About Dr. Casarella


Credentials & Specialized Training

Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from an APA (American Psychological Association) Accredited Training Program

Completed Full-time Doctoral Level Internship at an APA Accredited Program

Specialized Forensic Psychology Training at a Maximum Security Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

  • Psychological Evaluations/Treatment for individuals Not Competent to Stand Trial/Being Restored to Competency (730s)
  • Psychotherapy/Assessment for individuals found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity/Under Psychiatric Security Review Board Commitment
Extensive Experience as a Forensic Psychologist for the New York City Police Department
  • Pre-employment/Job Candidate evaluations for Police Officers and civilian positions
  • Individuals appealing their psychological disqualification
  • Emergency trauma debriefings and crisis intervention services
  • Providing expert witness testimony
Presented at Notable Psychological Conferences and Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • Human Trafficking
  • Trauma (Complex Trauma & PTSD)
  • Victim Blaming
  • Rorschach (Comprehensive System & R-PAS)
  • Personality Assessment
  • Psychological Testing
  • Psychological Report Writing

What I Offer

  • Genuine, straightforward, and honest approach
  • Neutral forensic services utilizing evidenced-based practices
  • Concise and easy-to-understand report/recommendations
  • Practical and responsive working style
  • Services in Spanish
  • Social justice advocate contributing to related community events and media engagements

A truly unique understanding of the hardship waiver process because I went through my own immigration journey with my spouse and successfully obtained a hardship waiver.

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My services:

Immigration Evaluations (hardship waivers/i-601 waivers, cancellation of removal, VAWA/Spousal Abuse, U visas, Asylum)

Substance Use Evaluations (DWI evaluations)

Criminal Evaluations (competency to stand trial/730s, mental status, parole board hearings)

Pre-employment/Fitness for Duty Evaluations (typically for law-enforcement/public safety candidates or employees)

Psychological Disqualifications and Appeals from Law Enforcement Agencies

Expert Witness Testimony