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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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    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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    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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    2001 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Suite 880 West
    Santa Monica CA 90404
    USA
    phone: 650-530-2138
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    Alan M. Rapoport, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California and is the Immediate Past-President of the International Headache Society, as well as the founder and Director-Emeritus of The New England Center for Headache, in Stamford, Connecticut. He has a private practice in Headache and General Neurology in Santa Monica, CA at the California Medical Clinic for Headache.

    Dr. Rapoport is board-certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine. He has co-authored more then 300 articles, chapters, and posters on headache and other neurological conditions as well as 9 books for physicians and patients on headache. Dr. Rapoport has lectured around the country and internationally to general physicians, neurologists, and headache specialists on all aspects of headache pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment and has appeared many times on national radio and television programs, such as Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and 20/20.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Rapoport has given over 100 depositions and testified 10 times in court for both defense and plaintiff. His expertise is in headache but he has been involved in personal injury and patent cases, often related to neurological problems, headache, and pain. Dr. Rapoport has been an expert in 3 large patent infringement cases.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Neurology
    • Headache
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Personal Injury / Car Accident
    • Patent Infringement in the field of Neurological Problems and Headache Pain
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    8/31/2017 · Medicine
    Headache disorders are common worldwide and often disabling. Until recently, treatments were borrowed from other branches of neurology and medicine. Monoclonal antibodies targeting calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) ligand and receptor, small molecule CGRP receptor antagonist gepants, serotonin1F agonists, new devices to deliver currently available drugs, and neuromodulation devices have recently been in the forefront of headache treatments that are rather specific for various headache disorders. These novel therapies are changing the field of headache medicine. Herein, we update the latest data available for these therapies.

    Alan Rapoport, MD, et al
    Until this one, no book that focused on daily headaches had yet been written specifically for patients. Since this a most disabling form of headache due to its constancy and longevity, our patients need to know the latest in research, diagnosis, and effective treatment for this debilitating condition. This book shares the state-of-the-art knowledge about headache and dispels many common myths.
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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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    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 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
  • 8/8/2017 · 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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    DSc, MD, MBChB, MPhil, FRCPsych, DFAPA, FACFEI
    11020 Huntersview Road
    Ellicott MD 21042
    USA
    phone: 410-328-6735
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    Bankole Johnson Neuroscience Expert PhotoBankole A. Johnson, DSc, MD, MBChB, MPhil, FRCPsych, DFAPA, Dip-ABAM, Dip-ABDA, FACFEI, is a leading Neuroscientist and respected global authority in both Psychiatry and Neuroscience.His considerable education and expertise dates to the 1970s, when he received his first general studies diplomas.

    Dr. Johnson earned his Medicinae Baccalaureum et Chirurgiae Baccalaureum (an M.D. equivalent) from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He also received his UK Board Certification in Psychiatry from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, his Master of Philosophy in Neuropsychiatry at the University of London, his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Glasgow (coursework at the University of Oxford). He also received a Doctor of Science from the University of Glasgow, the highest doctoral degree that can be awarded by a British university.

    In addition to these qualifications, Dr. Johnson has also received United States certifications from both the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

    Today, Bankole Johnson is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician throughout both Europe and the United States. He serves as a respected collegiate authority in his field at a leading university in the United States. Dr. Johnson is a leading authority on the effects of abused drugs including alcohol on the brain and how this affects behavior, especially that related to the commission of a crime. He is a national expert on the treatment of opioid addiction as well as on assessing medical malpractice and insurance claims. Dr. Johnson also is a national expert on the effects of diseases of the brain, mental illness, mental disorder, and aberrant behaviors on testamentary capacity. He also is a national expert on assessing disability as a result of mental disorder, mental illness, and alcohol and drug abuse.

