Although her doctorate degree from Northwestern University was in clinical psychology, Dr. Humes has had an evolving interest in the intersection of psychology and the justice system. In 2002, she began performing forensic competency evaluations for the Travis County Courts in Austin, Texas, and she continued this work until a relocation to New Mexico in 2012. The following year, she started working as a contract forensic psychologist at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute (NMBHI) in the Forensic Division. During the time at NMBHI, Dr. Humes conducted evaluations to determine competency to stand trial, dangerousness, and malingering, and she has provided opinions to the Courts on all of these matters.
Although the majority of her forensic work has been pre-trial evaluations of criminal defendants, Dr. Humes has also conducted assessments in civil cases and evaluations of individuals for both government and private entities. She does not perform child custody evaluations, but she perform forensic mental health evaluations of adults as it pertains to their capacity to to parent their children. She also has experience determining psychological damages in civil proceedings, performing forensic evaluations of professionals whose licenses have been revoked by their licensing boards, providing consultation in situations involving stalking, and providing a second opinion in a variety of legal situations.
For additional information about Dr. Humes' experience as a forensic evaluator, please contact her directly.