Forensic Psychiatrist & Forensic Psychiatry Evaluations

forensic psychiatrist stephen manlove sits across from patient during psychiatric evaluation


Stephen Manlove, MD is one of the only forensic psychiatrists nationally who is also Board Certified in Internal Medicine. This gives him further expertise as a forensic psychology expert witness to help in many legal cases. Many cases may require this, as medical problems can trigger some psychiatric conditions. As an Internist, Dr. Manlove specializes in lab science and treating complex brain diseases. 

Dr. Manlove has completed more than 1,000 forensic psychiatry evaluations in multiple states. He is passionate about his work and well known for his thorough evaluations and affable personality. 

Dr. Manlove spends the majority of his time treating patients. He has practiced psychiatry for over 30 years. Throughout his career, he has seen patients of all ages with a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses.

Around 2014, he began specializing in difficult to treat mental illnesses and began incorporating transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), ketamine/esketamine (Spravato), and holistic practices. He is considered an expert in the use of TMS and ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression, in addition to traditional psychiatric interventions. 

As a forensic psychiatry psychiatrist, Dr. Manlove applies his expertise in psychiatry and internal medicine to help legal professionals obtain accurate and unbiased evaluations.


Dr. Manlove received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He also completed residencies in Psychiatry and Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia Medical School. Dr. Manlove is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Forensic Psychiatry

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    Dr. Manlove has medical licenses in the following states:

    • Florida
    • Minnesota
    • Nebraska
    • New Mexico
    • North Dakota
    • South Dakota
    • Wyoming

    Dr. Manlove is also willing to acquire medical licenses in other states as needed to be able to practice forensic psychiatry in those states. Please let us know if you would need psychiatry expert witness assistance in a state in which Dr. Manlove is not currently licensed. 

    Dr. Manlove currently splits his time between South Dakota and Minnesota, but most forensic evaluations may be done remotely.



    Dr. Manlove has completed more than 1,000 forensic evaluations and is available to take on more cases. He has testified many times in court as a physician expert witness. He has experience completing evaluations for the following types of criminal and civil cases:

    Criminal Cases: 

    • State 
    • Federal 
    • Adult
    • Child
    • Assessment of mental illness
    • Evaluation of criminal competencies
    • Competency 
    • Insanity assessments
    • False confessions 
    • Transfer hearings for adolescents 
    • Sentencing options as related to mental health care (juveniles and adults)
    • “Bad Men Among Whites” provision of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868

    Civil Cases: 

    • Personal injury 
    • Contested wills 
    • Competency to sign a will
    • Employment discrimination
    • Sexual harassment
    • Psychiatric disability
    • Civil competencies
    • Malpractice

    Supreme Court Cases:

    Dr. Manlove has completed forensic evaluations for multiple cases that have gone to the South Dakota Supreme Court. A few examples, include: 

    • Estate of Gilbert Dokken 
    • Teresa Johnson v. Albertson’s 
    • Plaintiff and Appellee v. Rick Pulfrey 
    • Gary Knecht v. Douglas L. Weber 
    • Petition of Richard W. Draeger 
    • William Baker v. Rapid City Regional Hospital and Hartford Insurance 
    • State of South Dakota v. Eric Donald Robert


    A forensic psychiatrist specializes in evaluating the mental health of an individual involved in a legal case. While both forensic psychologists and forensic psychiatrists can bring mental health expertise to your case, they provide different areas of expertise within the mental health field.  

    Psychologists help alleviate a variety of mental illnesses through talk therapy, whereas psychiatrists are Medical Doctors (MDs) who can treat mental illnesses and prescribe medication. In legal cases, a psychologist may be referred to as an expert witness psychologist and a psychiatrist may be referred to as an expert witness physician

    Forensic psychiatrists are typically contracted by an attorney or the court itself to conduct a psychiatric assessment of an individual and will compile a report for the requesting party. 

    Dr. Manlove conducts evaluations based on a broad database. He makes every effort to write a thorough and objective expert witness forensic psychology report utilizing well-founded forensic examination tools. He takes special care with expert witness reports and considers a report especially successful if it moves the litigation process forward without the need for testimony.


    To initiate a forensic evaluation, attorneys or an officer of the court can contact Advanced Brain and Body clinic and request to schedule an initial conversation with Dr. Manlove for a forensic psychiatry evaluation. In the initial conversation, the requestor and Dr. Manlove will discuss:

    • Questions to be addressed during the assessment
    • Whether Dr. Manlove possesses the relevant areas of psychiatric expertise for the case
    • Identify any possible conflicts of interest 
    • Information Dr. Manlove will need to do an adequate evaluation.

    To schedule an initial conversation with Dr. Manlove about forensic psychiatry evaluations, please call 612-682-4912 or email



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