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Rona M. Fields, PhD
1618 Myrtle St. NW
Washington DC 20012
USA
phone: 202-882-8833
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Rona M. Fields, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist with specialties in Forensics and Neuropsychology, as well as particular clinical practice experience in pediatrics and geriatrics. Since 1977, her practice in Alexandria has included developing programs of psychological services for the courts, the correctional center, as well as families and individuals in her office.

Dr. Fields has been a member the faculty and a Senior Research Fellow at George Washington University, Howard University, George Mason University, and several universities abroad. Her publications include six books, many book chapters and professional and mainstream publications, and multimedia productions. Dr. Fields is a Past President of the District of Columbia Psychological Association and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the District of Columbia and Virginia and serves on several insurance company panels.

Litigation Support - Dr. Fields' court experience dates from the late 1960s as an expert witness in civil rights and constitutional law cases. The National Spokesperson for the Children’s Rights Council, she currently works with county child welfare and child protective services as a regular contractor. Her work in immigration law has also been extensive, having worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees where she learned a great deal about status determination and related issues.

Dr. Fields' forensic work in criminal and constitutional law includes:
  • Peace-Keeping Operations and Hostage Negotiations
  • Immigration Law - Status Determination, Probable Expectation of Torture or/and Genital Mutilation
  • Juvenile and Domestic Courts - Child Custody, Child Welfare, Foster Care, and Adoption Services
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Rona M. Fields, PhD
This book is a journey through time and across the globe to bring to light the roots of sanctioned violence against women. The author utilizes an interdisciplinary approach combining psychology, sociology, anthropology, and women’s studies to examine cases and causes of gender-based atrocities in Afghanistan, Sudan, China, India, Siberia, and Europe.
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The book is a compendium of Fields’ lectures in Women’s Studies and describes, as of 1985, the progress and aspirations of the women’s movement internationally through the United Nations Decade for Women.
Rona M. Fields, PhD
Other books include: Society Under Siege: A Psychology of Northern Ireland; The Portuguese Revolution and the Armed Forces Movement; Northern Ireland: Society Under Siege; Martyrdom: The Psychology, the Theology, and politics of self-sacrifice; A Society on the Run
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Kirsten Turkington, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CEN, CNLCP, AFN-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Life Care Planner
PO Box 25626
Scottsdale AZ 85255
USA
phone: 877-677-7744
fax: 877-677-7744
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Kirsten Turkington, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CEN, CNLCP, AFN-BC is a highly experienced, board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, licensed to practice since 1998. Dr. Turkington received a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 2014, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 1998, and dual Bachelor degrees (BS -- Psychology & BSN -- Nursing) in 1994. She is the owner, operator of North Scottsdale Health, PLLC.

Dr. Turkington is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Forensic Medical Expert. She has over 20 years of active clinical experiences as a Registered Professional Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and is one of less than 50 board certified Advanced Forensic Nurses internationally. Dr. Turkington's clinical background encompasses adult, adolescent, pediatric, and geriatric cases across Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Neurosurgery and Hospice.

Litigation Support - Dr. Turkington has consulted in over 50 medical malpractice, clinical, and professional negligence and criminal cases. She works for both plaintiff and defense clients in each area. Dr. Turkington provides expert testimony at trials, depositions, arbitrations, mediations and hearings. She is an experienced educator and practicing clinician able to confidently simplify complex medical scenarios for understanding. Her litigation support services include:
  • Medical Record Review
  • Standards of Care / Negligence
  • Life Care Planning (Certified)
  • Healthcare Cost Estimates
  • Client and Staff Education
  • Federal Written Reports
  • Record Tampering and Inconsistencies
  • Medical Literature Research
  • Medical Events Chronology
  • Liaison Between Involved Parties
  • Deposition Question Preparation
  • Jury Selection
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    Dr. William L. Bainbridge, FACFE, DNASE
    President & CEO
    12620-3 Beach Boulevard, Unit 390
    Jacksonville FL 32246
    USA
    phone: 904-230-3001
    fax: 904-645-0088
    Dr. William L. Bainbridge, Ph.D., FACFE, is a Forensic Education Expert with extensive experience in School Related Accidents, Incidents, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, College Athletics/Sports Injuries and Title IX compliance. He is court qualified in Schooling, Education Standards, Policies, and is considered to an Expert in over 35 states.

    Dr. Bainbridge currently serves as President and CEO of the SchoolMatch® Institute and as a Distinguished Research Professor at The University of Dayton.

    www.expertonschools.com
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    Dr. Gilbert W. Kliman
    2105 Divisadero Street
    San Francisco CA 94115
    USA
    phone: 415-292-7119
    fax: 415-749-2802
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    Children's Psychological Health Center, Inc. - Our mission is to bring the highest quality of child, adolescent and adult psychiatric expertise to difficult civil litigation issues concerning children.

    Practice Specialties - Nationwide forensic child psychiatry, evaluation and testimony in over 225 civil cases involving claims of institutional neglect, psychological trauma, loss of parental services, abuse, often with multiple victims.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Child Psychiatry
    • Forensic Psychiatry Evaluations, Reports and Testimony Concerning Psychological Issues such as Trauma
    • Institutional Negligence (schools, academies and residential treatment centers - particularly concerning allegations of abuse
    • Wrongful Death: Loss of Parental Services
    • Allegations of Child Abuse - whether individual or multiple children, family or institutional, we conduct objective evaluations or such complaints and assess the damages stemming from complaints we find confirmed by forensic studies
    • Mental Health in Disasters (earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, firestorms, tsunamis and wars
    • Children in Foster Care
    Gilbert W. Kliman, M.D. - Harvard Medical School

    Licensure and Board Certification
    • Fellow and Diplomat of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Distinguished Life Fellow
    • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Certified in Psychoanalysis for Adults, Children and Adolescents by the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute
    Dr. Kliman won the International Literary Prize for Best Book concerning the Well Being and Nurture of Children, "Responsible Parenthood" and is the recipient of grants from over 50 private foundations and The National Institute of Mental Health.

    His research interests include the Psychological Trauma and Treatment of Severely Disturbed Children and their families, in-classroom psychotherapy.
    4/17/2013 · Psychiatry
    Preventive psychiatry is a branch of preventive or public health medicine. It aims to promote good mental health in individuals and to prevent the occurrence or reduce the incidence of psychiatric disease in a population.

    3/8/2012 · Psychiatry
    Here you will meet several children helped by Cornerstone who suffered from tragic losses and tragic circumstances. This chapter is essentially practical in its orientation to technique, describing several forms of treatment of bereaved children, with a minimum of theoretical essay. Probably the best definition of "mourning" for our current purposes is, "the totality of reaction to the loss of a loved object."

