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Forensic Psychiatric Associates, LP

A Nationwide Team of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology Experts

  • We provide evidence-based opinions based on records review, (neuro)psychological testing and independent medical evaluations.

  • We handle Mass Torts and Multiple-Plaintiff litigation, including large volume of records and multiple evaluations.

  • Our experts hold credentials and board certifications from the top institutions in the country.

Mark
Mark Levy

Mark I. Levy, MD, DLFAPA

Expertise

Forensic Psychiatrist Mark Levy, MD, specializes in civil matters including mass torts multiplaintiff litigation, emotional distress, personal injury, PTSD, sexual abuse, employment litigation, ADA, discrimination, undue influence and testamentary capacity in will contests. Dr Levy has served as expert in more than 500 legal cases, including over 65 trial testimonies. He is Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and Faculty at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.

Education

Durham University (U.K.), Columbia College (A.B.), Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD), Mount Zion Medical Center, San Francisco, Internship (Rotating Medical) and Residency (Psychiatry), San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute residency and training. Dr. Mark Levy is Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult and Forensic Psychiatry, and a diplomate of The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He is also Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

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Charles Saldanha, MD, DFAPA

Expertise

Forensic Psychiatrist Charles Saldanha, MD, specializes in emergency, inpatient and community psychiatry, with a focus on serious mental illness and psychiatric hospital administration. He served as an expert in over 80 legal cases, and has provided testimony over 25 times. He is Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco where he teaches in the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship and Department of Psychiatry.

Education

Emory University (B.A.), Duke University (M.D.), Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Internship in Internal Medicine), University of California, San Francisco (Residency in Psychiatry), Yale University (Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry Psychiatry). Dr. Saldanha is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.

Anlee
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Anlee Kuo, JD, MD

Expertise

Forensic Psychiatrist Anlee Kuo, JD, MD, specializes in child custody evaluations, competency to stand trial assessments, parenting assessments in dependency cases, child sexual abuse allegations, child trauma assessments, diagnostic assessments in school consultations and child immigration. She served as an expert in over 250 legal cases, and is Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco in the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship program.

Education

Dartmouth College (B.A.), New York University (J.D.), John Hopkins University (M.D.), University of California, San Francisco (Residency and Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry).

David
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David Y. Kan, MD, DFASAM

Expertise

Forensic Psychiatrist David Kan, MD, specializes in addiction medicine and substance abuse, violence and suicide risk assessment, medical malpractice, assessment of sexual offenders, electroconvulsive therapy and impaired professionals. He served as an expert in over 40 legal cases, is faculty member in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and works in substance abuse treatment at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco. He is a third-party evaluator for the City and County of San Francisco on electroconvulsive therapy, conservatorship assessments, hospital utilization review and risk assessment.

Education

Northwestern University (BA and MD), University of California, San Francisco (Residency and Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry). David Kan, MD, is also a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Clinical Faculty in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult and Forensic Psychiatry.

James
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James Armontrout, MD

Expertise

Forensic Psychiatrist James Armontrout, MD, specializes in PTSD and other trauma-based disorders, substance abuse, civil and criminal competencies, and evaluations related to criminal responsibilities. He served as an expert in over 80 legal cases, including several testimonies and depositions. He is a staff psychiatrist at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto.

Education

University of Virginia (BA and MD), Harvard Longwood (Residency in Psychiatry), University of California, San Francisco (Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry). James Armontrout, MD, is also Board certified in Psychiatry with added qualifications in forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Steve
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Steven H. Berger, MD

Expertise

Forensic Psychiatrist Steve Berger, MD, specializes in competence to proceed, criminal responsibility, severe mental illness, medical malpractice, employment issues such as fitness for duty, workers’ compensation claims, Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disability Act related issues. He has testified in court over 100 times, and has been deposed over 500 times.

Education

University of Michigan Medical School (MD), Harvard Longwood (Residency in Psychiatry), University of California, San Francisco (Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry). Steve Berger, MD, is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry; Diplomate of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons in General Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry; Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Psychiatry; Clinical Professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno.

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Octavio Choi, MD, PhD

Expertise

Forensic Psychiatrist Octavio Choi, MD, PhD, specializes in the use of neuroimaging evidence and the relevance of neurological findings in supporting psychiatric conditions, brain damage, medical and genetic conditions that affect the mind,

Education

Stanford University (B.S.), University of California, San Diego at La Jolla (M.D. and PhD), University of California Los Angeles, Neuropsychiatric Institute (Residency), University of Pennsylvania (Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry). Octavio Choi, MD, PhD, is clinical associate professor in the psychiatry department at Stanford University and Director of training in the program in Psychiatry and the Law. He was previously director of Forensic Evaluations at Oregon State Hospital.

