Capacity Expert Witnesses

Capacity expert witnesses and consultants listed here may be able to form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts on capacity. The capacity expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Business Operations, Emergency Medicine, Engineering, Forensic Psychiatry, Forensic Psychology, Neuropsychology, Pediatric Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Urgent Care Medicine.

Michael A Carlish, Ph.D. Expedient Medicolegal Services

Carlsbad, California
Psychology, Forensic Psychology - Cognitive evaluations, PTSD, fitness for duty evaluation, traumatic brain injury, abuse, capacity, conservatorship, competency, will contest, workplace violence, suicide prevention, standard of care, malpractice
Michael A. Carlish, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. He graduated with High Honors in Psychology from the University of California in Santa Barbara, received his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and earned his doctorate degree at Alliant International University in San Diego, where he studied the relationship between humor and mental health. Dr. Carlish’s practice has centered around three populations: the severely mentally ill, Native Americans, and geriatric patients. Dr. Carlish put himself through graduate school by providing emergency mental health assessments in emergency rooms and psychiatric hospitals around San Diego County, and he continues to see patients in this setting on a regular basis. For the past twelve years he has assessed hundreds of severely mentally ill patients, evaluating suicidality, psychosis, and aggression. For the past four years, Dr. Carlish has acted as the primary testing ...

Dana Chidekel, PhD, ABN, APPdN

Tarzana, California
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Neuropsychology, Pediatric Neuropsychology, Traumatic Brain Injury, TBI, Birth Injury, Hyperbilirubinemia, Kernicterus, Hypoxia, HIE, Capacity, Probate, Post-Death, Disability, Medical Malpractice, Neurodevelopmental, Learning Disability, Autism, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Emotional Distress, Special Educatio
Dr. Chidekel is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. She has been certified by the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology since 2001. She is also a fellow of the American College of Professional Neuropsychology. She has been certified by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology since 2006. Dr. Chidekel currently maintains a private clinical practice of neuropsychological assessment of children and adults. She is known for her ability to present complex ideas in simple terms, so they are accessible and interesting (really, fascinating) to everyone. Findings of an evaluation come to life as part of the larger story of the examinee's life and circumstances. Dr. Chidekel serves as a consultant and expert witness in personal injury, elder law, probate litigation (including post-death determination of capacity and/or influence), employment, business, class action, disability determination, special education, and (limited) family and crimina...

Katya Cornejo, PsyD Expedient Medicolegal Services

Hayward, California
Psychology, Neuropsychology - Forensic, Child and Adolescent, PTSD, Custody, Capacity, Conservatorship, ADHD, Standard of Care, Personal Injury, Suicide Prevention, IME, Malpractice, Fitness for Duty
Katya Cornejo, Psy. D., Q.M.E., is a board certified clinical psychologist with comprehensive experience in the analysis of complex issues regarding causation of psychiatric injuries, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Licensed as a Clinical Psychologist (PSYD23822) in 2009, Dr. Cornejo has previously worked for Kaiser Permanente, California Pacific Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, Westside Calworks, The Homeless Children’s Network, Mt. St. Joseph, and The Talk Line; she currently has a private practice in San Francisco. In private practice, Dr. Cornejo provides psychological and neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. She has experience with providing comprehensive and impartial care to patients of varying backgrounds, ages, and socioeconomic status, and is known for her conscientious and unbiased evaluations and for maintaining awareness of the cultural needs of her clients. Dr. Cornejo graduated from Mills Colle...

Barbara J. Justice, MD Glaser Forensic Group

Woodland Hills, California
Forensic Psychiatry, Psychiatry - Psychiatric Disease, Pharmacological Clinical, Competency to Stand Trial, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity, Serve Mental Illness, Psychiatric Disability, Emotional Harm, Emotional Distress, Workers' Compensation, Mental Health, Malpractice, Capacity, Sexual Harassment Sexual Abuse and Victimization.
Dr. Justice began her career in medicine as a surgeon in New York City. After 20 years as a practicing surgeon, she entered the field of Psychiatry and received training in a Fellowship program at UCLA. She is a Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist with training in all aspects of psychiatry and the law. Dr. Justice has broad experience testifying in criminal and civil cases and has been deposed extensively upwards of 400 times. She has also testified frequently as mental health expert witness for the state of California. Her unique background in physical medicine, trauma, psychopharmacology and surgery, combined with her psychiatric expertise, gives her an in-depth understanding of the multitude of factors at issue in civil litigation cases. Dr. Justice is currently Attending Forensic Psychiatrist, Director of Psychiatric Training at the Department of State Hospital in Norwalk California and CEO and Medical Director of the Glaser Forensic Group. Dr. Justice received her MD and co...

