I am a clinical psychologist specializing in Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology with over 10 years of experience in assessing, treating, and consulting on psychological disorders.
My training and experience have been in psychological and neuropsychological assessments in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, outpatient mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, forensic hospitals, and correctional facilities.
I specialize in providing comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for a variety of conditions including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, complications from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussions, learning disabilities, ADHD, and PTSD in clinical, civil, and criminal cases. In addition to conducting evaluations, I also provide consultation services to personal injury and worker's compensation attorneys on psychological and neuropsychological related matters.
In addition to my private practice, I am a staff psychologist and medical staff member at Patton State Hospital, a 1,500-bed maximum-security forensic psychiatric hospital housing judicially committed patients under the following commitment types: Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI), Incompetent to Stand Trial, Mentally Disordered Offender, and Mentally Disordered Sex Offender.
As a forensic psychologist at Patton State Hospital, I conduct competency evaluations with criminally committed patients with severe mental illness and cognitive deficits. I routinely conduct psychological evaluations to evaluate patients and determine if they are competent to stand trial, write court reports, and testify in court as an expert witness.
I am also appointed to the Los Angeles Juvenile Court Expert Witness Panel. I am also a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Psychology and Law Society.
Areas of Forensic Expertise:
Independent Medical Evaluations
Fitness for Duty
Police Officer Pre-Employment Evaluations
Violence Risk Assessments
Mitigating Factors in Criminal Cases
Civil Capacity (Testamentary Capacity, Undue Influence, Contractual Capacity)
Symptom Validity/ Malingering
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Neurocognitive Impairment from Substance Use
Complications from stroke
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Brain Injury
- Fitness for Duty Evaluation
- Forensic Psychology
- Personal Injury
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sanity/Trial Competency
- Testamentary Capacity
- Undue Influence
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Psy.D., California School of Professional Psychology; M.A., California School of Professional Psychology; B.A., California State University: Northridge
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: I'm a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Psychology and Law Society.
- Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
- A: No.
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Personal Injury, Worker's Compensation, Competency to Stand Trial, Violence Risk Assessment, Mitigating Factors in Criminal Defense Cases, Traumatic Brain Injury/ Concussion, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, ADHD, Malingering/ Symptom Validity, Law Enforcement Pre-Employment Evaluations.
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: I am appointed to the L.A. Juvenile Court Expert Witness Panel and Competency Panel.
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: In addition to conducting evaluations, I also provide consultation services to personal injury and worker's compensation attorneys on psychological and neuropsychological related matters.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $350.00 per hour.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $350.00 per hour.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $500.00 per hour.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $500.00 per hour.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Detailed fee schedule can be provided upon request.
- Personal Injury Evaluations: The 5 Step Model We Use to Determine Causation and Damages
- Diminished Capacity: What Does It Mean and How Do You Evaluate it?
- Assessing Civil Competency: What Are the Mental Capacity Standards in Civil Litigation?
- Neuropsychological Evaluation of Traumatic Brain Injury: The Definitive Guide
- Competency to Stand Trial: An Overview of the Legal Guidelines for Evaluating Competency
- Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity: Evaluating Criminal Responsibility at The Time of the Offense
- Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity vs. Incompetent to Stand Trial: What’s the Difference Between Them?
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Evaluating Trauma In Personal Injury Litigation
- Violence Risk Assessments: Formulating Violence Risk in Criminal Cases
- Law Enforcement Fitness for Duty Evaluations: The Definitive Guide
- Psychological Evaluations for Immigration Court: The 7 Cases When You Might Need an Evaluation
Available Upon Request