Glen D. Skoler, Ph.D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist with over 25 years of experience in court evaluations and testimony. Dr. Skoler is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Federal and state cases are accepted from across the nation, particularly in the tristate areas of PA-NJ-NY and DC-MD-VA, including the Washington DC Beltway jurisdictions.
Expert testimony, reports, evaluations, consultations and psychological testing are provided in criminal, juvenile, domestic relations, civil suit, immigration, employment and military cases. Dr. Skoler also conducts professional and ethical critiques and assessments of the work of other mental professionals. His website includes an "Attorneys' Blog" on the uses and abuses of psychiatric and psychological evidence and testimony.
Criminal law evaluations include competency, criminal insanity/responsibility, malingering, assessment of abuse allegations, dangerousness, sentencing, false confessions, waiver of Miranda rights, juvenile court evaluations and transfer/certification hearings to try juveniles as adults.
Civil litigation evaluations include assessments of post-traumatic stress (PTSD), emotional harm, employment discrimination and harassment, allegations of police/correctional abuse, appeals of police and law enforcement screening determinations, and other matters.
Domestic relations evaluations include custody, visitation, interstate and international child abduction and Hague cases, parental alienation, assessing allegations of abuse, child abuse and molestation, parental fitness, termination of parental rights and critiques of previously rendered custody and visitation evaluations.
Additional specialized areas of expertise include political, celebrity and relationship related stalking; sexual harassment and discrimination; false confessions and the wavier of Miranda rights; post-traumatic stress evaluations and testing; Hague and non-Hague child abduction cases; assessing for parental alienation and distinguishing true from false allegations of abuse. Dr. Skoler also conducts immigration evaluations involving exceptions for hardship, asylum/persecution, and victims-witnesses of domestic or other criminal violence.
Dr. Skoler has been qualified as an expert witness in clinical and forensic psychology in several state courts and in Federal U.S. District, military, and immigration courts.
Dr. Skoler has presented to or consulted with the American Bar Association, the Federal Judicial Center, the U.S. Secret Service, CIA and NSA psychology staff, the Office of the U.S. Senate Chaplain and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He also served as an expert panel member, consultant, editor and contributing author for the American Bar Association's National Benchbook for Judges on Psychiatric and Psychological Evidence and Testimony.
He has written in, been interviewed on or been cited by: The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, National Public Radio, CBS 48 Hours and NBC and Fox news affiliates.
Areas of psychological testing, described on Dr. Skoler's website, include personality, psychodiagnostic, PTSD and trauma, psychoeducational, neuropsychological, memory, ADD, LD, GT and IQ testing.
Dr. Skoler's clinical psychology practice also provides individual psychotherapy and treatment, couples counseling and psychological testing in the surrounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey communities. Dr. Skoler treats, assesses and tests adults, teens, children and couples.
Further information, including a full expert witness resume; professional training and experience; and publications are available at Dr. Skoler's website: www.ClinicalandForensicPsychology.com.
Areas of Expertise
- Child Abuse
- Child Custody
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Trauma
- Forensic Psychology
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sanity/Trial Competency
- Sexual Abuse
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Ph.D. in clinical psychology from a law-psychology training program. APA approved clinical psychology training program. Licensed psychologist in good standing in the states of PA, NJ, MD, VA & DC.
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: Member in good standing of the American Psychological Association.
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Please see professional resume posted on Dr. Skoler's website: ClinicalandForensicPsychology.com. And please see introductory paragraphs for Dr. Skoler on this JurisPro Expert Witness Directory. Speaking, training and professional presentations have included the American Bar Association, CIA and NSA psychology staff, the Federal Judicial Center, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Dr. Skoler also served an an expert panel member, contracted consultant and contributing author of the American Bar Association's National Benchbook for Judges on Psychiatric and Psychological Evidence and Testimony.
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Please see introductory paragraphs for JurisPro Expert Witness Directory. A wide range of cases including criminal, civil litigation, domestic relations, juvenile, immigration and other matters
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: At least 50-100 times to testify as an expert in clinical and forensic psychology. Please note that thorough expert reports may often help to facilitate a plea bargain or case settlement. That is, I have been retained in many cases, yet not all criminal, civil, juvenile, immigration or domestic relations cases ultimately result in a full adversarial trial process.
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: I have provided court evaluations and testimony, or in related fields, such as a correctional psychologist for nearly 30 years.
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Please see the introductory paragraphs for the JurisPro Expert Witness Directory entry. As a clinical and forensic psychologist I provide psychological, personality, trauma, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological testing. I also provide thorough written expert witness evaluation reports and assessments, as well as testimony and consultation to attorneys. Services also include ethical and professional critiques of other expert reports and testimony in criminal, civil, domestic relations and other matters.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: In general, unlike some other experts I do not double charge or surcharge for court related work. Depending on the case, the rate is $200-$240 per hour. However, in some cases, reduced fees are considered due to either need and circumstances, or, if a significant number of professional hours are retained.
The clinical and forensic psychology practice relies on two highly ethical and clearly worded retainer forms. One is used for situations in which clients retain and pay for the expert witness services directly. The other is used when the law firm itself retains expert witness services, which is often preferred by attorneys for several reasons, including the attorney-work product privilege, when it applies.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: As noted above, unlike some other experts, I do not double charge or surcharge for court related work. Testimony is usually at the stated hourly rate. Often a day of local testimony may be capped at 4 hours of professional time, even if the testimony itself lasts for less than an hour. That is, it is often necessary to block at least half a day of a professional schedule and appointments to prepare for, travel to, wait at, testify in, and return from court. Court testimony fees also include time communicating with counsel, and reviewing the case prior to the trial, hearing or deposition testimony.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Depending on the case, cases may be retained at an hourly rate or for a "flat fee" to include, for example, psychological interviewing and testing, review of documents, a written expert witness report, calls and e-mails, and testimony if necessary. Travel time for non-local travel, is usually billed at 50% of the hourly rate, as are travel costs for a significant distance. Travel, lodging and administration costs are also specified in the mutually agreed retainer and services agreement provided to attorneys.
Significant prior experience working with and testifying for many attorneys in criminal, civil litigation, domestic relations, immigration and other types of cases. Attorney references provided upon request, based on the type of case for which you are inquiring.
Robert F. Datner, Criminal Law Attorney
340 North Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050
Gregory P. LaMonaca, Family Law Attorney
341 West State Street, Media, PA 19063