Forensic Evaluation Program - Faculty & Staff


Robert P. Archer, Ph.D., ABPP

Director of the Forensic Evaluation Program

Robert P. Archer, Ph.D., ABPP, is the Frank Harrell Redwood Distinguished Professor and Director of the Psychology Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Archer is the author of over 175 articles and book chapters on psychological assessment issues. He is also author, co-author, or editor of 12 books including Forensic Uses of Clinical Assessment Instruments (Routledge Press, 2006).  Dr. Archer was President of the Assessment Section (IX) of the Clinical Psychology Division (12) of the American Psychological Association in 2007. Dr. Archer served on the advisory committee to the University of Minnesota Press for the development of the MMPI-A and is co-author of the MMPI-A Manual. He is currently leading the committee to develop the MMPI-A-RF and is involved in research on forensic applications of a variety of clinical assessment instruments. Dr. Archer was the Founding Editor of Assessment, a quarterly journal that began publication in March, 1994, and served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment from 1991 through 2002.

Dr. Archer has over 350 hours of continuing education training in forensic psychology workshops and seminars approved by the American Psychological Association.  Since 2003, his clinical work has been exclusively in the area of forensic evaluation and he has been involved in over 100 cases including testimony in military courts, family and juvenile relations courts, and circuit courts across Virginia. Dr. Archer has served as an expert witness across a wide variety of areas including child custody evaluations, malpractice litigation, personal injury litigation, sex offender evaluations, and civil commitment proceedings. Dr. Archer has testified before the Virginia General Assembly and the Armed Services Committee of the United States Congress on issues related to forensic evaluations, and he has conducted well over 100 Fitness-for-Duty evaluations with medical professionals, police officers, and security personnel. Dr. Archer created and supervised a post doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School from 2002 through 2008, and has lectured on forensic psychological assessment at the American Bar Association, the Vriginia Bar Association, the University of Richmond Law School, numerous local bar associations, and the annual conferences of the American Psychological Association.

A full copy of Dr. Archer's Curriculum Vitae is available upon request through


David Elkins, MS

David Elkins received his Masters Degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University and has been employed as a Research Associate and psychometrician at Eastern Virginia Medical School for the past 18 years.  Mr. Elkins is highly skilled in the area of psychological testing, particularly with issues related to forensic psychology and is proficient in the administration of a wide variety of psychological tests and procedures.  Mr. Elkins has co-authored numerous articles on psychological assessment and has extensive expertise in statistical design and data analyses.


Julie Irving

Julie Irving joined the support staff at EVMS in 2010 as the Administrative Assistant to the Psychology Division, including the Forensic Evaluation Program.  Ms. Irving was a child advocate with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the city of Virginia Beach for 3 years, and she holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan.