Julianne Ludlam, Ph.D.
Many people find themselves in a difficult legal situation, such as a divorce or a criminal charge. If your already-stressful situation calls for a psychological evaluation, you may be concerned about what that means. If you have been court-ordered to receive an evaluation, or your attorney has suggested one, you want assurance you will be heard, treated fairly, and met with respect. In cases of trauma, evaluations can help uncover its effects and suggest a path through the shadow it casts. Or, if you have concerns about your child’s response to life events, a sensitive psychological evaluation can help with assessing needs.
Currently, I conduct forensic and psychological evaluations for KKJ, and I have two overarching goals in this work. First, I strive for accuracy, honesty, and fairness in all evaluations. Forensic evaluations, even more than clinical psychological evaluations, require the consideration of multiple viewpoints, data sources, and hypotheses. It is my goal to carefully examine alternative perspectives to provide clearer answers to questions. Second, it is important to me to demonstrate respect and appreciation for differences between individuals and groups. In practice, this means considering the importance of factors such as gender, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, and culture when conducting evaluations. These differences affect one’s beliefs and behavior and, in many cases, are sources of oppression, discrimination, and trauma. It is my hope that fair, respectful evaluations can help all parties involved in legal conflicts.
I have a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Risk and Prevention from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Alliant International University in Clinical Psychology. My research and clinical interests have centered around the topic of trauma and trauma-related disorders.
Prior to teaching in the undergraduate psychology program at the University of Missouri, I trained at the California Pacific Medical Center’s outpatient mental health clinic, the San Francisco County Jail’s psychiatric services unit, and a community mental health center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.
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“In psychotherapy, evaluations, and even life in general, patterns are important. As a clinician, I believe clients benefit by looking for patterns that recur in their lives; an awareness of repeated behaviors or thoughts can lead to needed changes. In research and evaluations, patterns provide evidence and allow us to draw firmer conclusions. In life, I believe our patterns have much to offer us – they can show us the roads we have already taken, and they may illuminate paths we hope to travel."