Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are Dr. Domino's fees?
Because of the highly varied nature of Dr. Domino's work, different activities (e.g., evaluation, record review, court testimony) may warrant different fees. Please contact Dr. Domino to inquire about her fees. An initial inquiry about your specific case is free. She does not take insurance.
How do I know if Dr. Domino can take my case?
When Dr. Domino is contacted about a possible case or evaluation, she views such a conversation as a two-way street: you will assess whether she is the right person for the job and she will assess whether or not she has the required skill set to appropriately and thoroughly answer your question(s). You can contact her here.
How do I know if Dr. Domino (or any other expert) will help my case?
The short answer is - you don't. Dr. Domino's role is to be an objective evaluator and (unless hired specifically as a consultant) is not an advocate for any side.
What is a Clinical Psychologist?
A Clinical Psychologist is a psychologist with specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. They differ from other types of psychologists whose training has focused primarily on therapy (e.g., counseling psychologists) or education (e.g., psychologists with an EdD), for example. You can find out more about the field of psychology in general at the website of the American Psychological Association (click here).
What is the difference between a PhD and Psy-D in psychology?
Psychologists with a PhD and PsyD are both considered to have obtained a doctorate in psychology. In general, a PhD-trained psychologist is well-versed in conducting and interpreting research and is required to produce a dissertation (an original research project) and to complete a one-year internship before earning their degree. Psychologists with PsyDs have training that focus more on clinical skills (e.g., therapy); depending on the PsyD program, instruction on research and completion of a dissertation and/or internship may not have been required. You can find highly-qualified psychologists with either degree.
What is forensic psychology? What do forensic psychologists do?
How can I become a forensic psychologist?
While different definitions exist, most agree that forensic psychology typically addresses any intersection of the law and psychology. Click here to read more about forensic psychology and what forensic psychologists do, at the website of the American Psychology - Law Society, a primary organization for forensic psychologists. If you are considering pursuing an education in the field of forensic psychology, please contact Dr. Domino - she loves her work and is excited to share her enthusiasm with others!
What does it mean to be "board-certified" in forensics?
You can find out more about board certification at the websites of the American Board of Professional Psychology (click here), the American Board of Forensic Psychology (click here), and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (click here). In essence, board-certification is an additional process a psychologist can voluntarily complete in a specialized field of psychology. Board certification in forensic psychology typically takes several years and requires: 1) completion and acceptance of an application, 2) 70% or greater performance on a written exam, 3) acceptance of two different forensic reports the candidate has authored, and 4) a three-hour oral exam on any topic pertinent to those reports. Because of the time, money, energy, and difficulty involved, many psychologists choose not to become board-certified. You can find a directory of board-certified psychologists here.