Dr. Matthew Jalazo
Licensed Forensic Psychologist
Matthew J. Jalazo, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in forensic psychology. He offers a variety of forensic psychological assessments for both criminal and civil proceedings in Miami, Florida. These include pretrial criminal, sentencing, and death penalty evaluations for state and federal courts, as well as guardianship, workers' compensation, personal injury, and fitness for duty evaluations. He also provides consultation to attorneys by advising them on mental health issues that may exist in a particular case and reviewing psychological evaluations conducted by other experts.
Dr. Jalazo has significant experience in evaluating clinical and organic conditions (particularly psychotic disorders, mood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, traumatic brain injury, and dementia), and how these conditions may impact an individual’s competency, criminal responsibility, and level of risk. He is particularly experienced in evaluating defendants charged with violent and capital offenses.
Dr. Jalazo also has a unique background in the application of forensic psychology to military populations. He completed his predoctoral internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and served on active duty at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. While at Fort Campbell, he conducted psychological evaluations addressing soldiers’ pretrial competency, mental state at the time of the offense, and fitness for duty. While deployed to the Middle East, he served as the chairman of an international mental health committee that assessed and selected foreign nationals for various levels of military service.
Dr. Jalazo earned his master’s degree in forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and his doctoral degree in clinical psychology (with a specialization in forensic psychology) from Nova Southeastern University. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Dorothea Dix Hospital’s Pretrial Evaluation Center. He has applied his forensic skills in a variety of settings, including mental health court, outpatient clinics, county jails, inpatient psychiatric facilities and medical centers. He is currently a member of the American Psychological Association and American Psychology-Law Society.