Ayesha
Ayesha Ashai

Ayesha Ashai, MD

Expertise

Forensic Psychiatrist Ayesha Ashai, M.D. specializes in civil and criminal competencies, criminal responsibility, violence and sexual risk assessments, malpractice, psychiatric injury, and evaluations related to testamentary capacity and undue influence. She also has experience working with incarcerated offenders with serious mental illness.

Education

University of Michigan Ann Arbor (B.A.), Boonshoft School of Medicine (M.D.), University of Maryland-Sheppard Pratt (Residency), University of California Davis (Fellowship). Ayesha Ashai, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Illinois School of Medicine.

Takeo
Takeo Toyoshima

Takeo Toyoshima, MD

Expertise

Forensic Psychiatrist Takeo Toyoshima, MD, specializes in substance use disorders including alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine and opioids including fentanyl; medical malpractice and standard of care in outpatient, inpatient, emergency and criminal justice settings.

Education

Yale University (B.S.), University of California Los Angeles (M.D.), University of California San Francisco (Residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry), University of California San Francisco (Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry). Takeo Toyoshima, MD, is the Medical Director of the San Francisco VA Drug and Alcohol treatment clinic, Site Director of the UCSF Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, and Co-Director of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry for California, Alaska, and Hawaii. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry and board-eligible in addiction and forensic psychiatry.

Jorien
Jorien Campbell

Jorien Campbell, MD

Expertise

Forensic Psychiatrist Jorien Campbell, MD, specializes in juvenile and adult civil and criminal competency assessments, violence and suicide risk assessments, malpractice, psychiatric injury, child sexual abuse allegations and diagnostic evaluations in school consultation, emergency, correctional, inpatient, and outpatient psychiatry.

Education

University of Cape Town, South Africa, University of Wisconsin, Madison (B.S.), Albert Einstein College of Medicine (M.D.) University of California San Francisco (Residency), Stanford University (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship), University of California Davis (Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship).

Sanjay
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Sanjay G. Adhia, MD, MRO

Expertise

Forensic Psychiatrist Sanjay Adhia, M.D., MRO specializes in emotional distress, mental health injuries, brain injuries, undue influence, changed competency, medical malpractice, physical and emotional abuse, violence, criminal behavior, neuropsychiatric complications of brain injury, stroke, and spinal cord injury. Sanjay Adhia, M.D., MRO, has clinical experience in high-risk and security-sensitive settings, maximum-security prisons and correctional psychiatric hospitals, inmates on Death Row and segregated in Isolation, victims of kidnapping and false imprisonment, human trafficking, physical and secual abuse, rape, PTSD, Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, risk of suicide and malingering. He is experienced in the impact of drug and alcohol abuse on decision-making.

Education

M.S. Ramaiah Medical College (M.D.), University of Kansas Medical Center (Psychiatry Medical Internship), University of Texas HCS (Residency in Psychiatry), Oregon Health and Science University (Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry).

Ronald
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Ronald H. Roberts, PhD, ABPP

Expertise

Forensic Psychologist and Neuropsychologist Ronald Roberts, PhD, ABPP, specializes in psychological and neuropsychological injuries in civil litigations including brain injuries, post traumatic stress, toxic exposure, discrimination, mental competencies, pain syndroms and disabilities, and, in criminal litigation, Mens Rea issues and criminal responsibility. Ronald Roberts, PhD, ABPP, has been involved in over 4000 forensic cases and has given over 400 depositions.

Education

University of Colorado (B.A.), University of California Berkeley (M.A. and PhD), Veterans Administration Hospital Fort Miley, San Francisco (Fellowship in Neuropsychology).

Sarah
Sarah A Hall

Sarah A. Hall, PhD

Expertise

Forensic Psychologist Sarah Hall, PhD, specializes in the interface between psychological and personality factors and brain dysfunction due to injury, disease, genetic and neurological disorders, as well as disorders of learning and attention. She has been retained as a Forensic expert in over 130 cases and has provided over 13 depositions and testified at trial several times.

Education

University of California, Berkeley (A.B., M.A., PhD), Children's Hospital Oakland (Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology).

Howard
Howard J Friedman

Howard J. Friedman, PhD, ABPP

Expertise

Forensic Psychologist Howard Friedman, PhD, ABPP, specializes in criminal and civil cases involving brain injury, toxic exposure, impact of drug and alcohol abuse, traumatic reactions, competency, psychological injury and functioning. Howard Friedman, PhD, ABPP, is board-certified in Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, and by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Education

Rutgers University (BA, PhD).

