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.

Applied Psychology Services / Dan Whitehead, Ph.D.

Imperial Beach, California
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Focused, Objective and Timely Psychology and Neuropsychology Evaluation Services. I have served as IME & AME in many complex Neuropsychological and Psychological disability cases. I also served in the California Workers Compensation system as a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) in Psychology and Neuropsychology from 1996 to 2018.

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 Evaluation.
Craig B. Grether, Ph.D., Q.M.E. is a licensed clinical psychologist working in the San Diego area. Dr. Grether's work over the past 47 years has resulted in the development of an experience base in clinical psychology. neuropsychology, geropsychology. behavioral medicine, forensic psychology and mediation. He is an accomplished diagnostician, therapist, researcher and author having worked in outpatient rehabilitation, private practice, long-term care, and inpatient settings.

David P. Pingitore, PhD

Oakland, California
Psychology, Neuropsychology - Cognitive Disorders, Depression, PTSD, Assessment of Symptom Magnification/Malingering, Traumatic Brain Injury, Fitness for Duty. Board Certified in Clinical Psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Michigan State University Visiting Scholar/NIMH Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

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, 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.

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

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 50/50). She is founder of Pacific Neurobehavioral Clinic, a reputable mental health clinic in San Diego, CA. More information can be found at

Emily Ziegler Coastal Medical Evaluations & Billing

La Mesa, California
Forensic Psychology, Psychology - Qualified Medical Examinations, Compensation and Pension Examinations, assessment and diagnosis of mood, thought, and personality disorders, violence risk assessment, disability, malingering, PTSD, and substance abuse.
As a forensic psychologist, I have extensive experience in the diagnosis and assessment of mood, thought, and personality disorders. I began my career assessing and providing treatment to recently paroled high-risk sex offenders and, since then, have become adept at understanding the interplay between the most common forensic issues; namely, substance abuse, personality disorder, malingering, and sequela from physical/sexual trauma. I provide expert testimony regarding violence risk for individuals with severe psychiatric conditions and also participate in depositions. I have been Qualified Medical Examiner for the California Department of Industrial Relations since 2012 and, in that capacity, provide full-battery assessments in cases of an alleged industrially-related psychiatric injury. I also have extensive experience working closely with lawyers in cases of disputed service-connection/disability rating for veterans. I aim to provide thorough, accurate, and transparent reade...

Arnold Holzman, PhD, ABPP Behavioral Health Consultants, LLC

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.

Alan J Harris, PhD Allied Psychological Services

Jacksonville, Florida
Psychology, Forensic Psychology - 30 years experience performing IME's for: Workers Comp Testamentary Capacity Personal Injury Violence Risk VA Disability Fitness for Duty Psychosexual PTSD Malingering Pain
Civil evaluation of fitness for duty, workers compensation, personal injury, VA compensation, psychic harm, testamentary capacity, undue influence, psychological autopsy, PTSD, emotional distress, psychological disability, sexual abuse, chronic pain, intellectual disability, ADHD. Criminal evaluation of competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, capacity to waive Miranda rights, psychosexual functioning, paraphilias, recidivism risk, I am happy to discuss a case with the referring source prior to the actual referral to determine if your needs and my expertise are a good fit. I administer a battery of sophisticated psychological tests to substantiate the findings, assess for response bias, and to rule out manufactured or malingered allegations.

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

Clearwater, Florida
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Neuropsychological and psychological assessment
Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP) with a focus on adult psychological and neuropsychological assessment.

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, Licensed Psychologist 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.

Timothy W Brearly, PsyD

Neuropsychology, Psychology - Completed two-year neuropsychology fellowship (in accordance with Houston Guidelines) through the VA and Wake Forest School of Medicine. Currently a full-time clinical neuropsychologist working primarily with military beneficiaries in a large hospital setting. Primary expertise and academic contributions are in the areas of TBI, test validity, and teleneuropsychology. I provide excellent quality IME evaluations and various other clinical and forensic services.
See CV, LinkedIn, and ResearchGate profiles for additional information and qualifications.

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.

