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University of Southern California – 1993
Diploma: Management Development Program in Health Care
Licensed in California – 1980
License #: PSY 6456
California Board of Psychology
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology – 1977
University of South Africa
Doctoral Dissertation: A Critical Evaluation of a Rehabilitation and Resocialization Program in a Halfway House
M.A., Clinical Psychology – 1972
University of South Africa
Master’s Thesis: The Role of Manifest Anxiety in Children with Reading Disability
B.A., Psychology and Sociology Majors – 1969
University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Clinical Internship – 1974-1975
Weskoppies Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa
Clinical Residency – 1975-1978
Sterkfontein State Hospital, South Africa

Recent Post Graduate Studies

·    Post-traumatic and Acute Stress Disorders: The Latest Assessment and Treatment Strategies 10/19/15
·    DSM-5: A Comprehensive Overview. 10/21/15
·    Trauma Competency Conference, August 2015
·    Older Adults and Mental Health
·    Spousal or Partner Abuse Assessment, Detection and Intervention Strategies
·    Head Trauma
·    Challenges in Using Opioids to Treat Pain in Persons With Substance Use Disorders
·    Brain and Spinal Tumors: Hope Through Research; October 2013
·    Management of Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury – Evidence Based Practice; October 2013
·    Penetrating Defenses to Awaken the Self: Susan Warren Warshow, LCSW; Jon Frederickson,
Two day Seminar; Los Angeles September 28-29, 2013
·    Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying. By Emily Bazalon
Presentation at Yale University, February 26, 2013
·    MMPI-2-RF: Forensic Practice Briefing: January, 29 2013 Y.Ben Porath PhD; Kent State University: Webinar
·    The Iraq War Clinician Guide, November 2011 Topics Specific to the Psychiatric Treatment of Military Personnel, National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
·    Ethical Boundaries Mental Health, November 2011
·    Sexual Problems in Adult Survivors of Sexual Trauma, Assessment, Treatment, and Managing Countertransference, November 2011
·    Attachment and the Therapist; David Wallin Ph.D.; May 20, 2011
·    The Immune System: Mind Body Connection; Institute for Brain Potential, April 8, 2011
·    Unbearable Moments in Childhood and their Eruptions in Adult Life: Toward a Convergence of Neurobiology and Psychoanalysis, February 12, 2011
·    Trauma, PTSD & Grief; Seminar by Michael Rank, Ph.D., October 27, 2010
·    NVAA: The Justice System and Victim Services, November 2009
·    HIPPA Overview, November 2009
·    Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults; Practice Guidelines by the American Psychiatric Association, November 2009
·    On-site Professional Seminar on Addictive Disorders. Sierra Tucson, January 22-25, 2009
·    Re-purposing in Dual Disorder Patients: Using Coaching Tools to Rapidly Generate Perspective, Hope & Momentum; Orange County: January 15, 2009
·    Anatomy of Intimacy; Neurobiology of Intimate Attachments, 2008
·    Chronic Pain, Seminar, Irvine, June 6, 2007
·    Healthy Addictions & Passions; Seminar, Institute for Brain Potential, Irvine, April 16, 2007
·    Mindfulness & Therapeutic Skills; Seminar, Anaheim, January 31, 2007
·    Law & Ethics: Risk Management in Clinical Practice; Seminar, October 28th 2006
·    Self-Destructive Emotions; Seminar, Irvine, October 18, 2005
·    Secrets of the Aging Mind; Seminar, September 24, 2005
·    Law & Ethics: Risk Management in Clinical Practice; Seminar, Irvine, June 17, 2005
·    Mind and Body in the Treatment of Psychological Trauma; Los Angeles, February 11, 2005
·    Bridges for Healing, Couples Therapy, Neurobiology & Pharmacology; La Jolla, February 2005
·    Anxiety Disorders: Research, Diagnosis & Treatment; Irvine, California; March 3, 2005
·    Understanding and Treating Domestic Violence, Costa Mesa, November 1, 2003
·    Promoting Change: Trauma & Intimacy; San Diego, May 2-3, 2003
·    Integrating Treatments for PTSD; San Diego, July 2002
·    Trauma and Personality Disorders; San Diego July 2002 with Louise Gaston Ph.D., world renowned expert on research in PTSD, Prof. McGill University, Montreal
·    Practical Treatment Approaches to PTSD & Borderline Personality Disorders; June 2002, Los Angeles
·    Healing Trauma: Attachment, Trauma, The Brain and the Mind, March 2001, UC San Diego; Understanding and Treating Trauma, Developmental and Neurobiological Approaches; January/February 1998, UCLA, (Bessel van der Kolk (Harvard) Allen Schore UCLA et al.)
·    Personal Communications with Bessel van der Kolk, MD, International Expert, author, on issues relative to Survivors of Singapore Airlines Crash
·    Personal Communications with Louise Gaston Ph.D., world renowned expert on research in PTSD, Prof. McGill University Montreal, on issues relative to ongoing cases.

