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The San Francisco Forensic Institute (SFFI)®

The San Francisco Forensic Institute (SFFI) provides state-of-the-art psychological evaluation, consultation, and expert testimony in criminal and civil cases. Additionally, SFFI offers focused psychotherapy to individuals in the legal system.  SFFI is a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Program according to the standards set by the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB).

Dr. Charles Flinton founded SFFI in 2008 as a common ground for his individual and forensic practices.  In 2009, Cynthia Rinker joined SFFI, further broadening the collective experience of the institute in working with people involved in the criminal and civil justice systems. 

SFFI is unique in its pragmatic application of the most current scientific and professional literature to violence risk assessment, psychiatric diagnosis, psychological and psychosexual testing, treatment amenability, and other psycholegal issues. 

We offer expert opinions that are informed by science, consistent with current practice standards, clearly articulated, and individually tailored to the specific questions posed by our clients.

San Francisco Forensic Institute provides services to defense attorneys, prosecutors, state and federal courts, probation departments, and other government agencies.

Charles A. Flinton, Ph.D. (PSY16095)Cynthia V. Rinker, LMFT (MFC 37017)

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