Dr. Alex Yufik, a Board Certified Forensic Psychologist and a licensed attorney admitted to the California Bar as well as the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the George Washington University, a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Psychology and a graduate of Villanova University School of Law. The ABPP certificate has been recognized by judicial decisions, regulations, and statutes in some jurisdictions as the standard of professional competence in forensic psychology. He is a Lecturer at the University of Southern California, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Psychology Department, where he teaches the Psychological and Biological Basis of Criminal Behavior. He has consulted in over 200 cases, been deposed and testified in multiple civil, criminal and administrative law proceeding.
He has worked with nationally recognized attorneys and has a proven record of dependability as well as presenting compelling and persuasive testimony. Dr. Yufik has been featured as an expert on NPR, KCAL9, KCAL2, and many print publications. He is also a frequent invited speaker to State and Federal agencies, including both defense and prosecution associations. As a forensic expert, Dr. Yufik performs competency to stand trial, competency to waive Miranda, false confessions, criminal responsibility, sex offender evaluations, child abuse allegations, Post Traumatic Stress, immigration/asylum cases, capital sentencing, psychological injury, emotional distress, elder abuse, financial and testamentary capacity, and fitness for duty evaluations for professionals and law enforcement.
As a forensic psychologist, Dr. Yufik has conducted numerous evaluations for the California Board of Parole Hearings, California Board of Psychology, California Board of Behavioral Sciences, District of Columbia Superior Court, Los Angeles County Superior Court, California Department of Mental Health, California Department of Corrections as well as for forensic hospitals in California and Maryland. As an attorney, he has represented Springfield Hospital Center in Maryland in involuntary detentions and civil commitment hearings. The State Bar of California also employs Dr. Yufik as a Case Manager in the Lawyers Assistance Program, where he conducts evaluations of attorneys who face disciplinary proceedings.
Areas of Expertise
- Drug Abuse
- Fitness for Duty Evaluation
- Forensic Psychology
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sanity/Trial Competency
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Addiction
- Spousal Abuse
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: •Attorney (Maryland 1997(Inactive), California 2006 #247353, US Supreme Court)
•Psychologist (California 2004 #19520)
•Board Certified Forensic Psychologist (ABPP)
•Completion of Betty Ford Center Professional in Residence Inpatient Training Program, June 3, 2005
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: • American Psychology-Law Society Member (APA Division 41)
• American Psychological Association
• Diplomate American Board of Forensic Psychology
• Forensic Mental Health Association of California
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: • Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers invited speaker “Attorneys and Mental Health” January 26, 2012
• O’Melveny & Myers LLP Invited Speaker “Psychological and Emotional Distress/Damages in the Legal Profession” August 19th, 2011
• Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers “Why are Lawyers So Unhappy” Presentation, January 20th, 2011
• Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. MCLE Presentation “Clinical Issues and Attorney Competence”, August 5, 2010
• Chapman Law School Invited Speaker “Ethics and Professional Responsibility” July 15, 2010
• “My Expert Solutions” Radio Broadcast, Love and Relationships” January 13, 2010
• Dr. Gluss Radio Show “Sex Offenders and Child Murder” June 25, 2010
• Orange County Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section, MCLE Presentation “Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse/ Mental Illness that Impairs Professional Competence” February 9, 2010
• California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, Invited Speaker “Alternative Discipline Programs, Diversion and Mental Health” 2009 Fall Seminar, November 6, 2009.
• MCLE Presentation “Professional Discipline and Disability” Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, September 23, 2009
• News Talk 680 WPTF Interview “Alvaro Castillo Murder Case” 2009
• San Gabriel Valley Bar Association presentation “Mental Illness and the Law” January 12, 2009
•Santa Maria Times Interview, “Reasons for Violence” March 22, 2008
•“Review of: Stalking: Psychiatric Perspectives and Practical Approaches” Journal of Forensic Sciences, Volume 53, Issue 2, April 2008
•National Organization of Bar Counsel, Invited Speaker “Assessment and Diagnosis with the DSM-IV, What Lawyers Need to Know” February 5, 2008.
•NPR Interview “Inside the Mind of Atlanta’s Flasher” December 19, 2007
•ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLap) Regional Directors Meeting Invited Talk "The Challenges of Outside Evaluators Working with LAP’s & Discipline." August 10, 2007
•LA Lawyer Magazine “Psychology of Justice” Publication Date October 2007
•CBS KCAL 9 Forensic Expert Consultant
•Shrink Rap Radio Show with Phyllis Chase
•“Revisiting the Tarasoff Decision: Risk Assessment and Liability in Clinical and Forensic Practice” American Journal of Forensic Psychology, Volume 23, Issue 4, 2005/3
•State Bar of California Annual Meeting Monterey Presentation “In My own Defense” October 6, 2006
•Archdiocese of Los Angles County Spirit and Law Conference Presentation “Treatment in a Spiritual Framework” September 30, 2006
•Los Angeles Eastern Bar Association Presentation “Dual Diagnosis: Assessment, Treatment and Recovery” October 21, 2004
•Long Beach Bar Association “Mental Illness and Substance Abuse in Legal Populations: Treatment and Recovery”. October 30, 2004
•Legal work discussed in “While Innocents Slept” by Adrian Havil (2001) St. Martin’s Press
•County Counsels Association Santa Monica Presentation “Why are Lawyers so Unhappy?” November 17, 2005.
•Beverly Hills Legal Secretaries Association Invited Speaker “Working with Difficult People, Skills and Abilities” April 22, 2005
•American Psychological Association 2005 Convention Presentation “Revisiting the Tarasoff Decision: Liability and Risk in Clinical Practice” August 19, 2005.
•Invited Symposium at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Forensic Psychology, “Interactive Skills Workshop: Civil and Criminal” Newport Beach, California, April 14-17 2005
•Invited Panel Speaker "Substance Abuse & Mental Health Issues in the Legal Profession" Juvenile Courts Bar Association February 25, 2006
- 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: Over 200 evaluations which have included: California Department of Mental Health, California Board of Parole Hearings, California Conditional Release Program, United States Marine Core, California Board of Psychology, California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Los Angeles Public Defender's Office, Arizona Public Defender’s Office, Michigan Public Defender’s Office, and Private Attorneys.
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Sex Offender Evaluations
Competency to Stand Trial
Death Penalty Mitigation
Damages, Personal Injury
Law Firm Consulting
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: 40%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: 60%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: Four times
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: February 2013
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: 12
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 10 Years
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Forensic Psychological Evaluation, including Psychological Testing
Expert Witness Testimony
Please note, services can be provided in Russian
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: My fees are calculated on the basis of time involved, complexity of the case and the type of services rendered. The fees generally include interview time, review of documents, test administration, test evaluation, test expenses, integration and synthesis of data, consultation time with you and report preparation. The fee is $400 per hour.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $400
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $400
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $400
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Tina Hooks, LA District Attorney