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Nicole Zenger, PhD

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Nicole Zenger, PhD is a Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis in forensic and child psychology. She has over 10 years of experience in psychological and forensic evaluations. She has had the opportunity to work in collaboration with the domestic and criminal court, attorneys, physicians, mental health professionals, social workers, and correctional officers.

Dr. Zenger has extensive experience working within the juvenile and criminal court systems. She provides evaluations of pretrial defendants’ competency to stand trial and/or mental status at the time of offense, to include diminished capacity and NGRI assessment. She also conducts psychological assessment of defendants to assist attorneys in the mitigation of plea negotiations. She has worked with private defense attorneys as well as indigent services in these services. Dr. Zenger has been called as an expert witness to discuss her findings on previously mentioned evaluations, as well as to review other professional’s work. In the juvenile system, she has performed psychological and sexual behavior risk assessments to assist in adjudication.

Additionally, Dr. Zenger was a psychologist and certified correctional officer at the Utah State Prison. She performed psychological and psychosexual evaluations of inmates to address treatment and placement needs, as well as to provide recommendations to the Board of Pardons.

Dr. Zenger provides services to the family courts, both in evaluation and expert testimony. She performs child custody evaluations, relocation evaluations, parental capacity evaluations, and general psychological assessments of individual parties. She serves as a parenting coordinator in cases of high conflict to assist in the implementation of parenting plans, resolve disputes, and educate on cooperative parenting. She has received training in advanced child custody issues and high-conflict divorce.

Dr. Zenger’s professional interests continue to be in psychological and forensic assessments. She also has clinical experience in individual and group treatment, psycho-education, sex offender treatment, severe and persistent mental illnesses, and pervasive developmental disorders.



  • Psychological Assessment
  • Competency Evaluations
  • Diminished Capacity Evaluations
  • Mental Status Evaluations
  • Child Custody Evaluations
  • Parenting Assessment
  • Parent Coordination
  • Sexual Risk Assessment
  • Work Product Review
  • Instructional Expert Testimony



Areas of specialty include

  • psychological assessment,
  • various evaluations of pretrial defendants,
  • violence risk assessment,
  • sexual deviance (adult/adolescent),
  • assessment of parenting,
  • child custody,
  • high conflict divorce,
  • personality disorders, and
  • severe and persistent mental illness.