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Washington State University
Tracy L. Skaer, PharmD, FC, FABFE, FASHP, FASCP
College of Pharmacy
HSB Suite 210 PO Box 1495
Spokane WA 99210-1495
USA
phone: 509-358-7724
fax: 509-358-7744
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Tracy L. Skaer, PharmD, FABFE, FASHP, FASCP is a Certified Forensic Consultant and Professor of Pharmacotherapy with over 30 years of pharmaceutical experience; 10 years as an expert witness.

Dr. Skaer is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Examiners Institute, the highest honor ACFEI can bestow upon a member that is reserved for those with outstanding achievements and excellence. She is also a Fellow of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacist, and a Member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacist's (ACCP) Pain and Palliative Care Practice and Research Network (PRN).

Dr. Skaer's research interests include chronic pain, comorbid mental illness in chronic disease, depression, anxiety disorders, insomnia, mindfulness, complementary and alternative medicine, and pharamcoeconomics and pharmacoepidemiology. Her research has been supported by over $3.2 million in grants from foundations and pharmaceutical industry.

Litigation Support - Dr. Skaer has completed several expert cases across the United States. Her services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include record review, written reports, deposition, and trial testimony. Dr. Skaer's cases involve:
  • Chronic Pain
  • Narcotic Use
  • Opioid Pill Mills
  • Illicit Substance Abuse
  • Opioid Overdose
  • Wrongful Death
  • Urine Drug Testing
  • Medication-Related Suicide
  • Medication Reactions and Interactions
  • FDA Controlled Substances Act
  • Opioid Prescribing
  • Opioid Dispensing Regulations
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    Alan J. Waldman, MD
    703 N. Main St.
    Ste. B
    Gainesville FL 32601
    USA
    phone: 352-377-3771
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    Alan J. Waldman, MD, has practiced Forensic Neuropsychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry for over 20 years. He specializes in the evaluation of head injuries, dementia, any type of post accident cerebral neuropathy, and any neuropsychiatric / psychiatric disorder.

    The learning and honing of Dr. Waldman's skills progressed through his stint as full time faculty at the University of Florida, his subsequent private practice, the neuropsychiatric consultant to a head injury rehabilitation and residential facility, and the medical directorship of a 217 bed State of Florida forensic psychiatric institution. While at the institution, he did consultations on the head injured patients and those suspected of malingering.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Waldman has evaluated over 400 respondents or potential respondents, for the state and defense in Florida's post incarceration sex offender program. He has testified in approximately 50 hearings and trials (again for both sides) and has been qualified as an expert in the prediction of sex offender recidivism risk. He has a great deal of experience in the detection of Embellishment and Malingering.

    Dr. Waldman has been qualified as an expert witness in circuit, county, and federal courts through out Florida. He was retained by the Office of the Attorney General of Texas in Austin for a case involving questions of malingering by a death row inmate whose case was remanded back to the Federal District Court in Austin by the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Waldman has testified in courts in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland, New Hampshire, and Texas.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Sexually Violent Predator Evaluations
    • Brain Injury
    • Criminology
    • Competence to Proceed (Stand Trial)
    • Forensic Psychiatry
    • Forensic Psychology
    • IMEs
    • Malingering
    • Embellishment
    • Neurophysiology
    • Neuropsychiatry
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Impaired Driver
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sanity / Trial Competency
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Cognitive Impairments
  • Sexual Harassment / Discrimination
  • Spousal Abuse
  • Stalking
  • Suicide
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    Dr. Stephen M. Raffle
    Principal
    35 Wolfe Grade
    Kentfield (San Francisco) CA
    USA
    phone: 415-461-4845
    fax: 415-461-4039
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    Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. is double Board-Certified, in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Raffle has over 43 years as a clinical and forensic psychiatrist offering his expert opinion in Federal and State jurisdictions nationwide. In addition to serving as an expert witness, Dr. Raffle consults to attorneys, judges, insurers, and to employers regarding Fitness for Duty and Risk of Violence (Threat) Assessment:

  • 5000+ psychiatric assessments
  • Forensic testimony, 700 depositions and trial testimony
  • Successful clinical practice

    The job of an expert witness is to educate a jury, judge, attorney, trier of fact about the forensic psychiatrist's conclusions and how those opinions were derived, in a manner well-reasoned and skillful, easily understood by every person, not only another Forensic Psychiatrist. In short, an educator. Dr. Raffle’s experience as an educator extends well beyond a forensic venue, yet underpins the key to his ability to explain his opinions.