    11/19/2011 · Psychiatry
    Monroe was the kind of child from whom usually little is expected therapeutically. A member of a disadvantaged ethnic minority, he lived in the poverty of a big-city slum ghetto...

    9/27/2011 · Psychiatry
    The legal system and juries customarily weigh evidence more regularly than the psychoanalytic profession.

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    Charles W. Leggette
    Chief Actuary
    6828 Hyde Park Dr.
    Dallas TX 75231
    USA
    phone: 214-448-7146
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    Charles W. Leggette, Principal and Chief Actuary of Dallas Actuaries, Inc, is an active participant in governmental affairs for his profession, most recently serving on the United States Department of Labor, Regional Advisory Board.

    Mr. Leggette is a Fellow by examination of the American Society of Pension Actuaries. The Treasury Department Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries has admitted him to practice before the Treasury and Labor Departments. In 1978, Mr. Leggette served as the Society’s representative on Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Committee on Pension Policy. He was appointed by the Treasury Department to the Joint Board for Enrollment of Actuaries Advisory Committee on Examinations. Mr. Leggette has served as Chairman of the Pension Actuarial Society’s Education and Examination Committee. In 1980, he was admitted to the American Academy of Actuaries. One year later, he was elected President of the American Society of Pension Actuaries.

    Charles Leggette has provided Litigation Support Services to attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense for over 35 years. He is qualified to testify in both State and Federal court.

    Main Areas of Litigation Support:
    • Pensions - Design of Plan
    • Pension Admission Regulations
    • Compliance / Tax Issues
    • Pension Schemes
    • Insurance Related Matters
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    Dr. Laura Streyffeler, PhD, LMHC,BCETS, CCDV, CCFC
    Licensed Mental Health Counselor
    2204 Brevard Ave.
    Fort Myers FL 33901
    USA
    phone: 239-822-1699
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    Laura Streyffeler Mental Health Expert PhotoLaura Streyffeler, PhD, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress specializing in individual, couples and family psychotherapy.

    Dr. Streyffeler believes that an being an expert means not only having education, knowledge, and experience , but integrity as well. She wants for you to understand that being an expert in domestic violence, does not mean being an expert only for victims, but for truth.

    As an expert, Dr. Streyffeler is able to discern between those who are truly victims and those who are claiming to be victims in order to get a ‘leg up’ in the court process. Sadly, all too often non-victims use domestic violence allegations, when going through a divorce (or other legal matter), in order to manipulate the court (i.e. attorneys, mental health professionals/ parenting evaluators, judicial outcome).

    “Guns for hire” are not experts. They are people who use their credentials and experience to financially prey on those struggling in the legal system. “Guns for hire” often make sure that their opinion matches the retainer, even if it doesn’t fully match the facts. Dr. Streyffeler will only accept cases that she believes her expert testimony (and/or consultation) will bring justice, not just dollars.

    Dr. Streyffeler provides both forensic and victim related expert witness testimony in both and criminal and civil court cases. She has provided trial consulting services to the State Attorney offices throughout Florida. She has testified and consulted in battery and murder cases on the issue of Domestic Violence, Battered Spouse Syndrome, and/or Sexual Violence. Dr. Streyffeler has also provided forensic services in civil court cases on behalf of numerous victims of domestic violence who are or have been victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

    In addition to being a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and a Diplomate of the National Center of Crisis Management, in Collaboration with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Dr. Streyffeler is certified as an expert in both domestic violence and forensic counseling by the National Association of Forensic Counselors.

    Dr. Streyffeler is listed as an expert witness in domestic violence, sexual violence, and trauma in the National Center for Crisis Management in Collaboration with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress list of experts.

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    Dr. John G. Looney
    MD, MBA
    201 Trent Drive Suite 1558 (Blue Zone) Box 3313
    Durham NC 27710
    USA
    phone: 919-684-6457
    fax: 919-403-0565
    Dr. John G. Looney is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke Medical Center. He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. He has more than 30 years of experience in psychiatric treatment of Adults, Children & Adolescents. He is experienced in Hospital Psychiatry and Residential Treatment of patients with psychiatric and addictive disease. He is designated a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

    Through the American Psychiatric Association, he has published about treatment methods for children and adolescents. He describes methods of treating children and adolescents who have suffered serious and longstanding problems in his edited book, Chronic Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents.

    Specialties:
    • General Psychiatry for Adults
    • General Psychiatry for Children
    • Addiction Psychiatry
    • Forensic Psychiatry
    • Organizational Consultation for Schools and Universities
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    Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D.
    Principal Consultant
    49 Coryell Street
    Lambertville NJ 08530
    USA
    phone: 609-397-8989
    fax: 609-397-1999
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    Professional consultation for schools, attorneys and individuals. Court-qualified education administration, liability, school review and special education expert. More than 30 years experience in education. National practice.

    DOCTORATE: Rutgers University - Education Administration.

    MASTERS: College of NJ - Special Education.

    MASTERS: Franklin Pierce Law Center - Education Law.

    LAWYERS - Document review. Case analysis, development and litigation support. Expert reports. Deposition and trial testimony. School evaluations and comparisons for matrimonial issues.

    SCHOOLS - Liability and management assessments. Policy review and recommendations. Program review and development. Special seminars.
    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program, including in colleges and universities, if those programs or activities associated with the institution receive federal funding. Under Title IX, sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual battery, sexual assault, rape and other sexual violence at school, college or university campuses. Any behavior that disrupts a student's access to an educational opportunity or benefit constitutes a violation of Title IX. Recent media coverage has brought to light the controversy over the six-month sentence for a former Stanford University student for the rape of a student on campus. There has been outrage over the sentence, and that outrage might be justified, given schools' responsibilities in similar cases.

    Some of our most vulnerable children are relegated to a life away from parents, family, and their school to live where other adults take the place of their parents and are responsible for their custody or care - legally defined as in loco parentis. This occurs when children are placed in residential centers for the treatment of mental illness, schools for the deaf and blind, or similar facilities for children who require extensive medical care and management.

    Nationwide, 7.6 million students participate in interscholastic athletics, according to U.S. News and World Report. Keeping them safe is critically important to avoid school liability and sports injury lawsuits. And when sports injury occurs, schools may be found responsible if they failed to take reasonable precautions and supervision of students in order to prevent sports injury. Parents send their children to school with the implicit expectation that schools will do whatever is necessary to keep them safe whether in the classroom or on the football field.

    As difficult as it might be to accept and understand, abuse of children is occurring at an alarming rate in our nation's schools, daycare centers, camps, and other institutions. Even with state laws that require child abuse reporting and institutional policies that address sexual abuse prevention, identification, and reporting, abuse is not going away. More civil lawsuits are filed with each passing year, and schools and other organizations are not always appropriately responding to this epidemic.

