Psychology Independent Medical Examiners

Welcome to the SEAK National Directory of Independent Medical Examiners. The Psychology Independent Medical Examiners found here provide independent medical exams (IMEs), medical evaluations, impartial examinations, independent medical assessments, vocational assessments, functional capacity evaluations, impairment ratings, second opinions, return to work evaluations, or fitness for duty exams to evaluate the extent of disability, permanent impairment or injuries.

James S Angelos, PhD James S. Angelos, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

Santa Barbara, California
Forensic Psychology, Psychology - Experience in criminal and civil proceedings. Personal injury examinations of adults and children. Worker's compensation evaluations. Two year (2008-2010) appointment to U.S. State Department, Office of Medical Services. Twenty-two month deployment to Iraq to evaluate and treat Department of State and Department of Defense personnel for acute and post traumatic stress disorders.

Franklin Carvajal, PhD, PhD Nurtureful Psychological Services

Culver City, California
Psychology, Forensic Psychology - Perform all types of evaluations associated with administrative, civil, and criminal law cases.
Bilingual (Spanish and English) Multiculturally Competent (Arrived in the USA from Venezuela at age 16) Two Ph.D.'s from prestigious academic institutions (Social and Personality as well as Clinical Psychology) I have performed evaluations of all sorts which has made me a better evaluator and report writer. In person or video chat.

Craig B. Grether, Ph.D. Craig B. Grether, Ph.D.

Carlsbad, California
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Neuropsychology/Neurocognitive Deficits, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, Forensic Psychology, Psychological Disability Assessment, Fitness for Duty Evaluations, Workers Compensation Qualified Medical Evaluations.
Craig B. Grether, Ph.D., Q.M.E. is a licensed clinical psychologist and qualified medical evaluator working in the San Diego area. Dr. Grether's work over the past 49 years has resulted in the development of an experience base in clinical psychology. neuropsychology, forensic psychology, geropsychology. and behavioral medicine. He is an accomplished diagnostician, therapist, researcher and author having worked in outpatient rehabilitation, private practice, long-term care, and inpatient settings.

Bahar Safaei-Far, PsyD

Tarzana, California
Psychology, Forensic Psychology - Services include psychological consultation, psychodiagnostic testing, Fitness-for Duty evaluations (peace officer and civilian), expert reports, independent medical evaluations, expert testimony with specialization in PTSD with civilian, law enforcement , firefighter and Veteran populations.
Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) certified Military Veteran Bilingual Dr. Safaei-Far has extensive experience in conducting independent psychological medical evaluations including Defense Base Act Evaluations, Franklin Mitigation Evaluations, and psychological Fitness for Duty Evaluations (FFDE) with respect to any security or safety-related position, for both public and private entities. In addition to Fitness for Duty Evaluations, Dr. Safaei-Far also performs psychological screenings and risk assessment evaluations for return-to-work clearances in any safety or security-related employment environment. Additionally, Dr. Safaei-Far has extensive knowledge of California's Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) requirements. She is qualified as a POST evaluator, and performs evaluations on a case-by-case basis for law enforcement appeals and other positions governed under POST requirements.

Aimée V Sanchez, PhD, ABDA, QME, HSPP Dr. Aimée V. Sanchez, PhD., Inc.

Fresno, California
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Stroke, Dementia, Neurocognitive Disorders, Substance-Induced Neurocognitive Impairment, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Chronic Pain, Mood and Anxiety disorders, Personal Injury, Trial Pre-Consultation, IME/AME, Disability Evaluations, Worker's Compensation,
Dr. Sanchez is a licensed psychologist specializing in Applied Clinical Neuropsychology and has additional certification as a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME); Diplomate, Board Certified Senior Disability Analyst (ABDA); and HSPP in CA. Dr. Sanchez has completed specialized training in Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology at the doctoral, internship and post-doctoral levels, in accordance with guidelines set forth for the practice of Neuropsychology by the Clinical Neuropsychology Division of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. She earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno in 1999 with concentrations in Neuropsychology, Cross Cultural, and Child Clinical Psychology. She also completed 2 years of advanced postdoctoral training in Pediatric and Adult Clinical Neuropsychology in 2007 through Fielding Institute in Chicago. In her practice, Dr. Sanchez specializes in traumatic...

