Pacific Forensic Group - Experts in Forensic Psychology, Neuropsychology & Neurology
Charles Filanosky, PhD, ABPP (Board Certified Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist)
Alameda, California 94501
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Dr. Filanosky completed his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University, a master of education from Boston University, and his Ph.D. from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. From 2007 to 2016, Dr. Filanosky was an Associate Professor at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, before transitioning to the Permanente Group.
Dr. Filanosky currently co-directs a pediatric sports concussion program, conducts general neuropsychological assessment services, and participates in a research group geared toward traumatic brain injury.
The Pacific Forensic Group is a firm of highly specialized experts in the areas of neuropsychology, neurology, and forensic psychology. We collectively provide services in the areas of: Child and Adult Personal Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, Toxic Exposure, Testamentary Capacity, Standard of Care, Housing Discrimination, Nursing Home Care, Employment Discrimination & Harassment, Mitigation & Resentencing, Violence Risk, Sexual Violence Risk Assessment, Filicide, Threat Assessment, Trial Competency, Criminal Responsibility/NGRI, MSO and Intent, Diversion, Franklin Evaluations, Disputed Confession, Malingering, Trauma and Offending, Juvenile Competency, Transfer Hearings, Disposition Evaluations, 730 Evaluations, Child Witness Credibility, Fitness for Duty, Disability, Discrimination/Harassment, Defense Base Act, Priest Violence Risk Assessment, IME's, ADHD.
Areas of Expertise
Child and Adult Personal Injury, PTSD, Toxic Exposure, Housing Discrimination, Nursing Home Care, Employment Harassment, Mitigation & Resentencing, Violence Risk, Sexual Violence Risk Assessment, Competence to Stand Trial, Criminal Responsibility/NGRI, MSO and Intent, Diversion, Franklin Evaluations, Disputed Confession, Malingering, Trauma and Offending, Juvenile Competency, Transfer Hearings, Disposition Evaluations, 730 Evaluations, Child Witness Credibility, Disability, Harassment, Defense Base Act, Priest Violence Risk Assessment, IME's, ADHD.
As a specialized team of experts in forensic psychology, neuropsychology, and neurology, the Pacific Forensic Group is uniquely positioned to address the majority of forensic issues involving the brain, psychological functioning and behavior.
Our group of colleagues include:
-Dr. Peter Brain Andersson, Board Certified Neurologist, Specializing in Traumatic Brain Injury, Neurocognitive Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis
-Dr. Teo Ernst, Board Certified Forensic Psychologist, Specializing in PTSD, Testamentary Capacity, Personal Injury, Employment Evaluations, and Mitigation/Resentencing
-Dr. Charles Filanosky, Board Certified Rehabilitation Psychologist, Specializing in Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD
-Dr. David Contreras, Board Certified Forensic Psychologist, Specializing in Juvenile Competency to Stand Trial, Transfer/Waiver to Adult Court, Juvenile Sexual Offenses
-Dr. Lisa Kalich, Board Certified Forensic Psychologist, Specializing in Personal Injury, Parenting Capacity, Sexual Offender and Violence Risk Assessment for Adults and Juveniles, Disability, Child Witness Issues.
-Dr. Jerry Lockhart, Board Certified Forensic Psychologist, Bilingual (Spanish-English Specializing in Juvenile Competency and Immigration Evaluations
-Dr. Laurel Mattos, Forensic Psychologist, Specializing in Trial Competency, NGRI, Mental Health Diversion, Violence Risk Assessment
-Dr. Elise Yenne, Forensic Psychologist, Specializing in Juvenile and Adult Trial Competency, Violence Risk Assessment Transfer Hearings
-Dr. Trayci Dahl, Board Certified Forensic Psychologist, Specializing in Filicide, Capital Sentencing, and Threat Assessment
-Dr. Mario Souza, Bilingual (Spanish-English) Board Certified Forensic Psychologist, Specializing in Violence Risk, Sex Offender Risk, Insanity, Mitigation, and Mental Health Diversion
The Pacific Forensic Group is unique in having two experts who conduct evaluations in Spanish. We are available for in person and zoom forensic evaluations depending upon the case specifics. Please utilize our website to learn more about our forensic and medical-legal services the civil, criminal, probate, and employment arenas.
