I specialise in providing independent forensic psychological assessments for legal proceedings, including criminal law, child safety, community protection, psychological injury, and family law. My services also include professional supervision, risk management consultation, and expert witness testimony. Please email me to discuss your case, and how I may be able to assist.

What I do — 

I have been working full time in this field since 1997, and have continued to update my expertise with postgraduate study. Services are provided statewide in Tasmania and interstate on request. Independent forensic psychological assessments are provided for adults, adolescents and children.

Independent assessments for:

  • Criminal law
  • Parole
  • Child safety
  • Community protection
  • Family law
  • Coronial case review
  • Critical incident review
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Psychological injuries
  • Abuse in care
  • Victims of crime
  • Professional licensing

Please note: I no longer provide psychological treatment services.

I take pride in undertaking comprehensive evidence-based assessments in the best interests of community safety and wellbeing.

Who I am — 

Dr Georgina O’Donnell, B.A. (Hons.) Ph.D. (Clin. Psych.) MAPS, Forensic & Clinical Psychologist

I am an Australian psychologist based in Hobart, Tasmania. I am a dual specialist in forensic and clinical psychology. I have worked across settings including the Tasmanian Prison system, the Wilfred Lopes secure mental health unit, community-based forensic mental health, inpatient psychiatric care, and the ForensiClinic private practice. I have been an Honorary lecturer at UTAS, and had the pleasure of mentoring psychologists to achieve their specialist endorsements.

I currently work in independent private practice, based at the Hobart Corporate Centre. My current special interests are best practice in forensic interviewing of children, and countering violent ideation and extremism. I adopt a child-focused approach to my work in child safety and family law proceedings.

I enjoy travelling in the course of my work to remote areas of Tasmania, and listening to a diverse range of music along the way. We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place. My motivating goal is to contribute positively to the safety and wellbeing of the community.

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I approach my assessments with an open mind, and respect and empathy for all parties involved. I devote time and thoughtful consideration in reviewing all available information.

Dr Georgina O’Donnell

What to expect — 

  • It is usual practice for me to receive correspondence from your lawyer before I meet you, so that I have an understanding of your case and the questions I have been asked to answer.
  • You do not need to bring anything with you, unless you have specifically been asked. Please allow up to two hours for the appointment.
  • If you feel unwell on the day of your appointment, please call or email to advise you are unable to attend. We can reschedule.
  • If you have transportation problems on the day of your appointment, please call or email to advise. We may be able to commence the assessment via telephone.
  • An assessment usually involves talking about your legal matter, and your personal circumstances (e.g., background history, health, family, employment, support network). Psychological tests may be used to help me to answer legal questions.
  • If you have any questions prior to your appointment, you are welcome to email, which is the best way to contact me directly.
  • My fees are in accordance with the National Recommended Fee Schedule of the Australian Psychological Society, and a quote will be provided for each assessment prior to commencement.

Contact me


03 6270 2225


03 6270 2223

Postal address

GPO Box 1236
Tasmania 7001