Dr. Sarah Shelton (Director of Forensic Psychology & Mediation Services) and founder of Dr. Sarah Shelton, LLC is a Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist in the States of Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Indiana Ohio, and Texas. (She also takes cases from other states via acquisition of a temporary license or reciprocity agreement.)
She is a Board-Approved Psychology Supervisor, has been awarded the Health Service Provider (HSP) Distinction at the state and national level, and serves as an Oral Examiner for the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology.
She has nearly 20 years of licensed experience providing Forensic Evaluation and Assessment of individuals for family, juvenile, civil, and criminal courts as well as state and federal agencies. She has testified as an Expert Witness in excess of 100 cases about individuals whom she has evaluated or on relevant psychological subjects and has performed hundreds of forensic assessments. Dr. Shelton also provides Mediation and Parent Coordination, mandated and elective Psychotherapy, formal and informal Psycho-Legal Consultation with attorneys, Rebuttal Review and Critique of other mental health experts' work, Subject Matter Expert Reports, and specialized Trainings on forensic topics.
Dr. Shelton directs a team of psychology professionals who provide forensic services in consultation with her across a five state area (KY, IL, TN, IN, OH, and TX).
Dr. Shelton has owned and operated a successful multi-state private practice for over a decade. Presently, she offers services at office locations in Kentucky (Louisville, Lexington, Paducah), Illinois (Chicago), Tennessee (Nashville), Ohio (Cincinnati), Indiana (Indianapolis), Arkansas (Little Rock), and Texas (Dallas). Arrangements can also be made for her or one of her psychologist affiliates to travel to locations in other cities within these states (and in other states under certain circumstances) to meet your needs.
Dr. Shelton has specializations in Forensic Psychology, Health/Medical Psychology, and Behavioral Medicine/Psychopharmacology and has significant experience evaluating Juvenile Offenders and Child Victims related to a subspecialty in Pediatrics. She also has a background in Public Health.
Education & Training Background
After earning her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Murray State University, she completed an APA-accredited Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Spalding University. She then served as Chief Intern at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine for an APA-accredited Internship and completed two Postdoctoral Fellowships in Medical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia before becoming Faculty in the Dept. of Psychiatry & Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Psychological Services for the MCG Children's Medical Center. There, she also earned a Master of Public Health degree. She completed her specialized training in Forensics at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and completed an APA-designated Postdoctoral Master of Science in Psychopharmacology at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Other Professional Affiliations
Dr. Shelton is Past President of the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) and is the President of the Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Service Psychologist, where she is serving her second 4-year elected term in Washington, D.C. The National Register is the largest Psychology credentialing organization and the second largest Psychology organization with over 10,000 members.
She has held many national and state-level leadership roles including (within the National Register) Chair of the Committee on Professional Practice Ethics (COPPE), Chair of the Ambassadors Program, and Chair of the Nominations Committee; (within APA) Director of Continuing Education for the Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy (Div. 55), Chair of the Communications Committee for the American Psychology-Law Society (Div. 41); and (within KPA) Chair of the Ethics Committee, Chair of the Communications Committee, Chair of the By-Laws & Policy Committee, Ethics Representative of the Forensic Section, Western Region Representative, and Secretary on the Executive Committee as well as involvement on several other Committees and Task Forces.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Shelton is the Clinical Coordinator of the Integrated Behavioral Health Scholars Program at Spalding University (Psychology PsyD), graduate faculty and supervisor at the University of the Cumberlands (Psychology Ph.D., Master of Criminal Justice MJA); and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Psychopharmacology MSCP). She is also a Subject Matter Expert (SME), Course Developer, and Course Reviewer.
She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) American Psychology-Law Society (Div. 41), where she held an appointment for many years, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and the International Association of Correctional and Forensic Psychologists (IACFP).