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Dr. Francis Abueg, PhD
Owner/Psychologist
1230 Sargent Drive, Suite A
Sunnyvale CA 94087
USA
phone: 408-390-3520
fax: 866-223-8320
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Dr. Francis Abueg, founder and owner of TraumaResource, is a Clinical Psychologist who has been working in the area of trauma for over 28 years. Dr. Abueg provides expert witness, consultation and diagnostic testing for attorneys and the courts in both criminal and civil litigation regarding psychological effects of trauma, PTSD, dissociation and standards of care (relevant to malpractice cases). He is Former Associate Director of Research of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Menlo Park and served on the clinical faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine for 10 years; Participating Investigator, DSM-5 Field Trial in Routine Practice Settings

Forensic Services Include:
  • PTSD Expert Witness
  • PTSD-Addiction Interactions
  • Mental Status at Time of Offense
  • Psychological Issues During the Sentencing Phase and Capital Defense & Rebuttal Testimony
Dr. Abueg's Areas of Expertise Include:
  • War Veterans
  • Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Ethnic Minority Survivors of Trauma
  • Psychological Injury Assessment - workplace violence, employment trauma (sexual harassment and wrongful termination), sexual trauma victims and perpetrators, and substance abuse-related impulsive behavior
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Stephan Michelson, PhD
Statistical Analysis Expert
1430 Valmont Drive
Hendersonville NC 28791
USA
phone: 828-696-2929
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Stephan Michelson, PhD, has spent over 45 years working in the field of Statistics, analyzing complex legal issues, from developing data, to analysis, to presentation as an expert witness.

President of Longbranch Research Associates (LRA), Dr. Michelson is responsible for staff and facilities administration and quality of product output. He is also the director of litigation analyses and research projects. He spent many years serving on the faculty at Reed, Harvard, the Brookings Institution, and the Urban Institute.

Litigation Support - Dr. Michelson specializes in Statistical Analysis in Litigation. He and his team at Longbranch have worked for private attorneys and public attorneys in hundreds of cases, but their recent clientele consists only of public attorneys, state’s attorneys, and U.S. attorneys. This is because their policy is to pursue truth, independent of their client’s position.

LRA is successful because they find the best statistical approximation to real world events, and can determine, within that model, if biased decisions are being made. They have found data when attorneys thought none existed. They pay attention to legal literature cases and law review articles, as well as to statistics literature. LRA understands the institutions involved in a case, so that their models are relevant, understandable, and correct. Their analyses speaks to judges, because they speak to the issues the judge has to decide upon.

Methodologically sophisticated, Dr. Michelson specializes in complex legal cases, presenting methods and results honestly and clearly, with graphics to represent his data. He derives fact from data, and sometimes derives the data itself. See Connecticut v. Gibbs (state court), Rhode Island v. Tremblay (state court), Koger v. Reno (federal court), Coker v. Charleston School District (federal court), etc. Dr. Michelson has testified across the United States, in the state of Washington, Georgia, New Hampshire, and many others.

Within the field of statistics in law, Dr. Michelson has special expertise and interest in certain subjects, including:
  • Class Certification: Fulfilling the requirements, especially after Dukes v. Walmart
  • Daubert and its Progeny: How should a judge determine who is an expert?
  • Discrimination - Administrative law, federal law, and state law, regarding many areas of employment, jury selection, and criminal penalty
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Dr. Pogos H. Voskanian
Medical Director
1240 Serota Place
Philadelphia PA 19115
USA
phone: 215-938-7227
fax: 215-938-7474
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Expertise: Specializing in applications of clinical psychiatry to legal issues in civil and criminal matters at the interface of Psychiatry and the Law. Has served as an evaluator or expert witness in about three hundred cases in State and Federal courts in matters relating to:
  • Mental State at Time-of-the-Offense Evaluations
  • Insanity Defense / Diminished Capacity
  • Civil & Criminal Competency Evaluations
  • Competency to Stand Trial / Competency to Waive Miranda Rights
  • Testamentary Capacity / Testimonial Capacity / Informed Consent
  • Capital Sentencing & Mitigation
  • Risk of Violence Assessments
  • Sex Offenders
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Independent Medical Evaluations / Psychiatric Disability
  • Personal Injury / Pain & Suffering / Emotional Distress
  • Workplace Violence Assessments
  • Discrimination
  • Evaluations under Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Fitness for Duty
  • Psychiatric Malpractice
  • Toxic Tort
  • Product Liability

  • Professional Background: Certified by ABPN in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Psychiatry and Law Program at MCP Hahanemann University. Director of Psychiatry & Law Program and Director of Correctional Mental Health Services Program/Provider of Mental Health Services for the City of Philadelphia Prison System. Formerly Director of Psychiatry & Law Program at the Medical College of Virginia. M.D. Degree -University of Massachusetts. Psychiatry Residency & Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship -Tulane University Medical Center.
    Wills are generally contested either on the grounds that the testator lacked Testamentary Capacity (was incompetent to make a will at the time of signing it) or the testator, because of his/her mental state, was subject to Undue Influence (i.e. if there is evidence of coercion, manipulation, deception, compulsion, intimidation, etc.) or an Undue Influence secondary to a thought disturbance (such as delusions affecting the testator's free will in making decisions).