Lynette Hamilton, Psy.D.
Lynette Hamilton is a licensed psychologist and Certified Forensic Evaluator in Oregon. She holds a master’s degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, as well as a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University School of Professional Psychology. She achieved several accolades at these institutions, including various academic distinctions, the Oregon Department of Corrections Research Fund Award, and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Dissertation Research. Dr. Hamilton has completed clinical training in several correctional and forensic environments, including state and federal prisons, juvenile detention, and secure psychiatric hospital settings. After earning her doctorate, she completed a forensic psychology postdoctoral fellowship at State Operated Forensic Services (SOFS) in Saint Peter, Minnesota. During that time, she received specialized training in a variety of criminal and civil forensic evaluations, including competency to proceed, criminal responsibility, violence risk assessment, repeat sex offender, and civil commitment as mentally ill (MI) and mentally ill and dangerous to the public (MI&D). After completing her postdoctoral fellowship, she was hired as a full-time forensic psychologist at SOFS, where she conducted court-ordered evaluations, delivered expert testimony, and provided consultation and training to hospital staff and psychology/psychiatry fellows. She remained at SOFS as a licensed psychologist and forensic examiner for one year before returning to Oregon and joining Northwest Forensic Institute. Dr. Hamilton currently conducts evaluations with both adult and juvenile defendants. Her practice primarily consists of competency, criminal responsibility, mental state/diminished capacity, sentencing mitigation, violence risk assessment, and psychosexual evaluations. She also provides consultation and trainings on psycholegal topics to attorneys and those interested in mental health and the law.