Kerry A. Hannifin, Psy.D. Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Forensic Psychology and Psychology

Keywords/Search Terms:

Correctional Mental Health, Institutional Adult and Juvenile Inpatient Care, Pediatric Mental Disability, Autism, Developmental Disorders, Standard of Care, Traumatic Injury, Risk Assessment, Malingering, Chronic Pain, Emotional Distress, Cognitive and Functional Capacity


Psy.D., Azusa Pacific University; M.A., Pepperdine University; B.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills

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Kerry A. Hannifin, Psy.D. in a licensed forensic and clinical psychologist. Dr. Hannifin is currently a Senior Psychologist Supervisor with the Department of State Hospitals - Patton, where she has been employed for 15 years. In her role at DSH-Patton, Dr. Hannifin oversees the PC 1370, Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST), division of the hospital’s Forensic Evaluation Department, the largest forensic department in the nation. Dr. Hannifin developed and implemented the IST forensic program at DSH-Patton, the first to be fully implemented within the Department of State Hospitals. Dr. Hannifin has extensive forensic experience and has provided expert testimony on various forensic matters. Dr. Hannifin frequently provides forensic trainings, presentations, and consultation. In addition to her work at DSH-Patton, Dr. Hannifin has a forensic private practice. In her practice, Dr. Hannifin serves as a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) and has worked with the Department of Industrial Relations to improve the quality of med-legal evaluations. Dr. Hannifin also conducts pre-trial diversion evaluations (Penal Code Section 1001.36) for the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office. She has also served as a court appointed evaluator for San Bernardino County on both the adult and juvenile panels. Dr. Hannifin earned a Masters Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University and a Doctor of Psychology Degree from Azusa Pacific University.