Jessica Boyle, PhD received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Psychology-Law (Forensic Psychology) from The University of Alabama (UA) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her training is largely focused on forensic evaluation, psychological assessment and the treatment of severe mental illness.
Dr. Boyle has extensive clinical and forensic experience within various hospital and correctional settings. These include the Tuscaloosa County Jail, Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility and Bryce Hospital, Alabama’s largest and oldest inpatient psychiatric facility. She completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship through the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Here, she conducted competency and mental state at the time of the offense evaluations and wrote integrated forensic reports for federal judges. She worked with male federal inmates with severe mental illness, utilizing evidence-based individual and group treatment modalities (i.e., Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Anger Management). She completed a six-month trauma specialty rotation and co-facilitated RESOLVE trauma-focused group treatment for female federal inmates. During her postdoctoral residency training, Dr. Boyle conducted criminal and civil forensic evaluations addressing fitness to proceed, criminal responsibility, extreme emotional distress, risk assessment, personal injury and mitigation. She cross-trained for one year with forensic psychiatry residents through the Oregon Health & Sciences University Forensic Psychiatry Program.
Dr. Boyle’s research endeavors include examinations of juror decision-making and issues of expert witness credibility. While at UA, she worked under the mentorship of Stanley Brodsky, PhD and collaborated with him on various applications of clinical psychology to the law. She continues to write on these topics and has presented her research at conferences including the annual meetings of the American Psychology and Law Society (APLS) and the American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC). Her research has been featured in The Jury Expert, an online publication of the ASTC, as well as the book, The Expert Expert Witness: More Maxims and Guidelines for Testifying in Court by Drs. Stanley Brodsky and Thomas Gutheil. Dr. Boyle also has a background in trial consultation. She has worked closely with attorneys on a variety of civil and criminal matters, assisting with jury selection, witness preparation and case conceptualization. Other professional interests include teaching and evaluations of fitness-for-duty of law enforcement officers.
Today, Dr. Boyle conducts criminal and civil forensic evaluations, writes reports addressing a variety of psycholegal matters and provides expert testimony. She works out of the Northwest Family Psychology office in Vancouver, Washington.
Dr. Boyle is licensed in Washington and Oregon.