11 Forensic Assessment for High-Risk Occupations

Forensic Psychology


  1. David M. Corey PhD, ABPP1,
  2. Randy Borum PsyD, ABPP2

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop211011

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Corey, D. M. and Borum, R. 2012. Forensic Assessment for High-Risk Occupations. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 11:II:11.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Private Practice, Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA

  2. 2

    University of South Florida, Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, Tampa, Florida, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


Preemployment psychological screenings of applicants in high-risk occupations, and fitness-for-duty evaluations of incumbents in high-risk positions, comprise a category of clinical forensic evaluations with an established foundation of practice standards, laws, and regulations that the forensic practitioner must know to practice effectively in this area. In this chapter, the authors review common ethical issues that emerge in conducting high-risk occupational assessments generally, and discuss legal and practice implications for preemployment psychological screening and fitness-for-duty evaluations specifically.


  • preemployment screening;
  • fitness-for-duty evaluations;
  • police psychology