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Teo Ernst, PsyD, ABPP
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CA USA
phone: 415-913-8096
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Teo Ernst, PsyD, ABPP, is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist licensed in California and Washington State. He is board certified in forensic psychology, a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Ernst has specialized expertise in the assessment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As a trauma expert, Dr. Ernst chose to complete an additional year of fellowship training in PTSD at the San Francisco Veterans Hospital. He is additionally frequently retained to conduct a diverse range of civil and criminal evaluations including, but not limited to, mitigation evaluations (juvenile & adult), competency/capacity evaluations, personal injury evaluations, mental state at the time of the offense evaluations, violence risk assessment, and employment evaluations.

Litigation Support - Dr. Ernst has completed over 300 Forensic Psychological Evaluations during the course of his career. He is currently a Qualified Medical Evaluator for the California Department of Industrial Relations and serves as a member of the Criminal Panel for Psychological and Psychiatric Experts for multiple Superior Courts. Dr. Ernst's past professional experiences including providing treatment and expert testimony as a member of medical staff of Napa State Hospital and completing VA forensic evaluations on veteran's alleging psychiatric injury from military trauma.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Assessment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Personal Injury Evaluations
  • Employment Evaluations
  • Assessment of Civil and Criminal Competencies
  • Violence Risk Assessment / Threat Assessment
  • Mitigation Evaluations
  • Capital Sentencing Evaluations
  • MSO Evaluations
  • Assessment of Neuropsychological Functioning
  • Assessment of Malingering
  • Independent Medical Exams (IME)
  • Trial Consultation
  • Disability Evaluations
  • Drug Abuse / Drug Addictions
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Panic Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Assessments
  • Violence Evaluations
  • San Francisco Office
    703 Market, Suite 410
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Telephone: 415-913-8096
    Alameda Office
    1402 Park St., Suite C
    Alameda, CA 94501
    Telephone: 415-913-8096


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    Rebecca E. Czarnik, RN, MS, CLNC, LNCP-C, CMSP
    15025 Broili Dr.
    Reno NV 89511-9260
    USA
    phone: 775-853-1125
    fax: 775-201-1617
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    Becky Czarnik, RN, MS, CLNC, LNCP-C, CMSP, Owner, Sierra Nurse Consultants, is a certified as a Nurse Life Care Planner, Legal Nurse Consultant, and a Medicare Secondary Payor Professional.

    As a Nurse Life Care Planner, Becky has worked with patients with serious illness and injury for over 30 years, and uses this experience to build Life Care Plans to assist clients to regain their highest level of independence post catastrophic injury or illness. Her primary focus is on individuals with catastrophic injuries including:
    • Spinal Cord Injuries
    • Multiple Trauma
    • Brain Injury
    • Amputations
  • Personal Injury/Falls
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Burns
  • Stroke
  • Litigation Support – Becky Czarnik is retained by plaintiffs and defendants to prepare Life Care Plans, Life Care Plan Critiques, Future Medical Cost Projections and Past Medical Bill Reviews since 2008.

    Expert Services Include:
    • Life Care Plans
    • Special Needs Trust Review
    • Life Care Plan Critique
    • Medical Cost Projections
    • Medicare Set Asides
    We are in the business of providing reports with depth and clarity to assist our clients to make decisions about the direction of their cases.

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    Lauren Rich
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker
    928 N. York St., Suite 12
    Muskogee OK 74403
    USA
    phone: 800-511-7069
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    Lauren Rich received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Oklahoma, and a Licensed Certified Social Worker in Arkansas. She also holds a certification from the National Association of Forensic Counselors as a Clinically Certified Sex Offender Therapist and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate. Ms. Rich currently works with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Eastern Oklahoma as a PTSD Psychotherapist where she interviews Veterans and families to establish facts as part of a comprehensive psychosocial assessment and treatment. Her specialty areas of training include:

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain
    • Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
    • Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD

    Ms. Rich's proficiency with Veterans of combat trauma and those in Federal law enforcement is evidenced by client testimonials. She uses these same techniques on her passion, the prevention of sexual abuse, which extends into helping those who are convicted sex offenders and those who are "non-offending pedophiles."

