Patrick Wiita MD

Dr. Patrick Wiita MD

Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Office: 843-802-9030

Dr. Wiita is triple Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry, General Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and his expertise is based on rigorous training at the USC Institute of Psychiatry, Law, and Behavioral Science in Los Angeles, California. He applies special knowledge and a commitment to the highest ethical standards to provide incisive and fair expert witness and consultative services related to the following areas:

Criminal Law and Juvenile Delinquency:

Competence to Stand Trial
Insanity/Criminal Responsibility
Child Witness Reliability
Juvenile Culpability
Transfer of Juveniles to Adult Criminal Court
Appropriateness of Psychotropic Medication in Youth

Civil Matters:

Psychiatric Personal Injury
Testamentary Capacity
Child Sexual Abuse Claims
Sexual Harassment
Psychiatric Negligence and Malpractice

Special Areas of Expertise:

Violence Risk Assessment
Workplace and School Violence
Restoration of Right To Possess Firearms
Psychological Autopsy

Dr. Wiita has conducted thousands of forensic psychiatric evaluations and has provided testimony in deposition, Family Court, Civil/Probate Court, adult Criminal Court, and Juvenile Delinquency Court, including both bench and jury trials.

Areas of Expertise
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Fitness for Duty Evaluation
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Malingering
  • Pharmacology
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sanity/Competency to Stand Trial
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Undue Influence

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry
Board Certified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Board Certified in General Psychiatry

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) 2011

License to practice medicine in California and South Carolina
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Academy of Psychiatry and Law
American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Institute of Psychiatry and the Law, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, 2017-present;

Understanding Juvenile Mental Health Issues. Presented at the California Public Defenders Association Juvenile Defense Seminar. Monterey, CA. January 21, 2017.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Between 2500 and 3000
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Child Psychiatry
Child sexual abuse
Reliability of child witness testimony
Juvenile delinquency
Trial competence
Criminal responsibility
Medical decision making
Civil commitment
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: December 2021
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Between 2500 and 3000
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 20+
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 11
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Psychiatric evaluations (in person and via telepsychiatry)
Expert reports
Litigation consulting
Case review
Second opinion
Forensic psychiatric evaluation, report writing, testimony
Evaluating incarcerated individuals
Attorney education
Preparing experts for testimony/cross examination
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Available upon request
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Available upon request
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Available upon request
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Available upon request
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Retainer Agreement available upon request


Available Upon Request