  • Prof. of Psychiatry, UCSF Medical School, 20 years
  • Hastings College of the Law postgraduate course "Trial and Appellate Advocacy" instructing seasoned attorneys about the direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses, with special focus on mental health experts and licensed medical professionals, Psychiatrists (MD), Psychologists, LCSW, MFT, and physicians in other medical specialties, 11 years

    Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. & Associates' expertise is well-established in forensic assessment in the areas of:

    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Dementia and Competency
    • Testamentary Capacity
    • Undue Influence
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Malingering
    • Emotional Distress: Intentional & Unintentional infliction
    • Emotional Distress: Forensic Evaluation to render medical-legal opinion
    • Diagnosis and Need for Treatment
    • Fitness For Duty
    • Risk/Threat Workplace Violence Assessment
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Discrimination (ADA, Title VII, EEOC)
    • Harassment
    • Employment Litigation
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Catastrophic Injury
    • Temporary and Permanent Disability
    • Medical Records Review
    • Assist in Preparation for Direct and Cross-examination of Expert Witnesses and Deposition of expert witnesses
  • 35 Wolfe Grade
    Kentfield, CA 94904 (San Francisco Bay Area)
    (415) 461-4845
    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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    1500 Walnut St.
    Ste. 902
    Philadelphia PA 19102
    USA
    phone: 215-731-1901
    fax: 215-731-9503
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    Richard M. Sobel, MD, DFAPA, has over 30 years of experience practicing Adult Psychiatry and Pain Management / Medicine. His specialty focus is in Pain Medicine, for which he has sub-specialty board certification, Psychotherapy, and Psychopharmacology.

    Dr. Sobel is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical School. A Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Sobel is immediate Past President and continues to serve on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Pain Society, one of six regional chapters of the American Pain Society. He is a Councilor for the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society and Representative of the Pennsylvania Psychiatry Society to the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices and Pain Management Work Group of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

    In 2014, Dr. Sobel was the recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Education at Jefferson Medical College and, in 2013, was nominated Practitioner of the Year by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Sobel offers expert witness services to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. With voice training for public speaking, he is able to effectively communicate with judge and jury. Dr. Sobel's services include Independent Medical Exams (IMEs), medical record review, utilization review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Psychopharmacology
    • Worker's Compensation
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Trauma
  • Opioids
  • Addiction
  • Pain Medication
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    1001 Boulders Parkway
    Suite 160
    Richmond VA 23225
    USA
    phone: 804-323-0003
    fax: 804-323-3930
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    Keyhill Sheorn, MD, is a practicing Psychiatrist with additional training in Object Relations Theory. She has 26 years of experience as a solo practitioner specializing in the long-term treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

    Dr. Sheorn is the current President of the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society. She is also a Co-Chairman on the Clinical Faculty Committee, Member of the Residency Education Training Committee, and an Associate Clinical Professor with Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Sheorn teaches Mental Status Exam, Diagnostic Interviewing, Group Therapy, and Object Relations Theory.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Sheorn provides litigation support and expert witness services to attorneys concerned that a claimant may be exaggerating or feigning symptoms of PTSD. Her advanced analytic and psychodynamic understanding of mental disorders allows for a more exhaustive diagnostic understanding of PTSD.

    Dr. Sheorn has performed numerous Independent Medical Exams and File Reviews that have led to considerable experience in delineating who does not have PTSD. Her services are available to both Plaintiff and Defense.

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    Samuel I. Miles, MD, PhD
    8631 W. Third Street 425E
    Los Angeles CA 90048
    USA
    phone: 310-659-1674
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    Samuel I. Miles, MD, PhD, has been engaged in the private practice of Psychiatry in Los Angeles since 1978. He has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating people with mental disorders and substance use disorders in inpatient, outpatient, and custodial settings. He provides consultations to other physicians and mental health practitioners, as well as to attorneys, employers, insurance companies, government agencies, and the courts.

