Dr. Robert Scott Johnson

San Francisco Psychiatry
4 Embarcadero Center, 14th Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Office: 415-926-7774
Fax: 415-591-7760

Harvard/Mass General-trained forensic psychiatrist, double Board Certified (ABPN) in both Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. 20+ academic peer-reviewed publications on various topics in forensic psychiatry. History of lecturing on malingering, feigned psychiatric symptoms and the interplay between psychiatry and the law.

Dr. Johnson accepts cases nationally in civil forensic psychiatry matters related to the following areas:

Employment Litigation/Negligence
Retained 30+ times
Wrongful Termination
Workplace Accidents resulting in alleged Cognitive Impairment, PTSD or Depression

Testamentary Capacity
Has been retained 10+ times in such matters and has lectured on the subject.

Medical Malpractice/Standard of Care (Following Harm to a Patient)
Works with the California Medical Board’s Expert Reviewer Program and Medical Consultant Program to review cases regarding
deviation from the psychiatric standard of care (boundary violations, standard of care for psychiatric treatment)

IMEs/Fitness for Duty Evaluations
Completed over 200 IMEs (e.g. disability insurance), FFDs and FAA pilot evaluations. FAA-trained to evaluate airline pilots (HIMS Program). Has published two peer-reviewed academic articles (current CV) on fitness-for-duty evaluations for physicians and other professionals.

Stalking Cases
Retained and testified regarding stalking/cyberstalking. Peer-reviewed publication (see current CV) on the topic of stalking of physicians. Conference presentation on cyberstalking (NCPS 2018).

Malingering Assessments
Retained in matters regarding alleged psychiatric injury.
Has performed IMEs related to the potential presence of psychiatric conditions. Lectured on the detection of malingering and feigned psychiatric symptoms (cognitive impairment, PTSD, psychosis and depression).

Areas of Expertise
  • Fitness for Duty Evaluation
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Independent Medical Examinations
  • Malingering
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychiatry
  • Stalking
  • Testamentary Capacity

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
Double Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry (Harvard/Mass General)
Medical licenses: CA, TX, MA
Bar license: NY
Certified Threat Manager (ATAP)
HIMS Psychiatry Pilot Evaluator (FAA)
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
ATAP (Association of Threat Assessment Professionals)
AAPL (American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law)
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: National Conference Presentation Topics (over 20 presentations):
Veterans’ Courts (Involving PTSD and Depression)
Fitness for Duty for Physicians, Pilots, Attorneys and Other Licensed Professionals
Forensic Psychiatric Education of Residents and Medical Students
Mass Murderer Correspondence

Dr. Johnson has presented at Harvard/Mass General and Baylor on the following topics:
Malingering/Lie Detection (plus standardized instruments)
HIPAA/patient confidentiality and privilege
Psychiatric malpractice/standard of care
Violence risk assessment (plus standardized instruments)
Suicide risk assessment (plus standardized instruments)
Bipolar Disorder:
Psychopharmological treatment
Treatment options in pregnancy
Psychosis (e.g. schizophrenia):
Psychopharmological treatment
Dementia, executive dysfunction testing
Psychiatric shelf examination review
Legal issues in psychiatry
Conducting a psychiatric interview
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: 30+
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Employment Litigation (alleged psychiatric harm, PTSD, cognitive impairment, depression), Testamentary Capacity/Undue Influence, Stalking/Cyberstalking, Medical Malpractice
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Call
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: Call
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: I typically testify 6+ times per year.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: I have testified 19+ times.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 10+
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 6+
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: call
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: call
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: call
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: none


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