Carlos Rodriguez, MD Expedient Medicolegal Services

Torrance, California
Psychiatry, Pediatric Psychiatry - Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Psychological Trauma, Capacity, Fitness for Duty, PTSD, Abuse, Depression, Disability, Anxiety Disorders, Medical Malpractice, Inpatient and Outpatient Standard of Care, Suicide Prevention
Carlos Rodriguez, M.D., Q.M.E., earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California in Psychobiology. He began to explore the mind/body connection and how it impacts our overall health. He pursued his interest in physical health by earning his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. After graduating, Dr. Rodriguez furthered his study of this integration during a residency in Adult Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. He later went on to complete a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Harbor UCLA, serving as the Chief Fellow while he was there. After completing his training, Dr. Rodriguez worked in a variety of diverse settings. For over five years, he worked in an outpatient community mental health clinic. He treated children, adolescents, and adults with severe mental illnesses in an inner city community. This furthered his cultural appreciation and allowed for a greater unders...

Walter E. B. Sipe, MD Walter E B Sipe MD

San Francisco, California
Psychiatry, Pediatrics - Traumatic Stress Disorders, PTSD, Neurobiology of Trauma, Memory, Child Development, Somatic Symptom Disorders, Functional Pain, Psychological Impact of Medical Illness, Capacity, Mitigation, Sentencing, Sex Abuse, Medical Complications
Holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. Board Certified in general psychiatry and pediatrics, with additional training in pediatric gastroenterology. Teaching physician at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, with specific interests in somatic manifestations of stress and long-term impacts of traumatic events on basic brain processes.

Annette Swain Dr. Annette Swain A Psych Corp

Encino, California
Neuropsychology, Psychology - dementia, capacity, traumatic brain injury, ADHD, Alzheimers, depression, anxiety, cognitive, disability, personality, stroke, geriatric
I am board certified in both clinical neuropsychology (ABCN) and in clinical psychology (AACP). I am a qualified medical examiner for the State of California. I have been in practice for over 20 years, specializing in neuropsychological assessment of neurological, psychiatric, and general medical conditions. My subspeciality is geriatric neuropsychological disorders, including dementia disorders, stroke, and Parkinson's disease. My practice is in Los Angeles, with offices in Encino and Burbank.

Amy M. Zheng, MD, M.Phil., CHSE Amy Zheng Consulting

San Diego, California
Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care Medicine - Opioid Prescribing, Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Supervision, CPR, Heart Attack/Infarction, Pulmonary Embolism/PE, Head Injury, Stroke/CVA, Aneurysm, Appendicitis, Diverticulitis, Sepsis, Trauma, Rural/Critical Access Hospital, Veterans Healthcare, Covid, Capacity, transfer, Cauda Equina
Since 2003, Dr. Zheng has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including academic teaching centers, VA healthcare system, community hospitals, and rural critical access hospitals. She is a frontline clinician in the Coronavirus Pandemic, working in five urgent care centers and two emergency departments in two counties. She is an expert in advanced practice provider supervision and the Medical Director of the Point Loma Nazarene University Physician's Assistant Program. Dr. Zheng is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California San Diego and University of California Riverside. Since 2013, she has led an annual teamwork exercise for 350 students and faculty from three professional schools, which have been featured by the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She has presented at scientific conferences on inter-professional collaboration and pitfalls in emergency medicine. While working as the emergency medicine consul...

Jeffrey A Danziger, MD Psychiatric Affiliates PA

Maitland, Florida
Forensic Psychiatry, Psychiatry - will contests, undue influence, contested wills, testamentary capacity, dementia, capacity, forensic psychiatry, psychiatry
I am a forensic psychiatrist practicing in the Orlando, Florida area, and have been retained in numerous criminal cases over the years, and well as civil cases in the areas of personal injury, malpractice, employment litigation, and family law. I have been involved as an expert in various probate cases, including guardianship issues and testamentary capacity cases. I have been retained by attorneys for both the plaintiff and defense in civil cases over my years of practice, and by the state and defense in criminal cases. I am board certified by the ABPN in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. I have a particular interest in matters pertaining to competency in all settings, be they criminal or civil, and the issues of whether one's mental state renders them able to make a specific decision or carry out a specified act. My first testimony ever in a courtroom involved a disputed 16 million will in 1988, and I have had subsequent experience...

