Bernard J. Lewis, Ph.D. is a forensic psychologist licensed as a clinical psychologist in Virginia and as a psychologist in West Virginia. He has been in private practice as a clinical psychologist since 1979. Since 1993 he has worked primarily in the forensic psychology field. He received his undergraduate education at Washington and Lee University and his graduate training at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Lewis has a wide range of experience in the forensic psychology field. He has completed child custody, parental capacity, and juvenile evaluations for area courts for over 20 years. He has provided expert evaluations and testimony in civil cases, including personal injury, employment discrimination, and testamentary capacity cases for over 15 years. He has also worked with area law enforcement agencies to develop pre-employment psychological screening programs and has seen numerous officers for evaluation and treatment following critical incidents. He also counsels and consults with licensed professionals facing malpractice litigation or licensing board action.
Dr. Lewis also specializes in psychological evaluation, consulting, and jury selection services in major criminal cases. He is experienced in assessing various types of competency and has frequently testified in court on criminal responsibility issues. He has testified in over 150 trials and is skilled at presenting sophisticated psychological information to juries in a way they can relate to their own experience.
Philip E. Pate, Ph.D. is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Virginia and as a psychologist in West Virginia. He received his undergraduate education at Indiana University and holds a Masterís Degree in Counseling Education from James Madison University, a Masterís Degree in Psychology from George Mason University, and a Doctorate Degree in Psychology from George Mason University. In addition to his private practice in forensic psychology, he has served on several state-level committees and is currently appointed to the Virginia Interagency Civil Commitment Advisory Board.
Dr. Pateís main area of forensic practice, for the past fifteen years, has been the evaluation of competency to stand trial and mental status at the time of the offense. He also performs evaluation of juvenile offenders and sex offenders and has received advanced training in those areas through the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, affiliated with the University of Virginia.
Dr. Pate has testified in civil and criminal courts in both Virginia and West Virginia. He currently serves as the forensic examiner for the Northwestern Community Services Board, an agency of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. In addition, Dr. Pate provides pre-employment psychological evaluations for law enforcement and public safety agencies in several jurisdictions in Virginia and West Virginia.