    In the wake of recent incidences of gun violence, school safety and security has become an increasingly pressing concern in the United States and Canada. Schools, summer camps, daycare centers, and other agencies charged with the safety of children have a duty to protect them, and their ability to do so depends on solid policies, training, and appropriate response to security threats. Laws, regulations, and internal policies designed to shield children from harm may be developed proactively in response to a risk assessment or reactively in response to an event that caused injury to a child. Both are valid options in today's climate of terroristic threats to school safety and security. Inaction is not. Schools and other child-centered programs must consider and develop appropriate responses to this new dynamic.

    Risk of personal injury to children is reduced when activities, facilities, equipment, personnel, and supervision are brought into compliance with "standards." There are several sources of standards. Some standards are mandated by law through statutes. Additional standards are set forth by oversight authorities, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Camping Association, the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations, or the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, to name a few. Other standards involve the customary professional practice of those conducting such activities. Ignorance of such standards is no excuse for failing to comply and schools and agencies with children have a duty to be proactive about implementing standards in order to prevent student injury.

    Many school-aged children have medical conditions about which teachers, nurses, and others who are responsible for their health, safety, and well-being should know. If not addressed in the right way by administrators, teachers, or other officials, these conditions can result in a catastrophic incident, not to mention costly litigation. A student with a known heart defect, for instance, is vulnerable in a physical education class if the teacher is not informed of the child's condition and does not institute appropriate precautions or prepared to respond in a medical emergency. If cafeteria personnel in a daycare center know that a child has a peanut allergy but fail to supervise the child appropriately, the child can go into shock if she is allowed to sit at a table where another student is eating peanut butter. In situations like these, if a plan for the child's care was either not in place or developed but not communicated to the staff, the child might suffer irreparable harm - or even die.

    In my profession as an education administration and student supervision expert, I have observed that residential schools and boarding schools present a higher duty than day schools to supervise children and a greater opportunity for the school to be found liable for child abuse and injury. When children are living and learning in a program 24/7, staff must demonstrate not only a professional standard of care, but also a reasonable and prudent parent standard of care. Although related, these standards are distinct and must be appropriately and reasonably applied in a setting where staff serves as surrogate parents and others serve as teachers, counselors, and psychologists. When a child is sexually assaulted, administered unnecessary corporal punishment, or is injured or dies in a residential school, both of these standards need to be addressed.

    The first responsibility of educators and those who supervise children in residential programs, day care centers, before- and after-school programs, and other settings is to make sure that these programs foster learning and care in a safe environment. Asking third graders to move a cart with a heavy TV on top, inadequate staff instruction in safe techniques to quell disruptive students, not carefully checking that the door to the pool closes and locks the way it is supposed to, excessive discipline, playground aides talking among themselves but failing to pay attention to the children, not providing a sufficient number of nighttime supervisors in a dormitory, and a school police officer not trained on how to interact with children with behavioral disorders - any of these circumstances can lead to student injury at school or death of a child and high litigation costs. The overriding professional standard of care is to protect children's health, safety, and well-being. Under this umbrella fall the development and implementation of policies, adequate staff training, and a level of supervision reasonably calculated to keep children safe.

    7/7/2015 · Child Welfare
    In settings where children are supervised by adults, we often think about traditional settings, such as schools and summer camps. But these are not the only places where children participate in activities that require adult supervision and which can result in child injury cases. Some nontraditional settings include resort and vacation day care programs, community recreation centers, church-sponsored events, and Boy and Girl Scout activities, among others.

    For schools, summer camps, and day care centers, one of the key functions of student supervision is to identify dangerous conditions and then either stop the activity or warn of the danger. The supervisor must take appropriate action for the protection of the children. Duty to warn contemplates both having knowledge of danger (actual or constructive notice) and having time to communicate it. Field trip injuries are very common and there is an equal duty to protect when children are off campus but still under school supervision, such as when children are on a school-sponsored trip. Excursions off school property present special challenges. Careful planning ahead of the trip, knowing about potential safety hazards, and creating a plan to avoid or mitigate them can help to protect a child from field trip injuries and a school from liability lawsuits.

    Keeping children safe in schools, preschool and daycare programs, summer camps, on playgrounds, and other locations is a primary responsibility of those who administer such programs. When a child becomes injured and the claim is negligent supervision, a school or other agency will have a greater chance of prevailing when it has clear policies and enforces them. In school premises liability lawsuits plaintiffs are more likely to prevail when a facility fails to maintain its campus and equipment, does not have a regular inspection plan, and does not instruct and supervise students in the safe and appropriate use of equipment.

    Employment decisions in public and private schools should be based on qualifications, performance, merit, and seniority, rather than race, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability. Teachers and other school personnel can sue for employment discrimination if they are wrongfully dismissed or demoted, if they were prevented from initially obtaining a job, or not appropriately accommodated for a disability or medical condition. Most employment discrimination violates either state or federal law, and legal protections are found in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Additionally, two primary federal statutes prohibit disability discrimination in employment: the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

    2/6/2015 · Child Welfare
    When child abuse is alleged to have taken place in a school, daycare facility, preschool program, summer camp, or other entity responsible for the supervision and safety of children, there is always the possibility that the entity may be liable if negligence can be established. Schools and other entities with a duty to protect children often become embroiled in lawsuits alleging that breach of this duty was a proximate cause of a child's injuries. Though laws vary, states adopt a broad definition of child abuse, including physical and emotional abuse, neglect and abandonment, incest, sexual molestation, and sexual exploitation. Typically, a child abuse report must be made to a designated state agency responsible for child protective services when a person, in his or her official capacity, suspects or has reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected, or knows that a child has been subjected to conditions that could reasonably be expected to result in harm.

    School coaches have a duty to protect athletes from harm, including emotional or physical harm that may result from locker room hazing. High school hazing in athletics has many beginnings - the most prominent being an attitude of superiority among senior athletes and the belief that a weaker or younger athlete must be subjected to harassment to "make the grade" or to be "good enough" to be on the team. This mentality, if left unchecked and if students are allowed to participate in hazing behaviors, eventually can result in even more serious misconduct, such as sexual harassment and serious personal injury.

    When a student personal injury in a public school triggers litigation, plaintiff and defendant attorneys must address the concept of governmental immunity. In general, governmental immunity shields public schools from tort litigation and liability. Governmental immunity is not universally applicable, however, depending on how the facts of a specific case accord with state or provincial laws. This article is about how governmental immunity in public school cases might be pierced and how schools can determine whether governmental immunity applies in school liability cases.