    Throughout his career, Dr. Miles has been active in organized psychiatry. He has served on various committees, including the Executive Committee, of the Southern California Psychiatric Society. He has also been actively involved in the governance of Cedars Sinai Medical Center and the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute (now known as the New Center for Psychoanalysis). He is a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

    Dr. Miles is an active teacher. He is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is also on the faculty of the New Center for Psychoanalysis.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Miles has provided consultations, reports, and expert testimony to both plaintiffs and defendants in litigated civil and criminal matters. He has qualified as expert in state and federal courts to provide legally relevant psychiatric, medical, and psychopharmacological opinions. Cases have included issues of:
    • Forensic Psychiatry
    • Pharmacology
    • Psychopharmacology
    • Criminal Responsibility
    • Sanity / Competency to Stand Trial
    • Alcohol Abuse / Drug Ingestion
    • Testamentary Capacity
    • Psychiatric Standards of Practice
  • Prescription Practices
  • Impairment
  • Harassment & Discrimination
  • Disability
  • Emotional Distress
  • Malingering
  • Suicide
  • Need for Treatment
  • Samuel I. Miles, MD, PhD
    This article is an outline of basic principles of psychopharmacology, and an overview of psychotherapeutic agents, along with some clinical and medical-legal issues related to them.
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    Jan Roughan
    President
    465 N. Halstead Street
    Suite 120
    Pasadena CA 91107
    USA
    phone: (626) 351-0991
    fax: (626) 351-0992
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    Ms. Roughan is a Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist who functions in the capacity of case manager, life care planner and expert witness. Her company, Roughan & Associates at LINC, is a nationally recognized Case Management and Medical/Legal Consulting service. It has been in existence since 1987, providing coordination of patient care; construction of Life Care Plans; and, consultative services to both the defense and plaintiff bar on simple and complex cases alike. Ms. Roughan has experience with diagnoses involving both children and adults and are knowledgeable in current treatment philosophies, identification of appropriate resources.

    Diagnoses include, but are not limited to:
    • Neurological Injuries (Brain and Spinal Cord Injury)
    • Burns
    • Orthopedic Injures
    • Amputation
    • Chronic Pain
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Services Include:
    • Expert Testimony
    • Life Care Planning
    • Mini/Preliminary Life Care Plan
    • Video Services
    • Medical Record Review
    • RN Independent Medical Exam
    • Medicare Set Aside Trust Analysis
    • Medical Bill Auditing
    • Questions: Deposition Cross Examining
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    21 Tamal Vista Blvd.
    Suite 194
    Corte Madera CA 94925
    USA
    phone: 415-925-3086
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    Dr. Saul Rosenberg is an authority on the assessment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Trauma-related Disorders. At the University of California, San Francisco Medical School, Dr. Rosenberg has developed psychological tests and structured clinical interviews that are used world-wide for differential diagnosis.

    With decades of experience as a psychometrician and test developer, Dr. Rosenberg is proficient in assessing disability and psychosocial functional impairments and determining the credibility of self-reported subjective symptoms of emotional distress. He is skilled in the evidence-based assessment of exaggeration, defensiveness, symptom validity and malingering. In over 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Rosenberg has evaluated and treated thousands of patients with PTSD.

    Litigation Support – Dr. Rosenberg provides personal injury evaluations, Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs), and Qualified Medical Examinations for worker’s compensation. His cases have included PTSD, TBI and Post-Concussive Syndrome, motor vehicle and multi-litigant transportation accidents, disability, workers’ compensation, employment, landlord/tenant, medical malpractice, standards of care, toxic torts, testamentary capacity, undue influence and other cases involving personal injury and psychiatric/psychological claims. He has conducted more than 170 forensic examinations, 80 depositions, and appeared in state and federal court more than 10 times for both plaintiff and defense.

    Dr. Saul Rosenberg is the author of more than 15 peer-reviewed publications including, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, in the Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences. He has made over 20 presentations at national and international meetings on the evidence-based assessment of PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and co-morbid conditions. On two occasions, Dr. Rosenberg has testified about the assessment and treatment of PTSD before the United States House of Representatives, Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Concussive Syndrome
    • Assessment of Credibility, Exaggeration, Symptom Validity, Malingering
    • Disability and Workers' Compensation
    • Employment
    • Medical, Psychiatric, and Psychological Malpractice and Standards of Care
    • Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence
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    Rosenbaum Psychological Associates
    Elliott B. Rosenbaum, PsyD, ABPP
    1804 San Marco Place
    Jacksonville FL 32207
    USA
    phone: 904-252-7979
    fax: 904-685-6868
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    Elliott B. Rosenbaum, PsyD, ABPP, is a board certified Clinical Psychologist (top 4%) and former active duty U.S. Navy psychologist, serving as chief clinical and forensic psychologist for southeast region and head of largest military mental health clinic in the region with 50,000 patients enrolled to the clinic. The clinic providing 24/7 coverage to hospital emergency department (ER), Dr. Rosenbaum has performed over 1,000 mental health evaluations.

