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Expert Witness No.2041


1966 B.A. Degree in Psychology University of Delaware
1968 M.S. Degree in Clinical Psychology Virginia Commonwealth University
Attended the New School for Social Research · Ph.D. Program in Psychology
1978 Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology United States International University


1978-79 University-approved 1500 hours pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the
California Youth Authority, Youth Training School, Chino, California

1979-1980 1500-hour post-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the California Youth
Authority, Youth Training School, Chino, California

Current Educational Endeavors

Ongoing forensic supervision and consultation and continuing education from member of American College of Forensic Psychology and Forensic Committee

Member of the California Psychological Association

Currently pursuing board certification in forensic psychology


Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and The Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

LAC + USC Medical Center

USC University Hospital

USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

University Affiliations

Instructor, UCLA extension

Instructor, UCI extension


Tuition Scholarship at the University of Delaware

Dean's List at the University of Delaware

Vice President, National Honors Society in Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Certifications and Licenses

Licensed Psychologist, California

Licensed Psychologist, Pennsylvania

Licensed Marriage, Family, Child Counselor, California

National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology

1990-present Independent Medical Examiner appointment by State of California Certified Expert in Forensic Psychology in San Bernardino and Orange Counties Certification by Inland Southern and Orange County Chapters of the California Psychological Association

Court Appointed Expert, San Bernardino County Superior Court Adult and Juvenile Panel

Court Appointed Expert, Orange County Superior Court Adult and Juvenile Panel

Court Appointed Expert, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Adult and Juvenile Panel

Court Appointed Expert, Kern County Superior Court, Adult and Juvenile Panel

Examiner on E.C. 730 Examiner List, Orange County Superior Court

Expert consultant to State of California, Consumer Affairs, Board of Behavioral Science Examiners

Contributing writer, CSI: Crime Scene

Expert Witness, Criminal and Family Court

Government expert for Office of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration

Professional Experience

June 1966-September 1966 Psychiatric Social Worker, Wilmington Mental Hygiene Clinic, Wilmington Delaware Interviewed individuals for case histories Conducted individual group and family therapy. Member of Community Emergency Crisis Intervention Team, Visited patient’s home when emergencies arose

June 1967-September 1967 Psychological Assistant, Central State Hospital, Petersburg, Virginia Conducted psycho diagnostic evaluations, vocational testing and career counseling Aided patients in achieving effective adjustment. Reported test results and made recommendations regarding disposition of cases at weekly multi- disciplinary team conference.

September 1966-August 1968 Lecturer and Teaching Assistant, Virginia Common- Wealth University, Richmond, Virginia Taught classes in Experimental Psychology and Clinical Psychology. Designed and scored tests
September 1968-March 1969 Consulting Psychologist, Virginia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Richmond, Virginia. Conducted Psychological evaluations and outpatient psychotherapy with individuals referred by the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. Prepared psychological reports, Assisted in disposition of cases.
May 1975-May 1976 Psychology Instructor, Goldey Beacom College, Wilmington, DelawareTaught Psychology and Sociology in special Veterans evening division.

1975 Psychological Assistant Individual, group, conjoint and family therapy and psycho diagnostic evaluations for private practice group

March 1969-May 1976, Staff Clinical Psychologist II Delaware State Hospital, New Castle, Delaware Provided psychological services for a 220 acute chronic care unit and periodically acted as Unit Director. Examined new admissions, conducted clinical inter- views, mental status examinations and diagnostic workshops. Administered selected, scored and interpreted results of a wide variety of psychological tests. Performed psychological evaluations of considerable difficulty, Participated in classifying and diagnosing cases. Completed psycho diagnostic evaluations of adolescents and adults. Conducted individual, conjoint, group and family therapy with in patients suffering from a wide range of disorders. Examined defendants for competency to stand trial in criminal and civil proceedings in Family, Municipal and United States District Court and gave testimony. Supervised psychologists, interns and nurses Taught therapeutic and diagnostic techniques to students and volunteers. Received supervision from Board Certified Psychologists and Psychiatrists, Periodically served as Acting Chief Psychologist.

June 1976-May 1983 Psychology Associate; Staff Psychologist; Senior Psychologist, California Youth Authority, Youth Training School, Chino, California. Aided in the formation and implementation of complete psychological services program for the institution. Conducted individual and group psychotherapy, Treated individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction and various psychological problems.

Supervised and trained staff in treatment techniques and crisis intervention, Conducted psycho diagnostic and psychotherapeutic evaluations for the California Youth Authority Board Consultant to the First Offenders Program Directed multidisciplinary team conferences. Provided treatment support services to specialized counseling program. Trained psychiatric nurses and other paraprofessional staff in-group and individual therapy techniques Supervised psychology interns Formulated individual treatment programs. Supervised psychological and psychiatric staff. In charge of development and implementation of psychological services contracts. Trained psychiatric nurses, interns, and staff Conducted consultative services for the entire institution.  Conducted evaluations and offered testimony before Youth Authority Board. Conducted perfor- mance evaluations of psychologists. Prepared and approved invoices for contract psychologists and consulting psychiatrists. Performed evaluation for the Youth Authority Board, medical staff, and youth counselors. Formulated individualized treatment plans. Performed crisis intervention.

