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Expert in Forensic & Clinical Psychology - Malingering, Trauma, Harassment, Employment Issues and Claim of Psychological Injury

Expert ID: 724989 California, USA

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Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Nurse Specialist (psychiatric/mental health) uses her more than 30 years of experience to provide psychological assessments and expert witness consulting in employment, personal injury, civil rights, disability and psychological & medical malpractice cases. Issues addressed include malingering, PTSD (loss, injury, sexual assault), emotional distress, allegations of harassment and discrimination, claimed impairment, and standards of care.

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

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
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

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
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.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
ž Arizona Psychological Association, Member
ž FBI Citizen’s Academy, Class of 2015
ž California Psychological Association, past member in good standing
ž Los Angeles County Bar Association, past associate member in good standing
ž American Psychological Association, past member in good standing
ž American Psychoanalytic Association, past member in good standing
ž American Women for International Understanding (AWIU), Board Member
Licenses / Certifications
ž Licensed Psychologist, Arizona
ž Licensed Psychologist, California
ž Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, California
ž Registered Nurse, California
ž National Register of Health Service Psychologists
ž Qualified Medical Evaluator, California
ž Content Expert, California Board of Psychology
ž Expert Witness, California Board of Registered Nursing, Arizona Board of Nursing
ž Public Health Nurse, California
Medical / Professional
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
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

Additional Experience

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

Fields of Expertise

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