Teo Ernst, Psy.D., ABPP

Dr. Teo Ernst, Psy.D., ABPP

Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
1402 Park St. Suite C
Alameda , CA 94501
Office: 415-913-8096

Introduction

Dr. Ernst is a clinical and forensic psychologist, licensed in California and Washington, who specializes in the assessment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in civil and criminal proceedings. He is board certified in forensic psychology, an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and has completed over 300 forensic psychological evaluations during the course of his career.

As a trauma expert, Dr. Ernst choose to complete an additional year of fellowship training specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the San Francisco Veterans Hospital. In addition to specializing in the assessment of PTSD, Dr. Ernst has extensive experience conducting forensic evaluations including violence risk assessments, civil and criminal competency evaluations, mitigation or sentencing evaluations, personal injury evaluations, and the assessment of severe mental illness and neuropsychological impairment.

Dr. Ernst is currently a Qualified Medical Evaluator for the California Department of Industrial Relations and serves as a member of the forensic evaluator panels for the Superior Courts of Alameda and Contra Costa County. His past professional experiences including providing treatment and expert testimony as a member of medical staff of Napa State Hospital, and completing VA forensic evaluations on veteran's alleging psychiatric injury from military trauma.

Please see Dr. Ernst's website, listed above, for a more detailed description of his professional background and areas of expertise.


Areas of Expertise

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Disability
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Military Mental Health
  • Neuropsychology
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sanity/Trial Competency
  • Sexual Harassment/Discrimination
  • Stress

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Licensed Psychologist, CA
Board Certification, American Academy of Professional Psychology
Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Psychology
Psy.D., Wright Institute, Berkeley CA
M.A., Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA
B.A., U.C. Santa Barbara
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Subject Matter Expert, Qualified Medical Examiner Pre-Test Panel
American Academy of Forensic Psychology
American Psychology-Law Society
Association for Scientific Advancement in Psychological Injury and Law


Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Ernst, T: (January 2018) Coping with the Emotional Toll of Legal Practice, presented to the California Minority Counsel Program, Oakland, CA

Ernst, T. (June 2017) Managing Challenging Personalities: A Fiduciaries’ Practice Guide, presented to PFAC Annual Conference, Burlingame, CA

Ernst, T., Armstrong, Keith (September 2017): Attachment and EFT Informed Family Therapy, UCSF Intensive Family Therapy Program, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T. (October 2016) Managing Challenging Personalities: A Fiduciaries’ Practice Guide, presented to Professional Fiduciary Association of California, San Rafael, CA

Ernst, T (June 2016) Strategies for Working Effectively in Legal Practice with Mental Illness (June 2016), presented to San Francisco Bar Association, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T. (January 2016) Client Control, Family Dynamics, and Competency in Estate Planning, presented to Marin Estate Planning Council, San Rafael, CA

Ernst, T. (January 2016) Personal Injury Evaluations: Best Practices and Strategies for Cross Examination, presented to San Francisco Bar Association, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T. (January 2016) Strategies for Managing and Screening Challenging Client Behavior, presented to San Francisco Bar Association, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T. Ornstein, E. Busch, A. Li, Sheening. (January 2016) Foundations of Family Therapy, presented to Intensive Family Therapy Program, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Ernst T. (January 2016) Maintaining Happiness in Legal Practice, presented to San Francisco Bar Association, San Francisco, CA

Ernst T. (January 2016) Maintaining Happiness in Legal Practice, presented to Nixon Peabody Super MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, CA

Ernst T. (September 2015) Evidence Based Assessment of Psychological Malingering, presented to ACE Insurance, Fremont, CA

Ernst, T. (July 2015) Strategies for Managing and Screening Challenging Client Behavior. Webinar presented to Consumer Attorneys of California, San Francisco Chapter, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T. (February 2015) Attachment Informed Family Therapy, presented to Intensive Family Therapy Program, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T. (October 2014) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Symptoms, Treatment, and Occupational Challenges, presented to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T. Armstrong K. (July 2014) Review of Emotionally Focused Family Therapy and Video Session Commentary, presented to Intensive Family Therapy Program, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T. Armstrong K. (February 2014) Attachment and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: The Model and Theories of Integration with Structural Approaches, presented to Intensive Family Therapy Program, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T. (January 2014) Maintaining Happiness in Legal Practice, presented to San Francisco Bar Association, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T. (May 2013) Improving Your Quality of Life at Work, presented to the Appellate Judicial Attorneys Institute, Santa Clara, CA

Ernst, T. (February 2013) Maintaining Happiness in Legal Practice, presented to San Francisco Bar Association, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T., Armstrong K. (January 2013) Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Families, presented to Intensive Family Therapy Program, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Ernst T., Armstrong K. (September 2012) Review of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, presented to Intensive Family Therapy Program, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T (May 2009) EAP Assessment and Intervention with OEF/OIF Veterans, lecture presented to San Francisco Employee Assistance Professional Organization, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T (February 2009) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Treatment, internet radio interview conducted by MyExpertSolution.com

Ernst, T (January 2009) Neurobiology of the Stress Response and Stress Reduction Strategies, presented to San Francisco General Hospital Coronary Heart Disease Patient Clinic, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T (November 2008) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Assessment and Intervention with University Students, lecture presented at Notre Dame de Namur University practicum training seminar, Belmont, CA

Ernst, T (November 2008) Understanding and Helping Family Members with Histories of Trauma, lecture presented to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Francisco monthly membership meeting, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T. (September 2008) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Assessment and Intervention with Newly Returning Veterans, lecture presented to Napa Psychological Association, Napa, CA

Armstrong, A., Peterson, C., Ernst, T., Lindner, G. (September 2007) Assessment and Psychotherapy Intervention for Newly Returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, lecture presented to San Francisco Bay Area Coming Home Project at the San Francisco V.A., San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T (July 2007) Case discussant at APA internship psychotherapy seminar, Napa State Hospital, CA

Ernst, T (June 2007) Termination with Psychotic Spectrum Patients in a Community Mental Health Setting, seminar presented to psychology practicum students at Richmond Area Multi-Services, San Francisco, CA

Ernst, T (November 2007) APA Internship Applications and Dissertation Topic Selection, seminar presented to graduate students at the Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA


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: Approximately 200
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Assessment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Personal Injury Evaluations
Employment Evaluations
Assessment of Civil and Criminal Competencies
Violence Risk Assessment and Threat Assessment
Mitigation Evaluations
Capital Sentencing Evaluations
MSO evaluations
Assessment of Neuropsychological Functioning
Assessment of Malingering
Trial Consultation
Treatment Recommendations
Disability Evaluations
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Please contact me for my current rates.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Please contact me for my current rates
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Please contact me for my current rates
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Please contact me for my current rates

References

Available Upon Request