    Dr. Rosenbaum has published two books and conducted research on health and wellness and mental health treatment. He is currently the head of a thriving mental health evaluation and treatment private practice.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Rosenbaum is an experienced expert witness in both civilian (civil and criminal) and military courts with a specialty in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He provides forensic psychological evaluations, expert witness consultations, psychological assessments, and psychotherapy. His services are available to counsel representing plaintiff and defendant and include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony. He is also a seasoned jury consultant and integrates the use of social media technology to create psychological profiles of potential jurors for jury selection and advocacy.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Behavioral Science
    • Disability
    • Emotional Trauma
    • Forensic Psychology
    • Military Mental Health
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychology
  • Stress
  • Suicide
  • Vocational Evaluation & Rehabilitation
  • Education / Training - Masters in Counseling Program, Johns Hopkins University Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), George Washington University Clinical Psychology Internship, National Naval Medical Center Intensive Psychotherapy Certification, London School of Psychotherapy Crisis Counseling Certification, Sharei Tzedek Hospital.

    Degrees / Certifications - Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Florida PY8117 Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Psychology Member, American Psychological Association.

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    Elliott Rosenbaum, PsyD
    In this book, psychologist and master life coach Dr. Elliott Rosenbaum explores the source of joy and fulfillment and teaches us how to access our inner music. This music comes from our Essence and consistently connects us to our life purpose and most compelling goals. With the tools of The Essential Self in hand, we are guided to truly transform our lives and live a life that is deeply enjoyable and satisfying.
    Elliott Rosenbaum, PsyD
    Our society sends us so many confusing messages as to how we should value ourselves, and unfortunately, most of these values are superficial, having no connection with our true selves and tend to be impossible to live up to. This book will help you discover the joy that comes from having a clear vision of who you are and what your values are.
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    2000 Van Ness Ave. Suite 512
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    USA
    phone: (415) 776-2000
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    Ronald H. Roberts, Ph.D., ABPP, has been working in the field of Psychology for over 40 years and has been practicing Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology for over 30 years.

    Dr. Roberts has earned other distinctions including Board Certifications in Forensic Psychology, Neuropsychology, Medical Psychotherapy, Post Traumatic Stress, Pain Management, Disability Evaluation and Psychopharmacology. He has undergone additional peer review through the Council for the National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology and by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. He has earned the Certification of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ) and the Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate (IPC) which affords him reciprocity to practice in a number of other states.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Roberts evaluates most all types of Psychological and Neuropsychological injuries in civil litigation. He is also experienced in criminal litigation regarding Mens Rea issues and Criminal Responsibility.

    Dr. Roberts trains attorneys in the Standards of Practice for Psychologists and the process of questioning mental health professionals at deposition and trial. He is available as either a retained or non-retained expert to assist with litigation. He has an extensive background in Psychological Testing and consults on issues regarding the reliability and validity of testing that may or may have not been used in a case.

    Dr. Roberts has been involved in over 3,000 forensic cases. He has given over 300 depositions and has been qualified in all local State and Federal Courts. He routinely works for both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation and travels to other states as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Brain Injury
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Toxic Exposure
    • Discrimination
    • Sexual Harassment
    • Mental Competencies
  • Pain Syndromes
  • Disabilities
  • Criminology
  • Mens Rea Issues
  • Psychologists & Psychiatrists
  • Psychopharmacology
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    Maurice Preter
    MD
    1160 Fifth Avenue
    Suite 112
    New York NY 10029
    USA
    phone: 212-713-5336
    fax: 212-713-5336
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    Areas of Expertise:
    • Conscious pain and suffering, including mass casualties, such as aviation accidents
    • Emotional and physical damages
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Mild-traumatic head injury
    • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder/PTSD
    • Workplace harassment
    • Neuropsychiatric impairments
    • Diminished mental capacity
    • Criminal responsibility/mitigating factors/ leniency
    • Downward departure in civil and criminal proceedings (including death penalty cases)
    • Medical and psychiatric malpractice
    • Standard of Care
    • Pharmaceutical product liability
    • Professional misconduct
    • Retention and commitment
    • Treatment over objection
    • Cognitive impairment/dementia
    Dr. Maurice Preter, MD, is a practicing psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, neuropsychiatrist and neurologist. One of a handful of dually board certified experts in both neurology and psychiatry, internationally active as lecturer, medical educator and as clinical and medical-legal consultant. In addition to active clinical consultation, Dr. Preter, a Castle Connolly and New York Magazine Nominated Top Doctor, may be called upon for psychiatric and neuropsychiatric forensic expertise to assist plaintiff and defense counsel, the courts, federal, State agencies, and international organizations.

