Dr. Stratford approaches each case, whether civil or criminal, by communicating extensively with the referring agency/attorney, reading all available historical information, and conducting lengthy clinical interviews. Psychological testing is administered both to confirm and to generate clinical hypotheses. Validity scales are used to assess potential exaggeration and/or response bias, and additional structured validity testing is also given. Dr. Stratford addresses the biopsychosocial factors that influence the presentation of chronic pain. If needed, and if requested, further consultation is coordinated with a board-certified forensic neurologist, neuropsychologist, or orthopedist. Collateral contact is obtained. Detailed reports are generated, and specific referral questions are addressed.
Dr. Stratford is board-certified in forensic psychiatry and has extensive experience with children (Fellowship in Child Psychiatry), adolescents, and adults in both civil and criminal arenas. He is aware of the current literature on each issue as it develops.
Over the years, Dr. Stratford has provided testimony in more than five hundred cases in both state and federal courts throughout the country.