Delia Silva, PsyD, ABPP-CN, QME Pacific Neurobehavioral Clinic, PC

San Diego, California
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Dr. Silva is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology (ABPP-CN) and has additional certification as a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) in CA. She has held board positions with national, state, and local neuropsychology organizations. She specializes with traumatic brain injuries, neurodegenerative conditions, complex medical conditions in adults, mood and anxiety disorders, somatic symptom disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain syndromes. She also speaks Spanish.
All evaluations include assessment of performance and symptom validity. Conclusions are based on objective data and are evidence-based. Dr. Silva has performed evaluations for both defense and plaintiff attorneys (approximately 70/30). She will provide free initial consultations to determine if she is the right expert for the case. She is founder of Pacific Neurobehavioral Clinic, a reputable mental health clinic in San Diego, CA. More information can be found at http://www.neuropacific.com

Mara Tansman, PSY.D. Psychological Assessment Services

Los Angeles, California
Forensic Psychology, Psychology - Using thorough interview and psychodiagnostic testing Dr. Tansman has prepared IME reports detailing an individual’s current mental status, depression or anxiety levels, memory, mental illness, learning disabilities and abstract reasoning. She has also consulted for cases involving workplace injuries, post-traumatic stress, and workers’ compensation evaluations. Assessments vital in determining the ability to continue employment, and assess patient levels of honesty and psychological impairment.
Dr. Mara Tansman, Psy.D. PQME has appeared as an expert witness in courts to testify about a patient's cognitive, emotional, or mental health status as a result of traumatic events, workplace physical injuries, learning disabilities, or a patient’s medical history. As a forensic psychologist expert witness, she has also evaluated a patient’s ability to make medical decisions, give informed consent, and competency in estate planning and will disputes. She has also testified as to the appropriateness of other psychologist's and therapist's evaluations and diagnoses. As a forensic psychology expert witness, Dr. Tansman has the appropriate academic credentials and years of experience to support her opinions. She will consult with attorneys to determine her qualifications for the testing required and has previously been deposed and appeared in court to support her conclusions. She is in demand as a lecturer on medical and legal issues as they relate to psychology and workers' compensatio...

Arnold Holzman, PhD, ABPP

Hamden, Connecticut
Psychology - Services include: Assessment of psychological/psychiatric disability secondary to physical or emotional trauma. Disability evaluations for workers compensation and personal injury cases. Evaluation of patients complaining of chronic pain, PTSD and other psychiatric disorders secondary to injury. Fitness for duty and return to work evaluations for employees of municipalities as well as the private sector.
I am Board certified in Clinical Psychology. My specialty areas include the role of psychological factors that contribute to complaints of chronic pain and disability. I have specific expertise in psychological management of patients presenting with chronic pain and injury. I have expertise in the assessment of psychological/psychiatric disability secondary to physical or emotional trauma. I provide disability evaluations for workers compensation and personal injury cases. This includes evaluation of patients complaining of chronic pain, PTSD and other psychiatric disorders secondary to injury. I provide fitness for duty evaluations for municipalities as well as the private sector.

Joseph L Schwartz, PsyD

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Psychology, Forensic Psychology - No Fault Insurance, Second Opinion on Diagnosis, Ethical Considerations, Malpractice, Review of Psychological Testing, Mental Status Exams/Clinical Interview, Short and Long Term Disability Assessment, Expert Witnessing, Post Traumatic Stress/Trauma, Traumatic Brain Injury, Harassment, Many hours per week in patient contact. Conducted over 1000 Mental Health Evaluations. Has performed over 500 IMEs in the assessment of forensic and mental status issues for children, adolescents and adults.
Dr. Joseph Schwartz has specialized in Clinical, School and Forensic Psychology for over 30 years. He has conducted over 1000 Mental Health Evaluations. This includes parenting, psychological issues, risk assessment, developmental disorders, head injury, cognitive ability, and disability determination. He has given his expertise for co-parenting difficulties, Marital and Family Law, Criminal and Civil Court . He has provided Psychological Testing, Parenting Plans and Expert Witness testimony. Dr. Schwartz began providing IMEs to Insurance Companies in New York where he practiced for 14 years. He is a graduate of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and received a Post Doctoral Fellowship to the Regent Hospital NYC. He is a member of the American Psychological association.

