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Cyberbullying and Adolescent Suicide/in Suicide
Today’s youth are exposed to the Internet through the ubiquitous presence of smartphones, social networking, and messaging, carrying a simultaneous devaluation of face-to-face and telephone communication. This rapid expansion of online socialization has introduced new complications to old problems, including the progression of bullying into cyberbullying and cyberbullicide.
Perceived Gender Bias and the Expert Witness/in Experts
By Nancy Hoffman, PsyD fpamed Forensic Psychologist The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender. – Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Historically, medicine and the law have been typically dominated by men, creating the possibility of gender bias in the courtroom. Therefore, women’s presentation style is […]
The Benefits of Using the “Team Approach” When Assessing Emotional Damages in Mass Tort Litigation/in Emotional Damages, Experts, Mass Torts
By Dr. Mark I. Levy, MD, DLFAPA fpamed Forensic Psychiatrist Catastrophic events, or other situations such as toxic torts and product liability claims, often lead to litigation where a large number of claimants report severe emotional damages. While multi-plaintiff litigation requires an expert to contrast and compare vulnerabilities and resiliency factors within members of the […]
A New Study Confirms Old Knowledge: Psychotherapy Works for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Psychotherapy
By James Armontrout, MD fpamed Forensic Psychiatrist When people think about psychotherapy often the image of years of weekly meetings with slow-paced and hard-won improvements comes to mind. While this can be the case for some conditions, many newer psychotherapies for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can often achieve remarkable results in a time-limited fashion. For example, […]
Six Tips for Making the Best Use of an Emotional Damages Expert/in Emotional Damages, Experts
by Tyler Durns, MD fpamed Forensic Psychiatrist First, one must understand what emotional damages claims entail. Such declarations might be founded in a variety of outcomes and antecedents. Emotional damage claims may result from duress relating to routine employment, workplace discrimination and harassment, emotional harm from defamation and libel, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional […]
How Forensic Psychiatrists Evaluate Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury/in Brain Physiology, Experts, Forensic Psychiatry, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
By Octavio Choi, MD, PhD fpamed Forensic Psychiatrist Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a type of injury that is caused by a sudden and violent blow or jolt to the head. It can result in a wide range of organic/cognitive/emotional injuries and behavioral symptoms, depending on the severity of the head trauma. One area where […]
When should you retain a forensic neuropsychiatrist as an expert witness?/in Experts, Neuropsychiatry
By Nicole Brooks, MD fpamed Forensic Psychiatrist A forensic neuropsychiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in the interaction of neurology (i.e. brain, spinal cord, and nerve structure and function), psychiatry (mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders), and the law. This type of expert witness may be uniquely valuable in a variety of legal cases to […]
What is the Value of a Forensic Psychologist?/in Experts, Forensic Psychology
By Howard J. Friedman, PhD, ABPP fpamed Forensic Neuropsychologist Forensic psychology is the intersection of psychology and the legal system. Forensic psychologists apply their knowledge of psychology to legal issues and often work with criminal cases. They can play a valuable role in the legal process by providing insights into the mental states of individuals […]
Six Tips for Choosing the Right Forensic Psychiatric Expert/in Experts, Forensic Psychiatry, Newsletters
When it comes to choosing a forensic psychiatric expert, it’s important to select someone who has the right qualifications and experience. This type of expert is typically called upon to provide psychological or psychiatric evaluations, testimony, and reports in legal proceedings, including criminal and civil cases. Here are some key factors to consider when selecting […]
Family Murderers: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives on the Insanity Defense/in Criminal Law & Mental Illness, Murder
By Ambarin S. Faizi, DO fpamed Forensic Psychiatry Associate Navy veteran Robert Fisher killed his wife, his son, and daughter in their Scottsdale, Arizona home, before setting it on fire in April 2001. Authorities believe he committed the murders because he thought his wife was planning to leave him, and he did not want to […]
A “What, When, Who, Where, Why, and How” Guide to Forensic Psychiatric Consultation in Criminal Mitigation/in Articles, Publications & Quotes, Criminal Law & Mental Illness, Forensic Psychiatry
Mentally ill and emotionally disturbed offenders comprise a significant group of those whose criminal conduct has brought them into the criminal justice system. This is a worldwide phenomenon. However, it may be even more pronounced in the United States Criminal Justice System.
Criminal Responsibility and Legal Insanity/in Articles, Publications & Quotes, Criminal Law & Mental Illness, Forensic Psychology, Insanity
Chapter 15 from Forensic Psychology: Crime, Justice, law, Interventions, Fourth Edition explores the history and caselaw as well as describes the forensic mental health assessment of criminal responsibility, and in particular – the not guilty by reason of insanity defence in criminal cases. Particularly, the mental illness defence is explored through examination of case law and case studies from the United States in which the author, John Matthew Fabian, has been involved.
