Lauren Best, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Forensic Evaluator in Oregon. She has two undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Women’s Studies, and she holds a Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology. She attended graduate school at Pacific University School of Graduate Psychology, where her area of focus was forensic psychology. During graduate school, she worked in various forensic settings, including at Linda Grounds, Ph.D., P.C., inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and correctional facilities, where she provided therapy to and/or conducted psychological evaluations with individuals charged with or convicted of crimes. Dr. Best completed her pre-doctoral internship at the historic Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. Following graduate school, Dr. Best completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at University of Denver’s Forensic Institute for Research, Service, and Training (Denver FIRST), which emphasized training in forensic evaluation and academia.
Dr. Best has experience conducting several types of forensic evaluations, including fitness to proceed; competency to waive Miranda rights; mitigation; risk of violence, stalking, and/or fire setting; criminal responsibility; juvenile transfer to adult court and reverse transfer to juvenile court; and resentencing of adults who received life without parole as juveniles. In addition to being part of the team at Linda Grounds, Ph.D., P.C., she continues to work in Forensic Evaluation Service at Oregon State Hospital, where she completes court-ordered evaluations. Dr. Best has experience providing expert witness testimony. She has supervised graduate-level students in both treatment and assessment, and she has taught courses to graduate-level students specializing in forensic psychology. Her past research topics include the impact of public policy on criminal behavior and the effect of traumatic brain injury among individuals in correctional settings, and her findings have been presented at the American Psychology-Law Society conference. In her free time, Dr. Best enjoys being with her friends, cooking, playing with her two dogs, and training Jiu-Jitsu.