Expertise DescriptionI have over 30 years experience in the field of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have extensive experience in the following areas: child, adolescent, pediatric, forensic psychiatry, adult psychology, evaluations for civil and employment litigation issues, sexual harassment, age and race discrimination, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), post-traumatic stress in the police / California highway patrol (CHP) / firefighter / sheriff departments, issues of somatization and malingering, neuropsychiatric disorders, conservatorship, testamentary capacity, ability to make rules, enter into contracts, issues of undue influence; child custody issues, sexual abuse, parental alienation, domestic violence, parental mental illness, substance abuse, move away cases, evaluation of sexual offenders, criminal competency evaluations, workers’ compensation, mild brain injury, epilepsy, learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD), dementia, sleep disorders, narcolepsy and sleep apnea. I have prior expert witness experience.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes: Evaluation of victims of sexual assault; False victimization issues; Evaluation of sexual abuse claims in schools, day cares, religious organizations, group homes, foster homes; juvenile detention centers, jail / prisons, and psychiatric facilities; Abnormal illness behavior; Medical malpractice: standard of care issues related to psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, improper discharge from psychiatric facility, such as negligent release resulting in suicide / violence; Improper use if seclusion and restraints; Product liability; Poisoning / petrochemicals / solvent exposure / perchlorate exposure; Psychiatric malpractice dealing with elderly; Failure to diagnose and treat with medications; Failure to obtain adequate history / physical exam / laboratory examination; Dependency / child custody.
My consulting services include: Risk assessment; evaluation of risk of violent and sexual / violent offending for sex offenders; Criminal Competency Evaluations; Geriatric evaluations for purposes of capacity to care for oneself, psychiatric legal issues, contractual capacity etc.; Psychopharmacology; Medical reviewer; Clinical supervisor regarding ADHD, disruptive disorders, learning disabilities, and child psychopharmacology; Panel Psychiatry in multiple court counties.
Child Psychiatry trained. Psychopharmacology formal certification. Supervised ADD clinic.
Forensic Psychiatry. Special training in evaluating infants and very young children/preschoolers at a hospital.
I am completely familiar with Bipolar Disorder /ADA issues and employment litigation related psychiatric issues
I am very familiar with adult and child ADD issues. Very familiar with ADA issues and employment-related psychiatric issues.
I have evaluated and testified on cases involving PTSD head injury in children
I have published on child PTSD.
I have extensive experience dealing with child molestation. I have examined both alleged victims and alleged perpetrators and testified for defense/prosecution/plaintiff/defense.
I have published in the area of sexual trauma/victimization.
I am experienced in child psychiatry and very familiar with all aspects of autism spectrum disorders including specific treatment approaches.
I am Board certified in forensic psychiatry and brain injury medicine.
|Doctor of Medicine||University of Bombay|
|American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Forensic Psychiatry|
|Medical License in California and Hawaii|
|Qualified Medical Evaluator|
|Industrial Medical Council|
|State of California|
Awards & Affiliation
American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases