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Joseph R. Novello, M.D., has over 30 years experience in the practice of Forensic Psychiatry in the District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. Board-certified in both adult and child/adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Novello provides ethical, fair, and impartial evaluations and testimony in accordance with the standards of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Novello is available as evaluating expert, testifying expert, and consulting expert to plaintiffs, prosecution, defense, insurance companies, and the court in a wide range of civil, criminal, and other forensic matters. Although Dr. Novello's forensic work is focused in the District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, he is available in other parts of the country on a case-by-case basis. Attorneys may contact Dr. Novello for an initial discussion at (703) 723-2999.

Civil cases:

  • Psychological Damages
  • Malingering
  • Head Injury
  • Workplace Issues
  • Return to Work
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Civil Competencies
  • Pre-employment Evaluations
  • Psychiatric Malpractice
  • Suicide
  • Medication Errors
  • Child Custody
  • Parental Competence
  • Visitation
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Parental Rights
  • Alcohol, Drug Abuse

Criminal cases:

  • Competency
  • Confessions, Miranda
  • Insanity Defense
  • Sex Offender Evaluation
  • Diminished Capacity
  • Risk Assessments
  • Return to Work
  • Fitness for Duty
  • Mitigating Factors
  • Juvenile Defendants
  • Sentencing Issues


  • Trial Consultation
  • Witness Preparation
  • Medial Licensure
  • Ethical Concers
  • Impaired Physician
  • Confidentiality
  • Right to refuse treatment
  • Commitment
  • Informed Consent
  • Legislative Consultation
  • Special issues re: Children

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