Daniel Proto, Ph.D., ABPP Neurocognitive Specialty Group

Pensacola, Florida
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP/CN) with a focus in adult neuropsychological and psychological assessment, including in populations with traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative disease, stroke, epilepsy, and psychiatric disorders such as PTSD.
American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) - Clinical Neuropsychology

Alex Alverson, PhD Neurocognitive Specialty Group

Norcross, Georgia
Neuropsychology, Psychology

Ray S. Kim, Ph.D. Patrick J. Kennelly, Ph.D. and Associates

Schaumburg, Illinois
Forensic Psychology, Psychology - Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Disability Determination, Fitness for Duty, Malpractice, Malingering, Mood Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Substance Abuse.
Dr. Kim has the education, experience, knowledge, and skill to meet your forensic psychological needs. He is an experienced Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who has conducted numerous psychological evaluations for both criminal and civil court proceedings. Dr. Kim is sensitive to the nature of legal matters, and provides comprehensive, timely, and professional services. He has expertise in the areas of personal injury, worker’s compensation, disability determination, malpractice, malingering, and PTSD. His credentials include: Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder Professional, Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association, Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties, Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, and Fellow of the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists.

Timothy D. McManus Ingalls Hospital

Palos Heights, Illinois
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Practice focused upon Neuropsychological services for adults, geriatrics and children as well as Rehabilitation Psychology Services for chronic pain patients and patients with PTSD. Neuropsychological Evaluations, Psychological Pain Assessments, IME's, and Consultations. Medical Records Review. Mild Head Injury, Workman's Compensation, and Personal Injury cases assessed.

Jessica Myszak, PhD. Help and Healing Center LLC

Glenview, Illinois
Psychology - Dr. Myszak has completed thousands of evaluations for children and adults over the years for a variety of referral questions, including disability determination for social security, Veteran's benefits, and other personal and legal needs.
Dr. Myszak has extensive experience completing independent evaluations of claimants filing for social security disability, completing required paperwork and testifying on behalf of inpatient mental facilities when involuntary hospitalization was recommended for patients, and completing other psychological evaluations for court proceedings. She has worked on both sides of the process for those seeking state disability determination, and she has completed thousands of evaluations for disability claimants and Veterans seeking Compensation and Pension for mental disorders (ranging from anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, and other needs) or PTSD. She has knowledge of the disability process and is comfortable testifying when it is required.

Phillip Rambo Neurocognitive Specialty Group

Wichita, Kansas
Neuropsychology, Psychology

Jesse Smotherman, PhD Neurocognitive Specialty Group

Metairie, Louisiana
Neuropsychology, Psychology
Dr. Jesse Smotherman is a Clinical Neuropsychologist. He earned his B.S. from Louisiana State University, his M.S. from the University of North Texas, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. He completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, with a specialized track in clinical neuropsychology, before completing a two-year APPCN postdoctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology at Ochsner Health in the Department of Neurology. In addition to research and teaching experience, as well as years of practice as a psychometrist, Dr. Smotherman has received extensive training from board-certified neuropsychologists across a wide array of academic medical centers, VA hospitals, community-based clinics, inpatient units, and private practices, including: Ochsner Hospitals/Clinics, Dallas VA Hospital, OKC VA Hospital, University of Oklahoma Medical Center, OU Children’s Hospital, Baylor Memory Center, UNT Psychology Clinic, and LSUHSC Psy...

David D Nowell, Ph.D. Nowell Neuropsychological Services, Inc.

Worcester, Massachusetts
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Peforming validated neuropsychological assessment of complaints associated with behavioral health disorders, dementia, traumatic brain injury (including mild TBI), and ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Adjunct professor at Clark University. Physician Advisor with University of Massachusetts Medical School Disability Evaluation Services. Consultant to an acute rehabilitation hospital. Providing continuing education workshops across the US and Australia.

