Clinical Psychologist and Expert Witness
Dr. Laufer is an experienced clinician, teacher, speaker and researcher. She communicates clearly and effectively, and has served as a consultant to physicians, lawyers, and mental health professionals.
Dr. Laufer's areas of expertise are:
Perinatal and Reproductive Psychology
Depression in Pregnancy
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP)
Complex Childhood Trauma
Dr. Laufer is available for assessments and reports:
Competency to Stand Trial
Dissociative Disorder Assessment
Litigation Support Services
Dr. Brooke Laufer works as an expert witness and legal consultant in several psychological fields for women who are facing criminal charges. While her specialty is in women's reproductive mental health, she is also skilled in mitigation work for domestic violence, child abuse, and childhood trauma.
Dr. Laufer is available for psychological evaluations, testimony, and consultation with legal counsel on any criminal cases that are relevant to women's mental health, including murder, infanticide, filicide, pregnancy denial, neonaticide, intimate partner violence, and child abuse.
Areas of Expertise
Postpartum Disorders, Perinatal and Reproductive Psychology, Postpartum Anxiety, Depression in Pregnancy, Neonaticide, Unperceived Pregnancy, Domestic Violence, Battered Women Syndrome.
Brooke Laufer, Psy.D. is an Illinois licensed clinical psychologist, working with people - providing therapy, family counseling, teaching, and consultation - for over 15 years. She graduated from University of Wisconsin at Madison, earning her B.A. with honors in the disciplines of Political Philosophy and Women's Studies. She earned both her Master's and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where her doctoral research focused on the treatment of Schizophrenia.
Dr. Laufer's training began with the severely mentally ill at San Francisco General Hospital and then the worried well at Haight Ashbury Psychological Services. After moving to New York City, she completed a certification at the Manhattan Institute For Psychoanalysis. Upon completing her doctorate, she fulfilled her postdoctoral internship at Midtown Counseling Services, an all female group private practice, where she treated adults and couples, focusing on trauma and anger. She then moved to Maine where she began her work with families, adolescents, and issues of addiction.
Before launching into private practice, Dr. Laufer worked at PEER Services Inc. in downtown Evanston and at Evanston Township High School, treating adolescents who struggle with substance use. For several years, she taught a Life Strategies class at Evanston Township High School to freshman through seniors who needed behavioral and academic support.
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Legal Experience & Services
Center on Wrongful Convictions. Bluhm Legal Clinic @ Northwestern University
Rights and Restoration Law Group, LLC. Chicago, IL
Women & Survivors Project. Chicago, IL
Illinois Prison Project. Chicago, IL
LARSON & NIPE. Mitchell, SD
Postpartum Support International
American Psychological Association
The International Society for Psychological Approaches to Psychosis
Citizen Therapists for Democracy
Psy.D., California Institute of Integral Studies
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies
BA - Honors, University of Wisconsin at Madison