Joseph H. Obegi, PsyD, CCPH Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Psychology and Correctional Healthcare

Specialty Focus: Suicide, suicide prevention, suicide risk assessment, standard of care, deliberate indifference, negligence, prison, corrections, correctional mental health

Education: BS Physiology, University of California, Davis, CA; MS Child Development, University of California, Davis, CA; PsyD Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA

Years in Practice: 13+

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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 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 and adult correctional settings (e.g., suicide risk assessment, treatment of suicidal persons, and suicide prevention policy). Currently, I coordinate the suicide prevention program in a 400-bed psychiatric hospital. In this capacity, I regularly provide consultation on complex cases of suicidality and self-injury, mentor staff in suicide risk assessment, and train mental health staff, both within the prison and state-wide, on topics related to suicide. I also monitor compliance with suicide prevention policies and am familiar with national standards of suicide prevention in correctional systems. In the community, I have delivered presentations and training on topics on topics such as suicide risk assessment, interventions for suicidal people, and the standard of care when treating suicidal patients. I strive to make my presentations accessible, instructive, and engaging. I have also published a number of papers in peer-reviewed journals on topics related to suicide. I am a member of the American Association of Suicidology. I invite you to review my curriculum vitae and visit my website for more detailed information. I would be glad to discuss your expert witness needs and whether my expertise can support your work.