Mark D Worthen PsyD, Clinical-Forensic Psychologist

I am a clinical-forensic psychologist in private practice in Charlotte, North Carolina.

I specialize in conducting Independent Psychological Exams (IPE) with veterans appealing an unfavorable VA disability claim for PTSD or other mental disorders.

For appeals cases, it is usually best (for the veteran) if a the veteran's attorney or VA-accredited claims agent contracts with me directly for an IPE.

If you are a Veterans Law Attorney or VA-accredited Claims Agent, or Veterans Service Officer, you can schedule a free consultation via phone or Zoom to see I might be of assistance. 

Also consider subscribing to my monthly newsletter, Psychological Insights for Veterans Law Attorneys, and receive a complimentary article, How to Challenge the Presumption of Competency for VA Mental Health Examiners.

Important: I can provide consultation or evaluation services outside of North Carolina only if

  • you (the attorney) work in a PSYPACT state and you are looking to consult with Dr. Worthen about a case; or 

  • the veteran you represent lives in a PSYPACT state and you are looking for an expert to conduct an Independent Psychological Exam (IPE) with the veteran you represent.

Clinical-Forensic Psychologist?

My Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree is in clinical psychology.

Calling myself a "clinical-forensic psychologist" means that I apply clinical psychology knowledge and methods to help answer legal questions. Psychologists who provide healthcare services must be licensed, but there is not a separate license for forensic psychology. 

There are important distinctions between clinical and forensic psychological assessment, which you can review in this chart: Clinical vs. Forensic Psychology.

Education, Training, and Experience

Education & Training

* Graduated from the University of Maryland's Psychology Honors Program.

* Member, Phi Beta Kappa

Commencement Speaker at his college's graduation ceremony.

* Earned a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree from Baylor University in Texas.

Clinical Fellow in Psychology at Harvard Medical School

Phi Beta Kappa

Work Experience as a Forensic Psychologist

* Over five years as a full-time VA Compensation and Pension examiner, conducting C&P exams for VA compensation PTSD and other mental disorder claims.

* Court Psychologist for a family court in Alexandria, Virginia

* Forensic Psychologist at a community mental health center in Charlotte, North Carolina

* Clinical Consultant to a Drug Treatment Court in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (pro bono).

* Consultant to defense counsel in private disability insurance cases.

* Consultant to companies in workplace violence threat situations.

Expert witness in several jurisdictions in central and western North Carolina.

Professional Service in Forensic Psychology

* Co-Chair, North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA) Law & Psychology Committee, 1997–2001.

Action Editor & Peer ReviewerPsychological Injury and Law, 2018 to present.

* MemberAmerican Psychology–Law Society.


Harrison, Patricia Ann, Glenace E. Edwall, Norman G. Hoffman, and Mark D. Worthen. "Correlates of Sexual Abuse Among Boys in Treatment for Chemical Dependency." Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse 1, no. 1 (1990): 53–67.

Shura, Robert D., Anna S. Ord, and Mark D. Worthen. “Structured Inventory of Malingered Symptomatology: A Psychometric Review.” Psychological Injury and Law 15, no. 1 (March 2022): 64–78.

Worthen, Mark D. "Psych C&P Exams Are Unfair to Veterans" (Wʜɪᴛᴇ Pᴀᴘᴇʀ). Social Science Research Network (SSRN), 2018.

Worthen, Mark D. and Robert G. Moering. "A Practical Guide to Conducting VA Compensation and Pension Exams for PTSD and other Mental Disorders". Psychological Injury and Law 3, no. 3–4 (2011): 187–216.


See also - educational website about disability evaluations with U.S. military veterans.

Psychology License

Idaho Psychologist # PSY-203469, Initial License: 14 Jun 2021 [verify]

Utah Psychologist # 10951856-2501, Initial License: 4 Sep 2018 [verify].

North Carolina Healthcare Services Provider Psychologist # 1835, Initial License: 1 Nov 1993 [verify].

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