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- Company: Verdugo Psychological Associates
- Phone: 818-253-1161
- Fax: 818-630-9022
- Website: verdugopsych.com/
Other Locations: Los Angeles, California
Specialty 1: Neuropsychology
Specialty 2: Forensic Psychology
Specialty Focus: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Stroke, Dementia, Neurocognitive Disorders, Substance-Induced Neurocognitive Impairment, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Emotional Distress and Damages, Mood and Anxiety disorders, Somatic Symptom Disorders, Chronic Pain, Discrimination (employment, racial, gender and sexual), Personal Injury, IME/ AME, Disability Evaluations, Worker's Compensation, Fitness for Duty, Pre-Employment Evaluations, and Violence Risk Assessment.
Medical School: California School of Professional Psychology
Years in Practice: 4Experience:
- 4 years performing IMEs
- 40-50 IMEs performed
- Deposed/Testified 10-15 times
IME Training: American Academy of Forensic Psychology, Two Year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology
I am a clinical psychologist specializing in forensic psychology and neuropsychology with over 10 years of experience in assessing, treating, and consulting on psychological disorders. I completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology and specialized training in forensic psychology at Patton State Hospital, the largest forensic hospital in the country. I specialize in providing comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussions, dementia, complications from a stroke, neurocognitive disorders, substance-induced cognitive impairment, chronic pain, PTSD, emotional distress, mood and anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, and ADHD. I have been retained, qualified as an expert, and testified in criminal and civil cases in local, state, and military courts for cases involving psychological (e.g., PTSD, emotional distress, discrimination, chronic pain) and neuropsychological issues (e.g., TBIs, strokes, alcohol-induced blackout, and other neurocognitive disorders). I have completed forensic psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for immigration hearings, civil and criminal competency, personal injury, worker's compensation, pre-employment, and fitness for duty. I also provide consultation services to personal injury and worker's compensation attorneys on psychological and neuropsychological-related matters. I complete evaluations for both defense and plaintiff attorneys (approximate 50/50 mix). I am appointed to the Juvenile Court Expert Witness and Competency Panel in Los Angeles. I conduct psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for attorneys and the court for criminal proceedings for mental health diversion and mitigation, violence risk, and competency to stand trial. The objective opinions I provide are done with a reasonable degree of medical certainty and supported by the use of evidence-based and empirically supported psychological and neuropsychological tests.