Demosthenes Lorandos, Ph.D., J.D.
Demosthenes Lorandos is a first generation American of Greek and Australian descent. In the 1960s he studied science at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He has been a clinical and then forensic psychologist for more than five decades and is licensed at the highest level as a psychologist in California and Michigan. In the 1980s he studied law with the Jesuits at the University of Detroit and became a trial attorney admitted to practice in New York, Washington, D.C., California, Michigan, Tennessee, many Federal District Courts; as well as the Second, Sixth, Ninth, and Eleventh Federal Circuits. Dr. Lorandos has been a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court for more than two decades. He has litigated pro hac vice in twenty additional state and federal courts.
Dr. Lorandos has been a peer reviewer for the journals of law and science. He has published a variety of peer-reviewed scientific papers as well as law review and law journal articles in the last four decades. He is a key author in science and evidence law for Thomson Reuters Westlaw®. He has five books in print and has written numerous chapters for forensic science and legal texts. He is regularly asked to teach forensic science and legal advocacy in the continuing education programs of law and the forensic sciences. Dr. Lorandos is the editor-in-chief of the three-volume set, The Litigators Handbook of Forensic Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychology, and his two-volume set Cross Examining Experts in the Behavioral Sciences was published in 2000 and updated annually for twenty years.
Judge Stephanie Domitrovich has served as a general jurisdiction state trial judge of the Sixth Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Erie County) for more than 30 years. She is a Fellow with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)and is currently Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Judges’ Journal Editorial Board where she has also served as Special Issues Editor for numerous editions of the publication. An Executive Committee Board member and Program Chair for the National Conference of State Trial Judges (NCSTJ),Judge Domitrovich is also a member of the ABA Judicial Division’s Technology Committee, a council member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section, a member of the Jury Service Committee of Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission, a member of the Forensics Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB) and a board member and Treasurer for the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) for Pennsylvania. Over her career, Judge Domitrovich has participated with the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to educate judges in the former Soviet Republic nations of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in developing their judicial systems(1996) and has served as :Chair of the ABA Judicial Division’s Forensic Science Committee; President of Northwest PA American Inn of Court for Erie and Crawford Counties (1999-2001); President of Pennsylvania State Trial Court Judges (2005-06); Chair of National Conference of State Trial Judges (NCSTJ) of Judicial Division of ABA (2010-11); and Chair of Jurisprudence Section of AAFS (2016-2018).Judge Domitrovich earned a J.D. from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. in Judicial Studies from University of Nevada, Reno; and she is a frequent speaker and presenter to a variety of legal and forensic science groups.
Steven G. Miller practiced Behavioral Medicine and Forensic Medicine for more than 30 years, was nationally recognized as an expert on clinical reasoning, problem solving and decision-making as well as alienation and estrangement, and he served often as an expert witness, litigation consultant and trial strategist. Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Dr. Miller’s work had often focused on the interface between psychology and medicine, and he specialized in child maltreatment, child protection, parental alienation, alignment and pathological enmeshment. Dr. Miller was sought out as a speaker and trainer, and he had conducted hundreds of continuing education courses for physicians and other health care professionals and also frequently lectured. For more than 30 years, Dr. Miller was on the teaching faculty at Harvard University.
Beverly M. Griffor is the Clinical Director of the non-profit Research Institute for Forensic Neuropsychology (RIFN),the Managing Attorney at Collis, Griffor & Hendra, PC, and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Concordia University. A practicing attorney for over a decade, Dr. Griffor is a member of the Bar of the State of Michigan, the Eastern District of Michigan, the Northern District of Illinois, the Sixth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. Although her legal practice includes intellectual property, business transactions and probate law, Beverly relies on her doctorate in psychology to focus much of her legal work on the practical application of scientific research and principles in the forensic arena. This blending of law and science is often seen in relation to custody disputes, competency, criminal responsibility, and mitigation. Dr. Griffor also conducts psychological research in the areas of multicultural competence, forensic evaluation, personality disorders and family therapy. Dr. Griffor also leverages her Master of Business Administration to assist corporate clients with a variety of issues, including transactional matters, planning and compliance. Among the undergraduate and graduate courses she teaches at Concordia University are research methods, psychopathology, criminal psychology and family law. Dr. Griffor earned her Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University, J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law, and M.B.A. from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Sarah Vasquez is a Readjustment Counselor with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, an Assessment Director with The Research Institute for Forensic Neuropsychology (RIFN), a Mediator and Parenting Coordinator at Collis, Griffor & Hendra, PC and a consulting forensic psychologist for Psychlaw, PLLC. Dr. Vasquez specializes in parenting coordination and alternative dispute resolution in high-conflict divorce and custody matters, frequently also serves as a guardian ad litem and consults with families and litigators-particularly regarding false allegations of sexual abuse. Dr. Vasquez earned a Ph.D. with specialties in neuropsychology and forensics from Fielding Graduate University and an M.P.H. from the University of Michigan. Her research areas include human sexual behavior, sex offense, anger/violence, personality disorders and PTSD.
