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Mitler Forensic Examination

Mitler Forensic Examination

7131 Arlington Road
Suite 455

Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Phone(240) 447-9123

Website https://www.mitlerforensics.com
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Dr. Mitler is a Board Certified Forensic Examiner and expert in sleep and fatigue research. He offers expert witness services; Investigation of human error accidents; consultation on transportation and industrial accidents involving driver or worker fatigue; and consultation on effects of sleep disorders and sleep deprivation.

Services

Dr. Mitler provides the following services:

Expert witness
Consultation on driver or worker fatigue
Consultation on sleep disorders in relation to safety

Areas of Expertise

Additional Expertise:

Transportation Mishaps, Industrial Worker Errors, Fatigue.

Profile

I am a forensic examiner and expert in the physiology of sleep and fatigue. I have more than 20 years of experience consulting on and testifying in cases in which driver or worker fatigue was alleged to be a causal factor, including such prominent cases as those arising from the Exxon Valdez grounding and the death of Libby Zion.

I received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin and an M.A. in Child Psychology from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. I received a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. I continued with 3 years of postdoctoral training at Stanford University Medical School in Palo Alto, California and received a certificate from Stanford in The Developmental Psychobiology of Sleep.

I received training in Sleep Medicine (Clinical Polysomnography) from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California and training in Traffic Accident Investigation (Skid Mark Analysis) from Miramar College, San Diego Law Enforcement Training Center, San Diego, California. I practiced Psychology in New York and California (New York State Psychology License 007055; California License PSY 7767).

My academic and teaching experiences include the following: I served on the teaching and research faculties of Stanford University from 1973 to 1978 and The State University of New York Stony Brook from 1978 to 1983. From 1983 to 2003, I was a Professor in The Department of Neuropharmacology at The Scripps Research Institute and a Psychologist at The Scripps Clinic in San Diego, CA. I also was a Clinical Professor in The Department of Psychiatry at The University of California, San Diego. I hold the following Board Certifications: American Board of Sleep Medicine, American Board of Forensic Examiners, American Board of Forensic Medicine.

In my academic positions, I had continuous funding in the form of fellowships and research grants awarded through competitive, peer-review mechanisms by the National Institutes of Health from 1968 to 2002. These awards financed my studies of various aspects of sleep physiology, sleep disorders and the effects of sleep loss.

I have published over 200 articles in scientific journals or books. I have been a frequent consultant to The U.S. Department of Transportation on matters related to fatigue and hours of service for commercial truck drivers. I was the sleep researcher responsible for data acquisition and processing in The DOT's 1996 study on driver fatigue and alertness. To date, this is the world's largest objective study of fatigue and the neurocognitive effects of fatigue in commercial truck drivers. From 2002 to 2013, I was a Program Director at The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, within The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Consulting Practice

All States

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Professional Experience

1983 – present Private Practice, Forensic Examination Services.
2016 – present Consultant, Commonwealth Health Research Board,
Commonwealth (State) of Virginia
2015 – present Member, Speakers Bureau, Merck Pharmaceuticals
2002 – 2013 Program Director, Homeostatic Mechanisms (Sleep and Circadian Rhythms)
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health.
2012 – 2013 Scientific Team Leader, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health.
2010 – 2012 Chairman, Program Leadership Committee
National Institutes of Health.
2004 – 2007 Administrative Team Leader, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health.
1983 – 2004 Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
The University of California, San Diego.
1983 – 2003 Professor, Department of Neuropharmacology
The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA.
1983 – 2002 President, Wakefulness-Sleep Education and Research Foundation, Inc.
1983 – 2001 Member, Scripps Clinic Medical Group.
1982 – 1983 Research Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), Department of Psychiatry
School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook.
1981 – 1983 Research Scientist 8, Long Island Research Institute,
Office of Mental Health, State of New York.
1978 – 1982 Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology)
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, School of Medicine,
State University of New York at Stony Brook.
1978 – 1981 Research Scientist 7, Long Island Research Institute,
Office of Mental Health, State of New York.
1977 – 1978 Administrative Director, Sleep Disorders Program, Stanford University
School of Medicine.
1973 – 1977 Research Associate and Associate Director of the Stanford University
Sleep Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine.
1972 – 1978 Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Stanford University.


Licenses

California, Psychology (inactive)
New York, Psychology (inactive)


Legal Experience & Services

I have over 20 years of experience consulting on and testifying in cases in which driver or worker fatigue was alleged to be a causal factor, including such prominent cases as those arising from the Exxon Valdez grounding and the death of Libby Zion.


Affiliations

American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Sleep Research Society.


Qualifications

1996 American Board of Forensic Medicine (Identification Number 828).

1994 American Board of Forensic Examiners (Identification Number 107).

1991 American Board of Sleep Medicine (Certificate Number 013).

1982 New York State Psychology (License Number 007055).


Awards & Honors

2000 Listed in National Register’s Who’s Who In Executives and Professionals.
1994 Listed in Dictionary of International Biography, Twenty-Third Edition.
1991 Listed in Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America.
1984 Nathaniel Kleitman Prize for Distinguished Service.
1979 Listed in Who's Who in the East.
1975 Listed in Who's Who in the West.
1970 Awarded 3 year N.I.H. Postdoctoral Fellowship.
1969 Awarded 2 year N.I.H. Predoctoral Fellowship.
1967 Graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin.
1963 Academic scholarship to the University of Wisconsin.


Publications

Over 200 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Mitler's curriculum vitae is available upon request.


Education

Education:

Ph.D. 1970 Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
[Developmental and Physiological Psychology].
M.A. 1968 Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
[Child and Developmental Psychology].
B.A. 1967 University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
[Political Science and Psychology].

Additional Training:

2002 – 2013 Coursework in Federal Grants and Contracts Administration
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
1989 – 1989 Miramar College - San Diego Law Enforcement Training Center (Traffic
Accident Investigation and Skid Mark Analysis), San Diego, California
1976 – 1977 Training in Sleep Medicine (Clinical Polysomnography), Department
of Psychiatry, Stanford University, Stanford, California.
1970 – 1973 Postdoctoral Training - Developmental Psychobiology of Sleep,
Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University, Stanford, California.





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