    Presentations/Publications: See http://psychiatryneurology.net/bio/.

    Comments:
    • Fluent in English, French, German.
    • Licensed in New York, Paris, Germany
    Recent Award: 2016: Best Doctors of New York, Castle Connolly/New York Magazine
    Mark W. Green, (ed,), Philip R. Muskin (ed.)
    Dr. Maurice Preter and Samuel Lieblich contributed the chapter on "Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Approaches to Headache." Whilst the vast majority of headaches are minor ailments, some patients develop chronic symptoms that have psychiatric dimensions. These symptoms can be immensely challenging to manage and can have a serious impact on the patient’s quality of life. The relationship between headache and psychiatric disease is often rationalized as cause and effect; however, the interplay between the two is complex.
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    Glen D. Skoler, PhD
    Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
    111 Presidential Boulevard
    Suite 237, East Lobby
    Bala Cynwyd PA 19004
    USA
    phone: 240-605-2988
    fax: 267-292-2649
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    Glen D. Skoler, PhD is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in court evaluations and testimony. Dr. Skoler is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. He has been qualified as an expert witness in clinical and forensic psychology in several state courts and in Federal U.S. District, military, and immigration courts. Dr. Skoler's clinical psychology practice also provides psychotherapy and psychological testing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

    Dr. Skoler's forensic psychology practice provides court evaluations, testing and expert witness testimony in criminal, civil, juvenile court, military, immigration, employment, and domestic relations cases. State and Federal court cases are accepted from around the nation, particularly in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, as well as the tri-state area of Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. His services are offered equally to defense, prosecuting, county, family law, and civil litigation attorneys.

    Dr. Skoler's additional specialized areas of expertise include political and relationship-related threatening and stalking, false confessions, abuse allegations and interstate and international child abduction/retention cases. Dr. Skoler served as a contributing author and expert panel member for the ABA's Benchbook on Psychiatric and Psychological Evidence and Testimony. He has consulted with or presented to the Federal Judicial Center, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Senate Chaplain, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the American Bar Association and CIA/NSA psychology staff. He has published or been cited in the Washington Post, NPR, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, CBS 48 Hours and on NBC and Fox news affiliates.

    Criminal Law & Civil Litigation:
    • Criminal Insanity
    • Mental Competency
    • Personal Injury & Emotional Harm
    • Risk Assessments
    • Sentencing Evaluations
    • Psychological, Neuropsychological & Substance Abuse Evaluations & Testing
    • Immigration Evaluations
    • Discrimination & Disability Evaluations
    • Court-Martials
    • Domestic Abuse & Stalking
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
    Juvenile & Domestic Relations Evaluations
    • Custody
    • Parental Alienation
    • Parental Fitness
    • Child Retention/Abduction Evaluations
    • Juvenile Court Evaluations
    • Motions to Try Juveniles as Adults
    • Allegations of Child & Spousal Abuse
    Attorney Consultations & Professional Ethics:
    • Critiques of Psychiatric & Psychological Testimony, Reports & Ethics
    • Forensic Evaluations & Testimony in Compliance with APA Code of Ethics & Forensic Guidelines
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    As the NFL season kicks off, Commissioner Roger Goodell is wrong about the player protests during the national anthem-even though he is morally right, and politically correct, in what he says.

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    Robert B. Sica, PhD, FACPN
    2100 Route 33, Suite 9 and 10
    Neptune NJ 07753
    USA
    phone: 732-988-3441
    fax: 732-988-7123
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    Robert Sica Clinical Neuropsychology Expert PhotoRobert B. Sica, PhD, FACPN is a Neuropsychologist specializing in Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychology.