Melissa Blevins is a research attorney, ghostwriter, writer and editor who has authored as myriad of legal, scientific, professional and other topics for more than 20 years. Melissa’s legal writing has contributed to successful reversals in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Illinois Court of Appeals (affirmed by the Illinois Supreme Court) and Iowa Supreme Court, and her feature writing has been published, in whole and in part, in Business Insider, Yahoo Tech, Gizmodo and The Washington Post Express. Since 2015, Melissa has also helped professionals from a wide array of disciplines craft compelling biographical and other content that highlights and illustrates their achievements, talents, skills, endeavors and personalities. Melissa earned a Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law and is a member of the bar in Ohio. She can be reached for questions, consultation, research, writing and/or editorial work.
Marc Harding is a principal with Harding Law Office and specializes in medical malpractice, personal injury and legal malpractice litigation. Recognized for his zealous representation and legal acumen, Marc has been instrumental in defining and expanding the law, including his successful advocacy in the Iowa Supreme Court’s extraordinary decision in Andersen v. Khanna. Marc earned his law degree from the University of Iowa, medical degree from Des Moines University and is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College. Admitted to the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, State of Iowa, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, Marc has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Werner U. Spitz is a forensic pathologist and the author and editor of a leading textbook in the field: Medicolegal Investigation of Death (Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, Illinois, 2020 5th ed.) Over his 50+ year career, he has practiced in Israel, Germany and the United States. Internationally recognized for his expertise, Dr. Spitz has testified and consulted hundreds, if not thousands, of times across the U.S. and Canada, including in high-profile matters such as: Frederick Goldman v. O.J. Simpson (California); State v. Casey Anthony (Florida); the Somalia affair (Canada); with the Boulder police regarding the death of Jon Benet Ramsey (Colorado); before the House of Representatives in the matter of John F. Kennedy (D.C.); and regarding the death of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick (Pennsylvania). Dr. Spitz has served as the Chief Medical Examiner in Detroit and Macomb County, Michigan, as well as the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Maryland, and he has lectured across the United States, and in Canada, France, Germany, Israel, South America, Mexico and South Africa. His research has been grant-funded, including from the National Institute of Health and other sources for work on the topics of drowning and SIDS. Dr. Spitz graduated from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in 1953, and he remains very busy working full time in his field of endeavor at his office in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
Shawn Wygant is a forensic psychology associate with PsychLaw.net, PLLC. He has been actively researching family law litigation issues in high conflict domestic relations cases since 1989. He holds two graduate degrees in psychology (M.A. in Clinical Psychology & M.A. in Forensic Psychology) and is currently working on his third in the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology program at Saybrook University. His passion for the study of law and behavioral sciences led him to work with noted scholar, attorney, and forensic psychologist Demosthenes Lorandos in 2013. Since then, they have worked together on more than 300 family law and criminal cases across the United States and Internationally aiding triers off act in making science-based decisions concerning complicated evidence.
Tonya was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee to two wonderful parents who have always been a staple in her life as well as to the life of her two children. Their support and involvement is a direct reflection of Tonya’s educational journey. Immediately following high school Tonya attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with the desire to become an educator. Tonya obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education and began teaching right away. Tonya started her career in Middle School but soon found her niche with the lower grades. She taught first grade for several years before taking a short break to stay home with her small children. While at home, Tonya began a personal training business and volunteered at church as a Sunday school teacher. Faced with life as a single mother, Tonya carried on her personal training business while simultaneously working as a literacy trainer with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition to this, Tonya began her pursuit of a Master’s Degree. As the early childhood literacy grant ended, Tonya acquired a teaching position in North Georgia as a Kindergarten teacher. As a single mother, she worked and went to school full-time, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Education with a reading and literacy specialization. May 30, 2008 is the day Tonya’s life was forever changed. With false allegations of child molestation she lost her home, her career, her reputation, her financial stability, and most importantly her two children.
Years of struggling with the judicial system educated Tonya more than any textbook, professor, or seminar could do. Her naive idea that the legal system is sustained on the foundation of innocent until proven guilty was shattered. Tonya’s mindset was altered in a way that eluded to what the system has evolved into – a game. Tonya was living the ultimate tennis match – only she was the ball being volleyed from side to side.
Nancy C. Aldridge, Ph.D. is recognized as an expert in the assessment and treatment of child sexual abuse and trauma. Dr. Aldridge received her Doctorate from the University of Georgia, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a forensic private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Her research and publications include family violence, evaluation and treatment of sex offenders, forensic interviews of victims of abuse, clinical psychopathological effect of child/adolescent/ adult victimization, conduct and behavior of child sexual abuse victims and neuropsychological trauma effect. In her practice, she specializes in the forensic evaluation of children alleged to have been sexually abused and provides treatment to children, adolescents and adults who are victims of trauma. Also, as a forensic examiner, she performs analysis of forensic interviewing, the investigations of alleged child maltreatment and false allegations of child sexual abuse. She actively consults with health care professionals, attorneys and the courts in specialty clinical areas related to child sexual abuse, parental alienation issues and reunification. She has been recognized as a testimonial expert in family, civil and criminal law cases on issues related to child custody, physical abuse, sexual abuse, child neglect, psychotherapy and child psychology issues pertaining to emotional and behavioral disorders, parent-child relationships, psychosexual development and memory research.
