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Forensic Psychiatry & Expert Witness Evaluation and Testimony
Forensic psychiatry is a subspecialty of psychiatry that includes the areas in which psychiatry is applied to legal issues, risk assessment and other facets of government such as professional licensing agencies. In the legal realm, forensic psychiatry has a role in both civil and criminal litigation.
Potomac Psychiatry offers expert consultation in forensic psychiatry through the experience and expertise of Drs. Guillermo Portillo and Mark Novitsky.
We provide consultation for both plaintiff and defense attorneys. Consultation includes, but is not limited to, case and record review, independent medical evaluations, forensic psychiatric reports, depositions and courtroom testimony.
Dr. Guillermo Portillo
Guillermo Portillo, M.D. is a board certified forensic psychiatrist with experience in civil and criminal cases, cases related to employment issues such as fitness for duty evaluations as well as expertise in evaluating impaired professionals. As a forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Portillo is an expert in the area at the interface of psychiatry and the law. He also provides consultations for diagnostic clarification and assessment of psychopharmacologic and therapeutic interventions for appropriateness.
Dr. Portillo currently has an academic appointment as an adjunct clinical faculty member at Temple University Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science where he has lectured on forensic and emergency psychiatry. Additionally, Dr. Portillo is able to provide services and consultation in both English and Spanish.
Areas of expertise include but are not limited to:
- Malpractice and standards of care for mental health professionals
- Emotional injury/damages
- Recommendation of treatment needs and prognosis
- Mental health disability claims
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Evaluations of adults in matters of parental rights
- Fitness for duty
- Workers compensation claims
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims (EEOC)
- Impaired professionals
- Racial, sexual, gender, or religious discrimination and/or harassment
- Workplace violence risk assessment
- Testamentary Capacity
Dr. Mark A. Novitsky Jr.
Mark A. Novitsky Jr., MD is a Dual Board Certified Child and Adolescent/Adult Psychiatrist with experience in clinical and forensic practice. Dr. Novitsky uses a variety of psychotherapy techniques, as well as medication management when necessary, in the treatment of children and adolescents. He highly values an ongoing collaborative relationship with parents. His psychotherapy techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), play therapy, and parent management training. Following his training in child psychiatry, he sought out formal Cognitive Therapy training with children and adolescents through “The Beck Initiative”, sponsored by The Aaron T. Beck Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where Dr. Aaron Beck first created CBT.
Dr. Novitsky has served for several years as corporate medical director for Philadelphia’s fastest growing non-profit by serving children experiencing emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges. His extensive clinical experience includes, but is not limited to:
- Childhood trauma/Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Depressive disorders, Bipolar disorder and other mood disorders
- Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Learning Disorders
- Substance Use Disorders
- Intellectual Disability
Dr. Novitsky is an adjunct clinical faculty member at Temple University Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and is the clinical preceptor for 2nd year residents Child and Adolescent rotation. He educates psychiatry residents and 4th year medical students about the intricacies of the mental health world and how it interfaces with other inter-agency supports that comprise a court-involved youth’s comprehensive treatment. He has been the recipient of a grant for his research, has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at national conferences.
- Diagnosis and Prognosis
- Child and Parental Assessments in Custody and Divorce Cases
- Treatment Recommendations
- Pharmaceutical Claims