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Dr. Stephen M. Raffle
35 Wolfe Grade
Kentfield, CA 94904
Oakland CA 94612
phone: 415-461-4845
fax: 415-461-4039
North of San Francisco
35 Wolfe Grade
Kentfield, CA 94904
(415) 461-4845
300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza,Suite 700
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 465-3300

NATIONWIDE / INTERNATIONAL, has over 43 years of experience offering his expert opinion in Federal and State jurisdictions nationwide. Dr. Raffle has consulted for attorneys, insurers, employers and judges. His track record and experience is impressive: over 5000 psychiatric evaluations, 700+ depositions, 150+ trials, a successful clinical practice, teaching career at U.C. Medical School, and Hastings College of the Law postgraduate course "Trial and Appellate Advocacy" for 11 years instructing attorneys about the direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses.

Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. and Associates' expertise includes, but is not limited to the following:
  • Chronic Pain
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychogenic Pain
  • Traumatic Brain injury and other Dementias
  • False Memory Syndrome
  • Malingering
  • Emotional Distress: Intentional & Unintentional infliction
  • Emotional Distress: Evaluation of
  • Fitness For Duty
  • Risk/Threat Workplace Violence Assessment
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Discrimination (ADA, Title VII, EEOC)
  • Harassment (sexual, etc.)
  • Employment Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Substance Abuse
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Undue Influence (including Cults)
  • Toxic Exposure
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Temporary and Permanent Disability
  • Need for Treatment
  • Sexual Molestation
  • Medical Records Review
  • Assist in Preparation for Direct and Cross-examination of Expert Witnesses and Deposition of expert witnesses
  • Licensed in California.
    12/3/2014 · Psychiatry
    In order for a medical opinion to be admissible as evidence in civil, criminal and administrative cases, the basis of the opinion must fulfill either the Daubert Criteria or the Frye test, depending on the jurisdiction. The judge of the court rules on the admissibility of the expert opinion. The effect of Daubert has been to limit expert testimony to opinions which are based on a scientific foundation. Daubert specifies that adequate scientific support and method and a known error rate must exist. The testimony of a mental health expert rendering an opinion using criteria which does not meet Daubert standards is weakened by the implication that it is not based on "sound science." In some instances, for example, a mental health expert uses an approach where there are no peer-reviewed studies or methods, such as when psychologists compose their own neuropsychological test batteries. In most cases where an attorney is considering a "Daubert challenge," a contemporaneous and up-to-date literature search is indicated. Also, extensive case law presently exists as to specific issues. Being familiar with the Daubert criteria enhances effectiveness in challenging a mental health expert's opinion, whether on voir dire or cross examination. On direct examination, the strengths of an opinion reached under Daubert criteria become a "teaching moment" for the trier of fact, because it will be founded on the science of mental health assessment.

    10/27/2014 · Psychiatry
    Undue influence occurs when the testator's freewill and freedom of choice in the disposition of the assets of his or her estate is replaced by the substituted judgment/wishes of another. This can apply to creating a will, codicil to amend a will, trust or other legal instrument.

    2/11/2014 · Psychiatry
    The medical expert cannot express an opinion about the ultimate question to the trier of fact: how much is the plaintiff's emotional distress (emotional injury) worth in dollars? Yet when the question of these monetary damages is put to a jury, their deliberations are better-served if considered in the context of a Forensic Psychiatrist's knowledgeable findings and testimony.

    5/28/2009 · Human Factors
    All psychiatric reports evaluate something, but not always the same thing. For example, eligibility for benefits, or fitness to do a job. To make sense of the report, the reader must determine what is being evaluated and how it is being done

    5/28/2009 · Psychiatry
    In civil cases where emotional distress is alleged, it often occurs that the plaintiff’s attorney designates the treater as his expert. Usually the argument is that the plaintiff’s own therapist has spent many more hours with the plaintiff than the defense expert and therefore "knows" the plaintiff better. The treater often agrees with this reasoning

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    Dr. Kevin Passer
    6068 Hwy 98 W
    Suite 1
    Hattiesburg MS 39402
    phone: 601-261-9101
    fax: 601-261-9102
    Kevin M. Passer, MD is a Psychiatrist and Addictionologist with over 25 years of clinical experience. He is triple Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, General Adult Psychiatry, and Addictionology. Dr. Passer has worked in multiple hospitals in five states and currently operates his private practice, The Detox Clinic of Hattiesburg. In his career, he has treated over 18,000 children and adolescents and over 1,000 patients with Addictive Diseases in The Detox Clinic of Hattiesburg.

    Dr. Passer has served as an Expert Witness and has testified in over 50 commitment hearings, given numerous depositions, and has reviewed thousands of medical records for personal injury matters for both Plaintiff's and Defendant's. He has been deposed in a class action suit against Jannsen/Johnson & Johnson regarding the medication Risperdal. Dr. Passer served as an expert witness for the Department of Medicaid for the State of Mississippi.

    10/11/2012 · Psychology
    Let's face it. Raising kids can be tough. You know, when you buy a new car, you get an owner's manual that tells you what to do if there's a problem. Well, when you take your newborn home from the hospital, they don't give you a manual that tells you what to do if thereare some behavior problems. And kids are a way more complicated than cars. Way, way more.

    Kevin Passer, MD
    This book demonstrates not that the way to raise children has changed, but that it has always been and remains based on logic and common sense. This short book points out three principles, and only three principles, that enable a parent to handle pretty much any situation with consistency and logic, and with excellent results. It is not just an easy and enjoyable read, but, written by a pediatric psychiatrist, it is backed with expertise. It lays out what we all know from our own experiences and thought processes in a way that makes a parent think, "well, of course that would be the best way to handle this problem." Since it resonates so effectively with what we already know, it becomes easy to follow the rules and be consistent.
    Kevin Passer, MD
    his DVD won a National Award from the Parent to Parent Organizations as the Best New Product for children in 2005. The DVD takes only 20 minutes to view and can make a big difference in a child with conduct problems. The DVD features Dr. Passer explaining his TEN STEPS and tells the viewer how to apply the steps.