    Millions of children participate in programs operated by daycare centers, nursery schools, and camps across the United States and Canada. The most important aspect of childcare is the safety and supervision of children. When a teacher, recreation leader, camp counselor, or other supervisor is engaged in activities involving young children, there is a duty to protect the child from physical harm, sexual abuse, and other forms of personal injury. A breach of duty to protect the health, safety, and welfare of a child that leads to injury may result in daycare negligence lawsuits.

    In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a "Dear Colleague" letter to college and university administrators about implementation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in regards to campus sexual assault cases. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities in schools that receive federal funding. The letter explains that schools are required to develop and distribute policies regarding sexual harassment, designate a Title IX coordinator to oversee the school's duties, train staff and students in sexual harassment and violence issues, and establish an investigation procedure and an adjudication process. The letter did not articulate specific procedural safeguards, rules for the examination of evidence, or guidelines for the conduct of adjudication or hearing processes for cases of campus sexual violence.

    Harassment in schools can occur when a student is discriminated against on the basis of national origin, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or other identifiable class. A school district may be found liable for harassment if there is no strong, widely disseminated, and consistently enforced policy prohibiting it and no effective complaint procedure is in place. Schools can also be held responsible for the consequences stemming from a failure to take immediate, appropriate steps to respond to a complaint about harassment or bullying, terminate it, and discipline the offending party, be it an employee or another student. When a school has knowledge that a hostile environment exists but does not act on this knowledge, it can be viewed as giving tacit approval to this activity. In such cases, school districts have been found liable for enabling hostile school environment that prevents students from learning.

    The relationship between private schools and their students is very different than the one that exists when a student is in a public school. In private schools, the relationship is contractual in nature. The contract is expressed or implied in written documents, such as promotional literature, student applications, and student and staff handbooks. By contrast, the relationship between public schools and students is governed by federal and state statues, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Title IX. In public schools, students are afforded constitutional, substantive, and procedural protections that are generally not applicable in a private school. In private schools, academic and conduct issues involving students raise contractual, as opposed to constitutional, issues.

    Injuries are a part of intramural and extramural sports and recreation programs. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, high school athletes account for 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations each year. There's a certain level of risk assumed by a child who participates in any physical activity, but the school or agency has a general duty to protect children from harm to avoid school sports injury lawsuits. Dereliction of that duty may result in any number of situations that a jury may consider negligent, such as failure to develop and implement appropriate policies and procedures for supervision, poor maintenance of equipment, or inadequate instruction of children about the dangers inherent in their activity.

    Student injury or death often brings negative attention to a school. In fact, the first thing often reported publicly is an injured party's claim that an incident stemmed from the negligence or misconduct of a staff member responsible for a child's safety - a teacher, coach, or bus driver, for instance. But a student injury or death can result from any number of situations. These might range from school-related action or inaction, such as a breach of school security or failure to follow a student's medical orders, to a student's own actions and choices triggering a contributory negligence defense.

    For schools, daycare centers, after-school programs, and camps, children with disabilities often present significant supervisory challenges. If these children's needs are not adequately addressed and a child is seriously injured or killed, negligent supervision may be viewed as a proximate cause. But what constitutes reasonable supervision of children with behavioral or physical disabilities? It depends on the unique needs of the student and a school's standards for protecting that student from harm.

    This article reviews recent legislation and how that legislation effects compliance with student IEPs in regards to the equipment that can improve a student's ability to learn and interact with teachers, family, and friends. The article details the recommendation of devices and the school's responsibility in regards to their procurement, usage, and maintenance.

    Recently, a Seattle student with cerebral palsy was awarded $300,000 in damages from her school after years of harassment by another student was allowed to take place. Her harasser regularly called her names, blocked her wheelchair's path with furniture and manipulated her chair's electronic controls so it rammed into walls. It was not until the harasser caused his target serious physical injury and property damage that school officials responded formatively to his hostility by suspending him for three days.

    Abstract: This special paper introduces the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, describes the school district's obligation to advocate for students with disabilities, reviews student rights created by the law, defines key terms, and takes the reader, step by step, through the procedural protections provided by the regulations.

    Abstract: Examples of consultations serve as an illustration of how a consulting education expert can assist lawyers who are working on school and education related cases. One example deals with a special education dispute involving inclusion and the other deals with liability for student injury and a settlement of $850,000.

    The tragic realities of the school killings in Littleton, Colorado, and similar instances of violence involving today's youth, have educators, policymakers and communities searching for causes as well as methods of prevention. Hit lists, posted on Internet sites and plans made by high school students to "get even" when they are teased are symptoms of what we already know: Bullying, teasing and discrimination are big problems for American children.

    Our nation's schools pay millions of dollars annually in damages to school children injured in class, sexually assaulted by teachers, and harassed by fellow students. Unnecessary risks in schools can be controlled to protect the safety of students, faculty and support staffs and to eliminate costly litigation and settlements.

    Even the most amicable custody arrangements can sour over school choice. As more people move about, the issue of where their children will attend school, and what that school offers compared to their current situation, is becoming more significant in family law. This article examines ways an education expert can assist with objective evaluations of school programs.

    The educator as a consulting and testifying expert has become one of the most important tools that an lawyer can use in the dispute resolution process involving schools. When the consultant becomes an expert witness the relationship changes. This article explains how the expert educator assesses merits of a case, and provides consultation to lawyers who are working on education and school related cases.

    6/19/2013 · Expert Witnessing
    According to a new national survey, there has been a sharp drop in the percentage of America's children being physically bullied or beaten up by their peers.

    5/13/2013 · Expert Witnessing
    Assigning fault and responsibility in a lawsuit involving a school is rarely clear cut.

    3/25/2013 · Expert Witnessing
    Eyewitnesses to the event may only tell what they saw, heard, felt or smelled; they are not allowed to tell what others have said (hearsay) or say what they think of the case.

    The first wave of inclusion has crashed upon the shores of our schools. Now, educators and parents are looking toward the horizon awaiting the next wave to see what it brings.

    Now that the administrative law judge ordered Heather into the regular fourth-grade classroom, none of the teachers want to have her, Maybe we shouldn't have filed for a due process hearing against the school. I think it backfired on us.

    Schools seem to have little control over the financial and human resources that are dedicated to special education. How can accountability be achieved?

    This article explores common situations regarding sexual harassment in the school setting. It also discusses exploitation of sexual power either by teachers or by students in an inappropriate relationship. Schools and its employees have a duty to train their students on their sexual harassment policies and to report any inappropriate behavior.

    5/14/2012 · Social Issues
    Cyberbullying is one of the fastest-growing problems facing families and the people responsible for protecting our children: school administrators, lawmakers and law enforcement officials. Cyberbullying is such a new frontier, the laws that define and police it are, in many places, weak to nonexistent. Its "sudden" pervasiveness and severity is now shocking people into action as evidenced by the rash of suicides making national news and the resulting public outcry.

