Forensic Evaluator Criteria

In order to be a Forensic Evaluator in the state of Utah, one must be familiar and comply with applicable Utah law in conducting and reporting on evaluations and focus on the relevant legal issues pertaining to the particular type of evaluation ordered by the court. In addition, one must meet the qualifications required under one of the following two levels:

1. Doctorate Level

  • be licensed in Utah as a medical physician or psychiatrist; OR
  • have a Doctorate degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university, be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, licensed to practice in the state of Utah, and have at least three years experience performing mental health assessments and forensic examinations; OR
  • have a Doctorate degree in Psychology from an accredited college or university, be licensed as a Psychologist in the state of Utah, and have at least three years experience performing psychological or forensic examinations.

2. Masters Level

  • have a Masters degree from an accredited college or university, be licensed in one or more Behavioral Science fields (i.e., Psychology or Social Work), and have at least three years experience performing mental health assessments and forensic evaluations
  • Once designated by the Division, Forensic Evaluators are able to conduct court-ordered mental health evaluations as defined in their contracts. This generally means they may evaluate court-ordered persons to determine:
    competency to proceed
    mental status at the time of offense
    guilty and mentally ill pleas
    not guilty by reason of insanity pleas
    exception to death penalty motions