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Clinical Psychologist Impulse Disorders Medical Expert Witness

Expert Witness No.547


Professional Experience

1985 - Present, Private practice, Santa Ana, CA.

Outpatient and inpatient practice with adults, adolescents and families.  Psychoanalysis, individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and psychodiagnostic evaluations.  Worker’s Compensation and forensic evaluation.

1995 - Present, Consulting Psychologist, A Healthcare Center, Newport Beach, CA.
Staff consultation, diagnostic evaluations, individual and family therapy with geriatric patients and family members.  In collaboration with Cornerstone Management Corporation, developed the Senior Residual Service Psychotherapy                  Program.

1992 - Presen, Clinical Faculty, Pepperdine University

Supervise graduate students in Pepperdine’s Doctor Program in Clinical Psychology. 

1995-Present, Research Member, Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s Research Committee.

Utilizing single-cast methodology to intensively investigate changes in self-and other-schemata during psychoanalysis.

1990 - 1991, Clinical Director, STAT Program, CPC Santa Ana Hospital, Santa Ana, CA. Developed and directed the Short-Term Assessment and Treatment (STAT) Program designed to rapidly assess, intervene, stabilize, and discharge inpatients to a less restrictive care level.  Directed daily clinical staffings, treatment groups, and supervised hospital staff in the rapid treatment of adults with psychiatric disorders.  Treatment program based on the START Program, which I developed, wrote (1987 and have copyright (TXU 330-967).

1988 - 1989, Clinical director, Mental Health Unit, Midwood Community Hospital, Stanton, CA

Supervised clinical and nursing staff in the intensive treatment of adult inpatients. Directed weekly staff meetings.  Provided group psychotherapy.  Marketing.

1988 - 1990, Consulting Psychologist, Southern California Edison

Reviewed treatment update forms completed by providers and made recommendations regarding the appropriateness of treatment, and the authorization of ongoing care.  Consult with treating psychologists and psychiatrists as necessary.

1987 - 1991, Consulting Psychologist, Cost Care, Inc., a Utilization Review Company.  Reviewed inpatient treatment records and made recommendations to third-party payors regarding necessity of acute hospitalization, length of stay, and appropriateness of treatment.  Consult with treating clinicians as necessary.

1984 - 1988, Consulting Psychologist, People-in Progress

Consultation with clinical staff and professions in the management of young adults with developmental disabilities, evaluation and treatment recommendations as well as providing written reports to The Regional Center of Orange County on status of developmentally disabled patients.

1984 - 1988, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chapman University

Taught courses in psychopathology and research methods.

1985,   Psychologist, CIGNA Healthplans of California

Assessment and short-term treatment of adults, adolescents, children, and families.

1979 - 1984, Psychologist, Barbara Dawson Educational Center, La Mirada, CA

Individual and group therapy with emotionally disturbed and/or educationally handicapped adolescents and children.  Psychological testing.  Consulted with teachers and administrators on effective management of learning-disabled youth. Developed and implemented service training for staff.

Internship/Mental Health Worker, Human Services Agency, Orange County Mental Health, Anaheim and Fullerton, CA

Clinical interviewing, psychological testing, individual and group psychotherapy with inpatient and outpatient adults.

Hospital Privileges

Western Medical Center, Barlett and Anaheim, CA

Coastal Communities Hospital, Santa Ana, CA

Flagship Healthcare Center, Newport Beach, CA


1973 B.S.    City College of the City University of New York

1975 M.S.   City College of the City University of New York

1981 Ph.D.  University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Specialization:  Professional Psychology.

Post Doctoral Training

1991 - Present, Candidate in psychoanalysis, The Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Los Angeles, CA.

1987 - 1991, Training and clinical supervision in the treatment of personality disorders, Masterson Institute, New York

1985 - 1986, One year training program, Structural Family Therapy, University of  California, Irvine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.

1981 - 1982,   Advanced training in neuropsychological assessment, University of California, Los Angeles

Licenses and Credentials

Licensed Psychologist, California

Licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor, California

Qualified Medical Examination (QME), Department of Industrial Relations, State of California.

Independent Medical Examiner (IME) Health and Welfare Agency, State of California.

Expert Witness Panel, Orange County Superior Court, Santa Ana, California

Behavioral Specialist, California Department of Health

Psychology Instructor (210813) and Counselor Credentials, California Community Colleges.

Pupil Personnel Credential, California.

Diplomate Status

Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Examiners.

Board Certified Forensic Examiner.

Listed in the National Registry of Forensic Examiners.

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Psychological Association.

Member, American Psychological Society.

Member, Society for Personality Assessment.

Member, Psychoanalytic Research Society.

Member and Diplomate, American College of Forensic Examiners

Clinical Associate, Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

Affiliate Member, American Psychoanalytic Association.

Administrative Experience

Clinical Coordinator for the Senior Residential Service Treatment Program, Cornerstone Management Corporation, Flagship Healthcare Center, Newport Beach, CA., 1996.

President, Clinical Associate Organization, Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, 1994-1995.

Clinical Director, STAT Program, CPC Santa Ana Psychiatric Hospital, Santa Ana, CA., 1990-1991.

Clinical Director, Mental Health Unit, Midwood Community Hospital, Stanton, CA 1988-1989.

Papers and Presentiations

Available upon request

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