    Along the way, Bankole Johnson has also been the recipient of numerous high-profile awards in his fields and industries of specialty. In 2001, he received the Dan Anderson Research Award for his research contributions focused on “the scientific knowledge of addiction recovery.” He won the 2002 Distinguished Senior Scholar of Distinction Award from the National Medical Association and a 2006 Distinguished Lecturer Award from the American Psychiatric Association. In 2008, Dr. Johnson became a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. From 2010, he has been a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Dr. Johnson won the prestigious NIH Jellinek Award in 2013 for his scientific advances and discoveries in the field of addiction medicine. He is also the Editor of one of the largest and most comprehensive textbooks in the field: Addiction Medicine: Science and Practice, published by Springer.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Johnson provides expert witness services for cases involving all aspects of Addiction Medicine (e.g. alcohol, cocaine, heroin and other opioid and substance abuse) as well as diseases of the brain and brain disorders that affect mental capacity. He is experienced as an expert witness not only for medical malpractice but also for capital cases and major crimes. Dr. Johnson's services are available to attorneys for plaintiff and defendant and include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony when needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Addiction Medicine
    • Alcohol
    • Brain Injury
    • Disability
    • Health Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Psychiatry
  • Bankole A. Johnson, MD
    The spectrum of addiction disorders presents practitioners with numerous challenges?among them the widening gap between a growing evidence base and the translation of this knowledge into treatment outcomes. Addiction Medicine addresses this disconnect, clearly explaining the role of brain function in drug taking and other habit-forming behaviors, and applying this biobehavioral framework to the delivery of evidence-based treatment.
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    Jon Mitchell “Mitch” Jackson, Esq.
    23161 Mill Creek Drive, Suite 150
    Laguna Hills, Orange County CA 92653
    USA
    phone: 800-661-7044
    fax: 949-861-9554
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    Mitch Jackson Legal Malpractice Expert PhotoJon Mitchell “Mitch” Jackson, Esq. was admitted to the California Bar in 1986 and immediately opened up his own practice representing victims of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death.

    In 2009, Mr. Jackson was named an Orange County “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. In 2011, he was again nominated for OCTLA “Trial Lawyer of the Year” and also nominated for the Consumer Attorneys of California for the “CAOC Street Fighter of the Year” award.

    In 2013, Mr. Jackson received the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award for litigation. According to California Lawyer Magazine, the CLAY Award recognizes attorneys who have:
      "changed the law, substantially influenced public policy or the profession, or achieved a remarkable victory for a client or for the public and have made a profound impact on the law."
    His firm, Jackson & Wilson, is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, an exclusive listing reserved for less than 5% of all distinguished law practices in the United States. Several earlier recognitions include Mr. Jackson being named as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” and an ability rating of 10.0 or Superb by the AVVO lawyer rating system.

    Over the past 30 years, Mr. Jackson has obtained numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. He is also a multiple time member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (membership limited to those attorneys having obtained million dollar plus verdicts and settlements). In his spare time, he has served as a Judge Pro Tem, and arbitrator with the Orange County Superior Court and attorneys fee mediator with the Orange County Bar Association.

    Mitch Jackson on Personal Injury and Wrongful Death


    Mr. Jackson is active with the local and national legal community including the Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and National Trial Lawyers Association.

    Litigation Support - Mitch Jackson serves as an Expert Witness in Legal Malpractice cases. With decades of experience litigating Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, Mr. Jackson's opinions are unbiased and well-founded. His services are available to both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Large Truck Accidents
    • Slip and Fall Injuries
    • Spinal Cord and Paralysis Injuries
    • Animal Attacks
    • Head and Brain Injuries
    • Drowning
    • Burn Injuries
    • Boat and Watercraft Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Hazardous Products
  • Insurance Bad Faith Cases
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Railroad Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • View Mitch Jackson's Consulting Profile.
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    427 S. Parsons Ave., Ste. 110
    Brandon FL 33511
    USA
    phone: 813-653-2770
    fax: 813-654-6668
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    Larry Fishman, MD, PA, is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon with more than 22 years of experience. A Mayo Clinic-trained neurosurgeon, specializes in minimally invasive surgery, including carpal tunnel, spinal, and cranial procedures. He is associated with Brandon Regional Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, South Bay Hospital, Memorial Hospital, and South Florida Baptist Hospital.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Fishman performs CME's and IME's, disability evaluation, permanent impairment rating, future care costs, and determines medical appropriateness of care to date. He performs medical record review, as well as other medical legal issues. Dr. Fishman's services are available to counsel for both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Neurosurgery
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Disability
    • Head & Neck Surgery
    • Hydrocephalus
  • Spinal Procedures
  • Health / Medical / Disability Insurance
  • Neuroimaging
  • Independent Medical Examinations (IME)
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medical Record Review
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    Dr. Beatrice C. Engstrand, MD, FAAN, FACGS, hon. Sc. D
    272 Huntington Bay Road
    Huntington NY 11743
    USA
    phone: 631-423-2100
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    Beatrice C. Engstrand, MD, FAAN, FACGS, hon.ScD is a board-certified Neurologist, fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and Assistant Professor of Neurology at New York Medical College.