Michael Joseph Spence is the founder of Spence Forensic Resources and is a Forensic DNA Consultant and molecular biologist who has assisted with more than 1000 criminal case investigations across the United States. Prior to consulting work, Dr. Spence served as a Forensic Biologist with the Indiana State Police, a post-doctoral research assistant with the University of Vermont and a research assistant with the VA Medical Center in Boise, Idaho; while with the VA, Dr. Spence focused on cancer research and secured a grant to fund an anti-cancer cytokine project. The son of a criminal defense attorney, Dr. Spence has since testified as an expert witness in criminal proceedings in Indiana, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Maryland, Colorado, Florida, South Carolina, Iowa, Arkansas, California, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Michigan. Dr. Spence earned a Doctorate in Molecular Biology from New Mexico State University and is based out of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Carolyn Semmler is an Associate Professor and leads the Applied Cognition and Experimental Psychology (ACEP) group in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. Her research focuses on the application of theories and models of cognition, judgment and decision-making to legal, intelligence and medical contexts. Dr. Semmler’s work has been cited over 1000 times in leading journals as well as legal cases in Australia and the United States. She has also contributed to a comprehensive guide on the application of cognitive psychology to issues of hearing and sound in legal domains, providing guidance on the science behind this expert evidence that is presented in both civil and criminal proceedings in Australian courts. Dr. Semmler has contributed to the development of computational models of eyewitness memory, allowing accurate measurement of memory in applied contexts. Her work has also explored the conditions under which feedback distorts the memory reports of witnesses, and she has contributed to improvements in juror comprehension of legal instructions, as well as the impact of mood and emotion on juror decision making. Her most recent work has explored the impact of face matching technology on human decision making, which has implications for the understanding of bias in the use of automated face matching in legal and investigatory contexts.
Neil Brewer is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Flinders University, South Australia. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. His research spans the areas of eyewitness identification and recall, interviewing, juror judgments, and interactions between individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the justice system. Dr. Brewer has published widely in these research areas in major general is cognitive, social, clinical and applied psychological journals, and in the leading international psychology-law journals. Published monographs include Psychological science and the law (Guilford, 2019), Crime and autism spectrum disorder: Myths and mechanisms (Kingsley, 2015), Psychology and law (Guilford, 2005), Conflict management in police-citizen interactions (McGraw-Hill, 1998), and Psychology and policing (Erlbaum,1995). He has served on the editorial boards of the major psychology-law journals and as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. Dr. Brewer has provided numerous professional development sessions on eyewitness memory and credibility for judges, attorneys and police, advised on the collection of eyewitness evidence for Australian state legislatures, and contributed to amicus briefs via the US Innocence Project.
After growing up on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Dr. Mary Lyn Huffman completed her undergraduate studies at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, studying psychology and the sociology of the family. She then studied at Cornell University under Dr. Stephen Ceci where she earned both a MA and a PhD in Human Development and Families Studies in the school of Human Ecology. Her research focused on individual differences in children’s eyewitness memory specifically in the area of suggestibility and interview techniques with children. For over 20 years, she has been an expert witness in these areas testifying across the country. She most enjoys looking at all the pieces of a case and seeing all the factors of possibility affecting the child’s memory including numerous informal discussions with family members, poorly conducted interviews by social workers and police officers, and lack of protocol compliance even by forensically trained interviewers while interviewing a child. Her articles have been published in Consciousness and Cognition, Applied Developmental Science, and Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Along the way, she also earned a Masters of Arts in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary. In her free time, she enjoys being active in her local church, hiking with her husband, and spending time with her three adult children.
R. Chris Barden, Ph.D., J.D is a national expert in law, science, and optimal performance. He received his graduate training at the University of MN, U.C. Berkeley, the Palo Alto VA/Stanford Univ. Medical Ctr, and Harvard Law School. He has testified as an expert witness on legal and science issues in many state and federal courtrooms (civil, criminal, and family law) as well as before multiple state legislatures. He has given invited training addresses to the American Bar Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the U.S. Surgeon General's Conference, and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As a expert/trainer in Optimal Performance Systems he has taught NBA All-stars, Olympic athletes, ATP tennis professionals, US Navy fighter pilots, Harvard Law students, and business-medical-political leaders. As a trial attorney, Dr. Barden has litigated complex science issues in several dozen states including a record jury verdict and a record settlement. As a scientist and public policy reformer, Dr. Barden has published in the leading science-professional journals in the fields of child psychology, social psychology, personality psychology, surgery, public policy, law, and legislation. He is the recipient of two national science awards for research in the study of emotion, coping, and resilience. His legislative and policy efforts to reform and improve the emergency medical system for children have been widely adopted throughout the U.S. His reform efforts to protect the public from hazardous mental health practices including "recovered memory therapy" and "rebirthing therapy" have largely eliminated such practices. His efforts to implement informed consent rights in the mental health system have been largely adopted throughout the U.S. He is currently working to incorporate science-based coping-resilience training into the U.S. education system.
