Dr. Jane K. McNaught is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. She has been in private practice for over 30 years and specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder within the context of Civil, Criminal, and Family Law. With her long expertise in evaluating both alleged adult and child alleged sexual assault victims, she has testified for both the Plaintiff and Defense. Dr. McNaught has also been hired as an expert by the Court to evaluate interview techniques with alleged sexual abuse victims. Dr. McNaught has been invovled in over 1700 forensic evaluations in the areas of civil, criminal, and family law and testified on over 700 occaisons. She has been retained by both the Defense and Plaintiff, testifying in District and Federal Court. In addition, she has been qualified and testified as an expert in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with both the US Army and Navy. Dr. McNaught has presented in both National and International Conferece in her areas of expertise.
Just as physicians utilize medical tests to provide a diagnosis, Dr. McNaught effectively utilizes Psychological Testing to provide scientific information in the course of her reports and testimony to the Courts. Her strong expertise in psychological testing has been effective in discrediting other witnesses who provide opinions based on questionable conclusions.
In the civil area of practice, Dr. McNaught has conducted many evaluations involving sexual abuse to children and adolescents by teachers, boy scout leaders, and priests. She has also been obtained as an expert in Employment cases involving unfair labor practices as well as Sexual harassment and Age Discrimination. The following are some other examples of civil cases Dr. McNaught has been involved in: Evaluating the Credibility of Alleged Adult and Child Victims of Sexual Assault; Evaluating Victims of Clergy and Teacher Abuse for both the Plaintiff and Defense; Motor-vehicle Accidents Involving Emotional Injuries to Adults and Children; Cases Involving Emotional Inuries Related to: Burns, Amputation To Both Adults and Children; Dog Bite Cases Involving Children; Alleged Emotional Injuries Occurring as a Result of School and Hospital Misconduct or Malpractice; and Medical Malpractice cases such as those involving infant death.
In the criminal area, Dr. McNaught has been an expert in numerous cases involving allegations of sexual abuse. Dr. McNaught is hired by the Prosecution as well as Defense to consult and testify on issues related to the reliability of a child and adult witnesses, delayed reporting, recantation, and evaluating interview techniques with child and adult victims. Dr. McNaught is further retained in criminal cases involving mental health issues that impact sentencing (examples: a young man assaults a police officer during his initial episode of bi-polar disorder; or a physician suffering from undiagnosed Major Depression steals amphetamines from the hospital).
In the area of family law, Dr. McNaught conducts high conflict custody evaluations which often involve diagnosing personality disorders. She has also frequently been obtained as an expert in evaluating Factitious Disorder Imposed on Self or Other (formerly referred to as Munchhausen by proxy) and Parental Alienation (PA), currently referred to as Child Psychological Abuse. Dr. McNaught can be retained to consult in cases where there are questions regarding PA. Alternatively, Dr. McNaught conducts Court-ordered evaluations when PA is suspected. She uses psychological testing to identify the particular causes of PA in each family. Finally, Dr. McNaught enables the Court to better understand PA and offers recommendations to restore the child's relationship with both parents.
Dr. McNaught is also frequently asked to critique the reports of other forensic evaluators. In such cases, she is effective in demonstratring when another expert's conclusions are based on erroneous or speculative information. Her critiques have often resulted in the reports of others being withdrawn or ignored.