Forensic Psychiatry

Forensic Psychiatry is a part of Wisconsin Child Psychiatrist Dr. Jenna Saul's practiceForensic psychiatry occurs at the interface between Psychiatry and the Law. For cases involving youth and young adults, it is imperative to employ an expert with an extensive understanding of childhood and adolescence. What does a forensic psychiatrist do?

Dr. Jenna Saul, Board-certified General Psychiatrist and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist has been practicing in the forensic psychiatry arena since 2003. She has the knowledge and experience to provide a comprehensive and meaningful assessment of questions at the law-mental health interface, by testimony and written report.

When Dr. Saul evaluates a child or young adult for a forensic psychiatry assessment, she sees what makes them function, what might have led to dysfunction, and synthesizes a comprehensive summary and proposal for intervention that best serves the youth, the community, and justice.

If I had a family member with a mental illness, or who needed a mental health consultation for a legal defense, I would call Dr. Jenna Saul.”

–Robin Shellow, The Shellow Group

email: drjenna@drjenna.net       phone: 715.318-0047

  • Forensic Psychiatry assessment and recommendations of civil issues, including damages related to trauma/injury.
  • Forensic Psychiatry assessment and recommendations in family law, including custody, adoption and attachment, child abuse and trauma, termination of parental rights (TPR), Child in need of protective supervision (CHIPS)
  • Assessment of juvenile and young adult offenders:  competency, capacity to waive Miranda, Juveniles in need of protective supervision (JIPS), and  placement alternatives to incarceration.
  • Consultation and assessment of least restrictive placement and need for involuntary placement, including use of the Child and Adolescent Service Intensity Instrument (CASII).
  • Member, Rights and Legal Matters Committee, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
  • Member, American Academy of Psychiatry and The Law (AAPL)
  • Dr. Saul has consulted and served as expert witness in several high-profile juvenile murder cases, working for defense and prosecution.  She incorporates forensic principles, an understanding of mental health diagnoses, and an assessment of the youth’s specific developmental characteristics.
  • Dr. Saul studied reproductive psychiatry under Dr. Lucy Puryear, and  has provided forensic psychiatry consultation in cases of infanticide for women with postpartum depression and other postpartum mental health conditions.
  • Dr. Saul studied the interface between psychiatry and sleep at the Houston VA Medical Center, and has provided forensic psychiatry consultation for criminal cases involving parasomnias.
  • References include nationally recognized defense attorney Robin Shellow (http://www.theshellowgroup.com) and Michael O’Rourke, former District Attorney, Fond du Lac, WI (http://www.orourkelawoffices.com)