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Psychiatry: Religion, Power, and Sexual Assault

Experts.com Member and Psychiatry Expert, Dr. Mark I. Levy, MD, DLFAPA, shares insight about abuse, power, and institutional betrayal within religious groups.

A Review of Statutes and the Role of the Forensic Psychiatrist in Cyberstalking Involving Youth

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.

What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Answer in the Courtroom

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.

Sexual Abuse & PTSD – Multi-Plaintiff Litigation

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?

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

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

John M. Fabian, PsyD, JD, ABPP interviewed on the Pat Thurston show. Click the read more link below to listen to the recorded show.

Growing and Managing Expert Witness Practice with Mark Levy, MD and Charles Saldanha, MD

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.

The Neuroscience of Real Life Monsters: Psychopaths, CEOs, & Politicians

Why do some people live lawful lives, while others gravitate toward repeated criminal behavior? Do people choose to be moral or immoral, or is morality simply a genetically inherited function of the brain? Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Octavio Choi explores how emerging neuroscience challenges long-held assumptions underlying the basis—and punishment—of criminal behavior.

Off Label Prescribing & the Standard of Care

When is an antipsychotic not an antipsychotic? Answer: When it is an antidepressant, a mood stabilizer, an anxiolytic, a tranquilizer, or a sleeping pill. Psychiatric medications are used for many purposes. A medication might be categorized as treating one condition but used to treat many other conditions. For example, quetiapine (Seroquel) is categorized as an antipsychotic medication used […]

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Telepsychiatry Standards & Practices – Understanding & Mitigating Liability Risks

Telemedicine and telepsychiatry have been used routinely for the past decade, but during the COVID-19 pandemic these services are needed more than ever. Telepsychiatry is being used in sub-practices including addiction counseling. Some physicians are not aware of potential missteps and are opening themselves up to liability claims.

Sanity Evaluations: The relationship between the mental state and the criminal behavior.

The insanity defense is a traditional affirmative defense that dates back to biblical times with more relevant application dating back to English common law. Simply defined, the insanity defense determines whether a defendant is capable of being held criminally responsible for his or her actions. How sanity is more specifically defined differs between states and in Clark v. Arizona, 548 […]

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Virtual Forensic Psychiatric Practice: A Lawyer’s Guide

Just because we’re housebound, ​doesn’t mean we’ve stopped working. Telemedicine and telepsychiatry were growing rapidly, prior to the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic. A press release published in Marketwatch (October 15, 2019) stated that telepsychiatry was growing at a compound annual growth rate of 22.6% and was expected to reach $300 million per annum by […]

Video: The Criminal Brain

Why do some people live lawful lives, while others gravitate toward repeated criminality? Do people choose to be moral or immoral, or is morality simply a genetically inherited function of the brain, like mathematical ability? Research suggests certain regions of the brain influence moral reasoning. Dr. Octavio Choi explores how emerging neuroscience challenges long-held assumptions underlying the basis—and punishment—of criminal behavior.

Video: Dr. Octavio Choi presents Brain Basics: An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Neuroscientific evidence is increasingly being encountered in the United States criminal justice system. This session will provide a concise and readily accessible introduction to human brain structure, brain function, and how structure and function are studied through modern neuroimaging techniques.

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Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents

Psychological and neurocognitive assessment can provide empirical data that can be very valuable to the trier of fact in determining the presence, severity, and absence of psychological and neurocognitive damages in children and adolescents. Testing provided by psychologists who are highly trained and experienced with forensic assessment can be extremely helpful for plaintiff and defense […]

Video: Can Neuroscience help us eradicate psychopathy? Octavio Choi – TEDx Talk, Portland State University

Dr. Choi digs into the psychopaths brain, literally. He examines how their brain reacts and thinks compared to an average brain, hoping that we do our part to guide the psychopaths to a better life.

What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Answer | Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

We truly live in the golden age of neuroscience. Advances in technology over the past 20 years have given modern neuro-researchers tools of unprecedented power to probe the workings of the most complex machine in the universe (as far as we know).

HB Webinar: PTSD in Mass Tort & Multi-Plaintiff Litigation

Watch the FREE video recording of this webinar. Everything You Need to Know About Assessing PTSD Claims In Mass Tort Litigation: The “Team” Approach. Get up to speed on the medical and scientific aspects of PTSD in mass tort and multi-claimant cases. With Mark I. Levy, MD, DLFAPA and Sarah A. Hall, PhD.

PTSD Claims Brought by Facebook’s ‘Graphic Content’ Reviewers Goes to ADR, Putting Civil Action on Pause

Facebook can be great fun. How else would I have seen a video of an eight-year-old drummer-girl utterly thrashing Led Zeppelin’s Good Times Bad Times? Or a dog running away with a lit skyrocket as his human friends run, duck and ditch for their lives? Or what your cat looks like in a tuxedo?

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HB Webinar: The Opioid Addiction Story – What Tort Attorneys Should Know About Opiates & How This Epidemic Came to Be

As opioid addiction continues to claim lives and litigation continues to expand, attorneys who may have potential clients – as plaintiffs or defendants – will benefit from this 95-minute session with Dr. David Kan, who has been retained by plaintiffs in the opioid MDL in Ohio.

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Mass Tort Litigation

The Team Approach to Forensic Psychiatric Assessment in Mass Tort or Multi-Plaintiff Complex Litigation There are key advantages to employing a “Single Team Approach” to assessing emotional damages claims in a mass tort population. Whether part of a class action, consolidated individual claims, multi-district litigation, or another procedure, a large population of claimants seeking emotional […]

Current Regulation of Mobile Mental Health Applications

James A. Armontrout, MD, John Torous, MD, Marsha Cohen, JD, Dale E. McNiel, PhD, and Renée Binder, MD — The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law — In recent years, the availability of software that is targeted toward the general public and designed to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of […]

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“I Hurt but They Think I’m Faking!” What Are Somatic Symptom & Related Disorders & What Is Their Importance in Civil Litigation?

A passenger vehicle is rear-ended by a commercial vehicle traveling at 30 mph on a state road. The driver of the passenger vehicle is seat belted. The airbags deployed, and the vehicle suffered moderate rear end damage. Ambulance personnel note that the driver exited the vehicle without assistance, is awake, standing by the roadside and talking […]

6-13-18 NARTC Webinar – mTBI Claims in Litigation

Topics To Be Covered: 1. Asessing Emotional Disorders 1. Definitions – what is a TBI? – what makes a mild TBI “mild?” 2. 3-legged stool assessment: neurology, neuropsychology & psychiatry. 3. Neurology – Imaging Studies and Structural Assessment. • MRI. • DTI. • Tractography. 4. Problems with correlating imaging studies with mTBI studies. 5. Neuropsychology […]