Laura Nirider is Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where she represents those wrongfully convicted as children or teenagers. Among her most high-profile clients have included Brendan Dassey (whose story was documented in Making a Murderer) and Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three. Nirider publishes in both scholarly journals and professional publications on post-conviction relief and interrogations, and, together with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, has co-authored one of the few publications on juvenile interrogation protocols :REDUCING RISKS: AN EXECUTIVE’S GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE JUVENILE INTERVIEW AND INTERROGATION. A frequent speaker on interrogations at defense counsel and law enforcement trainings nationwide, Nirider recently co-authored an amicus curiae brief in J.D.B. v. North Carolina that was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to joining the academy, Nirider was a commercial litigator with Sidley Austin LLP, and she earned her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
Deborah Davis joined the Yale Department of Sociology as a lecturer in 1978 and retired as Full Professor in 2018 during which time she held fellowships from the National Academy of Sciences, National Institute of Aging, Luce Foundation, Templeton Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the ACLS. During her forty years on the Yale faculty Davis served as Director of Academic Programs at the Yale Center for Study of Globalization , Chair of the Department of Sociology, and Co-Chair of the Women Faculty Forum. Since 2016 she has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai and on faculty of the Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University. She also serves on the editorial boards of The China Quarterly and The China Review and is a Trustee of the Yale China Association. Currently she is working with Professors Pierre Landry (CUHK) and Chen Juan (HKPU) on the social consequence of uneven urbanization for residents of Chinese cities and with Professor Tian Feng at Fudan University on marriage and housing arrangements among the 80后 generation in Shanghai.
Richard A. Leo is the Hamill Family Professor of Law and Psychology at the University San Francisco School of Law. Dr. Leo is one of the leading experts on police interrogation practices, the impact of Miranda, psychological coercion, false confessions, and the wrongful conviction of the innocent. Dr. Leo has authored more than 100 articles in leading scientific and legal journals as well as several books, including the multiple award-winning Police Interrogation and American Justice(Harvard University Press, 2008).Dr. Leo has won numerous individual and career achievement awards for research excellence and distinction and has been the recipient of Soros and Guggenheim fellowships, as well as a Fellowship from the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. In 2011 he was elected to the American Law Institute. In 2016, the Wall Street Journal named Dr. Leo as one of the 25 law professors most cited by appellate courts in the United States, he has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, and his publications have been translated into multiple languages and downloaded over 54,000 times on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).Dr. Leo has been featured and/or quoted in hundreds of stories in national print and electronic media, and he is regularly invited to present training sessions to lawyers, judges, police, forensic psychologists and other criminal justice professionals. Dr. Leo is also often called to advise and assist practicing attorneys and has served as a litigation consultant and/or expert witness in hundreds of criminal and civil cases. In addition to the many high-profile cases involving false confessions in which he has participated, Dr. Leo has also worked on numerous lesser-known cases of coercive interrogation and false confession that did not receive any media attention.
Heather Zelle, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Research with the UV a Department of Public Health Sciences and the Associate Director of Mental Health Policy Research at the UV a Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy. She holds a juris doctorate from Villanova University School of Law, and a doctorate in clinical psychology with a forensic concentration from Drexel University. She is licensed as an attorney in Pennsylvania (voluntary inactive status) and as a clinical psychologist in Virginia. Dr. Zelle’s current policy and research work focus on the public mental health system and mental health policy in Virginia. She serves on state work groups studying topics such as involuntary civil commitment procedures and behavioral health dockets in Virginia courts. Dr. Zelle co-chaired the Criminal Justice Diversion Expert Panel that provided expert assistance to state legislators on issues including funding, policy, and statutory amendments concerning the Sequential Intercept Model, Crisis Intervention Team Assessment Centers, behavioral health dockets, jail mental health care standards, and information sharing between law enforcement and behavioral health providers. Dr. Zelle’s policy and research experience include work with Dr. Patty Griffin for the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual dis Abilities Services, including CIT training for Philadelphia law enforcement, assessment of specialty courts, and Cross Systems Mapping activities. She has co-authored several publications, including chapters in University and Public Behavioral Health Organization Collaboration in Justice Contexts; Routledge Encyclopedia of Psychology in the Real World: Psychology and Law; Forensic Assessment in Criminal and Civil Law: A Handbook for Lawyers; Advances in Psychology and Law; and Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics.
Sharon Kelley is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuro behavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia, Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy (ILPPP). Her primary clinical and research interests involve forensic evaluation and legal competencies, particularly Miranda rights comprehension and interrogation/confession issues. She conducts forensic evaluations with juveniles and adults on a wide range of psycho legal issues, including competence to stand trial, sanity, Miranda rights comprehension, disputed confessions, and capital sentencing. She is also part of a research team that investigates cognitive bias in forensic science disciplines as part of a larger research program to improve the scientific underpinnings of the forensic sciences. Dr. Kelley is a graduate of the law-psychology program at Villanova University School of Law and Drexel University. Prior to working at ILPPP, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the University of Virginia and a clinical internship at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals (on forensic, acute care, and adolescent continuing care units), juvenile justice facilities, jails, outpatient clinics, and primary care centers.
