risk assessment for violence (including sexual violence)
Occupational psychiatry for fitness for duty
Evaluation of medical/mental health records for quality of care or for relevance to court proceedings
Counterintuitive victim behavior
Memory (formation, suggestibility, hardening and other factors affecting memory)
Sleep quality and behavioral effects
Alcohol use and competency to consent to sexual activity (including the phenomenon of alcoholic blackout)
Effects of medication on behavior
General assistance of counsel in broad areas of trials
Sociopathy and personality disorders
Psychological formulations to explain human behavior, drive, and motivation
Forensic psychiatry requires substantiation and reasoning that withstands cross-examination. The forensic psychiatrist helps the jury understand the facts of a case by explaining human behavior in a way that is accessible and makes sense.
Expert Testimony Experience
My experience includes expert testimony involving:
Over 40 military trials (court-martial proceedings)
Military Boards of Inquiry
Americans with Disability Act (ADA) employer issues
National Transportation Safety Board (for the FAA)
Falsehood is never so successful as when she baits her hook with truth, and no opinions so fatally mislead us as those that are not wholly wrong, as no watches so effectively deceive the wearer as those that are sometimes right.