I am an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. Previously, I was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA/Neuropsychiatric Institute. After graduating from New College in Sarasota, Florida with a degree in Chemistry and Creative Writing I attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, completed residency in general psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, and a fellowship in child psychiatry at UCLA/NPI where I also served as Chief Fellow.
I have been retained as an expert in a broad range of child and general psychiatric cases, both for the plaintiff and for the defense.
I am past president of the Southern California Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and have played an active role in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
I was the founding director of the Hathaway Children’s Clinical Research Institute where my group performed funded research on the effects of interpersonal child trauma. At USC I am the Director of the Child Psychiatry Trauma Program and Chief of the Child and Adolescent Crisis, Emergency and Consultation Service.
I lecture widely on topics in child and general psychiatry at local, national and international meetings.
Areas of Expertise
- Child Abuse
- Child Psychiatry
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Drug Abuse
- Forensic Psychiatry
- Forensic Psychology
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sexual Abuse
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Ceritfied in General and Child Psychiatry, 1991
MD: UC San Francisco, 1984.
Psychiatry Residency: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Child Psychiatry: UCLA-Neuropsychiatric Institute
He completed an internship and residency in Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: American Psychitric Association
American Academy of Child and Adolescent
International Society for Traumatic Stress
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Have lectured widely on topics ranging from Psychopharmacology to Psychotherapy and Hypnosis.
Presented papers on Trauma and Dissociation and have taught both at UCLA and USC. Currently full-time faculty in child psychiatry at USC, Chief of Child Crisis and Consultation service.
- 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: About 40.
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: ? I have provided expert psychiatric consultation in cases involving
o child maltreatment, such as physical and sexual abuse
o head trauma and the onset of psychosis
o Internet solicitation of a minor
o long-term effects of chronic interpersonal violence
o proper supervision of minors in placement
o psychotic and dissociative behavior related to medication use
o schoolyard bullying and rape
o workplace stress and unfair termination
o wrongful death, due to:
• medication mismanagement
• improper psychotherapy supervision
—in short, I have handled cases that run the gamut of child and adult psychopathology.
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: about fifty per cent
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: about fifty per cent
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: 15
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: 2010
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: Five
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: Five
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: Approximately 20
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Consultation regarding psychiatric injury,
Record Review and Opinion with or without Written
Psychiatric Interview and Mental Status
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: Initial discussion is free, then $500/ hour.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $500
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: 1.5 X usual rate, two hour minimum
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $500. Half-day minimum.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Travel at $500/ hour plus all expenses.
References upon request.