Expert in Forensic & Clinical Psychology - Malingering, Trauma, Harassment, Employment Issues and Claim of Psychological Injury
Expert provides Expert Witness Testimony and Psychological Assessment for a variety of issues including Malingering, Allegations of Trauma/Abuse, Disability and Harassment. Psychological evaluation/testing for Psychiatrists in the forensic arena. Also available for Television and Media consultation for production, plot and character development, and expert psychology input, documentary, journalistic or broadcast. Nursing and Psychology expertise in the area of inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, wrongful death, malpractice and standard of care for the Registered Nurse or Licensed Psychologist, or inpatient psychiatric treatment for period pieces. Call for a free consultation about your case. Experienced court testimony and deposition in cases across the United States.
She holds a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Mental health Nursing from UCLA. She is a RN and Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in CA. Expert has experience testifying to basic nursing issues as well as specialty nursing.
Expert can offer a confidential assessment of your case and find inconsistencies, weaknesses in the opposing case for exploitation, or angles that you may not have considered. Also available for psychological testing/administration of psychological assessment for psychiatry medical experts to support those opinions
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California - Long Beach, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Bakersfield, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Oxnard, California
|Year: 1996||Degree: Psy.D.||Subject: Clinical & Forensic Psychology||Institution: Pepperdine University|
|Year: 1990||Degree: Master in Nursing||Subject: Psychiatric & mental Health Nursing||Institution: UCLA|
|Year: 1985||Degree: BSN||Subject: Nursing||Institution: Cal State Dominguez Hills|
|Years: 1996 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Licensed Clinical & Forensic Psychologist||Department:||Responsibilities: Private Practice - Med-Legal Psychology and Nursing Expert Witness. Psychology evaluations for Workers' Compensation, FAA, Board of Nursing, Civil Litigation (adults and children) and Disability/Casualty. Also teach classes for psychologists and psychiatrists about psychological evaluation.
Complex psychological assessment including the analysis of medical and psychiatric records and data related to a person’s (child/adult) behavior or symptom development, using behavioral and psychoanalytic theories and psychological testing when indicated. Services include psychological evaluations addressing issues such as Causation and Apportionment of permanent psychological disability, need for treatment, and determination of malingering behavior. Evaluations include Independent/ Agreed Medical Examinations, Workers’ Compensation, Immigration, Disability, Return to Work, and Fitness for Duty. Regularly engaged by the Federal Aviation Administration and California Board of Registered Nursing to perform evaluations, serves as an Approved Evaluator for the Arizona Board of Nursing. Expert Witness consultation for Psychology and Psychiatric Nursing standards of care. Provide on-site crisis debriefing services when trauma occurs in the workplace.
Confidential consultation to claims professionals and attorneys to assist in determining the veracity of a claim or the strength of a case involving psychological issues. Available to critique reports from opposing expert witnesses and advise.
|Years: 1999 to 2007||Employer: Santa Monica College Psychologist, Campus Psychological Svcs.||Title: Psychologist||Department: Health Services||Responsibilities: Provided psychology services at this broadly international community college Psychological Services program. A half-time staff psychologist position, provided short term and crisis resolution treatment to faculty, staff and students on this very large and internationally diverse campus. Also served as liaison consultant to the Santa Monica College Police Department when needed.|
|Years: 1992 to 1999||Employer: Harbor-UCLA Med Center Emergency Room/Trauma Center||Title: Psychosocial Resource Nurse||Department:||Responsibilities: This liaison position was a psychological support position for the nursing and medical staff in the Trauma Center. Responsibilities included assisting and caring for the family and friends of critical and dying patients who were brought to the Trauma Center.|
|Years: 1983 to 1995||Employer: UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital & Institute||Title: Registered Nurse||Department:||Responsibilities: Staff RN on the inpatient Adult, Geriatric and Child psychiatry units, responsible for participation on an interdisciplinary treatment team. The hospital worked from a primary nursing model, and this required my involvement with the patients from admission through treatment plan development and assessing treatment goals and outcomes.|
|Years: 1990 to 2002||Employer: M.N. University of California, Los Angeles||Title: Associate Faculty||Department: School of Health Division of Nursing||Responsibilities: Taught Undergraduate and Graduate level Nursing classes for 12 years at the BSN continuation and Graduate level nursing program.|
|Years: 1984 to 1996||Employer: UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital & Institute||Title: Clinical Nurse II||Department: Adult Psychiatry||Responsibilities: Worked as a Registered Nurse in this world renowned psychiatric hospital. She worked as a staff nurse, and relief unit supervisor with adult, geriatric and child populations all on acute inpatient hospital units.|
|Associations / Societies|
| Arizona Psychological Association, Member
FBI Citizen’s Academy, Class of 2015
California Psychological Association, past member in good standing
Los Angeles County Bar Association, past associate member in good standing
American Psychological Association, past member in good standing
American Psychoanalytic Association, past member in good standing
American Women for International Understanding (AWIU), Board Member
|Licenses / Certifications|
| Licensed Psychologist, Arizona
Licensed Psychologist, California
Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, California
Registered Nurse, California
National Register of Health Service Psychologists
Qualified Medical Evaluator, California
Content Expert, California Board of Psychology
Expert Witness, California Board of Registered Nursing, Arizona Board of Nursing
Public Health Nurse, California
|Medical / Professional|
Adjunct Faculty, David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine, Systems Based Health Care, Doctoring I, Doctoring 3, Clinical Interviewing
Clinical Faculty, WorkCompCentral
Associate Nursing Faculty, University of Phoenix
Associate Nursing Faculty, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Expert is a Continuing Professional Education provider approved by the California Psychological Association and the California Division of Workers’ Compensation.
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|Research/ Presentations/ Appearances:15|
|Expert Witness Experience|
|Retained as a Psychology and/or Nursing expert in cases across the United States. Court testimony and deposition experience on 35+ cases.|
|Training / Seminars|
| Expert is a continuing education provider in California for Psychologists and Qualified Medical Evaluators (specialty certificate for Workers' Compensation.)
Post-graduate training includes: Infant Diagnosis and Psychological Development, Observation of Infants and Children (3 years), Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents, Psychoanalytic Theory, and Forensic Psychology