What Makes Us Different?
How We Help Attorneys
We provide detailed forensic evaluations to help you craft legal arguments, analyze cases and expert reports, and gain additional insight into your clients’ behavior and mental status.
- We have been appointed to over 500 juvenile cases in Los Angeles County.
- We are able to provide expert testimony in the areas of emotional distress and neurodevelopmental disorders.
How We Help Parents
We provide parents with a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s cognitive, academic, and psychological strengths and weaknesses. In turn, this can help you gain understanding of how your child learns best and can assist you with managing behavioral, cognitive, or mental health problems more effectively.
- We can help you understand your child who has behavior or thinking problems.
- We have devoted our careers to forensic and neuropsychological assessment.
Vienna Psychological Group collaborates with clients across multiple facets of forensic evaluation services. We provide detailed assessments used in legal proceedings and case development for both criminal and civil issues affecting adults and juveniles. We also conduct screenings for employment in public safety to determine if a candidate is a suitable fit for the psychological demands of the position. In addition, we work closely with families and educators to evaluate learning disorders, behavior problems, intelligence and achievement, and other issues impacting academic performance.
Through a variety of evaluations, we provide insight on whether an individual has a mental disorder, how it impacts their mental capacity, whether they are able to make sound decisions for themselves and their care, and if they can accurately execute a contractual agreement on behalf of themselves or someone else.
In criminal cases, we evaluate an individual’s competency to stand trial, engage in rational discussion regarding their situation, and understand the consequences of their actions as well as any agreements about treatment or sentencing. We also assess the mental health, function, and maturity of adolescents within the juvenile justice system.
Mental Health Diversion
Incarceration is not always the most appropriate or beneficial decision for individuals with mental health issues, including substance use disorders, or when charged with a crime. We provide evidence to support eligibility for alternative sentencing to a treatment program or facility for rehabilitation if it is in the person’s best interest, and they can comply with requirements.
Personal Injury/Independent Medical Evaluations
Following an injury, a person may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), or emotional distress that can impact their ability to not only return to work but carry out daily activities as well. We provide findings that can be used in workers’ compensation or personal injury litigation.
Police & Public Safety Pre-Employment Evaluations (POST)
Careers in public safety are demanding and can be mentally taxing. We conduct in-depth evaluations on applicants to opine on their suitability for the job based on psychological testing as well as oral discussions regarding their ability to meet the requirements of the job from a mental and emotional standpoint.
Independent Education Evaluations (IEE)
We are qualified to conduct independent educational evaluations to assess a child’s intelligence and cognitive abilities, identify learning disabilities, evaluate behavior and attention issues, analyze achievement potential, and provide detailed insight into how they learn. These findings can help families access appropriate services and accommodations to support their child’s academic performance.
The Forensic Psychologist Podcast
Listen to our twice-monthly podcast hosted by Dr. Nicole Vienna on the niche practice area of forensic psychology. Episodes will delve into the legal system, case law, specialized forensic mental health assessments, psychological concepts, and even some true crime. The podcast episodes will also include special guest expert interviews.
- The Law Offices of Meghan Blanco
- The Law Offices of David Haas
- The Law Offices of Melissa Fair
- McLane, Bednarski & Litt LLP
- The Law Offices of Sarah Javaheri
- The Los Angeles County Public Defender Office
- The Los Angeles County District Attorney Office
- Los Angeles County Superior Court
A Team of Skilled Experts
Dr. Nicole M. Vienna, CEO & Forensic Psychologist
Dr. Nicole Vienna has extensive training and experience in forensic and neuropsychology. She has worked across multiple settings ranging from state forensic hospitals to correctional facilities and juvenile detention centers. She is highly qualified in the area of brain development and trauma and has served as an expert in civil and criminal forensic cases.
A Team of Skilled Experts
Dr. Di Nguyen
Dr. Nguyen is a registered psychological assistant (PSB 94025402) working under the license of Dr. Vienna. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. Dr. Nguyen has been trained at various clinical sites, including working with adults and children in community mental health settings and correctional/forensic settings.
A Team of Skilled Experts
Marisa Canarick, Office Administrator
Marisa manages the day-to-day operations of Vienna Psychological Group. She ensures all client needs are met, including billing and scheduling. She has a thorough understanding of mental health and legal terminology through her training at VPG. As such, she is well versed in dealing with court orders, retainers, fee schedules, and legal correspondence.
Recent Case Study
“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Mental Health Diversion Case”
PTSD is a mental disorder that is triggered by a terrifying event(s)— either experiencing, witnessing it, or learned about it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance of certain situations, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.