Bryna
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Bryna Siegel, PhD

Expertise

Forensic Autism Expert Bryna Siegel, PhD, specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, education, and social policy of autism and related conditions. She has been qualified in several US states, federal and Canadian courts as an expert on autism over 100 times. She is the founding Executive Director of the Autism Center of Northern California.

Education

New College, Sarasota (B.A.), Stanford University (M.A., PhD, and Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Adolescent Development, Developmental Psychopathology, and Psychiatric Research Methods).

Shawn
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Shawn K. Acheson, PhD

Expertise

Forensic Psychologist Shawn Acheson, PhD, specializes in pre-employment evaluations for local law enforcement, and forensic neuropsychological questions of diminished capacity, voluntary intoxication, or mitigation in capital murder cases. He’s work in civil matters focuses on personal injury involving TBI, toxic exposure, PTSD, and fitness for duty evaluations.

Education

Northern Carolina State University (BA), Western Carolina University (MA), Southern Illinois University (PhD), Duke University Medical Center (Fellowship jointly with the Durham Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center).

Alex
Alexis Smith Baumann

Alexis Smith-Baumann, PsyD

Expertise

Forensic Psychologist with expertise in Neuropsychological Assessment of Adults, Adolescents, and Children.

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BA, MA), The Wright Institute (PhD).

Fabian
John Fabian

John M. Fabian, PsyD, JD, ABPP

Expertise

Forensic Psychologist John M. Fabian, PsyD, JD, ABPP specializes in competency to stand trial, insanity defense, Mens Rea, PTSD (with and without traumatic brian injury), violence risk assessment, recidivism, death penalty mitigation, sexual offender risk assessment, workplace risk assessment, juvenile and custody evaluations, fitness-for-duty and more

Education

University of Cincinnati (BA, MA), Chicago School of Professional Psychology (MA, PhD), Cleveland Marshall College of Law (JD), Fielding Graduate Institute (Postdoctoral Neuropsychology Certificate.)

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Services

We provide expert witness services for the full spectrum of issues at the intersection of law and human behavior, including:

Civil Law

  • Multi-Plaintiff Litigation (Mass Torts)
  • NIED/IIED
  • Wrongful Death
  • Civil Competencies/Capacities

Standard of Care

  • Boundary Violations
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychological/ Neuropsychological Testing

 Employment Law

  • Discrimination/Wrongful Termination/Retaliation
  • Fitness for Duty
  • Risk Assessment
  • Claims of Abuse/Discrimination/Harassment

Probate Law

  • Will Contests
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Undue Influence

Criminal Law

  • Criminal responsibility/NGRI/Diminished Capacity
  • Criminal Competencies
  • Sentencing Evaluations

Child & Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry

  • Child Custody
  • Child Sexual Abuse/Trauma
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Trauma & Personal Injury Law

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Risk Assessment

Substance Abuse/Addiction

  • Medical Review Officer (MRO) Assessments
  • Professional Licensing Issues
  • Fitness for Duty
  • Criminal Responsibility

Our Medical Director or Assistant Medical Director are available to discuss your case by phone at 415-388-8040, or please send us an email at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact us for an initial consultation so we can learn about the details and timeline of your case, discuss with you which expert(s) is best suited for your needs, and answer your initial questions. We are never retained by parties to litigation (evaluees). Please ask your attorney to contact us!

Following the initial phone consultation, we would be happy to provide our rate sheet, retention agreement and a preliminary budget estimate based on records size. Our expert(s) are fully retained and will start working upon receipt of the executed retention agreement and the initial retainer payment.

Yes! We have experience with the complex dynamics, logistics and ethical issues of multi-plaintiff litigation. Our experts can provide evidence-based opinions regardless of the number of plaintiffs. Our paralegal team is trained to handle large volume of records, and can create medical chronologies, summaries and other work that speeds up the review of our experts. Previous experience with mass tort litigation includes survivors of workplace shooting, train collision and bus accidents, PCB contaminated water table, mold exposures, housing discrimination (for the Civil Rights Division of USDOJ), sexual abuse claims, public utility gas pipeline explosion, massive fires etc.

Typically, the psychologist reviews any psychological records, administers psychological test to the evaluee, and provides a summary of test results and findings to the psychiatrist. The psychiatrist, as the lead expert, reviews the majority of medical records (except psychological records), depositions, and other relevant documents and data. He or she then performs a multi-hour Independent Medical Evaluation (IME)  and prepares a detailed report of findings in an evidence-based opinion informed in part by the findings of the psychologist. There is no duplication between the psychologist and the psychiatrist, only complementarity. Not every case requires psychological testing. Please contact us to discuss the specifics of your case.

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