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Psychiatric Services & Expertise


Forensic Psychiatric Evaluations

Forensic Psychiatry is a subspecialty of Psychiatry that focuses on legal issues wherein mental health is a potential contributing factor. 


Dr. Darby is a nationally renowned forensic psychiatrist, whose expertise is based on rigorous training, extensive knowledge, and commitment to the highest ethical standards.


He has a reputation for providing insightful and objective forensic psychiatric expert witness or consultative services related to the following areas for civil and criminal cases:

  • Psychiatric Disorders:
    • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Burnout

    • Schizophrenia

    • Bipolar Disorders

    • Schizoaffective Disorders

    • Substance Use Disorders

    • Substance or Medication-Induced Psychotic Disorders

    • Delirium

    • Dementias

    • Major Depressive Disorders

    • Anxiety Disorders

    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD)

    • Generalized Anxiety Disorders

    • Panic Disorders

    • etc.

  • Criminal Legal Issues:
    • ​Competency to Stand Trial

    • Diminished Capacity (Diminished Actuality in California)

    • Insanity Defenses 

    • Imperfect Self-Defense

    • Sentencing Considerations (Mitigating Circumstances)

    • Voluntariness of Confession

    • Testimonial Capacity

    • Release of Persons who have been Acquitted by Reason of Insanity

    • etc.

  • Civil Legal Issues:
    • Testamentary Capacity

    • Psychiatric Disability Determinations

    • Personal Injury Litigation Issues

    • Psychiatric Negligence and Malpractice

    • Conservatorships and Guardianships

    • Fitness for Duty

    • etc.

  • Special Topics:
    • Tarasoff, Ethics 

    • Informed Consent

    • Admissibility of Psychiatric Evidence (Frye and Daubert Hearings) 

    • Use of Novel and Experimental Psychiatric Medications and Treatments (e.g., Psilocybin)

    • Capital Cases

    • Stimulants

    • College and Adolescent Populations

    • Veteran Populations

    • Dangerousness and Violence Risk Assessments

    • Use of Neuroimaging and Neuroscience Research for Forensic Purposes, among others.

Forensic Psychiatric Work

Clinical Psychiatric Services

Dr. Darbys' private practice includes adolescents and adults, and offers various services and treatments: individual psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and psychotropic medication management.  


He has advanced training in a number of psychotherapy modalities including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), prolonged exposure for PTSD, cognitive processing therapy for PTSD, mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, psychodynamic therapy, eclectic psychotherapy, among others. He is an expert clinician for diagnosis and treatment of a number of psychiatric disorders including: Anxiety Disorders, Burnout, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, PTSD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorders, among others.


Dr. Darby specializes in medication management (or pharmacotherapy) in addition to psychotherapy. Dr. Darby has unique expertise as an academic psychiatrist on the most cutting-edge and evidence-based medication and psychotherapeutic approaches that reflect the field’s most current knowledge and understanding.

Dr. Darby is a proponent of personalized medicine and is adept in applying his psychiatric expertise to best fit and match the needs of the individual. Dr. Darby believes in going beyond treating the symptoms of a disease with holistic treatment that starts by truly understanding the individual’s narrative and experience of their illness. He is experienced and skillful in telepsychiatry (delivering psychiatric assessments and care via telecommunications technology including videoconferencing) as well as home visits for his patients in which those methods are preferred and indicated. 


He specializes in the treatment of adult and adolescent populations.

Therapy Office
Clinical Psychiatric Services
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