1977-PresentPrivate Practice, Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling.

1980-PresentPrivate Practice, Clinical Psychology.

July 1992-November 1992 Consultant, Psychological Treatment Services, Clinical neuropsychological and behavioral screening of at-risk infants and children Psycho- logical testing to assist in identifying education, psychological and neuropsychological problems Short-term interventions with families, Liaison with Department of Social Services and Foster Family Agency to effect and implement recommendations Clinical assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, clinical hypnosis. Treatment of adults, adolescents and children

March 1994-PresentCertification Review Hearing Officer, County of Orange

Professional Societies

American Psychological Association

National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

National Academy of Neuropsychology

American Psychology Law Society, Division 41, American Psychological Association

Society for Personality Assessment
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Member Forensic Expert Witness Association

Positions Held in Professional Societies

1981-1984 Co-Chair, Orange County Psychological Association Information and Referral Service

1981-1983 Secretary, Inland Southern California Psychological Association

Areas of Expertise

Family Law

730 evaluations of child sexual abuse allegations in custody disputes and dependency proceedings

Evaluation and treatment of Department of Social Services cases involving molestation referred by the Courts

Mediation of visitation and disputes in cases referred by the Courts

Evaluation of individuals in adoptions and termination of parental rights cases

730 psychological evaluations for child custody
Conduct bonding studies for Orange County Juvenile Court

733 expert in Family Court custody matters

Criminal Law

Evaluation of competency to stand trial (published in area) Evaluation of sanity at the time of an offense
Evaluation of individuals charged with Penal Code 288 offenses Evaluation/analysis of criminal intent and state of mind (published in area) Evaluation of learning disabled offenders

Evaluation of juveniles in cases pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code 707

Psychological evaluation of minors in contested dispositional hearings

Analysis of voluntariness of confessions and Miranda issues

Personal Injury

Evaluation of individuals in insurance defense cases

Evaluation of plaintiffs in personal injury cases

Evaluation of Sexual Deviance

Served on task force reporting to San Bernardino County Juvenile Court on assessment of risk with sex offenders

Testified as 733 expert in evaluation of sexual deviance in Orange County Family Law Court

Requested to give presentation on evaluation of sexual molestation to Minor’s Counsel section of Orange County Superior Court

Testify as expert for Orange County District Attorney in sexual molestation matters

Conduct 288.1 P.C. psychological evaluations for Criminal Court

Testify as expert in analysis of police interview techniques in child molestation matters

Conduct expert psychological evaluations of sexually violent predators

Certified in administration and interpretation of Abel Inventory of Sexual Interests

Ongoing participation in research on various types of sex offenders


Expert in neuropsychology

Training and consultation with Dr. Ralph Reitan

Specialized training in administration and interpretation of Luria Nebraska

Neuropsychological Test Battery

Specialized Neuropsychological testing for physicians and neurologists

Seminars, symposia and laboratory in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology taught by faculty of Jefferson Medical School at Delaware State Hospital

Specialized evaluation of individuals with closed head trauma and traumatic brain injury Neuropsychological assessment of disorders and diagnosis of partial complex seizure disorder and other neurological disorders

Specialized Experience With Law Enforcement 

Assisted Police Departments of Brea, Anaheim, Santa Ana and Yorba Linda with assessment and management of combative and psychotic individuals whom I evaluated with police for appropriate WIC 5150 certification
Participated in ride-alongs with law enforcement, assisted officers with evaluation and disposition of problematic suspects with substance abuse issues

Evaluation of treatment of officers involved in traumatic experiences, i.e., police pursuit, injured in high-speed pursuit and officer involved shootings

Evaluation of officers for appropriateness of peace officer position

Invited to join Orange County Sheriff’s Reserve, Professional Services Unit

Assessment and Treatment of Juvenile Offenders

Involved in training of youth counselors at California Youth Authority in crisis intervention assessment techniques as well as treatment planning

Conducted psychological evaluations for Youthful Offenders Parole Board in the area of annual review and readiness for parole as well as treatment recommendations and evaluations concerning extension of commitment issues

Ph.D. dissertation conducted on treatment of youthful offenders at California Youth Authority Facility in Chino

Crisis Intervention

Provided crisis intervention, consultation and services to law enforcement and assessment of mentally disordered and substance abusing individuals; assisted police in evaluating dangerousness to self and others in these individuals

Employee Assistance Plan Services

Provided crisis intervention, assessment, and treatment services to private industry concerning   assessment and treatment of employees’ psychological and career problems

Independent Medical Examiner 

Provided consultative services to the State of California Employment Development Department concerning psychological evaluation of individuals applying for disability Provide second opinion psychological evaluations on disability

Medical Examiner

Expert testimony and case review for Social Security Administration

Consulting Positions

1980-1986 Consultant to the Bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino

1980-1986 Selection Testing of Applicants for Seminary and Ordination to the Deaconate and
Ordination to Priesthood

1980-1986 Outpatient treatment of nuns, brothers, deacons, seminarians, and priests for the
Diocese of San Bernardino

Consulting forensic psychologist services performed for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on CBS television

Scholarly Articles and Publications

Available upon request

Symposium Presentations

Available upon request


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Expert Testimony

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