Forensic Psychologists

forensic psychologist
Forensic psychology is the intersection between psychology and the justice system. An important aspect of forensic psychology is the ability to testify in court as an expert witness, reformulating psychological findings into the legal language of the courtroom, providing information to legal personnel in a way that can be understood. Further, in order to be a credible witness, the forensic psychologist must understand the philosophy, rules, and standards of the judicial system.

Psychologists with Experience with Autism and Forensic Psychology

Dr. Ermshar & Associates
Main office is located in the Pasadena – San Marino area
(626) 405-0521
Licensed clinical psychologist, with specialization in neuropsychology and forensic psychology. Dr. Ermshar received her doctorate in clinical psychology at Loma Linda University. She completed a predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at Hutchings Psychiatric Hospital, a state hospital in Syracuse, New York. She received specialized training in the treatment of bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorders, child/adolescent development, schizophrenia, and dual diagnosis. Dr. Ermshar specializes in forensic psychology, neuropsychology, and clinical/diagnostic psychological assessment and evaluation. Dr. Ermshar has served as an expert witness in numerous court cases within Federal Court, California Superior Courts, and California Juvenile Courts. Her consultation and expert testimony expertise includes addressing legal questions pertinent to mental disability, violence and sex offender risk assessment, pervasive developmental disorders including autism spectrum disorders, learning disability, head injury, neuropsychological functioning, cognitive ability, psychological/emotional damages, sex offenses, and various criminal and civil forensic evaluations. Dr. Ermshar is an expert in alternative sentencing. Does not accept insurance, but services may be reimbursed by insurance.

José L. Fuentes, Ph.D., Clinical Neuropsychologist 
255 E Bonita Ave Pomona
(800) 926-5462
Offers Neurobehavioral Consultation, Neuropsychological Assessment, Independent Evaluations (IEE’s), Dr. Fuentes provides consultation services to assist families who have questions regarding services for their children with special needs. This service can include preliminary diagnoses for specific disorders, recommendations/referral for additional interventions and/or assessment, consultation on behavioral intervention, on-going support. Services English and Spanish-speaking families.

Nora Baladerian,Ph.D.,
555 S. Sunrise Way, Suite 205 Palm Springs, CA 92264
(310) 473-6768
Dr. Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a licensed marriage, child, and family counselor.  She is also a certified sex therapist and a clinical hypnotherapist. Dr. Baladerian is available for individual, couple, or family counseling.  Her specializations include: trauma or abuse related issues, depression and anxiety, gerontology, and children and adults with disabilities.  Forensic Consultations:  Dr. Baladerian is frequently retained by attorneys representing clients with developmental or intellectual disabilities in civil and criminal cases.  Dr. Baladerian has testified in court as an expert witness on disability related issues.

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