Jennifer Piel is a clinical and forensic psychiatrist and is board-certified in general and forensic psychiatry. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the Ethics and Research Committees of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), from whom she twice earned the prestigious Young Investigator Award. Dr. Piel currently works as the Director of the University of Washington Center for Mental Health, Policy, and the Law and is an Associate Professor in the university’s Department of Psychiatry. She is also a Staff Psychiatrist and Director of the Disruptive Behavior Evaluation Clinic at the VA Puget Sound, Seattle Division. Dr. Piel previously served as an Associate Director for the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the University of Washington. Dr. Piel teaches courses in forensic mental health and speaks locally and nationally on topics related to psychiatry and the law. She consults on a wide range of topics and legal cases related to behavioral health and the law including criminal and civil competencies; criminal responsibility; malpractice; violence risk assessment; sexual and gender harassment; and fitness for duty, among others. The Legal Digest Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Dr. Piel has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on topics in forensic mental health, including on mental health laws and policies, violence risk assessment, insanity, mental health clinicians’ duty to protect, and forensic ethics.
Barry Rosenfeld is a Professor of Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University, and he has previously held positions as Assistant Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Long Island University. Prior to joining the Fordham faculty, Dr. Rosenfeld served as Senior Psychologist at the New York City Forensic Psychiatry Clinic, and he maintains an active forensic and clinical practice. Dr. Rosenfeld is a past President of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, where he had also served as the Editor-in-Chief of its International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. He remains a member of the editorial boards of several prominent journals, including Assessment, Psychological Assessment and Law and Human Behavior. His own research has included more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, books, book chapters and invited publications on a wide variety of forensic and health psychology topics, including malingering, violence risk assessment and cross-cultural issues in forensic assessment. Routinely asked to provide workshops in his areas of expertise, Dr. Rosenfeld is also board certified in forensic psychology and conducts evaluations in both civil and criminal forensic settings, including for individuals in diverse cultural settings both within and outside of the U.S. Dr. Rosenfeld earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia and did his post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Ellen Quick, Ph.D., finished her doctorate at Fordham University. Before attending Fordham, she obtained an MA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her research interests include treatment outcomes, predictors of institutional misconduct and recidivism, as well as correlates of psychopathy, and her publications include as co-author of Psychopathology of Stalking Offenders: Examining the Clinical, Demographic, and Stalking Characteristics of a Community-Based Sample in Criminal Justice and Behavior, and lead author of Social Relations in Sensation Seeking and Urgency: An SRM Approach in Personality and Individual Differences.
Jacomina Gerbrandij, M.S., Ph.D. finished her doctorate in August 2022 in clinical psychology with a specialization in forensic psychology at Fordham University. Her major research interests include the study of psychopathy, personality disorders and violence risk assessment, and she is currently working on her dissertation evaluating the relationship between psychopathy and therapeutic alliance in a sample of offenders participating in a diversion program. Jacomina’s education includes past and present internships with the Fordham Law Clinic and Massachusetts Mental Health Center/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. In addition to forensic evaluations, Jacomina’s clinical work has included Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD and borderline personality disorder. Jacomina earned her M.S.in Forensic Psychology from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and she is fluent in English, Spanish and Dutch.
