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Rapport Relationships is dedicated to providing services to individuals and families at any stage of a relationship.  As a specially trained child forensic psychologist, Dr. Rhodes has extensive experience working with couples and families seeking support through the divorce process and helping them transition to post-divorce life.

What is Forensic Psychology?

Forensic Psychology is a specialized field of psychology that combines issues relevant to psychology and the law in order to help the court or attorneys answer questions relevant to the legal system. Dr. Rhodes specifically works in the area of family law.  In this role, a psychologist is retained to evaluate, consult, or provide expert testimony on cases that are involved in the family, juvenile or dependency court system.

How Did Dr. Rhodes become Involved in this type of work?

Dr. Rhodes was trained at Tulane University by a team of researchers who specialized in the assessment of parent-child relationships.  She worked on an innovative court team project associated with the Jefferson Parish dependency court called The Tulane Infant Team.  As part of her training she was involved in the assessment, treatment, consultation, and expert witness testimony of cases that involved young children entering the foster care system.  Through this innovative program, judges were able to work with mental health providers to make real differences in the lives of families.  Inspired by her training, Dr. Rhodes sought advanced training in the family court system and in the evaluation of custody issues, specifically.

During her time in California, Dr. Rhodes worked as a forensic consultant under the supervision of Dr. Robert Geffner.  In this role, Dr. Rhodes received training in consultation with attorneys regarding the more complex matters of abuse & violence in the realm of child custody evaluations.  She has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Custody and continues to be involved in consultation cases in both New York and California.


What Types of Cases does Dr. Rhodes see?

Dr. Rhodes has training in evaluating and assessing children and families involved in the family and dependency court system.  Additionally, Dr. Rhodes specializes in working with children ages 6 and younger and only takes custody evaluations when there are young children involved.  She prefers to work collaboratively when possible but is trained to take complicated cases involving allegations of abuse and violence.  She is also available for consultation on cases involving allegations of parental alienation syndrome.

These forensic services include:

    • Parent-Child Relationship Assessments
    • Psychotherapy for adults who are experiencing symptoms related to a separation or divorce
    • Child Custody Mediation
    • Co-parent Counseling
    • Parent Consultation regarding issues related to separation and/or divorce
    • Child Custody Evaluations
    • Brief Focused Assessments
    • Court ordered psychological evaluations
    • Work product review and consultation to attorneys regarding cases of children ages 6 and younger

Please note that Dr. Rhodes will only accept child therapy referrals in New York City during a high conflict divorce if the family is currently working with other professionals such as a co-parent counselor or special master.

What Training Does Dr. Rhodes have in this Field?

  1. Divorce Mediation training by Loyola Law School (2009)
  2. Co-Parent Coordinator training by AFCC (2009)
  3. Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Infant and Preschool Mental Health with specialized training in Child Custody Evaluations from Tulane Medical School (2009)
  4. Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology from the Institute on Violence, Abuse, & Trauma at Alliant International University (2010)
  5. Level 1 Gottman Couples Therapy (2017)

You may further review the CV of Dr. Rhodes here.

Dr. Jennifer Rhodes

Dr. Jennifer Rhodes

Licensed Psychologist and Founder of Rapport Relationships

Dr. Jennifer Rhodes is a licensed psychologist, dating coach, and relationship expert.  She provides dating strategy, consultation, and relationship based services to clients all over the world.  She is a frequently sought out media expert on the topics related to relationships, dating, and divorce.

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