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 clinical and forensic neuropsychologist in private practice in Asheville, NC. He also holds faculty appointments in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC School of Medicine and in 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 over 10 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 performed 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 brain injury; somatoform and conversion disorders; and ...

Chad Ritterspach

Waxhaw, North Carolina
Disability Evaluations, Psychology - I focus on disability claims. I have worked for thirteen years completing disability evaluations for the states of NC and SC.

Todd Finnerty, PsyD Dr. Todd Finnerty

Columbus, Ohio
Psychology, Disability Evaluations - Dr. Finnerty is a psychologist and an expert in evaluating impairment.
Todd Finnerty, Psy.D. is a psychologist in Columbus, Ohio and a disability claims expert. He has been licensed as a psychologist since 2003. His practice focuses on assessing impairment related to various types of disability claims and legal cases. He is available to perform examinations for all parties in an independent and ethical manner. He is also available for medical records reviews. In 2012 Dr. Finnerty was named "Disability Review Physician of the Year" by the National Association of Disability Examiners, Great Lakes Region. In 2010 Dr. Finnerty was named the Ohio Association of Disability Examiners' "Consultant of the Year." Dr. Finnerty's practices are in line with the American Psychological Association's Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology. The Guidelines note, in part, "when offering expert opinion to be relied upon by a decision maker, providing forensic therapeutic services, or teaching or conducting research, forensic practitioners strive for accuracy, imp...

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 280 independent medical examinations over 9 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

Kenneth J. Manges, Ph.D. Dr. Kenneth Manges & Associates, Inc.

Cincinnati, Ohio
Psychology - Forensic Psychology, Emotional Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, TBI, Head Injuries, Occupational Loss, Rehabilitation, Family Medical Leave, FMLA, Work loss, Return to work evaluations, Motor Vehicle Accidents, MVA, Truck accidents, Back injury, Earnings loss, Wage loss, Malingering, IQ, Intellectual Assessment, MMPI, Personality Assessment, Veteran exams, Workers compensation exams, BWC exams, Industrial commission exams, IC exams, PTD and AA exams
Former President of the American Board of Vocational Experts. 45+ years’ experience as a retained expert witness. Testified as an expert witness more than 100 times including hearings, depositions and trials in state, federal and veteran cases. I provide IMEs about how psychological conditions and physical conditions can impact a person's return to work. I evaluate how (PTSD) Post trauma stress may be the result of past trauma, not current trauma. I exam how preexisting conditions and co-existing conditions have impacted the current condition. Employers and insurance companies hire me to determine the long term effect of an injury and the person's ability to find alternative work, even if they cannot return to the job they had before being injured. I determine the injured person's ability to earn an income post injury, the number of work life years they have remaining and what jobs they can do given their physical limitations. I determine how a head injury or a TBI determina...

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

Houston, 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)

William J Holden, PhD Professional Evaluation & Therapy Services

Austin, Texas
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Neuropsychological and Psychological evaluations of children, adults and geriatrics for brain related disorders including stroke, head injury, dementia, developmental delays ADHD/LD, anoxic/hypoxic events and neuropsychiatric conditions including post-traumatic stress and personal injury sequela. Records review and assessment of symptom validity and malingering. Over 20 years of experience conducting neuropsychological evaluations, psychological evaluations and IMEs.

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

Irving, 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

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 25 times in deposition, bench, and jury trials since June 2014.
Dr. Wood is a consulting neuropsychologist 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 has two physical locations: Cleburne (near Fort Worth), and Longview (in east Texas). She also regularly travels to evaluate cases for whom travel is difficult or ill-advised. Typica...

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

Richmond, VA, 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 - Traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia, ADHD, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, executive dysfunction, aphasia, symptom validity testing, performance validity testing, depression, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder
I am a board-certified neuropsychologist with extensive experience conducting adult cognitive and psychological evaluations in various contexts. As a faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and a neuropsychologist at the Milwaukee VA, I regularly teach residents and evaluate patients with traumatic brain injuries, memory and cognitive disorders, and psychological conditions such as PTSD. Additionally, I have conducted hundreds of compensation and pension evaluations for the federal government and have testified as an expert 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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