Correctional Mental Health Expert Witness


Correctional mental health 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 correctional mental health. The correctional mental health expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Correctional Healthcare, Forensic Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology.

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Oona Appel, PsyD

LOS ANGELES, California
Forensic Psychology, Psychology - Psychological evaluations, competency to stand trial evaluations, criminal responsibility/insanity evaluations, mitigation evaluations, sentencing evaluations juvenile competency to stand trial, waiver to adult court, psychosis, correctional mental health
Dr. Appel is a licensed clinical psychologist in California with a specialization in forensic psychology. After graduating magna cum laude from New York University, she attended an APA-accredited graduate program in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She then completed an APA-accredited internship in clinical and forensic psychology at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Appel subsequently attended a forensic psychology postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where she received training in criminal and civil forensic evaluations. Dr. Appel is on both the adult and juvenile Los Angeles County Superior Court Expert Panels, and is a Health Sciences Clinical Instructor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Appel has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles, and presented at national and international conferences on the topic of forensic psychology.

Natalie Jones, PsyD, LPCC Lifetime Counseling and Consulting

Fair Oaks, California
Behavioral and Social Sciences, Psychoanalysis - Domestic violence, psychological abuse, emotional abuse, correctional mental health, psychotherapy, PTSD, sex abuse, sex offense, criminal offense, crimes against persons, stalking, interviewing, murder, suicide, mental health, victimization, trauma, racial discrimination, psychological abuse.
Dr. Natalie Jones is currently licensed as an LPCC in California and has worked for a number of years in the mental health and criminal justice field. Dr. Jones is passionate about and has expertise in adult forensic interviewing (including those who are intellectually disabled), psychological abuse of women (specifically with African American women), and correctional mental heath. Dr. Jones spent several years working in correctional mental health, and has also worked with the Department of Probation and Pretrial as a contractor. Dr. Jones has worked extensively with attorneys during her time as a contractor. Dr. Jones completed her post-doctoral training with the California Department of Corrections. Prior to this, Dr. Jones also trained at John George Psychiatric Pavilion Inpatient mental health unit, Fairmont hospital Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility, The Hume Center's partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient unit. Dr. Jones has also worked for Marin County co...

Joseph H. Obegi, PsyD, CCPH

Davis, California
Psychology, Correctional Healthcare - Suicide, suicide prevention, suicide risk assessment, standard of care, deliberate indifference, negligence, prison, corrections, correctional mental health
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with more than a decade of experience in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. I am familiar with the clinical, administrative, and legal aspects of delivering mental healthcare in prison. I have delivered direct services in outpatient, inpatient, and segregated settings and administered outpatient and inpatient psychiatric programs. Mental healthcare in prison is frequently tied to judicial intervention. I am broadly familiar with the legal basis and remedial phases of such intervention. I am approved by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care as a Certified Correctional Health Professional. I have specific expertise in suicide in adult correctional settings (e.g., suicide risk assessment, treatment of suicidal persons, and suicide prevention policy). Currently, I monitor and support the suicide prevention programs for 10 prisons in Northern California. I have previously coordinated the suicide prevention pro...