Private Investigator-Behavioral Health Expert Witness
Dr. Richard J. Stride, Psy.D., MBA, LMHC
Olympia, Washington 98513
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I have been an expert and or consulted on cases related to, officer involved shootings, fitness for duty, child custody, competency, criminal behavior, developmental disability and work place harassment. I can, and have, created custom reports, issue specific professional reviews, and case specific consultations.
I am a member of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology
Call or email to find out how I can help with your case.
Forensic services include competency, diminished capacity, child custody, workplace harassment, criminal responsibility, child abuse, developmental disabilities, psychological testing, and consultation.
Evaluations completed for:
Law Enforcement/Fitness for Duty
Medical Fitness for Surgery
Second Opinion Evaluations
Focus on or aid in Legal/Medical/Forensic/Expert Testimony/Review of Pertinent Case Data or other help in Case Preparation.
Comprehensive Written Reports
Expert Testimony in Court for Evaluations Completed
Attorney Case Consultation
Specific Forensic Mental Health Reports containing Specialized Information that can be helpful to or in Case Presentation.
Mental Health Evaluations may include:
Mental Status Exam
Medical History (including drug/alcohol history)
Incarceration History (if applicable)
Military History (if applicable)
Assessment (Diagnostic Tools)
Review of Collateral Information
Review of Collateral Witnesses
Comprehensive Written Report - as requested
Child Custody Evaluations may include:
The above for each parent
Evaluation (above) and assessment of each child
Home Visits to each parent
Parent-Child Observations (in office/in home)
Assessment of Joint Custody Suitability
Assessment of Abuse
Comprehensive Written Report - as ordered/requested
Assessment/Diagnostic Tools can include:
Personality Assessment Inventory
Becks Depression Inventory
Becks Anxiety Inventory
Uniform Child Custody Evaluation System
Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test
Slossan Intelligence Test
Litigation Support Services
Richard J. Stride, Psy.D., LPC, LMHC, NCP provides forensic mental health services to lawyers, courts, private clients, and families:
* Law Enforcement Fitness for Duty
* Child Custody Issues and Evaluations
* Child develop mental abuse
* Parent Evaluations
* Developmental Disabilities
* Diminished Capacity
* Professional Competence
* Criminal Behavior
* Conflict Resolution
* Skip Tracing
* Domestic Relationships
* Background Checks
* Wrongful Death
The forensic evaluation includes comprehensive psychosocial information, interviews, and testing, to focus on or aid in legal medical forensic expert testimony review of pertinent case data or other help in case preparation. Additionally it may include a report, not covered by insurance, containing specialized information that can be helpful to or in case preparation.
Areas of Expertise
Parent Alienation Syndrome, Officer Involved Shootings, Fitness for Duty, Child Custody, Competency, Jury Selection, Child Abuse, Ethics, Licensure & Practice, Professional Conduct, Memory, Diminished Capacity, Standard of Care, Abuse, Diagnosis, Law Enforcement, PTSD, School Shootings, Psychopathology, Sociopathic Behavior
Experienced and effective expert. I am a Licensed Private Investigator, and a Licensed Mental Counselor in Washington State. I have been a Therapist, Clinical Operations Director, and Chief Executive Officer in Community Behavioral Agencies for over 25 years. I am a Specialist for Medicaid consultation with Children, Geriatric, and Developmental Disabilities in Washington State.
I hold the Diplomate credential in Forensic Mental Health as a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator with the National Board of Forensic Evaluators. I have been qualified as an Expert Witness in Colorado, and Washington State. Member Society for Police and Criminal Psychology
I have taught workshops and seminars in various areas of mental health including, Ethics, School Shootings, Depression, and Forensic Expert Witness.
Cascade Community Healthcare-CEO
Catholic Family & Child Services - Clinical & Operations Director
Private forensic mental health practice - Provide consultation, training, and behavioral health experts services to attorneys, behavioral health agencies. Conduct forensic evaluations, professional competency, expert report review.
