Consultation and Evaluation

General Forensic Issues

  • Violence Risk
  • Suitability for Probation or Parole
  • Factors in Mitigation
  • Treatment Amenability & Needs
  • Civil Commitment
  • Malingering of Mental Illness
  • Suicide/Flight Risk
  • Juvenile Assessment
  • Juvenile Fitness/Waiver to Adult Court
  • Immigration (Risk, Trauma, Mental Illness, etc)

Sexual Offender Risk Assessment

  • Actuarial Instruments (E.G., Static-99R, Static-2002R, VRAG-R, SORAG)
  • Dynamic Risk Factors (SRA:FV, Stable-2007)
  • Protective Factors (Factors That May Lower Risk)
  • The Hare Psychopathy Checklist, Revised, 2nd Edition (PCL-R)
  • Structured Clinical Interview using empirically based items
  • Treatment Completion/ Certificate of Rehabilitation Evaluation (PC 1203.4)

Sexual Offenses & Paraphilic Disorders

  • Sexually Violent Predator Evaluation
  • Child Molestation (PC 288.1) & Pedophilic Disorder
  • Child Pornography
  • Rape & Paraphilic Coercive Disorder
  • Indecent Exposure & Exhibitionism
  • Unlawful Peeping & Voyeurism
  • Sexual Homicide & Sexual Sadism
  • Sexual Battery & Frotteurism
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Unusual Offenses, Other Paraphilic Disorders
  • Hypersexuality/Compulsive Sexual Behavior

Assessment of Sexual Arousal or Interest

  • Penile Plethysmograph (PPG)
  • Abel Assessment for Sexual Interest (AASI-3)
  • Sexual History Clinical Polygraph
  • Multiphasic Sex Inventory (MSI-II)
  • Other Measures

Capital Cases

  • Factors in Mitigation
  • Social History Preparation
  • Risk Of Violence in Prison
  • Pretrial, Penalty, & Appellate Phase

Our Staff

Charles Flinton, PhD

Dr. Charles Flinton

Dr. Charles Flinton is a forensic psychologist and the founder of San Francisco Forensic Institute. In the last 25 years, he has conducted psychological evaluations related to violent and sexual crimes. He is actively involved in treatment, evaluation, prevention, and research related to human sexuality and problematic sexual behavior. He is also presenter at local, national, and international conferences.

Melanie R. Cleary, PsyD

Dr. Melanie R. Cleary

Dr. Melanie R. Cleary is a postdoctoral professional providing psychological treatment in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2007. She specializes in working with adults who are dealing with addictions and compulsive behaviors such as chemical dependency and sexual misbehavior, as well as depression, anxiety, loneliness, and spiritual or existential issues. Dr. Cleary also conducts psychological evaluations for mental health, substance abuse, and sex offender populations.

Wendy Herrera, PsyD

Wendy Herrera

Wendy Herrera is the program coordinator for San Francisco Forensic Institute’s Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Program in Santa Rosa, Ca. In the last five years she has worked with at-risk youth, adults, and their families struggling with addictive behaviors. She provides treatment and evaluation for individuals who have engaged in sexually inappropriate behaviors. Dr. Herrera also works with monolingual Spanish speaking clients.

Shawna O'Neill, PhD

Shawna O'Neill

Bio coming soon

Jerel Armstrong, PhD

Jerel Armstrong

Dr. Armstrong a licensed psychologist, working at San Francisco Forensic Institute’s Adult Sex Offender Treatment Program in San Francisco, CA. He also works with Sexually Abusive Youth in the Santa Rosa Treatment Program. In the last five years, he has provided both inpatient and outpatient treatment and evaluation to incarcerated adults and detained youth from diverse backgrounds.