Brian R. Pisula, MD, FAAEM Brian Pisula MD LLC

Florida
Emergency Medicine - EMTALA, transfer, care/assessment of prisoners, sepsis, heart attack/MI, trauma, airway, pulmonary embolism, stroke, meningitis, pneumonia, fracture, dislocation, COVID-19, ectopic pregnancy, testicular torsion, aortic dissection, allergic reaction, AMA, capacity, PA/NP supervision, spinal abscess
Practicing full-time in Emergency Medicine for over 8 years. Has evaluated over 30,000 patients in the Emergency Department setting. Board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Doctor of Medicine from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Experience in multiple practice settings including level-one trauma centers, academic institutions, and low-resource facilities without broad specialty support. Professorships in Emergency Medicine at Mercer University and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Has over 2,000 hours of teaching experience with medical students. Administrative experience including current committee memberships in trauma, medical quality, and surgical quality. Current medical license in Georgia and expert witness certificate in Florida. Dr.Pisula speaks in an engaging, clear and concise manner. An example of Dr.Pisula s...

Stephen (Steve) T. Hopper, PE Inviscid Consulting

Marietta, Georgia
Business Operations, Engineering - supply chain, warehouse, warehousing, distribution, logistics, material handling, productivity, automation, industrial engineering, warehouse management system, ecommerce fulfillment, capacity, WMS, TMS, warehouse accident, layout, material flow, labor, safety, software selection, inventory control
Stephen (Steve) T. Hopper, PE, Founder and Principal with Inviscid Consulting, is a supply chain professional with extensive experience planning and streamlining warehousing, logistics, and distribution operations. For more than 30 years, Steve has solved supply chain problems for numerous clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations. He helps his clients drive down operating costs, boost capacity, improve customer service, reduce risk, implement effective supply chain solutions, and enhance the performance of their supply chain resources: people, processes, inventory, facilities, equipment, material handling systems, transportation assets, and supply chain information technology (IT). Steve earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (BIE) degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He is past president of both the Atlanta chapter of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) and the Atlanta chapter of the Warehousing Educatio...

Brian R. Pisula, MD, FAAEM Brian Pisula MD LLC

Valdosta, Georgia
Emergency Medicine - EMTALA, transfer, care/assessment of prisoners, sepsis, heart attack/MI, trauma, airway, pulmonary embolism, stroke, meningitis, pneumonia, fracture, dislocation, COVID-19, ectopic pregnancy, testicular torsion, aortic dissection, allergic reaction, AMA, capacity, PA/NP supervision, spinal abscess
Practicing full-time in Emergency Medicine for over 8 years. Has evaluated over 30,000 patients in the Emergency Department setting. Board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Doctor of Medicine from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Experience in multiple practice settings including level-one trauma centers, academic institutions, and low-resource facilities without broad specialty support. Professorships in Emergency Medicine at Mercer University and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Has over 2,000 hours of teaching experience with medical students. Administrative experience including current committee memberships in trauma, medical quality, and surgical quality. Current medical license in Georgia and expert witness certificate in Florida. Dr.Pisula speaks in an engaging, clear and concise manner. An example of Dr.Pisula s...

Dana Chidekel, PhD, ABN, APPdN

Oklahoma
Neuropsychology, Psychology - Neuropsychology, Pediatric Neuropsychology, Traumatic Brain Injury, TBI, Birth Injury, Hyperbilirubinemia, Kernicterus, Hypoxia, HIE, Capacity, Probate, Post-Death, Disability, Medical Malpractice, Neurodevelopmental, Learning Disability, Autism, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Emotional Distress, Special Educatio
Dr. Chidekel is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. She has been certified by the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology since 2001. She is also a fellow of the American College of Professional Neuropsychology. She has been certified by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology since 2006. Dr. Chidekel currently maintains a private clinical practice of neuropsychological assessment of children and adults. She is known for her ability to present complex ideas in simple terms, so they are accessible and interesting (really, fascinating) to everyone. Findings of an evaluation come to life as part of the larger story of the examinee's life and circumstances. Dr. Chidekel serves as a consultant and expert witness in personal injury, elder law, probate litigation (including post-death determination of capacity and/or influence), employment, business, class action, disability determination, special education, and (limited) family and crimina...