Dr. Mark I. Levy, MD DLFAPA
, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, has been practicing Clinical Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis
full time for over 30 years. During the past fifteen years he has devoted a substantial portion of his clinical practice to Forensic Psychiatry
, providing independent medical evaluations (IME's) and expert forensic psychiatric opinion and Consultation nationally for plaintiff and defense trial attorneys, major insurance carriers and the courts. Dr. Levy
has consulted on more than 400 medical-legal cases, has been deposed more than 350 times and has testified in State and Federal Court on 43 occasions. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry for the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, is on the Faculty at San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and is Chairman of the San Francisco Foundation for Psychoanalysis. Forensic Psychiatric and Psychological Expert Assessment and Testimony
about traumatic and non-traumatic psychological injuries including the following:
|Motor Vehicle AccidentDeath of Parent Parental LossLoss of ConsortiumBurn InjuriesSuicideTraumatic Spinal Cord InjuryForensic Child & Adolescent PsychiatryChild Sexual Abuse Child AbuseChild Custody DisputesSpousal AbuseElder AbuseEmployee HarassmentEmployee DiscriminationRace DiscriminationGender DiscriminationEthnic DiscriminationAccommodationADAFEHAWrongful TerminationEffects of StressStandard of CarePsychiatric MalpracticeBoundary ViolationsWrongful Death Prescribing Psychiatric MedicationStress||Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Class ActionMass TortsToxic TortsAsbestosMoldDamp BuildingsTCE ExposureMalingeringFactitious DisorderSomatization DisordersSubjective DisordersStalkingCompetencyTestamentary CapacityUndue InfluenceWill ContestPsychological TestingNeuropsychological TestingPsychologyPsychologistNeuropsychologyNeuropsychologistNeuropsychiatristHead InjuryTraumatic Brain InjuryCognitive ImpairmentNeurocognitive Assessment|
Physician and Surgeon State of California since 1971
Physician and Surgeon State of Hawaii since 2004
Drug Enforcement Administration
Catastrophic accidents often lead to claims for severe emotional distress including allegations of post-traumatic stress disorder ("PTSD"). Similarly, allegations of acute neuropsychological disorders and fear of cancer can follow environmental releases and toxic exposures. So, too, with product liability claims and even claims from entire "classes" of individual employees. A single incident or condition may produce thousands of claims.
Forensic psychiatry is a medical subspecialty of psychiatry. Its focus is the interface between the law and behavioral medicine. Like the law, forensic psychiatry is divided into various sections. According to the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN):
In prehistoric times, when our earliest ancestors lived in dread of their mortal enemy, the saber-toothed tiger, those cave men (and women) who were fortunate enough to be genetically endowed with the quickest "fight or flight" reactions survived, and became our ancestors. That's where the story begins..
Although federal and state laws prohibit employment discrimination against individuals with physical and mental disabilities and require an employer to make reasonable accommodations for both kinds of disabilities, interpreting and implementing the law with regard to mental disabilities has proven very difficult.
An hour earlier, a commuter train with 180 passengers struck a sport utility vehicle left on the tracks-an aborted suicide attempt. The parking lot adjacent to the tracks is filled with people dazed and confused.
The practice of forensic psychiatry and psychology, like the rest of medicine, is as much art as it is science. At the end of the day, the job of the forensic expert is to be able to communicate complex and at times abstract information in plain, non jargonized language