Octavio Choi, MD, PhD Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry

Specialty Focus: Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, brain imaging, fMRI, lie detection, Neurolaw, Brain Damage, Criminal Responsibility, Competency, Insanity, Testamentary Capacity, Medications, Drugs

Education: MD, PhD, University of California, San Diego; BS, Stanford University; Psychiatry Residency, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute; Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

Years in Practice: 4+

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 12+

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Thank you for your interest. I am currently Clinical Associate Professor in the Psychiatry Dept at Stanford University School of Medicine, and director of training for Stanford's Program in Psychiatry and the Law. Prior to this, I was director of the Forensic Evaluation Service at the Oregon State Hospital, which conducts the majority of court-ordered evaluations in Oregon. I have testified in multiple high-profile trials and thrive under challenging cross-examination. I am uniquely qualified through my training and experience to evaluate high-complexity cases which involve neurologic, psychiatric, medical, and medication issues. I am a graduate of Stanford University and received my MD, PhD from University of California, San Diego (PhD in Neurosciences). I completed psychiatry residency at UCLA-Neuropsychiatric institute, and fellowship in forensic psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania, where I specialized in neurolaw and neuroimaging. I am board-certified in both general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. I am a former chair of the Forensic Neuropsychiatry committee in the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and a current associate editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. In addition to my training in forensic neuropsychiatry, I have a PhD in Neurosciences. As a neuroscience expert, I am experienced in evaluating a large variety of neuroscience-based legal claims, and have done so both for defense and prosecution, and as a court-appointed expert. I am an experienced speaker and educator, and excel at explaining complex scientific and medical concepts to lay audiences. I have over two decades of teaching experience to medical, legal, and lay audiences. I have taught and organized professional trainings for psychiatrists, lawyers and judges, and routinely give public lectures on neuroscience, for example as a featured TEDx speaker at PSU in Feb 2018. www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB-qhZl_qLo