Expert Details

Expert in Behavioral Mental Health

Expert ID: 735405 Florida, USA

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Expert has conducted 100s of these evaluations in guardianship matters. Moreover, such an evaluation is typically sought to address two areas of concern: first, an attorney may have concern over testamentary capacity and seeks an evaluation before proceeding with the execution of documents such as a will or may anticipate family conflict in the future and seeks the evaluation to preempt a will being contested in the future. Second, heirs or other parties contest a will on grounds the testator lacked testamentary capacity at the time the will was executed. 

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1998 Degree: Ed.D. Subject: Counseling Psychology Institution: University of Sarasota (now Argosy University)
Year: 1994 Degree: M.A. Subject: Sociology Institution: University of South Florida
Year: 1992 Degree: B.S. Subject: Sociology Institution: Florida Southern College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1998 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor & Dept. Chair Department: Social & Behavioral Science Responsibilities: Expert teaches courses in psychology and family sociology. Chair of the Department.
Years: 1998 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Psychotherapist & Forensic Evaluations Department: Responsibilities: Expert maintains a limited private mental health practice, limited to forensic assessments, legal consultation and expert testimony for civil capacity and undue influence. He also routinely provides profession workshops for licensed mental health practitioners and attorneys.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Florida, since the year 2000.
Publications and Patents Summary
Books: 6
Articles: 1

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has conducted hundreds of evaluations for the Court in matters of civil capacity, testified several times (less than 5) in court as an expert witness, and deposed by opposing counsel.
Training / Seminars
(August 3, 2018). The behavioral science of capacity and undue influence. Approved by the Florida Bar Association for 2 CLEs. Clearwater, Florida.

(June 24, 2016). Foundations of forensic mental health. Approved by the Florida Bar Association for 2 CLEs. Clearwater, Florida.

(November 2013). Psycholiterature in the classroom: The pedagogical benefits of using literature with psychology students. Presented at the British Psychological Society Conference, November 8-10. York, England.

(March 2011). Suitcase leadership: A case study of a study abroad program in Northern Ireland. Presented at The Chair Academy’s 20th Annual International Leadership Conference. Dallas, Texas.

(May 2010). RxP: The prescribing psychologist. Presented at Mental Health Across the Lifespan Conference: A Collaboration with North West Regional College, University of Ulster, and St. Petersburg College. Londonderry, Ireland.

(March 2007). Accommodation of psychiatric disabilities in the classroom: Strategies and techniques. Presented at the eighth annual conference of narrowing the gulf for disadvantaged students in postsecondary education. St. Petersburg, Florida.

(April 2006). Accommodating students with mental illness in higher education: A legislative review. Presented at the seventh annual conference of narrowing the gulf for disadvantaged students in postsecondary education. St. Petersburg, Florida.

(June 2005). Professional ethics and boundary issues for mental health practitioners. Approved by the Department of Medical Quality Assurance, Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling for 3-hours of continuing education credit.

(February 2005). Clinical supervision training for mental health practitioners. Approved by the Department of Medical Quality Assurance, Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling for 16-hours of continuing education credit.

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