TTP #79: Dr. Michelle Casarella – Pre-Employment Evals for Law Enforcement

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I did one fitness for duty evaluation several years ago, and it took me SO LONG to research measures, report style, and other requirements. Dr. Michelle Casarella is here today and condenses all of that information into our show so that you don’t have to spend as much time as I did looking for materials and standards. She’s been doing law enforcement evaluations for years and shares all of her knowledge with us. Some things we talk about include:

  • What’s the difference between pre-employment evals and fitness for duty evals?
  • How do you get referrals for these evaluations?
  • What’s a typical battery for a pre-employment evaluation?
  • Which traits should potential police officer candidates NOT possess?
  • Is Michelle a “dog person” or a “cat person”?

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Michelle Casarella, Psy.D. is a N.Y. State licensed psychologist who practices in Westchester County. She obtained a doctorate in clinical psychology in 2015 from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Casarella has been conducting evaluations for the New York City Police Department for over 3 years and began a forensic private practice in August of 2018, with a focus on immigration evaluations. She will be providing a workshop on law enforcement evaluations at the upcoming Society for Personality Assessment Conference in New Orleans on March 24th. Additionally, Dr. Casarella is co-authoring a book chapter on trauma and law enforcement evaluations with a colleague from the NYPD. She loves sleeping, watching Netflix and laughing with her husband and 14-month old son.

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include nine licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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Comments 2

  1. Thank you Drs Sharp & Casarella for this very informative & thorough Podcast. Dr. Casarella, would you mind providing information regarding reimbursement rates & processes for police pre employment evaluations? Thank you.

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      Thanks for the comment, Kate! I forwarded your question to Dr. Casarella, and she should reply to you directly.

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