James F. Zender James F. Zender, PhD, PC

Mount Clemens, Michigan
Psychology - I specialize in the evaluation and treatment of auto accident trauma. PTSD, TBI, Auto Accident Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Psychotherapy, Pain Psychology, Family, Injury, Veterans, Addiction, Autonomous Vehicles
Founding director of the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Psychological Trauma at Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center, where he also served as Instructor in Psychiatry. Contributing Editor, The Forensic Examiner, Journal of the American College of Forensic Examiners. Named America’s Best Doctors, Who’s Who Top Doctors Honors Edition (2017). Active blogger for Psychology Today. Member, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, The American Psychological Association, Michigan Psychological Association, Brain Injury Association of Michigan, and the National Safety Council. Featured in The Detroit Free Press, Detroit Metro Times, Boston Globe and Crain’s Detroit Business. Provides forensic psychological services for plaintiff and defense. Administers Independent Psychological Evaluations. Works in the area of accident prevention and promoting transition to autonomous vehicles.

Anne R Carlew, PhD Neurocognitive Specialty Group

Ridgeland, Mississippi
Neuropsychology, Psychology

Shawn K Acheson, PhD Clinical Neuroscience Services of WNC

Waynesville, North Carolina
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Clinical Neuropsychologist serving the piedmont and western North Carolina. Expertise in neuropsychological assessment, traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, PTSD, malingering, fitness for duty, return to work, return to play, competency, substance abuse, somatoform disorder, conversion disorder, pseudo-seizures, and psychogenic movement disorders.
Dr. Acheson is a forensic neuropsychologist in private practice in Asheville, NC. He previously held academic appointments in the Department of Psychology, Western Carolina University; Department of Psychiatry, University of NC School of Medicine; and, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center where he completed his neuropsychology residency and post-doctoral fellowship training. He remains available throughout central and western NC for consultation. Dr. Acheson has 15 years of experience providing forensic evaluations in criminal and civil cases, independent medical evaluations, as well as disability evaluations for the Veteran’s Administration. He has also evaluated fitness for duty; workers comp; and issues surrounding civil capacity (e.g., medical decision making / financial decision making / independent living). Dr. Acheson also provides expert testimony concerning the behavioral and cognitive effects of drugs of abuse; traumatic br...

Dru E Garcia, Ph.D. EnLite Clinics

Columbus, Ohio
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Neuropsychological evaluations, psychological assessment and diagnosis from toddler to the elderly, psychometric assessments, report writing and treatment recommendations. I have performed Disability Examinations, Veterans Evaluations, Independent Medical Examinations, Alternative Dispute Resolutions, File Reviews, Plaintiff and Defense Evaluations and Fitness for Duty for state government and third parties. I have performed over 400 independent medical examinations over 11 years.
MBA: The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University Phd: The Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology Post Doctoral Certification in Neuropsychology at Fielding University, New York City

Madeline I Maysonet Scavo, Psy.D Dr Maysonet Clinical & Forensic Psychology Firm PLLC

Allentown, Pennsylvania
Psychology, Forensic Psychology - PTSD, Trauma, Psychological Autopsy, Suicide Prevention & Risk Assessment, Clinical/Forensic Evaluations, IME, Disability, Compensation, Personal Injury, Fitness for Duty, Inspections, Audits, Investigations, Threat Assessment & Management, Workplace Violence, Malpractice, & Evaluative Mediation.
Dr. Maysonet is a seasoned bilingual clinical and forensic psychologist with 22+ years of experience in investigations and as a correctional psychologist within several government agencies (e.g., State Department of Corrections, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security) and private practice. She is licensed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Florida. Dr. Maysonet has provided many specialized therapeutic services and legal consultations to veterans, law enforcement, attorneys, and the community in general. She has been the subject matter expert and consulted in cases related to: Psychological Autopsy Investigation (completed suicide) Correctional standard of care Audits/Reviews/Investigation of Correctional Suicide Prevention Programs Competence Evaluation Suicide Risk Assessment Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Compensation Social Security Disability Personal Injury Fitness for Duty Pre-surgery Lethal Weapon Training Act...

