Nathaniel R. Stephenson, Psy.D.
Clinical & Forensic Psychologist
Nathaniel R. Stephenson, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who joined Clayman & Associates full-time in September 2020. His training and experience have prepared him well for a career in forensic psychology. Dr. Stephenson has a particular interest in working with complex cases involving numerous types of mental health issues including intellectual and developmental disabilities, serious mental illness, substance abuse, and personality disorders.
The main focus of his practice is criminal litigation. His activities include assessing competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility, diminished capacity, and risk. Dr. Stephenson brings special competencies pertaining to assessment of violence and sexual risk which is particularly relevant to sex offender presentence evaluations. Law Enforcement Pre-hire Evaluations as well as Fitness for Duty, Risk Assessments and Return to Work Assessments are other areas of his current practice. In addition, Dr. Stephenson works as part of the civil litigation team helping to assure that case formulations are based on appropriate literature and careful analysis of all factors that contribute to an opinion. He offers perspectives based upon his other experiences working in the community with homeless and other vulnerable populations many of whom have come into contact with the legal system.
Dr. Stephenson graduated from Elon University in 2012 after which he completed a M.S. degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. He then spent a year working on the Forensic Assertive Community Treatment Team in Portland, Oregon. In 2015, he enrolled in the Marshall University Clinical Psychology training program completing his degree in 2019. He began his association with Clayman & Associates at this time and continued regular involvement while he was completing his pre-doctoral internship at the Oklahoma Forensic Center -Northeastern Oklahoma Psychology Internship Program. Dr. Stephenson obtained further forensic training as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Tulane University Medical School/Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System.
Outside of work, Dr. Stephenson enjoys time with his family, dogs and friends, exercising, and taking in the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains.