Jennifer Sapia, Ph.D.

Dr. Sapia is a Licensed Psychologist, Health Services Provider, in North Carolina. She is the owner of Sapia Psychological Associates, a private practice that provides forensic consultation and evaluation services as well as clinical evaluation and treatment services for children, adolescents and adults. Although her main office is in Southport, she practices as a forensic psychologist across the state (and in other states upon request) with additional office locations in Raleigh and Asheville.

Dr. Sapia’s forensic practice includes consultation, evaluations and expert witness services. She is retained by various sources including: attorneys, court referral/appointment, Office of the Capital Defender/Indigent Defense Services, Federal Defender’s Offices, Prisoner Legal Services, Government/Military counsel, and self-referral. She has been qualified as an expert and testified in State, Federal and Military courts. 

She is extremely adept at framing the relevant issues to be explored, completing a comprehensive evaluation and presenting a detailed, compelling narrative that humanizes your client for the court and other decision makers. Her training and experience as a child and adolescent psychologist enables her to provide the requisite framework to understand the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma on brain development and psychological development which may be relevant to mental state defenses and for mitigation purposes.  

Dr. Sapia’s doctorate in Counseling/School Psychology with a Child/Adolescent Specialization is from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as are her M.A. in Psychology and B.A. degrees in Psychology and Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary, Law Concentration. Please see her CV for more details regarding her presentations, publications and Professional Association Memberships.

Prior to relocating to the Wilmington area to open a full-time clinical and forensic practice, she was the former Director of Parrish St. Clinic, a private, community-based mental health, developmental disabilities, and forensic clinic serving children, adolescents and adults in Durham. She began her clinical career in the triangle area, as a Clinical Psychologist at the Center for Child and Family Health, a trauma evaluation and treatment center, and a Clinical Associate at Duke University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Sapia has held various academic and clinical positions including: Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at East Carolina University and Pediatric Health Psychologist at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in the ICU and Oncology units where she provided inpatient and outpatient individual and family psychotherapy, psycho-diagnostic assessment, consultation, and resident supervision and training. Her primary focus was assessment and adjustment following traumatic events. She was an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at ECU where she was responsible for teaching and supervision of graduate courses, research, and clinical practicum in the school and clinical psychology programs. Prior to that, she worked at James Madison University’s Child Development and Neuropsychological Services Clinics, providing comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations, interventions, and outpatient therapy. She also taught undergraduate courses in the Psychology Department.

While working in university and community settings, Dr. Sapia managed a part-time practice and lectured across the country in the areas of child development and clinical psychology. She has been published in the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, Psychology in the Schools, and the Journal of School Health, among others. Dr. Sapia has co-authored a book chapter entitled “Early Trauma Exposure and the Brain,” in “Neuropsychology of PTSD: Biological, Clinical, and Cognitive Perspectives.” Her clinical and forensic interests include trauma, abuse and PTSD. 

Dr. Sapia specializes in conducting objective, relevant, and thorough evaluations for attorneys and for use in State, Federal and Military Courts

Dr. Sapia served as a Clinical Psychologist/Aeromedical Psychologist in the North Carolina Army National Guard Medical Services Corp from 2010-2018, earning the rank of Major. In 2018, she Deployed to Kuwait and Iraq with Headquarters Company 449th Combat Aviation Brigade as an Aeromedical Psychologist in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).

Dr. Sapia provided psychiatric consultation and evaluations for aviation pilots and crew members to determine fitness for full flying duties (FFD) and/or recommendation for waivers for psychiatric disorders. She functioned as a non-rated crew member on flight status and acted as a command consultant and educator regarding psychological and exogenous factors that could affect overall flight safety.

As part of her work, she provided evaluation of soldiers for pre and post-deployment mental health issues (including PTSD and TBI); military separation, Fitness for Duty, Command Directed Behavioral Health Evaluations (CDBHE), and upon referral. She provided training, education, and consultation to units and Soldiers about mental health disorders, signs and symptoms and impact on functioning in various life domains, particularly integration into the community post-deployment. Dr. Sapia’s forensic experience also assisted her in conducting psychological autopsies for equivocal death investigations and/or acting as Investigating Officer.