Megan L. Avery, Ph.D.


Dr. Avery is a clinical and forensic psychologist. She obtained her doctorate in psychology from the University of Memphis. She also has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science from the University of Memphis. She completed a doctoral internship with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Since then she has been working in private practice, dividing her time between clinical and forensic services. 

Dr. Avery has a general clinical practice for adults.

She provides therapy for:  

  • mood disorders (depression, bipolar)
  • anxiety disorders (worry, generalized anxiety, panic, phobia)
  • trauma and posttraumatic stress (PTSD)
  • women’s issues
  • alcohol and drug misuse
  • stress
  • couples therapy/ relationship issues
  • adult family therapy (no children)
  • sexual functioning
  • co-treatment with medical specialties

She has sought training in diversity and working within patients’ cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. She is LGBTQI* friendly.    

She also accepts several insurance plans- call for more information.     

Dr. Avery is a worker’s compensation provider.  

Dr. Avery offers a variety of forensic services.

  • Civil evaluations:
    • Independent Psychological Examinations
    • personal injury/ tort
    • malpractice
    • psychological pain and suffering/ victim impact
    • workplace harassment/ discrimination/ sexual harassment
    • PTSD and other trauma-related psychological injuries
    • sexual abuse, including priest/ clergy sexual abuse
    • wrongful death- psychological injury to survivors
    • wrongful termination or negligent retention regarding psychological issues
    • guardianship / conservatorship assessments
    • "Testamentary Competence" pre-mortem certification
    • pre-surgical evaluations for specialized medical procedures (spinal cord stimulator, bariatric surgery, transplant surgery, sexual reassignment surgery)
  • Criminal evaluations:
    • competency to proceed/ stand trial
    • ability to waive Miranda rights
    • mental health defenses/ mental state at time of offense/ NGRI
    • diminished capacity
    • sentencing proceedings including death penalty hearings
    • she will accept the AOC rate for indigent examinees 
  • Work-related services:
    • Independent Psychological Evaluation 
    • determination of causation
    • impairment ratings
    • psychological disability
    • private disability insurance
    • Social Security disability
    • Fitness for Duty Evaluations/ Risk Assessments (in compliance with ADA and EEOC guidelines)
    • Law Enforcement Officer and Firefighter evaluations
    • Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification 
  • Expert testimony 
  • Strategic consultation to attorneys
  • She is willing to travel to conduct evaluations.