Dana Chidekel, PhD, ABN, ABPdN Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Neuropsychology and Psychology

Keywords/Search Terms:

Neuropsychology, Pediatric Neuropsychology, Traumatic Brain Injury, TBI, Birth Injury, Undue Influence, Hypoxia, HIE, Capacity, Probate, Post-Death, Disability, Medical Malpractice, Neurodevelopmental, Learning Disability, Autism, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Emotional Distress, Special Education, Malingering


MA Clinical Psychology, California School of Prefessional Psychology; PhD Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology; Certificate, Clinical Neuropsychology, Fielding Institute

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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 in Southern California. She is known for her ability to present complex ideas in simple terms, so they are accessible and interesting (really, fascinating) to everyone. The 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, immigration and criminal law matters. She is retained by plaintiff and defense in approximate equal proportions. She loves the good fight, which is whatever fight is on behalf of the truth, and she enjoys collaborating with attorneys who are similarly-minded. Dr. Chidekel is licensed to practice in California and Oklahoma She is authorized to practice (up to 30 days/year) inAL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, DC, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MN, MO, NE, NJ, NV, NH, NC, OH, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI and WV through PsyPact, an interjurisdictional agreement among state psychology boards. To date, she has been retained on matters in California, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Alaska, Missouri, Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, Tennessee, Utah, North Dakota, and West Virginia.