    Litigation Support - Lauren Rich provides civil and criminal expert witness services for cases involving mental health diagnoses. She evaluates and assesses clients who are in all phases of the legal system. Ms. Rich helps clients create a better defense, know when to take a plea deal, and advocate for the best interest of your client. Ms. Rich will guide clients through the latest research on mental health, sex addiction, available therapies, and other ongoing treatment options. Her trial consultation services enable courts and juries to make better-informed decisions by cutting through professional jargon and legalese to persuasively engage the audience.

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Child Custody Evaluations
    • Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations
    • Fitness for Parenting Evaluation
    • Psychosexual Evaluations
    • Pre-Surgical Evaluations
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Sexual Addictions
    • Chronic Pain
    10/9/2018 · Psychology
    Every attorney involved in criminal cases inevitably encounters a client who's accused of a sexual crime. Despite believability, it is one of the few crimes when the client is presumed guilty until proven innocent. Regardless of the attorney's role in the case it is imperative that attorneys understand the purpose of psychosexual evaluations (PSE), which client is a good candidate for the PSE, when they should be administered, and who provides such evaluations. This article is a very brief summary of what PSEs entail and has been specifically written for attorneys who practice in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

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    Steven Gaskell
    2135 City Gate Lane,Suite 300
    Naperville IL 60563
    USA
    phone: 630-903-9193
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    Steven Gaskell, Psy.D. is a Forensic Psychologist, license eligible in all 50 states. He has years of extensive experience providing a variety of Forensic Psychological Evaluations and testifying regarding a variety of legal issues. Dr. Gaskell has completed more than 2000 Forensic Psychological Assessments including over 600 pre-trial Competency to Stand Trial or Fitness to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility (Insanity Defense) psychological evaluations and he has provided expert testimony these issues on numerous occasions. Competency to Stand Trial/ Fitness to Stand Trial Criminal Responsibility or Sanity at the Time of the Offense Mitigating Factors Assessment Miranda Rights Issues (voluntariness, competency to confess, interrogative suggestibility) Malingering and Deception Sexual Assault Allegations Sex Offender Evaluations Sexually Violent Person Evaluations Pedophilia Paraphilias Future Likelihood of Sexual Re-Offense

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    Psychology / Neuropsychology Consultant
    555 Front Street Unit 1403
    San Diego CA 92101
    USA
    phone: 917-687-0271
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    Bonny Forrest, JD, PhD is a Psychologist and Attorney with specialized training in Neuropsychology, with an emphasis on cognitive, intellectual, and social-emotional development and disabilities. With 25 years of experience, her specialty certifications are numerous, including infant preschool mental health, and a variety of evidence-based treatments.

    Having practiced law for a decade in major national firms, Dr. Forrest supervised complex litigations, including death-penalty cases. As a psychologist, she has testified successfully both in court and in depositions (including surviving a Daubert challenge and testifying for eight days in Federal court), and has been appointed as a parent coordinator by the court in high-conflict divorce proceedings.

    Dr. Forrest has represented a number of children and families in IEP meetings and related proceedings. She was one of the first mental health experts to be certified at the highest level in the state of California as a “mentor” in working with children under the age of six.

    Dr. Forrest is a very active member of a number of professional organizations and non-profits, serving in a number of leadership positions, including the following: American Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, San Diego Psychological Association, and the Immigration Justice Project of the American Bar Association. She is licensed to practice in California and New York but has traveled for work where appropriate under local law.

    Areas of Focus
    • Risk of Institutionalization
    • Child Psychology
    • Autism
    • IEP
    • Parent Coordination
    • Brain Development
    • Developmental Disabilities
  • Cognition
  • Child Development
  • Infant Preschool Mental Health
  • Law and Psychology
  • Death Penalty
  • High-conflict Parenting
  • Criminal Defense
  • Education - Education: PhD, Psychology/Pediatric Neuropsychology, Columbia University; JD, Indiana University; BA, Criminal Justice/Sociology, Purdue University

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    Bonny J. Forrest, JD, PhD
    Helping parents determine whether their child's behavior is typical for the age or, possibly, a sign of something more serious they should look into, this book uses lay terms and concrete examples to aid adults in establishing if their child may have a commonly diagnosed issue such as ADHD, depression, a learning disability, and others; where to go to get help; how to get support from schools and the medical community; and what questions to ask along the way. Each chapter expands on a specific set of behaviors that may be problematic by listing types of problems, possible diagnoses, the types of treatments that have been found to be effective, discussions of the pros and cons of alternative treatments, and typical medications.