    Dr. Engstrand is a published author and the founder and president of the Neurodegenerative Disease Foundation. The author of the book, The Gift of Healing, she received the Quality Compassion Service Award in recognition of 25 years of service from Westchester Medical Center. In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Lehigh University awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Science. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

    Dr. Engstrand practices clinical neurology in Huntington, Long Island, is president of the Neurodegenerative Disease Foundation, and is a recognized expert in her field. She is also a Fellow in The American College of Geriatrics Specialists and Diplomate of The American Board of Ethical Physicians.

    She hosted “Neurology with Dr. Engstrand” on radio 710 WOR for 7 consecutive years. In addition, she hosts a talk show at www.podjockey.com. Doctor Engstrand has been selected to “Frontier Fifty” – A collection of outstanding media talk radio broadcasts and appeared on such media outlets as MSNBC and FOX News.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Engstrand is a national and an international Neurology Expert Witness. She has served on cases with multimillion dollar verdicts for plaintiffs and multimillions of dollars saved for the defense. Her services include medical record review for causation and medical malpractice, written reports, depositions, and expert testimony when necessary.

    Areas of Expertise
    • Adult ADHD
    • Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Dementia
    • Brain Injury
    • Trauma
    • Lyme Disease
    • Stroke and TIA
    • Closed Head Injury
    • Back Pain
    • Neck Pain
    • Myofascial Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Personal Injury
  • Environmental Toxins
  • Cerebral Anoxia
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Migraine Headache
  • Trip and Falls
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Whiplash
  • Epilepsy
  • Beatrice C. Engstrand, MD, FAAN
    In this moving testament to the powers of faith and a belief in "positive imaging," Engstrand describes her odyssey of pain that began when she was 20, and a student at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. After the discovery of a malignancy in the roof of her mouth, she underwent massive facial surgery that left her impaired and mutilated as well as depressed. Yet shortly after the surgery she was back in medical school, from which she graduated in 1984, all the while undergoing torturous rehabilitation therapy and prosthesis adjustment.
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    James P. Argires, MD, FACS, FAANS
    233 College Avenue
    Suite 301
    Lancaster PA 17602
    USA
    phone: (717) 394-4637
    fax: (717) 842-3634 (efax)
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    James Argires Neurosurgical Spine Expert PhotoJames P. Argires, MD, FACS, FAANS, is a Neurosurgical and Spine Specialist with over 47 years of experience treating brain tumors, aneurysms, metastatic disease, and other brain disorders through accurate diagnosis, precision medical procedures, and effective rehabilitation.

    Dr. Argires' expertise is in diagnosing brain and spine injury through comprehensive neurological exams that include advanced diagnostic imaging such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computer Tomography (CT), and Arteriogram.

    Background - Dr. Argires is a Graduate of the University of Alabama Medical School. He is a Member of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and Past President of the PA State Neurosurgery Society and Mid- Atlantic Neurosurgery Society. Dr. Argires is currently on staff at Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster Regional Medical Center, and WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Argires provides expert witness services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. His services include Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs), Medical Reviews, Narrative Reports, objective opinions, deposition, and trial testimony when necessary. His services encompass all phases of the medicolegal process, including evaluating whether the standard of care was met or breached, testifying in court, or assessing damages based on negligence and resulting injury.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Brain Tumors
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Brain Lesions
    • Nerve Surgery
    • Spine Pain
    • Brain Aneurysm
    • Carotid Artery Blockage
  • Metastatic Disease
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Intracerebral Hemorrhage
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    Patricia S. Spivey, PsyD

    See Multiple Addresses Below
    CA USA
    phone: 888-850-3903 or 510-228-7638
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    Diablo Assessments is a multi-specialty network of physicians providing both Physical and Mental Disability Evaluations, Second Opinion, IME, QME, and Peer review services in Central and Northern California. Our flexible and diverse scheduling capabilities allow us to provide you with both a quickly scheduled referral as well as quality report processing.