    The safety of children is of the utmost concern to school board members, administrators, and teachers. Accidents do happen, of course, but you must do everything you can to make sure that the students in your care are not hurt.

    People who are passionate about school safety have a vision--a vision we share with concerned parents, educators, and especially with the kids we're obliged to protect.

    All 15-year-old Phoebe Prince wanted was to be liked. But after moving from Ireland to Massachusetts, it wasn't long before Phoebe endured bullying from the "mean girls" at school.

    It is commonly accepted that school liability has increased over the past several years, especially in the area of tort liability.

    Edward F. Dragan EdD
    Bullying used to be thought of as an unpleasant rite of passage, but now psychologists are realizing that it inflicts real harm. As many as 40 percent of children report that they’ve experienced episodes of bullying at school or online through their school community. School safety expert Edward Dragan argues that parents need to be proactive in looking out for their children’s social well being at school. From his many decades as a Board of Education insider, he argues that schools are self-protective entities and reluctant to address bullying themselves.
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    Ste. 214
    Palm Harbor FL 34685
    USA
    phone: 727-786-0600
    fax: 727-787-8193
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    Dr. Robert Evans, PhD, is a Licensed School Psychologist with over 30 years of experience in the behavioral sciences, including completing over 100 Child Custody Evaluations.

    Dr. Evans serves as a consultant to the medical, legal, and law enforcement community in Florida on Psychological and Educational matters. He consulted with Orange County Public Defender with cases involving arrest and incarceration of children, including Competency Assessments and Insanity Determinations. He has also provided Critical Incident Stress Debriefings to victims of crime in the Central Florida area.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Evans specializes in Parental Alienation cases which are commonly among those classified as High Conflict Divorce cases and he has written a book on Parental Alienation. He provides litigation support to counsel for both Plaintiff and Defense. His services include support with hearing / trial preparations, review of current evaluations, and support during and after the litigation process.

    Dr. Evans has given sworn testimony as a Forensic Psychology expert witness in NY, IL, PA, GA, FL ID, CO, OH, TX, TN, LA, MA, MD, and OR.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Parental Alienation
    • Child Custody Evaluations
    • False Allegations of Abuse
    • Treatment Considerations for Alienated Children
    • Workplace Violence
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    Jane K. McNaught, PhD
    Edinborough Corporate East Building
    3300 Edinborough Way, Suite 730
    Minneapolis MN 55435
    USA
    phone: 952-896-1772
    fax: 952-896-1743
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    Jane McNaught Forensic Psychologist Expert PhotoDr. Jane K. McNaught, PhD is a locally and nationally recognized Board Certified Psychological Forensic Expert specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with adults and children. Over the course of her more than 30 years of practice, she has worked with Defense and Plaintiff attorneys and has also been a Court appointed expert. Dr. McNaught has administered more than 2,000 psychological test batteries and testified on over 500 occasions as a forensic expert in the areas of: Civil, Criminal, and Family Law. She also provides trial consultation for attorneys. Dr. McNaught has further been qualified and testified as an expert in PTSD, for both the U.S. Army as well as the U.S. Navy and . In addition she has testified as an expert in both District and Federal court.

    Dr. McNaught practices in the areas of Civil, Criminal, and Family Law cases involving trauma to both adults and children. In the Civil area, Dr. McNaught is frequently hired as an expert when there are allegations of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She also testifies in Employment cases involving Age or Sexual Harassment where PTSD is alleged. She has further testified in the following types of civil cases where PTSD is alleged: motor vehicle injuries; dog bite and amputation. Medical malpractice; Wrongful Death; and Infant death cases. Dr. McNaught has been hired in cases of alleged sexual misconduct within institutional settings such as schools, Churches including the Catholic Church, Treatment Centers, and hospitals.

    In the Criminal area, Dr. McNaught is hired by both the Prosecution as well as Defense in cases involving Sexual Misconduct. She also conducts evaluations of Defendants in criminal cases where underlying psychological conditions may impact sentencing. Dr. McNaught has further been obtained as an expert to evaluate the credibility and reliability of statements obtained from alleged victims of sexual assault. When doing so, Dr. McNaught addresses the following: recantation, memory research, standard of care in interviewing victims of sexual abuse.

    In the area of Family Law, Dr. McNaught specializes in high conflict divorce and conducts Custody Evaluations as well as Evaluations regarding: Relocation; Endangerment; Factitious Disorder by Proxy; Parental Capacity; and Parental Alienation.

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    6/6/2014 · Psychology
    Forensic Psychologists can assist both Plaintiff and Defense lawyers in their assessment of the emotional damages related to traumatic injuries with adults as well as children. PTSD in children and teens is caused by events that have caused them or someone else to be killed or badly injured. Not all children develop PTSD after a traumatic injury. 3-15% of girls and 1-6% of boys develop PTSD in response to a traumatic experience. Rates of PTSD are higher for certain types of trauma survivors. Nearly 100% get PTSD if they see a parent being killed or if they see a sexual assault. 90% of sexually abused children develop PTSD; 77% of children who see a school shooting develop PTSD; and 35% of children who see violence in the area they live, develop PTSD (National Center for PTSD in Children and Teens).

    5/1/2014 · Psychology
    Amputation is an injury involving loss of function, loss of sensation, and loss of body image. It is not surprising amputees often suffer psychological difficulties following such an event. Further, these psychological difficulties can also result in long term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the amputee. Often these psychological injuries and resultant PTSD can be difficult to explain to a jury. The forensic expert's presentation of psychological testing assessing potential PTSD is one part of proving or disproving damages. However, the forensic expert can better assist either the Defense or Plaintiff's attorney by addressing specific functions in the amputee that have been affected by the injury.

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    Dr. Jeffrey Alan Sugar, MD
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at USC
    312 E. Sycamore Avenue
    El Segundo CA 90245
    USA
    phone: 310-291-0886
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    Jeffrey SugarJeffrey A. Sugar, MD has been a practicing Psychiatrist for over 20 years. Dr. Sugar is board certified both in Child and General Psychiatry. He is Past President of the Southern California Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at USC, and has been an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA.

    Currently, he is Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Crisis, Consultation, and Emergency Service and Director, Child Psychiatry Trauma Program at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine where he sees patients, teaches psychiatry, and performs research. As the Founding Director of Research at Hathaway Children and Family Services he led a study of the long-term effects of child trauma.

