Forensic Psychologists

DURHAM OFFICE    click here for Chapel Hill office    click here for Raleigh office

Tina Lepage, Psy.D.

Dr. Tina LepageDr. Tina Lepage, founder of Lepage Associates Solution-Based Psychological & Psychiatric Services, holds a Doctorate and Master’s in clinical psychology, a B.S. in child development and family relationships, and a Master’s in management. Dr. Lepage is a specialist in relationships, families, conflict resolution, and forensic evaluations. She has been said to “demonstrate an uncanny ability to find creative solutions that work well and are respected by all parties involved,” and judges have commented they wished all evaluations were as understandable and useful as hers. Originally, Dr. Lepage provided evaluations and consult for the court as a Court Psychologist and has continued in forensic psychology in private practice for 12+ years. Examples of forensic evaluations she has completed and supervised include child custody, parental capacity, mental status assessment, fitness for duty/return to work, disability assessment, legal decision making and financial capacity assessment, substance abuse assessment, immigration and adoption issues, risk assessments, and competency to stand trial. Dr. Lepage has testified in court as an expert witness; she has been qualified as an expert in clinical psychology, forensic psychology, and custody evaluations.

Dr. Lepage completed both her clinical master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation on parenting plans, determining the highest quality protocol for assessing child and family needs and then addressing those needs in potential parenting arrangements. At Lepage Associates she went on to develop a unique, tiered approach to parenting plan consults and custody evaluations to meet the information and cost needs of every family. Dr. Lepage is also an expert in coaching for Cooperative or Parallel Co-Parenting. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, parents, and children. Her combined experience in divorce issues, child development, parenting plans, and conflict resolution make her highly sought out by parents as they make decisions regarding co-parenting issues and parenting plans, or need someone to meet with their child. Her evaluation skills and ability to handle clinically complex cases make her sought out by a wide variety of people involved with the court as well.

Lindsey Ohler, Psy.D.

Dr. Lindsey OhlerDr. Lindsey Ohler has extensive experience in forensic evaluations. She provides forensic evaluations for family, civil, and criminal courts, testing clients of all ages. One area of specialty has included conducting psychological, dispositional, bind-over, and competency-to-stand trial evaluations in the juvenile court system. She has also provided competency attainment interventions to youth held in juvenile detention. Dr. Ohler is able to identify how environmental, familial, cultural and social factors influence individuals while identifying risk and protective factors for predicting future criminal involvement. During her time in the juvenile court, Dr. Ohler was known for developing positive relationships with probation officers, juvenile correctional officers and other officials.

Nina Solanki, Psy.D.

Nina3Dr. Nina Solanki has substantial training and experience providing a variety of forensic assessments for all ages. Her extensive forensic experience includes having worked in a forensics hospital doing testing and therapy, in addition to having completed forensic evaluations in outpatient private practice settings. Dr. Solanki has conducted custody evaluations, parental competency evaluations, risk assessments, competency to stand trial evaluations, Social Security disability determinations, and competency to execute will/power of attorney, to name a few. In addition she has conducted Air Traffic Controller evaluations, priest aspirant evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations, psychoeducational evaluations, and general psychological evaluations. Dr. Solanki takes a therapeutic approach to evaluations so clients feel comfortable during the assessment process to ensure accurate and reliable results. Dr. Solanki has testified in court as an expert witness.

 Colleen Hamilton, Psy.D.

Custody Mediation, Child Custody Evaluation, Divorce Mediation, Children And Divorce, Divorce Child Custody, Child Support Mediation, Psychological Testing, Psychological EvaluationAs one of our resident child psychologists, Dr. Colleen Hamilton joins our forensic cases in the capacity of child expert. She has in-depth experience assessing children of all ages; through direct observation and/or parent descriptions of very young children, and testing with preschool children and older, she assesses children ages birth through 18. Dr. Hamilton is one of few child psychologists specialized in the birth to preschool years as well as K-12 children. She is able to speak in-depth about child development, child mental health issues and disorders, and how various external stressors impact a child’s functioning. Examples of external stressors include such things as parent functioning, family dynamics, school environment, other relationships, and trauma to include such varied forms of trauma as child sexual abuse to terrorism exposure. Dr. Hamilton is an expert on childhood trauma, both in the areas of conducting trauma assessments for diagnosis and the treatment of child and teen trauma. Her broad testing experience includes providing comprehensive psychological evaluations, behavioral assessments, and educational evaluations. In addition to her role as a consultant/expert on child and teen issues, she also provides therapy for children and families involved with the courts, parent coaching, therapeutic supervised visitation, and reunification visitation. Dr. Hamilton has testified in court as an expert witness.

Julie Michalowski, Psy.D.

Dr. Julie MichalowskiDr. Julie Michalowski is experienced in forensic psychology from an inpatient and outpatient perspective and has worked with a variety of ages. In an outpatient setting, Dr. Michalowski has worked in private practice completing court-ordered psychological evaluations, custody evaluations, parental competency evaluations, and competency evaluations to execute will/power of attorney. She provides a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere to decrease the stress often experienced and associated with court-ordered evaluations. In inpatient settings she worked providing group and individual treatment for individuals deemed Incapable to Proceed (ITP) to criminal trial. This work included rehabilitating and educating individuals suffering from severe and persistent mental illness on the necessary legal information needed to move forward to criminal trial. Additionally, she completed violence risk assessments for use in discharging patients back to the community.

CHAPEL HILL OFFICE

Kevin Metz, Psy.D.

Dr. Kevin MetzDr. Kevin Metz has experience evaluating for a range of mental health disorders to include clinically complex cases, and provides evaluation services to clients of all ages. Dr. Metz is adept at identifying strengths and potential risk factors for each unique case and to this end believes it is important to provide specific and individually-tailored treatment recommendations. His forensic work has included psychological evaluations and risk assessments for use in family, civil and criminal court cases. (Examples include child custody, immigration, DUI, leaving the scene of a crime, sex offender, etc.) An area of particular expertise, his specialized and in-depth knowledge of substance use and its impact on daily living and thought provide an excellent resource if substance abuse is an issue that contributed to court involvement; he can evaluate for substance abuse, provide recommendations for intervention levels needed, and provide substance abuse counseling. Forensic work is a passion for Dr. Metz and he is regularly adding to the breadth of evaluations he provides. Dr. Metz can also provide expert testimony in court. In addition, his clients report finding him a competent, calming and supportive presence, which is of great service during these stressful situations. Dr. Metz also provides court-ordered psychotherapy and in particular has an expertise in anger management therapy.

RALEIGH OFFICE

Colette Segalla, Ph.D.

Dr. Colette Segalla joins the forensic team with experience in working with all ages – children, teens, and adults. With a child expertise background in elementary and secondary education as well as training in trauma-focused play therapy, and adult expertise in a wide array of forensic evaluations and therapy diagnoses, she brings a well-rounded approach to forensic services. Dr. Segalla conducts substance abuse evaluations, child custody evaluations, custody-related psychological assessments, immigration evaluations, and neuropsychological assessments, to name a few. She has also had extensive training and experience in psychoeducational evaluations, identifying learning disabilities, developmental disorders, and disorders of attention. Civil assessments can include disability, fitness for duty, and capacity evaluations. This combination of experience and training in assessments and evaluations has prepared Dr. Segalla for clinically complex cases, court-ordered therapeutic treatment, and evaluations. Dr. Segalla has testified in court as an expert witness. She enjoys working with all ages, from children to teens and adults.