Robert S. Meyers is a licensed psychologist and attorney. The author of several articles, books and chapters, including “Conducting Psychological Assessments in U.S. Immigration Cases,” and “Current Psychological Treatments for Chronic Pain,” Dr. Meyers has also served for more than ten years on the Kings County, NY Mental Hygiene panel. The founder and director of New York Psychological Wellness, PC in Queens, NY, Dr. Meyers’ clinical work includes treating issues in depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, chronic pain and more with, among other interventions, neuro bio feedback; and he also created, developed and oversaw the clinical treatment program for Holliswood Hospital’s new in-patient children’s unit. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Meyers conducts forensic evaluations and provides litigation consultations for attorneys. Dr. Meyers has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology, law and business for more than 30 years, including as an adjunct faculty member at St. John’s University where he instructed in forensic and social psychology and participated in the creation of the post-graduate forensic psychology certificate. Dr. Meyers is a frequent lecturer and trainer at professional organizations including APA,ABCT, ACA, various hospitals, schools and more, and is the founder and director of an APA-approved continuing education program. Dr. Meyers has also lectured extensively on law, has taught a variety of supplemental and full bar review programs for first time and repeat bar exam candidates and is the founder and director of The Meyers Bar Review Program. Dr. Meyers was also a founding member of the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine, and he earned his Psy .D. in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Jeffrey A. Brown, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., LFAPA, LFAOPA graduated in psychology with High Distinction from the University of Rochester on 1967. He received a Masters of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971 where he was also awarded the Bennett Prize in political science. He then returned to Stanford, where he received his M.D. degree in 1973, while being awarded both the Dean Always and Stanford Medical Alumni Association Award. He then received a JD from Yale Law School in 1976 while completing his residency in psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Yale Medical School in 1977.Since then Dr. Brown has pursued multitude of activities including his having been a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Medical School, the Chief Psychiatric Consultant for Connecticut’s Department of Children and Youth Services, a member of the Board of Trustees of New Jersey’s Community Health Law Project, a Director Group Medical Services of the Prudential Insurance Company, co-founder and CEO of the Hospital Planning and Rescue Company, the Co-founder and CEO of Quality Health International, and the co-founder of a multinational pharmaceutical company. Dr. Brown has received numerous professional awards including the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who, as well as being listed in Leading Physicians of the World by the International Association of Care Professionals. Presently, Dr. Brown is an internationally recognized medical, legal and management consultant whose work now focuses on clinical, organizational, legal, and financial assumptions analysis. The author of over two hundred articles/professional presentations and/or books, Dr. Brown is currently actively licensed to practice medicine in New York and Florida as well as law in New York. More information on Dr. Brown can be found by entering the following identifier into Google: Jeffrey A. Brown, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., LFAPA, LFAOPA
Kelley Baker has been helping families through separation and divorce for more than 25 years. A clinician and forensic consultant in the Austin area of central Texas, today Dr. Baker primarily serves as a court-appointed guardian ad litem, custody evaluator and expert in high-conflict divorces. She has also taught extensively, including as an adjunct professor of undergraduate and graduate psychology and counseling at Austin Community College and Texas State University, as well as continuing education and training to mental health and legal professionals, including at local and state bar associations, the Association of Family Conciliatory Courts (AFCC), Simply Parent, The European Association of Parental Alienation Professionals (EAPAP)and the Texas Legislature. Dr. Baker has contributed op-ed articles to the National Parents Organization blog, is an active member in the American Counseling Association (ACA)and The Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts (AFCC), and is the Vice President for the International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP).Dr. Baker earned a doctorate in Developmental, Social, and Personality Psychology and a master’s degree in Program Evaluation from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from Texas State University.
Amy Eichler has been serving children and families as a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology for more than 20 years. She is also an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, the Clinical Services Director of Turning Point Psychological and Counseling Services and a legal consultant and guardian ad litem, where she works with attorneys in litigation and has served as an expert witness nationally in the areas of child development, child sexual abuse, false abuse allegations and parental alienation. Dr. Eichler instructs in a variety of venues, including providing training for state personnel and continuing education for legal and mental health professionals and law enforcement, and she has also developed curriculum for Texas’ Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth Advocacy Program. Her scholarly writing focuses on parental alienation and has been published in The Journal of Divorce and Remarriage and Families in Society. Dr. Eichler earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999.
Dr. Philip Stahl is a Board-certified forensic psychologist in private practice, who provides consultation and expert witness testimony in child custody litigation throughout the United States and North America. His primary area of specialty is relocation, including complex international relocations. Dr. Stahl is licensed in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Michigan, and has held temporary licensure in several other jurisdictions. Since 1999, Dr. Stahl has been providing training in California to meet the requirements of CA ROC 5.220, 5.225, and 5.230, and he conducts workshops and training throughout the United States and internationally for lawyers, child custody evaluators and others working with high-conflict families of divorce. Dr. Stahl has been on the faculty of the National Judicial College teaching domestic violence to judges since 2000, regularly speaks at state judicial colleges and has been teaching with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology since 2013. Along with his teaching, Dr. Stahl has written extensively on high-conflict divorce and custody evaluations. He is the author of CONDUCTING CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATIONS: FROM BASIC TO ADVANCED ISSUES (Sage Publications, 2010), PARENTING AFTER DIVORCE, 2ND EDITION (Impact Publishers, 2008) and Emerging Issues in Relocation in the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers(2013), and is co-author, with Dr. Robert Simon, of FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY CONSULTATION IN CHILD CUSTODY LITIGATION: A HANDBOOK FOR WORK PRODUCT REVIEW, CASE PREPARATION, AND EXPERT TESTIMONY (American Bar Association Section of Family Law,2d ed.2020).Dr. Stahl’s most exciting project has been his newest book, written with his daughter Rebecca Stahl, JD, LLM, REPRESENTING CHILDREN INDEPENDENCY AND FAMILY COURT: BEYOND THE LAW (American Bar Association Section of Family Law2018).Dr. Stahl can be reached for questions, consultation, expert witness work or speaking at conferences via: email@example.com
William Bernet, M.D., graduated from Holy Cross College (summa cum laude) and Harvard Medical School. A professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he has testified as an expert in forensic psychiatry about 300 times in 24 states. Dr. Bernet and Judge Don R. Ash published Children of Divorce: A Practical Guide for Parents, Therapists, Attorneys, and Judges(2007).Dr. Bernet edited Parental Alienation, DSM-5, and ICD-11(2010). He and his colleagues edited Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals(2013). Dr. Bernet and Dr. Demosthenes Lorandos edited Parental Alienation–Science and Law(2020). He was the founder and first president of the Parental Alienation Study Group.