    Medical and Psychological Evaluation Services - Diablo offers Medical and psychological evaluations and assessments to insurance, government agencies, or to employers for disability, fitness for duty, workers' compensation, and long term disability insurance claims. Evaluators for the following disciplines:
    • Neuropsychology
    • Internal Medicine
    • Orthopaedy
    • Neurology
    • Chiropractic
    • Forensic Testing
  • Physical Medicine / Rehabilitation
  • Physiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Speech Pathology
  • Diablo provides services related to:
    • Long-term Disability
    • Short-term Disability
    • Personal Injury Evaluations
    • Functional Capacity Examinations
    • Fitness for Duty
  • FMLA Reviews
  • AME / IME / QME
  • Records Review
  • Peer Review
  • Second Opinions
  • Clinic Locations :
    • Antioch / Pittsburg: 2260 Gladstone Drive, Suite B, Pittsburg, CA 94565
    • Fremont: 39809 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538
    • Marina / Monterey / Salinas: 326 Reservation Road, Marina, CA 93933
    • Modesto: 1230 13th St., Suite B, Modesto, CA 95354
    • Richmond: 3260 Blume Drive, Suite 326, Richmond, CA 94806
    • Sacramento: 910 Florin Rd. Suite 107, Sacramento, CA 95831
    • San Jose: 696 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 208, San Jose, CA 95112
    Patricia Spivey Neuropsychological Assessments Expert Photo Patricia S. Spivey, PsyD, has been providing Forensic and Neuropsychological Assessments in private practice for over 10 years. She offers Medical-Legal evaluations for stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, cognitive disabilities, learning disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and other disorders.

    Dr. Spivey is a Qualified Medical Evaluator in California and Independent Medical Evaluator for private insurance, she has expert testimony experience, having testified in court and for depositions numerous times. She has performed criminal legal evaluations (competency) for the criminal courts of three Bay Area counties, and for regional center clients.

    Dr. Spivey's training focused on Neuropsychology. She finished a VA hospital internship while she completed a dissertation on Post-stroke Depression and Lesion Location. She focused on neuroscience in graduate school. She worked as a special education teacher in her early career, and has a vast knowledge of genetic disorders, autism, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disabilities. She also worked for Napa State Hospital as a staff psychologist and senior psychology specialist before entering private practice full time.

    Daniel Katzenberg Pediatric Neurology Expert PhotoDaniel Katzenberg, PhD, MD, is a board certified Sleep Specialist with over 18 years of experience in treating and caring for adult and pediatric sleep disorder patients. He graduated with honors (cum laude) with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry from Princeton University. He then completed his Master’s and PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics, and his Medical degree (MD) from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

    For his post-grad training, Dr. Katzenberg did his internship with the Yale-Waterbury Internal Medicine program, completed residency in Neurology at Stanford, and completed residency in Pediatrics at California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. He completed his fellowship in Sleep Disorders Medicine at Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic. Dr. Katzenberg is currently certified in Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology Pediatrics.

    Dr. Katzenberg is an attending Pediatric Neurologist and Director of Pediatric Sleep Disorders at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA.

    Lara Salamacha Orthopedic Surgery Expert PhotoLara A. Salamacha, MS, MD, earned her MD from the University of San Diego. Dr. Salamacha went on to do her Orthopedic Surgery residency training at the University of San Francisco. With a concentration in Sports Medicine, she spent her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Stanford University.

    Dr. Salamacha is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a Sports Medicine Sub Specialty. Dr. Salamacha previously worked 3 years for NASA and has been the United State's Figure Skating Team Physician since 2011.

    Diablo Assessments has more than a dozen additional doctors working in 8 locations.
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    51 Alberta Road
    Chesnut Hill MA 02467
    USA
    phone: 617-327-7290
    fax: 617-327-3377
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    Lee D. Cranberg, MD, is a Neurologist and Behavioral Neurologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He has an active clinical practice combining patient care and teaching. He is past President of the Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry.

    Litigation Support – Dr. Cranberg is available to review medical records, discuss and write up his opinions, and testify at deposition and trial. He has reviewed cases and served as an expert witness since 1986 for both plaintiff and defendant.

    Dr. Cranberg has handled personal injury, medical malpractice, competency, testamentary capacity, and criminal cases.

    Thorough in his reviews and precise in his opinions, Dr. Cranberg is skilled at explaining complex and technical issues to a lay audience.

    Testimonial – "I found Dr. Cranberg to be very thorough, resourceful, and exceedingly well prepared. He was very precise at his deposition and stood up well against a very seasoned lawyer. He knew the medical records better than either the defense lawyer or I did. The case settled; so I cannot tell you how he did before a jury, but I had complete confidence that he would have presented well. He was very easy to work with and was very accessible. He bills fairly. I would not hesitate to use him again."

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Neurology
    • Behavioral Neurology
    • Closed Head Injury
    • Head Trauma
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Brain Damage
    • Nerve Injury
    • Nerve Damage
    • Testamentary Capacity
  • Competency
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
  • Anoxic Encephalopathy
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke)
  • Brain Tumor
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Seizures / Epilepsy
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