Jessica Biren Caverly, Ph.D.

Director of Forensic Services

Dr. Biren Caverly has an interest in both assessment and therapy. She has focused her work on cases actively involved with the legal system and in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders. In terms of her legal work, Dr. Biren Caverly has significant experience conducting parental fitness evaluations for the Courts and custody evaluations for private parties. She also frequently works with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to assist with performing psychological evaluations. Dr. Biren Caverly has been sworn in as an expert witness on a number of occasions. Her specialties have included being an expert in Clinical Psychological, Parenting Evaluations, Sibling Bonding Evaluations, Psychological Assessment, and Child Development.

 

Dr. Biren Caverly also has experience working with families at various stages in the divorce process, including pre-separation, post-separation, and post-divorce. She works with both parents to assist the child in therapy or assessment. In addition, Dr. Biren Caverly performs co-parenting coordination services, where she meets with both parents together to best assist coordination of care for minor children. Dr. Biren Caverly frequently works with attorneys, Guardian ad Litems (GAL), and Attorney for the Minor Child (AMC) to coordinate care.

Dr. Biren Caverly holds a certificate in Mediation and has a specialization in Divorce Mediation Training. She works with several attorneys in the area to coordinate mediated divorce instead of having divorce become an adversarial process. Dr. Biren Caverly is an active member of a number of different organizations including the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce (CCND), the Association of Family Conciliatory Courts (AFCC), AFCC Connecticut Chapter, the American Psychological Association (APA), the Connecticut Chapter of APA, and the Forensic Division of the Connecticut Chapter of APA.

Dr. Biren Caverly completed a post-doctoral residency at McLean Hospital, Harvard University, where she specialized in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Biren Caverly maintains an interest in assessing youth whom others suspect have an autism spectrum disorder. She frequently attends Permanency Planning Team (PPT) meetings at local school districts to assist in treatment planning at school. Dr. Biren Caverly also enjoys being able to observe student's behaviors within the school setting and therefore frequently evaluates students at school as well as in the office. Dr. Biren Caverly has found that working with all of a child's providers really assists in getting a richer picture of the student.

Dr. Biren Caverly can be reached by calling (203) 885-0500 or by email at drbirencaverly@gmail.com.

Jessica Biren Caverly, Ph.D. is now a founding member of the Collaborative Divorce Group of Western Connecticut and Collaborative Solutions