Forensic Work

·         Highly experienced clinical psychologist with winning record of testimony, depositions, and psychological evaluations.
·         Extensive Experience in Personal Injury
·         Evaluations focusing on demonstrating cognitive and mental impairments through effective testing and dynamic clinical evaluation. Forensic psychological evaluations for psychologically traumatized patients of all ages.
·         Very effective communicator.
·         Consults on a broad range of psychiatric and psychological issues including neuropsychological deficits in personal injury, post-traumatic stress, post concussive syndrome, medical malpractice, mental competence, appropriateness/limitations of neuropsychological tests.
·         Qualitative assessment of cognitive and mental impairments through effective testing and dynamic clinical evaluation.
·         Forensic evaluations for psychologically traumatized patients of all ages. Assists attorneys in formulating questions for deposition and trial relative to field of expertise.
·         Expert witness for Plaintiff and Defense. Served as expert in several high profile cases.

Clinical Experience

Psychological Testing and Evaluation
·         Thirty years of experience in use of psychological tests for evaluation, diagnosis, analysis of psychological profiles, psychiatric illnesses, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), intellectual abilities, aptitudes, brain function, neuropsychological deficits, and Fitness for Duty.
·         Held contract with State of California, State Personnel Bureau, for evaluation and assessment of Fitness for Duty for 29 state agencies required by state law to have mental health evaluation and clearance prior to hiring. The agencies include California Highway Patrol, Department of Youth Authority, District Attorney’s Office, Firefighters, Department of Justice, State Park Peace Officers, Alcohol and Beverage Control, Lottery Officials, Lifeguard, Department of Insurance Fraud Investigators, Fish and Game officers, Forestry, and several other departments.
·         Experienced in use and interpretation of most standardized psychological testing which form an important part of the Fitness for Duty Evaluation, particularly the “blue chip” tests which include, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale, MMPI-II, Millon-III, wide range of neuropsychological tests, Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System, academic achievement and potential instruments, Rorschach Inkblot Test, Thematic Apperception Test and Detailed Assessment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & other PTSD Tests.
Individual, Family, Marriage, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy Consultations  
Lecturer in Psychology at Los Angeles Professional Psychology Institute
Beverly Hills, California (1981-1983)
Taught courses on psychopathology, diagnosis of mental disorders, use of various psychological rests including academic, neuropsychological and personality tests, including MMPI, Rorschach, Millon, and other similar instruments, psychological report writing, ethical issues, etc.
Staff Psychologist, Charter Hospital, (formerly Long Beach Neuropsychiatric Institute)
Long Beach, California (1978-1981)
Director – Partial Hospital Day Treatment and Outpatient Departments
Developed Inpatient treatment programs on adult and adolescent units; individual and group psychotherapy with inpatient population; medico-legal evaluation on involuntary hold patients for continuing care under 5150/5250 state law requirements; psychological testing and evaluation of children, adolescents, adults, elderly, and forensic cases.
Development of Partial Hospitalization and Outpatient Services for the Hospital; Individual and Group Psychotherapy: Psychological Testing; Supervision; Departmental Administration, staffing and operations.