Robert Collins, Ph.D., ABPP Neurocognitive Specialty Group

Missouri City, Texas
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP/CN) with clinical and research experience in the cognitive and psychiatric sequelae following traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative disease, epilepsy, and cancer treatments. Dr. Collins is an authority in factors related to test taking validity. Dr. Collins has extensive experience conducting objective, data-driven Independent Neuropsychological Evaluations for both insurance and forensic referral sources.
American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) - Clinical Neuropsychology Widely published (articles and chapters on request)

Erin Sullivan-Baca, Ph.D., ABPP-CN Neurocognitive Specialty Group

Dallas, Texas
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Concussions, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Stroke, Dementia, IME, Neuropsychological Assessment
Dr. Sullivan-Baca is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She completed a 2-year postdoctoral residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX and has experience working in both inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient clinical settings. She is actively engaged in neuropsychology clinical practice at Neurocognitive Specialty Group, research through Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey VA, and teaching graduate courses at the University of North Texas. Dr. Sullivan-Baca is involved in both local and national neuropsychology organizations and holds leadership roles in the DFW Neuropsychological Association (founder and former president), the Dallas Psychological Association (Executive Committee Member), and APA Division 40 (Society for Clinical Neuropsychology)'s Women in Neuropsychology (Committee Member). Part of her time is dedicated to me...

Nicholas M Wisdom, Ph.D., ABPP Neurocognitive Specialty Group

League City, Texas
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP/CN) with a focus in adult neuropsychological assessment including populations with traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative disease, stroke, epilepsy, cancer, and psychiatric disorders.
American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) - Clinical Neuropsychology

Sharna L Wood, Ph.D. Assess Texas PLLC

Cleburne, Texas
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Psychological and neuropsychological assessment encompassing a wide range of disorders, including brain injury, organic brain disorders, dementias, MVC, TBI, mTBI, PTSD, and many others. Well-versed in disability, rehabilitation, and ERISA. Testified over 40 times in deposition, bench, and jury trials since June 2014.
Dr. Wood is a consulting neuropsychologist for both plaintiffs and defense who has independently practiced in Texas since 2009, although she has worked in psychological and neuropsychological assessment since 2001. Her clinical training was primarily in the public hospital system in Fort Worth, but she experienced a wide variety of training settings, including neurocognitive rehabilitation and rural outreach. Her professional career includes several faculty and director positions in the areas of psychology and neuropsychology. Dr. Wood’s professional affiliations include the National Alliance of Professional Providers of Psychology, where she serves on the executive board and as associate editor of The Clinical Practitioner. She is also a member of Aerospace Medical Association, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Wood's office is located in Cleburne, Texas (near Fort Worth), but she regularly travels to evaluate people for whom travel is difficult. She is also a Psy...

Vivian L Begali, PsyD, LCP, FACPN-ABN, ABPP Neuropsychology & Psychological Healthcare

Richmond, Virginia
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Dr. Begali is a licensed clinical psychologist and is double board certified. She has over 25 years of clinical experience in the treatment and neuropsychological assessment of neurological and psychiatric conditions (dementia, concussion/TBI, stroke, MS, PTSD, toxic exposure, pain, WC work injury). Neuropsychological IMEs are used to qualify and quantify dysfunction for disability determination, capacity assessment, fitness for duty, security clearance, and medico-legal cases.
Dr. Vivian Begali is board certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABN). She provides clinical care and neuropsychological assessments; IMEs; peer reviews and second opinions; forensic neuropsychological evaluations for diagnostic and disability determination, capacity related to competency, fitness for duty and security clearance, readiness to return to work, legal capacity assessment, and neuropsychological consultation. All IMEs include case review, record review, consultation, and measurement of neurocognitive and psychological/psychiatric status, mood, personality, attention/concentration, mental status, and validity/effort/response bias and credibility. Opinions are provided regarding differential diagnosis, neurocognitive status and prognosis, etiology, functionality, and treatment planning. Evaluations are conducted in a private practice off...

Eric R. Larson, PhD Advanced Assessment

Milwaukee , Wisconsin
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Assessment of psychological and neuropsychological conditions including traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stroke, dementia, ADHD, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, frontotemporal dementia, disorders of executive functioning, aphasia, depression, and personality disorders. Symptom validity and performance validity measured during all evaluations.
I am a board-certified neuropsychologist with extensive experience conducting adult neuropsychological and psychological evaluations in various contexts. As a faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin, adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and a neuropsychologist at the Milwaukee VA, I regularly teach graduate students and residents how to diagnose and treat patients with psychological and neuropsychological conditions including traumatic brain injuries, memory and cognitive disorders, and psychological conditions such as PTSD and depression. I have conducted hundreds of compensation and pension evaluations for the federal government and have testified as an expert witness both at depositions and at trial. I provide adult (age 18+) IME, consultation, and expert witness services to plaintiff and defense attorneys.
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