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Expert in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Expert ID: 726750 California, USA

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Expert is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She trained at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was also an Assistant Clinical Professor. She is bilingual in Spanish. She has forensic experience including work within both the adult and juvenile justice systems and projects with the federal Department of Justice. She has also done immigration work and testamentary work as well as capacity for informed consent declarations.

As a past child psychiatrist at a major teaching hospital in California, she supervised psychiatric and pediatric residents, psychology pre-and post-doctoral interns, medical students, and volunteers. She directed a behavioral assessment clinic, addressing ADHA, PTSD, and other childhood psychiatric disorders. She also provided psychotherapy and psychopharmacology services for children. As a staff member, she was responsible for developing children’s psychiatric service and for providing medication management for patients and supervision of therapists.

Expert has an extensive private practice with experience in high-risk pregnancies, somatoform disorders, as well as typical anxiety and depressive disorders. As a psychiatrist at her private practice, she treats patients with Anxiety disorders, Depression, Insomnia, ADHD, and several different Women's Issues. She sees children and adolescents with a range of developmental and family issues. Her private practice offers services in Therapy, Psychotherapy, Counseling, Psychopharmacology, Medication Management, Child Custody Evaluations, Competency Evaluations, and Psychiatry Evaluations for Immigration. She also continues to do studies evaluating homo- versus hetero- sexual brain chemistry.

Because of her extensive expertise in psychiatry, Expert has been called upon by the media to discuss difficult psychological phenomena as well as to discuss several investigations regarding child and adolescent abuse and psychotherapy and adult psychiatry in crime.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1997 Degree: MD Subject: Medicine Institution: University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Year: 1992 Degree: AB Subject: Anthropology Institution: Princeton University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2003 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Physician Department:
Private practice psychiatry, including forensic consultation
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consulting Psychiatrist Department: Psychiatry Consult Service
Assist internists, surgeons, and other primary care providers with the management of their complicated patients.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2003 to 2004 Employer: UCSF Title: Assistant Clinical Professor Department: Department of Pediatrics
Run the Behavioral Assessment Clinic (which she had begun several years prior), consult to the pediatricians, provide psychiatric support to the psychologists and students

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2006 to 2010 Agency: Department of Justice Role: Expert Witness Description: She is an expert consultant in the area of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in a case involving civil rights. She has performed several tours, interviewed many participants, and written three reports and one statement for the court.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Alumni of the Ivy League
Licenses / Certifications
Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as a Diplomate, with a subspecialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Medical license and Qualified Medical Examiner in the State of California

Bilingual certification in Spanish by the SF Public Health Department
Awards / Recognition
MD Memorial Award for Excellence in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pfizer Outstanding Resident in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Award
Medical / Professional
She completed her residency in General Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UCSF in 2003.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Fluent in Spanish, and aware of cultural nuances.

Fields of Expertise

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