Leslie Dobson, BS, MS, MA, PsyD Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Forensic Psychology and Psychology

Keywords/Search Terms:

Damage assessment, mental health, trauma, therapy, prognosis, diagnosis, evaluation, personality cognitive testing, first responders, sexual abuse, sexual offenders, severe mental illness, psychosis, schizophrenia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression, suicidal, homicidal, self-harm


Bachelor of Science, Colorado State University; Master of Science, University College London, England; Master of Arts, Loma Linda University; Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, Loma Linda University

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The primary focus of my practice is to evaluate individuals who are struggling with negative emotions or cognitions after a traumatic incident (i.e., sexual assault, car accident, physician abuse, neglect). If appropriate, I will complete a report to include diagnosis, prognosis, and a monetary damage amount for future mental health care. I require a retainer prior to beginning documentation review, evaluation, report writing, deposition or trial. Prior Experience: Criminal: Expert Testimony Cases: 4; Mentally Disordered Offenders Consultation with attorneys: Over 65 cases from Department of State Hospitals Violence Risk Assessments: Over 1000 Short Term Risk Assessments, <50 Long Term Violence Risk Assessments, > 20 Sexual Violence Risk Assessments Main Disorders Assessed and/or Treated: Schizophrenia, Psychopathy, Bipolar, Depression, OCD, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder Familiarity with Penal Codes: Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity, Incompetent to Stand Trial, Mentally Ill Inmate, Mentally Disordered Offender, Sexually Violent Predator Crimes Assessed and/or Treated: Murder (decapitation, shooting, stabbing, cannibalism, mass murder, serial killing, murder for hire), Serial Rape, Pedophilia, Exhibitionism, Crimes against the White House, Attempted Assassination of a President, Great Bodily Injury, Stalking Fellowship: High Risk Sexual Offenders Risk Assessment Recidivism Civil: Certificate of Merit (last 4 years): Over 2000 evaluations and reports, 340.1 Expert Psychological Injury Evaluations (last 4 years): 16 February 2020 to present; Private Practice, Long Beach, CA; Criminal and Civil Psychological Evaluations, Certificates of Merit, Damage Assessment, and Expert Testimony of child sexual assault and trauma (religious, clergy abuse, school, trauma, physician abuse) for private law firms; Individual and couples therapy for general mental health, trauma, first responders (medical, fire, police, lawyers); Threat Assessment and Management Planning September 2022 to present; Founder of Wellness Warriors; The Dobson Cook Wellness Foundation, Long Beach, CA; a non-profit offering free mental health and wellness services based on donation October 2019 – July 2021; UCLA Health Teaching, Training, and Supervision Sept 2018 – July 2021; Staff Psychologist at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System; Violence threat assessment, Suicide Prevention Crisis Line; Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program (i.e., severe mental illness and substance use), VA qualitative analytics, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis and Insomnia; Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center program development, national joint commission. March 2017 – Sept 2018; Forensic Psychology Lecturer at California Polytechnic University – San Luis Obispo, CA. May 2013 – July 2018; Staff Psychologist at Department of State Hospitals – Atascadero; Admission assessments, suicide and violence risk assessments, short-term individual and group therapy, behavioral plans to reduce violence risk, suicide or homicide, deposition and trial; PC 1026 Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity, 1370 Incompetent to Stand Trial, 2962 Mentally Disordered Offenders, and WI 6600 Sexually Violent Predators. May 2012 - May 2013; Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship Sharper Future; Assessment and treatment of sexual predators May 2011 - May 2012; APA Accredited Psychology Internship at St. Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, D.C.; Violence risk assessment and treatment of individuals with severe mental illness and violent crimes; incompetent to stand trial evaluations for mental health court.