    Dr. Sica is a staff clinical neuropsychologist in the Neuroscience Division at Jersey Shore University Medical Center (JSUMC) and Riverview Medical Center, both members of the Meridian Health Care System, where he treats patients along with his academic responsibilities of teaching medical students, residents, and neuropsychological interns.

    Dr. Sica was the first neuropsychologist on staff at JSUMC. Through his knowledge and experience, he established an American Psychological Association accredited Neuropsychological Intern/Residency program at JSUMC. He is also a member of the Meridian Neuroscience Team treating various brain disorders.

    Litigation Support - Besides Dr. Sica's practice and hospital responsibilities, he is a forensic consultant in probate, workers' compensation, social security disability, and personal injury matters. His services include case analysis of:
    • Concussion / Post Concussion Syndrome
    • Cerebral Vascular Accidents
    • Neoplasm
  • Variants of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Dementia
  • Dr. Sica provides expert testimony for counsel representing both plaintiff and defense. He is available for independent medical examinations, medical and neuropsychological record review, case planning, depositions, and trial testimony when necessary.

    Areas of Focus:
    • Civil – Neurogenic v. psychogenic, damages-acquired v. premorbid, post-traumatic v. premorbid psychological characteristics, performance and symptom validity analysis, disability analysis, cognitive impairment analysis.

    • Administrative – Workers’ compensation examinations – past v. acquired cognitive deficits, identification of functional deficits.

    • Probate – Neuropsychological analysis of clinical capacity in: financial capacity, testamentary capacity, driving capacity, and independent living capacity.
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    3/8/2016 · Neuropsychology
    The question is whether to accept or reject neuropsychological services in the analysis of a case.

    2/17/2016 · Neuropsychology
    Beginning January 2015, a pharmaceutical representive slipped and fell on black ice striking her head. There was brief loss of consciousness (LOC), nausea, blurred vision and dizziness. She was brought to CentraState Medical Center ER, treated and released. CAT scan of the head was negative. She was seen by Meridian Occupational Health (MOH) and cleared neurologically. She was referred to Neuropsychology with the neuropsychological examination placed on hold due to the recency of the injury. A Montreal Cognitive Assessment was given demonstrating cognitive problems (22/30). Psychological screening measures reflected general autonomic arousal. Medical adjustment counseling (MAC) was recommended two times a week with biofeedback due to anxiety and restoration of control.

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    Michael Levittan
    Expert Witness/Psychotherapist
    11980 San Vicente Blvd.
    Suite # 709
    Los Angeles CA 90049
    USA
    phone: 310-820-4111
    fax: 310-820-6111
    Michael Levittan, Ph.D. is an Expert Witness, Psychotherapist, Media Consultant, and Lecturer at UCLA Extension and California Graduate Institute. Dr. Levittan works as an expert witness on cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, post-traumatic stress, anger issues, child custody, school violence. He is director of a certified Domestic Violence/Anger Management program and has numerous articles published on violence and abuse.

    Dr. Levittan presents at UCLA, National Alliance on Mental Illness, L.A. Superior Court, U.S. Marines, Hillsides Children's Home, Loyola Marymount Univ, International Conference on Violence, Abuse, Trauma, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Grief & Loss Conference, The Maple Center, Womens Shelters

    Dr. Levittan's website: www.michaellevittan.com.
    8/14/2012 · Psychiatry
    What is the biggest insult, the nastiest put-down that a boy can suffer? What is the most shameful indignity, the most humiliating comment that a man must endure? It is to be referred to as a woman! It is to be called a name that compares one to a woman or to a part of a woman's body.

    6/1/2012 · Psychology
    Anger management is one of the "hot" phrases of the 21st century. It is a concept that is often used, often suggested, but little understood. A good working definition of anger management is: "The insertion of rational thought into a mind that is consumed with anger."

    12/12/2011 · Psychology
    In today's world, anger management has become a necessary concept to understand and practice in order to effectively navigate the challenges of family, work, school and social life. It is commonly thought that managing angerinvolves not getting angry anymore.

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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
  • 8/8/2017 · Psychology
    Proper interviewing Protocols are critical to maximize information-gathering as well as accuracy of information in criminal and National Security investigations. Police procedures incorrectly assume that promoting physical close proximity with an interviewer (eg, Inbau, Reid, Buckley, & Jane, 2013) will induce subjects to become more forthcoming.

    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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