    Dr. Sugar has been worked with the legal industry since 1988. Qualified in Superior court, he has been retained over 40 times as an expert in a broad range of child and general psychiatric cases, for both Plaintiff and Defense. His services include:
    • Consultation Regarding Psychiatric Injury, Diagnosis, Treatment
    • Record Review and Opinion
    • Psychiatric Interview and Mental Status Evaluation
    • Expert testimony
    Dr. Sugar's litigation support is available to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. His Areas of Expertise include:
    • Effects of Trauma and Adversity on Child Development
    • Chronic Physical, Sexual or Emotional Abuse
    • Psychological Trauma in the Workplace
    • Date Rape / Internet Seduction
    • Post-Traumatic Loss, Grief and Depression
  • Psychological Effects of Injury to the Body or Brain
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Wrongful Death - Medication Mismanagement
  • Improper Psychotherapy Supervision
  • Schoolyard Bullying and Rape
  • Professional Training:
    • MD: University of California, San Francisco
    • General Psychiatry: Harbor-UCLA, Torrance, California
    • Child Psychiatry: UCLA-Neuropsychiatric Institute
    • Chief Fellow: UCLA
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    9/19/2013 · Psychiatry
    We examine the consumer-welfare implications of Google's project to scan a large proportion of the world's books into digital form and to make these works accessible to consumers through Google Book Search (GBS). In response to a class action alleging copyright infringement, Google has agreed to a settlement with the plaintiffs, which include the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers.

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    Kim A. Hart
    PO Box 617
    Holland OH 43528
    USA
    phone: 419-868-6016
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    Kim Hart Child Abuse Expert PhotoKim A. Hart has over 25 years of experience assisting attorneys in the successful defense of persons accused of Child Abuse and/or Sex Crimes as well as successfully appealing those wrongfully convicted of child abuse and/or sex crimes.

    Since 1987, Kim Hart has worked with various attorneys on cases in every state in the United States and has the experience and knowledge to determine what issues must be addressed as well as which strategies have proven successful and which have not. She works with attorneys to plan and develop specialized defense strategies for those needing help defending their innocence including, but not limited to, allegations of:
    • Sexual Abuse
    • Physical Abuse
  • Shaken Baby
  • Child Neglect
  • Ms. Hart provides consulting and support services to defense teams during the investigative, pre-trial, trial, and appeals stages of Child Abuse and Sex Crime cases. Many of these child abuse and sex crime cases have been high-profile, and most cases resulted in successful outcomes for the clients. She and her team have been very successful with appellate work for those wrongfully convicted of child abuse. Ms. Hart has also works on civil litigation cases relevant to child abuse and sex crime cases.

    Kim Hart is knowledgeable as to the current state of the science in child abuse cases and sex crimes as well as appeals case law, and is skillful at incorporating this information into specific cases. She maintains excellent professional relationships with the leading experts in every field of child abuse and sex crimes and can effectively integrate these experts into specific cases when necessary to a successful defense. Ms. Hart is an associate member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.

    If overnight delivery of documents is needed, please call for physical address. References available upon request.

    View Kim Hart's Consulting Profile.
    3/23/2015 · Child Welfare
    Isn't it interesting how the courts recognize taint in so many different contexts?1 We have an illegal search by the police and everything found during the illegal search becomes "fruit of the poisonous tree"-it is said to be tainted. The Houston Police Department's Crime Lab does not observe proper sterile procedures in handling DNA and the specimens are contaminated-they are said to be tainted. We have a lineup where the crime victim sees one White guy, three Hispanics, and two Blacks. The identification of the White guy is said to be tainted, the product of a suggestive or improper lineup.

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    Hanny Lightfoot-Klein
    Founder & Senior Partner
    4910 N. Calle Bosque
    Tucson AZ 85718
    USA
    phone: 520-529-2029
    fax: 520-529-9411
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    Hanny Lightfoot-Klein is an acknowledged expert on the topic of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Forced Marriage and Honor Killing of women in Africa. She now devotes a considerable part of her time to making the knowledge and insights she has accumulated over the past 25 years of service as an Expert Witness in Immigration Court (in the United States and Europe.)

    Ms. Lightfoot-Klein provides written affidavits, telephonic testimony and/or court appearance for asylum seekers threatened with removal back to their own countries, where they and/or their daughters may be subjected to:
  • Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Honor Killing
  • Forced Marriage
  • Rape and other forms of Physical Abuse

    Ms. Lightfoot-Klein has published her research findings in four books an has won an award for "Outstanding Ethnographic Scholarship in Sexology" for her book entitled "Prisoners of Ritual". She was also a finalist for the "June Roth Memorial Book Award for Excellence in Writing on Health and Medicine", presented by the American Society of Journalists and Authors for A Woman's Odyssey into Africa.

    Ms. Lightfoot-Klein received her Masters of Arts degree in Social Psychology from the American University in Washington, D.C. in 1959 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1950.

    Between 1979 and 1984, she spent a total of 32 months of self-motivated, concentrated field research in Sudan, Kenya, and Egypt, studying female genital mutilation (FGM). The geographic area of her most intensive research was northern and central Sudan, where the practices are particularly severe and ubiquitous. A considerable portion of this time was also devoted to researching the practices in Kenya.
  • Hanny Lightfoot-Klein
    Secret Wounds is the long-awaited final segment of Lightfoot-Klein's trilogy. Once again, the subject of her impassioned treatise is the genital mutilation of non-consenting minors, whose practice has not only been culturally embedded in Africa over millennia, but which has been medicalized in the United States on male, female, and intersex children since the mid-eighteen hundreds.
    Hanny Lightfoot-Klein
    Here is the intriguing story of one woman's mid-life flight from her stultified, middle-class, psychologically crippling, and unfulfilled existence into a world of high adventure, danger, hardship, and endurance, which ultimately leads her to autonomy and recognition. In her new book, A Woman's Odyssey Into Africa, Hanny Lightfoot-Klein chronicles three year-long solo backpacking treks through remote areas of sub-Saharan Africa. In the process, she discovers the mainsprings of strength within herself as she follows her own drummer, finding the courage to face the darkest and most secret convolutions of her own mind.
    Hanny Lightfoot-Klein
    This unique volume focuses on the psychosexual and social effects of female genital mutilation, an ancient, deeply entrenched custom saturating the larger part of Africa. Over a period of six years, Author Hanny Lightfoot-Klein trekked through outlying areas of Sudan, Kenya, and Egypt, where she lived with a number of African families. What she learned by way of in-depth personal interviews and firsthand observation has enabled her to add a previously unknown and often astonishing dimension to our knowledge of ritual practices and human sexuality.
    Hanny Lightfoot-Klein
    The object of this book is to give voice to the multitudes of human beings who exist behind the statistics on genital surgery performed on them when they were non-consenting children, and who have long endured their suffering in silence, for reasons of suppression, desperation, or shame. I have endeavored to create an understanding of the connection between genital surgery perpetrated on infants and children too young to be capable of meaningful consent or effective protest, and of the frequently cataclysmic diminution in quality of life that they have suffered as a consequence.
    Hanny Lightfoot-Klein
    Secret Wounds is the long-awaited final segment of Lightfoot-Klein's trilogy. Once again, the subject of her impassioned treatise is the genital mutilation of non-consenting minors, whose practice has not only been culturally embedded in Africa over millennia, but which has been medicalized in the United States on male, female, and intersex children since the mid-eighteen hundreds. In Secret Wounds, this pioneering author's exciting new book, she interweaves her astute personal insights with the wealth of information she has accumulated over 24 years of intensive study. She explores the tyrannies of custom and societal control, under whose unyielding domination these cruel rituals continue to exit, and why attempts to abolish them have consistently failed in the past.
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    James E. Shaw, PhD
    6709 La Tijera Blvd., Ste 121
    Los Angeles CA 90045
    USA
    phone: 310-678-6950
    fax: 866-590-1067
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    James E. Shaw, PhD, is a Gang and Child Abuse Expert with over 15 years of experience. Dr. Shaw is a former Public School Law Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education and a former Director of Child Welfare for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.