Chelan-Douglas Behavioral Health Clinic - Clinical Director
BSM Counseling and Training Center - Supervisor (part time supervisor, part time contact)
Fairfax Hospital - Psychiatric assessment team
United States Army Reserve - Captain, Honorable Discharge, Combat Stress Control unit, 73B Psychologist
Aurora Mental Health Center - Clinician emergency, and crisis evaluator, social service consultant
Jefferson Center for mental health - Clinician, child and family social service consultant
Las Animas County Department of Social Services - Psychotherapist, clinician and consultant
Huerfano County Department of social Services - Psychotherapist, clinician and consultant
Baca County Department of Social Services - Psychotherapist, clinician, consultant and expert witness
Southeast Colorado hospital - Psychotherapist, mental health team member Alzheimer's Unit
Drug Free communities - Psychotherapist
El Refugio family services - Psychotherapist
Licensed Professional Counselor - Colorado (expired)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor - Washington
Licensed Private Investigator - Washington
Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator
Guardian ad Litem - Washington State
Developmental Disabilities - Washington State
Child Specialists - Washington State
National Board of Forensic Evaluators - Affiliate Trainer
Certified in Geriatrics
Certified Child Custody Evaluator - National Board of Forensic Evaluators
Legal Experience & Services
Proven professional mental health expert. Extensive knowledge of forensic mental health evaluations as well as effective case presentation in court. I have been qualified in court as an expert witness in mental health, child abuse, adult psychopathology, developmental disabilities and child custody.
Society for Police and Criminal Psychology
Oregon-Washington Lawmen's Association
Washington Association of Legal Investigators
National Board of Forensic Evaluators
American Mental Health Counselors Association
Washington Mental Health Counselors Association
American Counseling Association
Experienced, professional, mental health expert. Able to develop rapport with jurors and other professionals. I have been retained as an expert and/or consulted in over 100 cases.
Awards & Honors
Nominated for Person of the Year 2020 by The Chronicle newspaper
California Coast University
Magna Cum Laude
California Southern University
Leaders in Quality Care Award Southeast Colorado Hospital, Springfield, CO
The United States Army Commendation Medal (for outstanding performance as a commander and a leader)
396th Combat Support Hospital
Seminars & Training
"Mental Health Ethics for Mental Health Professionals"
"Expert witness testimony in court" - National Board of Forensic Evaluators
"Forensic mental health services" - American Counseling Association convention
"Evidenced based clinical practices in mental health" - Catholic family & Child services
“Recognizing sexual abuse in children”, Wenatchee CASA program
“Counseling theories and interventions”, Ft. Lewis Army Reserve Base
“Defusings and debriefings after a trauma for families and victims”, Ft. Lewis Army Reserve Base
“Grief and trauma”
“Self-esteem and issues of personal development"
“Stress for healthcare workers,” Emergency and nursing departments
“Depression, coping with it, and its treatment"
1996 – Editorial consultant, college psychology text review and editing committee, developmental psychology (adult and child), abnormal psychology, psychological theories, brain development sections – Delmar Publishers
Publications and research:
Fun in psychotherapy with children - Family Counseling Journal, September 1996.
Assessment of the effects of self-instructed vs. Instructed cognitive-behavioral; A training program on
student's worry and emotionality as components of test anxiety - Doctoral Publication, California Southern University.
Self-concept dynamics in an Evangelical Christian setting - Doctoral dissertation, Covington seminary.
Norman E. Hoffman
Ph.D., Ed.D., LMFT, LMHC
President - National Board of Forensic Evaluators
Valerie G. Watt
Vice President - National Board of Forensic Evaluators
Rhonda Lockwood, Attorney
Lockwood & Zarbock
Sioux Falls, SD
Bruce Kimsey, Retired Chief Deputy, Lewis County Sheriff
Lewis County, WA
MBA Healthcare Management, California Coast University
Graduate Certificate Executive Healthcare, Cornell University
Psy.D. Psychology, California Southern University
M.S. Psychology, California Coast University
B.S., Religion/Philosophy, Southern Nazarene University
Articles Published by Dr. Richard J. Stride, Psy.D., MBA, LMHC
From Columbine to Aurora to Boulder: Why?
From studies and news after Columbine: “Attackers were as likely to be rich as poor. They are from all ethnic and racial backgrounds (though three-fourths were white). They had intact and broken families, good and bad report cards. A few felt isolated but just as many had a lot of friends. Most were suicidal, but only a few had been diagnosed with mental disorders.” -U.S. Secret Service StudyRead Article
What Is the “New Normal” Post COVID-19?
I am consistently amazed by the resiliency of the human spirit I see in our County. As Americans, we all have a bit of that “Pioneering Spirit” that moved our for bearers to forge new pathways into the unknown. That resilient pioneering spirit is aliveRead Article
Parent Alienation Syndrome, what to consider.
Parent Alienation Syndrome (PAS) in custody casesRead Article
“Competency” - A Real Life Catch 22
Is the defendant guilty? Is the defendant suffering from a mental health malady that prohibits him from understanding the nature of the crime? Is the defendant able to consult with a lawyer and fully understand the charges against them?Read Article
How Mental Health Experts Can Help in Cases
Do you need a mental health expert in your corner? Mental health and the justice system have been working side by side for decades. Forensic Mental Health Professionals have been called upon to evaluate and/or assist in many cases over the years.Read Article