Opioids and Litigation: 10 Bullet Points Every Trial Attorney Needs to Know/in Litigation, Newsletters, Opioids
Opioids refers to the universe of opioid-type medications. Opiates refer to the naturally occurring analogues (e.g. Opioid, morphine, and codeine). Opioids include the naturally occurring analogues as well as synthetics such as fentanyl. Opioids are medically indicated for short-term acute pain. Post surgical or acute injury Opioids have limited medical indication for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain […]
A Review of Statutes and the Role of the Forensic Psychiatrist in Cyberstalking Involving Youth/in Articles, Publications & Quotes, Forensic Psychiatry, Stalking
Adolescents are increasingly exposed to Internet-facilitated crime as they spend more time online. The mental health risks and legal consequences for youth involved in cyberstalking are growing areas of concern. The nature of online stalking presents several challenges regarding investigation, fair adjudication, fact-finding, and legislation. Laws governing online stalking behaviors inconsistently reference the age of a victim or perpetrator as a factor for consideration in case disposition. During adjudication, the forensic psychiatrist may be asked to evaluate the victim or perpetrator involved in cyberstalking. This article focuses on the current legal landscape governing cyberstalking behavior involving adolescents, the roles a forensic psychiatrist may assume in this context, and the opportunity to bring a developmental perspective to these cases. Paul Elizondo, DO, Dale E. McNiel, PhD, and Rene´e Binder, MD
Response of US psychiatric programs to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on trainees/in Articles, Publications & Quotes
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, trainees have experienced a variety of changes to trainee program policies and guidelines. Overall, poor communication and trainee dissatisfaction with departmental response correlated with concern of infection and anxiety/burnout. Insights garnered from this study could provide scaffolding for the best practices to reduce trainee physician anxiety/burnout for the […]
What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Answer in the Courtroom/in Neuroscience, Video
Octavio Choi, MD, PhD presents for UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds series. Click title above or Read more link below to watch on YouTube.
Pharaohs, philosophers, and Freud—Tracing bias in modern correlates of hysteria./in Articles, Publications & Quotes
‘Hysteria’ is a historical term that encompasses several modern-day neuropsychiatric conditions. The chronicle of this illness is fraught with prejudice from the time of its inception through subsequent adaptations. Relics of cultural misconceptions have been carried forward into contemporary correlates of the illness. The consequences of these follies in present-day are best understood through a […]
Do no harm in due process – a historical analysis of social determinates of institutionalization in the USA/in Articles, Publications & Quotes
Involuntary hospitalization has been a fundamental function of psychiatric care for mentally ill persons in the USA for centuries. Procedural and judicial practices of inpatient psychiatric treatment and civil commitment in the USA have served as a by-product of socio-political pressures that demanded constant reform throughout history. The origin of modern commitment laws can best […]
Sexual Abuse & PTSD – Multi-Plaintiff Litigation/in Multi-Plaintiff Litigation, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Video, Webinars
Mark Levy, MD and Charles Saldanha, MD, provided a succinct and focused discussion on the topic of PTSD in mass sexual abuse cases.
Can neuroscience help us eradicate psychopathy?/in Neuroscience
Octavio Choi, MD, PhD interviewed on the Pat Thurston show. Click the read more link below to listen to the recorded show.
Emotional & Psychological Claims in Multi-Plaintiff Toxic Tort Litigation/in Multi-Plaintiff Litigation, Webinars
Mark I. Levy, MD, DLFAPA and Howard J. Friedman, PhD, ABPP join a panel to discuss what attorneys need to know about the scientific and medical aspects of these injuries.
Armed and Misogynist: How Toxic Masculinity Fuels Mass Shootings/in Gun Control, Violence
John M. Fabian, PsyD, JD, ABPP interviewed on the Pat Thurston show. Click the read more link below to listen to the recorded show.
fMRI in the Courtroom: A (Very Brief) Overview/in Articles, Publications & Quotes
On the evening of May 9, 1991, a postdoctoral fellow named Kenneth Kwong ran a new MRI sequence at Massachusetts General Hospital and, remarkably, “saw a bright blob coming out of the visual cortex” (1). This experiment—the first to use blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in a human subject—led to a […]
Effects of temporary psychiatric holds on length of stay and readmission risk among persons admitted for psychotic disorders/in Articles, Publications & Quotes, Psychosis
The practice of involuntary psychiatric commitment is central to the acute treatment of persons with severe mental illness and others in psychiatric crisis. Deciding whether a patient should be admitted involuntarily requires weighing respect for autonomy against beneficence, considering the clinical needs of the patient, and navigating ambiguous legal standards. The relative dearth of information […]
Growing and Managing Expert Witness Practice with Mark Levy, MD and Charles Saldanha, MD/in Video, Experts
On November 11th, 2020, we were joined by Mark Levy, MD and Charles Saldanha, MD, members of Experts.com since 2005, for a really informative discussion on growing and managing your forensic #expertwitness practice. Doctors Levy and Saldanha started Forensic Psychiatric Associates, LP, in 2005. Dr. Levy had been a solo practitioner of clinical and forensic psychiatry for many years before he and Dr. Saldanha decided to partner and build a nationwide forensic #psychiatry and #psychology practice.