Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Specialty

Board Certified: Senior Disability Analyst

Medical Expert: Social Security Administration


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Telephone:  215-546-6808 or 215-300-2023












As seen in the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Membership Directory (PATLA, p.247)

Link: A Pennsylvania Attorney's Guide to Expert Witnesses & Consultants 

For over 20 years I have assisted the legal profession in Personal Injury (Plaintiff and Defense), Worker's Compensation, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Arrests and Firings, Products Liability, Disability, Civil Rights, Health & Healthcare Law, Torts, Immigration and Naturalization, and Competency matters. see Endorsements page).

Each referred case represents a unique challenge and each must be handled individualistically and not as part of a professionalized assembly line operation. In my Clinical and Forensic practices, I maintain professional objectivity by maintaining a clinical practice, working with defense and plaintiff cases, performing insurance, peer, and utilization reviews while also staying in contact with academia, by publishing articles and reviewing tests.


Too often, cases are lost due to unexamined or unknown Plaintiff/Defendant personality traits that detrimentally impact upon the attorney's well-prepared efforts, wasting valuable time and resulting substantial loss to client and attorney. 

             1. Irrespective of the case, after meeting with the
                 Plaintiff/Defendant, s/he should be referred for a
                 psychological screening. This is a quick assessment of
                 the accuracy of the Plaintiff's/Defendant's report and
                 biases of which the attorney may be unaware (in one
                 instance a disability Plaintiff had an active charge of 
                 child sexual abuse against him of which the attorney 
                 was unaware).
            2.During screening, psychological factors are assessed as
                well, leading to recommendations should further
                psychological or other collateral services or information
                be needed.
            3. If a case is to be referred for full assessment, all
                materials are reviewed prior to acceptance.
            4. Meetings may be requested with the Plaintiff,
                 Defendant or Collaterals.
            5. This preliminary gathering of information prepares me
                 to discuss the weaknesses and strengths of the litigant
                 with Counsel and make recommendations as to what
                 services appear necessary.



         1. A Worker's Compensation attorney referred a
                brain-injured Claimant, fearing that he was suicidal
                and/or homicidal. In fact, he was both. After initial
                processing, I hospitalized the Claimant and had him
                stabilized on medication. After discharge, I tested him
                and recommended supplemental medical testing. This
                revealed more extensive, detailed information on the
                brain damage, resulting in an altered course of
                treatment while providing additional documented,
                independent support for the claim. The result was that
                the claim was affirmed by testing and the
                hospitalization and went unchallenged.

            2. In another (malpractice) case, a Claimant's personality
                traits militated against her testifying effectively. I met
                with Counsel and explained his problem in eliciting
                appropriate testimony during direct examination and 
                explained what he could expect during
                cross-examination. He asked how he could increase
                his effectiveness during direct and I suggested a
                methodology. I then assessed the Claimaint and spent
                two hours training her in testifying, desensitizing
                her anxiety. The next day she provided the jury with an
                appropriate appearance and clear statements regarding
                her history and plight. The jury decided in her favor.

  • Telephone contact with attorney and review of appropriateness of the referral.

  • Brief review of the Plaintiff/Defendant's file.

  • Recommendations for psychological testing or other medical examinations that are missing or bear repeating.

  • Collateral interviews may be requested.

  • Upon completion, a detailed test report is produced.

  • I am available for should further information, deposition or courtroom testimony become necessary.

  • I am also available as a consultant should the attorney require recommendations in managing the Plaintiff/Defendant.

  • I either prepare myself, or oversee, the preparation or production of exhibits for trials and hearings.


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Last updated: June 26, 2011 12:55 PM