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The Permanente Medical Group, Vacaville and Vallejo, CA. Staff Neuropsychologist (October 2016 to present, FT [32hrs])
Present duties include management of the neuropsychological consultation service in a large community hospital for persons residing in Napa / Solano counties and co-directing a specialized interdisciplinary pediatric sports concussion clinic supporting safe return to academics and play; certified ImPACT consultant. Additional duties include assisting with neuropsychological rehabilitation as part of an interdisciplinary team in a regional post-acute care rehab facility. Also supervise post-doctoral learners in the neuropsychology residency program. Competitive grant recipient in 2020. Served on multiple ad-hoc hospital committees and community outreach initiatives.
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, CA. Staff Psychologist/Program Lead (September 2007 to October 2016, FT [40hrs])
Primary responsibility included clinical and administrative oversight of a co-located collaborative care clinic providing mental health services embedded within primary care and consultation services to post-deployment clinic, PACT Intensive Management, and GRACE. Served as faculty in our Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education emphasizing interdisciplinary education; supervised five post-doctoral fellows in an APA approved training program. Conducted neuropsychological testing and cognitive rehabilitation services. Also performed compensation and pension evaluations for veterans unable to travel due to incarceration (San Quentin) or commitment (Napa State Hospital). Committee service including Mental Health QI, Psychology Training Committee, Diversity, and VISN 21 Psychology Professional Standards Board, along with numerous other ad-hoc committees to support patient care and safety initiatives.
Private Practice, San Francisco, CA.
Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist / Sole Proprietor, (March 2009 to present, PT [0-8hrs])
Part time private practice emphasizing neuropsychological consultation and evaluation for forensic (IME/QME), disability, capacity and medical referrals. Specialty areas include traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and geriatrics.
Gentiva Rehab Without Walls, San Jose, CA. Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist (July 2009 to October 2013, PT [0-8hrs])
Part time position working as part of a rehabilitation team to provide community based post acute rehabilitation services to adolescents and adults with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and stroke. Conducted neuropsychological evaluations, cognitive rehabilitation, and psychotherapy for individuals and families.
Academic Appointments / Teaching Experience:
University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry (September 2007 to October 2016)
Served as faculty for SFVAMC's Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education, a competitively funded and renewed program that emphasized interdisciplinary training and effective patient/provider communication and for which psychology is a core discipline. Taught medical residents relevant topics related to diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders occurring in a multidisciplinary primary care clinic setting. Developed and presented didactic seminars on posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury for UCSF and VA trainees. Developed and supervised an APA approved post-doctoral residency in primary care psychology and a predoctoral internship rotation in the same. Also supervised predoctoral interns and practicum students in neuropsychological assessment and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Palo Alto University / Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA
Graduate Adjunct Faculty (June 2015 to August 2015)
Developed and taught Neuropsychological Rehabilitation course to advanced doctoral students in clinical psychology pursuing the neuropsychological assessment specialty track.
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
Adjunct Associate Professor (May 2011 to August 2013)
Instructed doctoral students in clinical psychology in Neuropsychological Assessment and Biological Bases of Behavior. Developed course and materials, lectured, evaluated, and mentored students.
Hunter College (City University of New York), New York, NY
Adjunct Assistant Professor (January 2006 to August 2007)
Taught graduate level courses on Medical Aspects of Disability, Lifespan Development, Theories of Counseling, and Psychological Assessment. Adapted and updated course materials, lectured, and evaluated students. Served on faculty senate.
Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA.
Graduate Teaching Assistant (September 2001 to June 2003)
Served as Teaching Assistant for a number of doctoral level courses including Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and courses within neuropsychological assessment specialization sequence.
