About Us

Our Legal Examiners and Expert Staff provide an array of services

One of Ohio’s Ten Accredited Forensic Centers and Butler County’s Mandatory Parenting Education Provider we support a number of court-related assessment services and continuing education for professionals in our related fields.

Forensic Evaluation Service Center is one of ten accredited Forensic Evaluation Centers and serves those counties north of Cincinnati and south of Dayton. We are centered in Hamilton, Ohio and primarily work in Butler, Warren, Clinton, Preble, Pike and Highland counties.

Our Legal Examiners have years of experience in forensic mental health evaluations. Our psychologists and psychiatrist specialize in assessment work for pre and post-conviction evaluations, and guardianships and probate court, as well as classification evaluations, and risk assessments. We are knowledgeable about adult and juvenile court systems, probation and parole, and Re-entry programs.

Our clients are the courts and criminal justice professionals, as well as mental health and recovery services boards.

We are the Mandatory Parenting Education Provider for Butler County Domestic Relations Court. Using mental health professionals with special training in childhood development, communication and stress management we offer divorcing parents tools to help them help their children effectively negotiate the process of divorce.

We also offer continuing education event services, promoting excellence in the field of criminal justice and mental health collaboration.


Jenny O’Donnell, Psy.D.

CEO, Forensic Director and Legal Examiner


Dr. O’Donnell’s professional experience started in 1995 when she started working under the mentorship of psychologists Nancy Schmidtgoessling and William Walters at Central Clinic/Court Clinic.  Her clinical training also included the Cincinnati VA and an internship at Central Louisiana State Psychiatric Hospital on the forensic inpatient units and at the state residential facility for severely and profoundly developmentally delayed residents. Jenny has been the Forensic Director of this center since 2011 and served as the director briefly from 2005 to 2006. She has worked in the adult and the juvenile court systems, and is known for her innovative program serving the Re-Entry population and for her efforts to create alternatives to hospitalization for competency restoration.

Dr. O’Donnell has served on the Ohio Forensic Evaluation Center Director Association since 2011 and served at the Quality Assurance Chair and now the Education Chair.

Our Legal Examiners – we contract with experienced experts in forensic psychology and psychiatry.

Dr. Robert Kurzhals

Dr. Kara Marciani

Dr. Joy McGhee

Dr. Angie Ledgerwood

Dr. John Kennedy