Dr. Eraka Bath is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Psychiatry, and senior advisor for the UCLA DGSOM Antiracism Roadmap (ARR). Board certified in child and adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatry, she has a long-standing interest in community mental health and has committed her career to advancing health equity for ethno racially minoritized, and structurally marginalized youth and families, with specialized focus on youth impacted by the foster care and juvenile legal systems. She has dedicated her time to working with structurally vulnerable populations and consults regularly with the court system. Her portfolio of research has included funding from the National Institutes of Health, PCORI, and Los Angeles County Department of Probation. She teaches on structural racism and antiracism, and its impacts on mental health and biomedical research and workforce. As a senior strategist to the ARR, she leads or co-leads a variety of initiatives, including but not limited to, Restorative Justice, the Racial Justice Report Card, the Antiracist Transformation in Medical Education, JEDI Academic Mentoring Council and the Black Latinx Native American Faculty Collective. Her current research involves using community participatory models to increase engagement in behavioral and reproductive health with for girls with histories of commercial sexual exploitation and those involved in the child welfare and juvenile legal system.
Sofia T. Stepanyan is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Gannon University. She received her B.A from the University of California, Los Angeles and her M.A and Ph. D from the University of California, Riverside. For the past several years her research has focused on understanding the development of youth behavioral, emotional, and psychosocial problems. In her research she uses the developmental psychopathology perspective, to understand how the synergetic influences between biological, cognitive, psycho social, and emotional processes contribute to maladaptive developmental outcomes in youths. Her work has been published inleading journals such as Journal of Adolescence and The Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Alice Berkowitz has been a clinical and forensic psychologist since1986. She received her doctorate from the University of Southern California and taught as an adjunct professor at USC for over 13 years. She has been a Child Custody Evaluator, Mediator, Special Master, Parenting Plan Expert, and Expert Witness for over 30 years. Her specializations include Parental Alienation, high-conflict custody disputes, child abuse (including child sexual abuse), domestic violence, addiction, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries, acute physical and emotional trauma, stalking and harassment, and working with a variety of individuals and families in all of these areas.
Dr. Berkowitz is also a neuropsychologist and is an expert in cognitive disorders, the effect of emotional trauma on brain function, traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Berkowitz is also an expert in personality disorders and has trained, diagnosed, and worked with severe personality disorders since 1985. Dr. Berkowitz has been working with Parental Alienation since 1986, performing custody evaluations where parental alienation has been a finding, making recommendations to the court on the types of orders necessary to try to reunite alienated parents and their children. She is also an expert in determining the difference between parental alienation, estrangement, and alignment.
Dr. Berkowitz has trained other professionals on identifying Parental Alienation and the treatment for various degrees of PA, has written articles on Parental Alienation and speaks on Parental Alienation regularly. She is on the Board of Directors of the Parental Alienation Study Group, is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
William O'Donohue, Ph.D is a professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the Director of the Victims of Crime Treatment Center which provides free services to children who have been sexually. or physically abused and adults who have been sexually assaulted. He has published over 80 books and 300 journal articles and book chapters.
Lorraine T. Benuto is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of clinical psychology. She received her doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2009 and completed an internship at the Veteran's Administration in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While Dr. Benuto's research is broadly focused on ethnic minority behavioral health, much of the work that she does is focused on interpersonal violence, trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress disorder. She is currently director of the DICE Center; and of three clinical service programs: La Cliníca VIVA, THRIVE, and SIERRA Families. The programs are focused on providing behavioral health services to Spanish-speaking Latinx community members, victims of interpersonal violence, and children who are at risk of abuse (respectively).
Gwendolyn Carlson, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in the Women's Health Clinic at the Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center within the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and a VA Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center. Her research interests include: health risk behaviors, risk factors for experiencing potentially traumatic events, insomnia, and posttraumatic responses
Natalie Bennett, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with 10 years of experience conducting research and publishing in the areas of clinical and forensic psychology. She earned her doctorate at the University of Nevada, Reno and currently practices as a pediatric psychologist in Oregon.
Brenda Bursch is a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Psychology Consultation Liaison service at the University of California Los Angeles. Asocial and medical psychologist, Dr. Bursch’s research and clinical focus is in the areas of illness falsification, somatization, palliative care and pediatric pain, and she over sees psychological consultations for hospitalized, medical pediatric patients. Dr. Bursch lectures at professional conferences within the United States and internationally, and has widely published scientific articles and book chapters, including in the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of the American Medical Association. She has practiced as an expert, consultant and clinician on the topic of Munchausen by proxy since 1993, and served as an Invited Advisor on Factitious Disorders for the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5.