Supervisors: Amy Wisniewski, Ph.D., Charles Baker, Ph.D
Licensed Psychologist, California PSY #22571
Qualified Medical Examiner, QME #118085
American Psychological Association (APA) – full member
Division 22 – Rehabilitation Psychology
Division 40 – Society for Clinical Neuropsychology
California Psychological Association (CPA) – full member
Division 8 – Neuropsychology Executive Board: Local Advocacy Network Chair, 2016-2018;
Member at Large, 2014-2015.
San Francisco Psychological Association (SFPA) – Ethics Chair, 2019 to present. Executive
Board: Immediate Past President, 2018, President, 2017, President-Elect, 2016; Treasurer,
2013-2016; Member at Large, 2010-2013.
Northern California Neuropsychology Forum (NCNF) – Executive Board: Immediate Past
President, 2013-2014, President, 2012-2013, President-Elect, 2011-2012; Secretary, 2009-
Awards & Honors
2008 VA National Primary Care Conference Poster Award
2008 International Neuropsychological Society Featured Poster Award
2007 Early Career Psychologist Credentialing Scholarship Award,
National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
2001 R.W. Kostenbauder Student Assistantship
2000 William and Margaret Hinckley Foundation Scholarship
1990 Golden Key National Honor Society, lifetime member
1989 Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology, lifetime member
1988 Teamsters Local 191 Academic Achievement Scholarship
Seminars & Training
Filanosky, C. (2022, Mar). Practical Care Strategies for Post Concussion Syndrome. Presentation to the 73rd Annual San Francisco Neurological Society Meeting, Monterey, CA.
Filanosky, C., Hnatko., C. (2020, Feb). Acute Concussion Care – “Mythbusters.” Presentation to the Kaiser Permanente Northern California regional emergency department CME update series, Vacaville, CA.
Filanosky, C., (2015, Jun). VA Integrated Mental Health Services – National Trends and Local Examples. How is the VA Doing? Assessing Current VA Initiatives in Quality of Care. VA Palo Alto Annual MH Conference, Palo Alto, CA.
Filanosky, C., Morikawa, E., and Caldwell, J. R. (2014, May). Self Care for Mental Healthcare Providers. Presentation to Psychology Department, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA.
Filanosky, C., (2015, Mar). The Hazards of Sport as an Occupation: Traumatic Brain Injury and its Sequelae. UCSF Updates in Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine, San Francisco, CA.
Morikawa, E., Filanosky, C., and Calwell, J. R. (2014, Nov). Teaching and Emphasizing Self Care to Support Quality of Care and Sustainability of Practice in Staff and Trainees. UCSF 9th Annual Faculty Education Retreat, San Francisco, CA.
Filanosky, C. (2014, May). Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans and Athletes. UCSF Dept. of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Medical Grand Rounds, San Francisco, CA.
Filanosky, C. (2014, Feb). TBI 101: What Attorneys and Adjusters Need to Know. MCLE presentation to Fresno Industrial Claims Association, Fresno, CA.
Filanosky, C. (2013, May). Depression is Not Normal Aging: Identification of Mood and Substance Problems in Older Adults. Presentation to the Professional Fiduciaries Association of California State Conference, Monterrey, CA.
Filanosky, C. (2013, May). Identification and Treatment of PTSD in Older Adults. Presentation to Jail Mental Health Services, San Francisco, CA.
Fisher, W.S., Smith, T., Filanosky, C., and Caldwell, J. (2013, March). Beyond Liaison, A Future Role for Psychiatry in Medicine: Collaborative Care and the VA. SFVAMC Mental Health Service Grand Rounds, San Francisco, CA.
Filanosky, C., & Maguen, S. (2012, December). The Impact of TBI on Treatment for PTSD. SFVAMC Mental Health Service Grand Rounds, San Francisco, CA.