    Federal Appointment: Dr. Shaw is currently on the Faculty of the United States Courts Office of Defender Services Training Branch.

    Superior Court Appointment: Since 2003, Dr. Shaw has been, and is, a member of the Panel of Experts of the Los Angeles Superior Court, and works in Superior Courts nationwide, as a Gang expert.

    Professional School Appointment: Dr. Shaw is on the Faculty of the California Southern University and teaches doctoral candidates (Psy.D.) in the university’s Behavioral Sciences Department.

    Author / Speaker - Dr. Shaw is the author of the media-praised book, Jack and Jill, Why They Kill, based on his four year in-person/in-prison research on 103 girls and boys incarcerated for murder and homicide. Referred to on CNN as "the smart answer for today's troubled times," his book is used in universities and police academies nationwide. Dr. Shaw's forthcoming book is entitled GANGrene: Youth Terrorism USA."

    A member of the professional speaker circuit, Dr. Shaw has worked with the Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau since 2002. Dr. Shaw is also a frequent guest on NBC, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC. He was an invited keynote speaker at the Columbine High School memorial ceremony in honor of the slain victims.

    Megyn Kelly Interview on FOX News Re Newtown, CT School Shooting


    Litigation Support - Dr. Shaw is a Gang Expert available to the Prosecution and Defense Bars. He specializes in helping attorneys attain their client-objectives, as (a) member of the Criminal defense team that ensures clients' Constitutional rights to a fair trial; and (b) a member of plaintiff or defendant teams in Civil cases where clients are seeking the attainment of objectives at settlement or trial.

    Dr. Shaw provides written reports, trial consulting, jail visitation / interviewing, opinions, and testimony for lawyers and clients. He has a Civil practice and provides reports, opinions, depositions, and trial testimony in cases comprising School Violence, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Child Abuse Mandated Reporting Requirements.

    Specialties:
    • Child Abuse Reporting Errors
    • Gang Culture
    • Gang Behavior
    • Street Terrorism
    • Enforcement and Prevention Act
    • RICO Testimony
  • DOJ / FBI Gang Profiling
  • School Safety
  • Youth Violence
  • Jail / Prison Violence
  • Drugs
  • CalGangs Database
  • 7/25/2007 · Expert Witnessing
    Three friends of mine, all working expert witnesses, called me to recount their experiences with private investigators who interviewed them for prospective cases. One complained that the private investigator "asked me if I could stand up to a Daubert Hearing

    The unspeakable happened at Virginia Tech University, on April 16, 2007, reminding us all that murder at school has "graduated" from the campuses of high school to the hallowed halls of university. Thirty-two students went to school to get educated and, instead, got executed

    7/25/2007 · Child Welfare
    One wintry afternoon, a San Francisco-area attorney called me to ask if she could enlist my expertise for an assault and personal injury case involving a large high school where her teen-aged client had been viciously brutalized

    7/25/2006 · Expert Witnessing
    Late one night, my telephone rang, and on the other end was a high-profile criminal defense attorney with whom I have worked on gang cases and other kinds of juvenile justice proceedings. He said he had to meet me for lunch the following day

    James E. Shaw. PhD
    Dr. James E. Shaw, "the only researcher allowed inside some of the country's state youth prisons to conduct four-year interviews of children who killed,” brings, based on his professional case files, this novel featuring teenage Candela McQueen. Candela gets her life back together in state youth prison and emerges as an adult parolee to become lead singer of the hip-hop group JEZEBEL, and an international mega-celebrity. Her fan base, the "Great Dame Fan Club," is enormous. Diva Candela McQueen's thrilling and powerful story is an odyssey from love, trust, lust, money and betrayal, to forgiveness and redemption, as she overcomes one obstacle after another and keeps her eyes on the prize, winning against the odds.
    James E. Shaw, PhD
    A groundbreaking book by the leading authority in the field of adolescent violence, written for parents and educators.
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    Michael Perrotti
    PhD
    Three Pointe Drive Suite 303
    Brea CA 92821
    USA
    phone: 714-528-0100
    fax: 714-528-2575
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    Dr. Michael PerrottiDr. Michael J. Perrotti, Ph.D, a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, specializes in Clinical and Forensic Psychology. He has over 30 years of experience with consumers, courts, and counsel including civil, prosecution, defense counsel, family court and the US Government. Dr. Perrotti contributes to the profession as an Expert Witness for the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Enforcement Division, Board of Behavioral Science Examiners and is a government expert on disability for the Social Security Administration, Office of Hearings & Appeals as well as the US Department of Health & Human Services. Dr. Perrotti was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at the Keck School of Medicine, USC (2005-2006).

    Dr. Perrotti possesses specialized training and expertise in the area of Assessment of Sexual Deviation and Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse Allegations. His training, experience and use of the Abel Assessment of Sexual Interest Computerized Test from the Abel Center in Atlanta, Georgia, enables him to add a state-of-the-art sophisticated tool for the evaluation of sexual offending.

    Dr. Perrotti was appointed a government expert for the Office of Hearings and Appeals for the Social Security Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services. He has been a Expert Consultant on T.V. shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigations, Numbers, and Vanished. Dr. Perrotti is a part of a cadre of psychologists who assisted the San Bernardino Juvenile Court with the establishment of risk factors and protocols for the evaluation of juvenile sex offenders. Dr. Perrotti is a member of the Orange County Sheriff's Reserve, Professional Services Division.