Beatrice Yorker is a Professor of Nursing and Criminal Justice & Criminalistics at California State University, Los Angeles. Professor Yorker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana University, a Master’s in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University. From 2005 to 2015,Professor Yorker served as Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Cal State LA, following four years as the Director of the School of Nursing at San Francisco State University. Prior to that, Professor Yorker held several roles at Georgia State University, including Professor of Nursing, Department Chair of Psychiatric Nursing and Associate Provost. Her clinical career includes work in child-psychiatric nursing, forensic nursing and as an expert witness in criminal, family and civil cases. Professor Yorker’s research focuses on Munchausen by Proxy (MBP), a form of child abuse, and serial murder by nurses and other healthcare professionals. She published a law review article on covert video surveillance of MBP and was Co-Editor of The APSAC Advisor2018 the me issue on MBP that included APSAC’s Guidelines for Practice—a consensus document from the APSAC Munchausen by Proxy Task Force. Professor Yorker is a past board member of APSAC and currently serves on the Munchausen by Proxy Committee. She continues to teach psychiatric nursing and frequently offers training in MBP and Medical Child Abuse.
After obtaining his doctorate in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1982, Dr. Ferrara began his career in forensic psychology serving as the Chief Psychologist for the Texas Youth Commission and later as the Chief Psychologist for the Texas Department of Corrections. Since entering private practice around 1991, Dr. Ferrara has worked exclusively with clients who are involved in various legal matters, e.g., civil, family law, and criminal. He has provided testimony before the legislature for the State of Texas and has also testified as an expert witness in over 400 court cases. Drawing on his expertise, Dr. Ferrara has developed and published rehabilitation and treatment programs from intake to discharge for topics including behavior management, aggression control, substance abuse treatment, sex offender treatment, sex abuse trauma treatment, suicide management, and cognitive restructuring programs. He is responsible for implementing every major sex offender treatment program in the State of Texas, as well as other sex offender treatment programs outside the state of Texas. He continues to serve on public boards, serves as a clinical consultant for the Council on Sex Offender Treatment, and in 2019, Dr. Ferrara was appointed by Texas Governor Abbott to the Crime Victims’ Institute Advisory Council. Routinely providing training seminars for mental health professionals, judges, and attorneys, Dr. Ferrara continues to maintain his website https://www.doctorferrara.com/ where iinformation about the services he provides, including treatment and assessment, links to his publications and manuals, and contact information, all may be found.
Dr. Reid is a forensic psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Texas A&M College of Medicine and the University of Texas Dell Medical School. He has published over 200 professional articles and book chapters, and has written, edited or co-edited 17 books, including A DARK NIGHT IN AURORA: INSIDE JAMES HOLMES AND THE COLORADO MASS SHOOTINGS (New York: Skyhorse, 2018). Dr. Reid consults to attorneys, courts, governments and private industry in both civil and criminal matters, many involving violence to others or oneself, and maintains an educational website.
John Matthew Fabian PSY.D., J.D., ABPP, is double board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in both forensic psychology and clinical psychology. He is a fellowship trained clinical neuropsychologist and practices primarily as a forensic psychologist and forensic neuropsychologist in criminal and civil as well as family law cases.
Dr. Fabian was formerly director of a state court psychiatric clinic in Ohio conducting pretrial and presentence evaluations and consulted at two other adult and one juvenile court psychiatric clinics. While practicing as a full-time court psychologist, he earned his law degree and obtained specialized training in forensic psychiatry and the law at Case Western Reserve Law School. While in law school he had two law review articles published on forensic psychological evaluations in death penalty and sexually violent predator legal proceedings.
Dr. Fabian then served as a forensic psychologist at Minnesota Security Hospital (the state’s maximum security forensic psychiatric hospital) conducting pretrial and presentence evaluations and specializing with both violence and sexual violence risk assessment with the Mentally Ill and Dangerous and Sexually Dangerous Persons civil commitment populations. He also consulted with the Federal Bureau of Prisons forensic studies center examining federal criminal offenders.
Dr. Fabian has testified in state and federal courts throughout the United States and has evaluated over 5000 adult and juvenile cases including 850 murder cases. He has examined criminal and civil cases in approximately 25 states and has testified over 500 times. He has extensive history in consulting and examining civil forensic psychological and neuropsychological matters that often focus on PTSD, complex trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, and traumatic brain injury.
In addition to his forensic experience, Dr. Fabian has practiced extensively in clinical neuropsychology and has consulted with Neurology and Neurosciences Associates examining adults with severe neurological conditions and with Applewood Psychiatric Centers examining high risk urban children and adolescents exposed to complex trauma and neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Fabian has also worked as a clinical neuropsychologist and fellow at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine Center for Neuropsychological Services and Raymond G. Murphy Veteran’s Administration Polytrauma Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD unit, and he also specializes in military forensic expert witness evaluations and testimony.
Dr. Fabian has faculty appointments at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston McGovern Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program and at the Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Center for Forensic Behavioral Science.
In addition to teaching courses in forensic psychology, neuropsychology and the law, and violence risk assessment, he is published in law review, peer review, and bar journals. Dr. Fabian’s primary offices are located in Texas and Florida. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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