Criminal Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Silverman has consulted on the following:

Criminal Law (Adult)

  • Diversion and Treatment of individuals who are involved in the criminal system
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Insanity
  • Infanticide
  • Diminished capacity
  • Mens rea
  • Criminal competencies
  • Stand trial, sentencing, plea, waive appeals to be put to death, waive appeals in other situations, competency, to represent pro se, to accept a sentence, serve probation, other post-conviction related matters
  • Competency to be put to death
  • Serial killers
  • White Collar Crime
  • Child Pornography
  • Guilt and Sentencing capital trials
  • Capital Appeals and other types of criminal appeals that have been heard by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Capital Appeals and other types of appeals that have been heard by the Fifth Federal Circuit of Appeals
  • Capital Appeals and other types of appeals that have been heard by the Supreme Court
  • Regarding witness preparation, when and how to use a mental health expert, merits of a case
  • Malingering (Conscious Deception)
  • Secondary Gain (Conscious and Unconscious Misrepresentation)
  • Intoxications (Idiosyncratic and deliberate)
  • Factitious Disorders (Munchausen and others)
  • False Allegations
  • Substance Abuse Assessment (prescription and street drugs)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Stalking
  • Coordination of medical and psychiatric care for incarcerated defendants
  • Death Row inmate consultation and treatment
  • Jail inmate consultation and treatment
  • Mitigation
  • Violence risk assessment
  • Suicide
  • War Crimes
  • Correctional Psychiatry
  • Cults
  • Gangs
  • Hate Crimes
  • Elder Abuse
  • Child Abuse
  • False Confessions and Allegations
  • Duress and undue influence
  • Psychological Damages and its influence
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Autopsies
  • Diversion from incarceration to more therapeutic environment
    • For example, an individual was evaluated who committed multiple intoxicated felonies over a ten year period. He was incarcerated after adjudication. After being evaluated by Dr. Silverman in the jail, the court placed the defendant in a residential treatment center with the order that he be treated and monitored and the court receives quarterly updates. Two years later, the defendant is sober and continues to be treated as an outpatient by Dr. Silverman, lives in a halfway house and is showing interest in completing his education and being employed.

Juvenile Law 

  • Insanity
  • Competence
  • Duress
  • Diminished Capacity
  • Waiver to be tried as an adult
  • Treatment Recommendations