    Services Include:
  • Neuropsycholgical Assessment
  • Sanity / Competency to Stand Trial Assessment
  • Police Misconduct
  • Suggestibility Testing
  • Crime Scene Investigation in Report Formulation
  • Sexual Predator Determination
  • Effects of Psychotropic Medications on Confession
  • Expert Neuropsychologist in Sexual Assault Trial
  • Disability Determination for Social Security Office of Hearings & Appeals
  • Expert in Bonding Studies and False Confessions
  • PTSD (acute and complex) in General, Law Enforcement, and Iraq War Veterans
  • Panic Disorders and Phobias
  • Custody Evaluation
  • Severe Trauma in Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • False Confessions
  • 8/16/2016 · Psychology
    Unlike in Alzheimer's Disease, neurofibrillary tangles in athletes with CTE tend to accumulate perivascularly within the superficial neocortical layers. It is interesting to note that TAU pathology in CTE is partially and extensively distributed, possible related to multi-directional mechanical force from physical trauma (McKee et al, 2009; Neuropath Exp Neurol 68, 709-35.) It is theorized that accumulation of hyperphosphor is related to a protein that is thought to result in development of CTE and associated neurobehavioral disturbances.

    6/21/2016 · Psychology
    Just this month, an article appeared in the Journal of Neuropsychology entitled "Early Onset Marijuana Use is Associated with Learning Inefficiencies." Young adults reporting early onset marijuana use have learning weaknesses, which accounted for the association between early onset marijuana use and delayed recall.

    1/19/2016 · Psychology
    The recent editors of Myers on Evidence of Interpersonal Violence (Myers 2016) notes that the most well-known of psychological instruments to assess suggestibility is the Gudjohnson Suggestibility Scales (GSS). The GSS is utilized by psychologists to evaluate whether defendant's confessions were voluntary. The author notes that it is doubtful that these instruments are sufficiently reliable for use in legal proceedings. It is noted that in Shanklin, 379 111 Dec 211 the trial judge did not err in subjecting the GSS to a Frye Henry.

    11/6/2015 · Psychology
    Does the availability of weapons lead to violence? Citizens certainly have a right to bear arms and defend themselves. However, what does the science say about this area?

    10/19/2015 · Neuropsychology
    The public understanding of TBI is so poor that it is officially referred to by the US National Center for Injury Prevention and Control as "the silent epidemic." In the acute phase, the usual radiological examinations are not sensitive to TBI and diffuse axonal injury (DAI). There is a significant amount of false negatives with CT scans administered in the ER.

    9/22/2015 · Neuropsychology
    The author recently had a chapter accepted for publication on Methodology for Conducting Bonding Studies in Child Custody Evaluations (CCE). This chapter was written in response to the requests of many psychologists over the years who wanted guidance in procedures for conducting bonding studies. Many psychologists conduct bonding studies with cursory observations of parent and child. There is no application of an objective scoring system or any methods that can be replicated by other CCE Evaluators. This is essential in science.

    8/20/2015 · Neuropsychology
    This week marked the enshrinement of Junior Seau in the NFL Hall of Fame. Junior was an outstanding linebacker for USC who went onto great accomplishments in the NFL. However, all was not well. The effects of domestic violence, substance abuse and gambling difficulties; as reported on ESPN's Outside the Lines, took the toll on Junior. He repeatedly complained to a friend who was a fellow player and suffered from headaches, how he too, suffered for years from headaches. ESPN noted that he was reported to have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neuro-degenerative disease that can lead to dementia, memory loss and depression. Gina Seau reported that Junior's disease was associated with head-to-head collisions caused from 20 years of playing in the NFL. This scenario affected his ability to think logically.

    11/20/2013 · Psychology
    To determine if there are any changes in self-concept, locus of control and frequency of aggressive behaviors in juvenile offenders. As a function of receiving Direct Decision Therapy (DDT). Sub-objectives are whether DDT will effect positive change in self-concept, higher interval control and significantly fewer aggressive behaviors.

    7/17/2013 · Brain Injury
    Recently the examination of the brain of Junior Seau revealed the diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The recent diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after examination of the brain of Junior Seau underlines the seriousness not only of repetitive brain trauma in professional sports and in military populations but also raises continuing serious questions about the management and prevention of CTE in athletic sports.

    6/26/2013 · Psychology
    Prosecutors and law enforcement are frequently confronted with situations wherein children have been traumatized and/or injured. These injuries have resulted in disabilities which affect the child’s ability to understand questions as well as express answers to questions.

    It is a matter of utmost importance that an even playing field be created in adversarial proceedings. What is conducive to this is use of forensic guidelines as standards by all experts involved in a case.

    4/18/2013 · Psychology
    There has been great voiced concern by practitioners and researchers over overcategorization and overgeneralization of individuals accused of sexual offending being lumped into one category of "sexual predators." Whereas there certainly is a need for protection of children from predators in our society, the pendulum has swung too far to the extreme.

    3/18/2013 · Psychology
    Recently the Oregon Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upended how eyewitness identification is to be used in criminal trials. The article in The New York Times (2012) indicated that misidentification is the country's leading cause of wrongful conviction.

    2/4/2013 · Psychology
    The issue of children's memory is contentious. Some individuals assert that if a child says something, therefore it must be true. However, the research shows that this certainly is not the case. Human memory is not an exact recording of an event(s).

    11/15/2012 · Psychology
    All too often one sees survivors of abuse all categorized under the rubric of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As Herman, in a paper on complex PTSD, notes (1992), PTSD formulation fails to capture the sequelae, acuity, and severity of prolonged, repeated trauma.

    11/15/2012 · Brain Injury
    Freeman et al. (2005) noted that it was in the mid-'80s when it was first noted that mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) could result in serious and lasting consequences. Numerous studies with human and animal subjects have demonstrated the evidence of neurocognitive defects and delayed return to work in MTBI patients with postconcussive syndrome.

    10/4/2012 · Psychology
    The recent death by suicide of Junior Seau of the San Diego Chargers is only one of many suicides in the NFL. O.J. Murdock, a 25-year-old wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Recent cases have come to the fore concerning faulty eyewitness ID raising increasing and continuing concern about the error rate of eyewitness ID. This concern dates all the way back to Janet Reno, Attorney General, who appointed a committee of mentalhealth professionals and attorney to evaluate the area of eyewitness ID.

    6/21/2012 · Neuropsychology
    The United States is seeing more and more young men returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with horrendous results in terms of family integration, societal integration, and domestic violence. Some of these individuals, according to Cernak, are found on the battlefield dead with no marks whatsoever on them.

    The problem of false confession is alarming. Just after publication by Barry Scheck in his text on and his writings on DNA and establishment of the Innocence Project, he found 77 wrongful convictions and individuals wrongfully imprisoned in California.

    2/3/2012 · Psychology
    Police departments across the United States are routinely questioning young children concerning child sexual abuse allegations. Frequently the police are untrained in the correct techniques to utilize for investigating interview of the children.

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