Drexler, M., Filanosky, C., Armstrong, M., & Cuevas, A. (2012, October). Panel Discussion:
VA Systemic Issues Regarding Compensation and Pensions. SFVAMC Mental Health Service Grand Rounds, San Francisco, CA.
Filanosky, C. (2012, August). Assessing Decision Making Capacity in Older Adults. Presentation to the Professional Fiduciaries Association of California, East Bay Chapter, San Leandro, CA.
Filanosky, C. (2011, November). Screening Cognition in Older Adults: Strategies for Primary Care. Medical Grand Rounds, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, CA.
Filanosky, C. (2011, June). Screening Cognition in Older Adults: Why, How, and Then What? Presentation to Legal Assistance for Senior's Annual Conference on Elder Abuse, Oakland, CA.
Filanosky, C. (2011, May). Decision Making Capacity in Elders: A Neuropsychological Approach. Presentation to the Professional Fiduciaries Association of California State Conference, Monterrey, CA.
Filanosky, C. (2010, August). Primary Care Psychological Services at the VA. Presented symposia at the 118th Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.
Filanosky, C. (2010, August). Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Social Work Service. Presentation to SFVAMC Social Work Service, San Francisco, CA.
Filanosky, C. (2010, June). More than Just Bad Choices: Decision Making in Older Adults. Advanced Practice Nursing Grand Rounds, SF VAMC, San Francisco, CA.
Tulkin, S., Winter, L., Filanosky, C., and Guzman, J,. (2010, May). The Evolution is Here: Meeting the Challenges of Primary Care Psychology. Presentation to the Annual Convention of the California Psychological Association, Costa Mesa, CA.
Filanosky, C. (2010 February). Using Neuropsychological Assessment to Determine Decision Making Capacity in Elders. Presentation to the Professional Fiduciaries Association of California, Silicon Valley Chapter, Campbell, CA.
Filanosky, C., and Caldwell, J.R. (2009, September). Integration of Mental Health Services in Primary Care at the SF VAMC. Presentation to VA VISN 21 Integrated Care Conference, San Francisco, CA.
Filanosky, C. (2009, July). Developing Educational and Employment Accommodations Using Neuropsychological Assessment. Presentation to the Palo Alto VAMC, Palo Alto, CA.
Filanosky, C. (2009, May). Assessing Decision Making Capacity in Elders. Presentation to the San Mateo County Senior Roundtable, Menlo Park, CA.
Pacific Forensic Group Select Publications:
Chartier, M., Tullis, V., Frawley, E., Filanosky, C., Carmody, T., McQuaid, J., Li, P., Lampiris, H., & Wong, J. (2015). The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA): A pilot study of a brief screening tool for mild and moderate cognitive impairment in HIV-positive Veterans. Journal of the International Association of AIDS Care Providers 14, 3, 197-201.
Field, N.P., and Filanosky, C. (2010). Continuing bonds, risk factors for complicated grief, and adjustment to bereavement. Death Studies 34, 1, 1-29.
Filanosky, C., Tucker, L.Y., Theodore, B.R., Delmonico, R. (2022, May). Creation of a Novel Method for Identification and Extraction of Retrospective Data from Health Connect. Poster presented at the 4th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Solano Research Week, Vallejo CA.
Menard, C., Filanosky, C., Hnatko, C. (2021, May). Napa Solano youth sports concussion: Recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Poster presented at the 3rd Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Solano Research Week, Vallejo CA.
Simpson, S., Romano, E., Salem, S., Student, A., Mapara, P., and Filanosky, C. (2014, May). Development and implementation of an Opioid Education Class in a Veterans Affairs primary care clinic: Providing education about safe opioid medication use and the opportunity to complete an Opioid Agreement document. Poster presented at the 2014 VA Psychology Leadership Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Baughn, D., Campbell, K., Delany-Brumsey, A., Ratner, J., and Filanosky, C. (2013, March). Rapid access to integrated healthcare within an urban VA medical center. Poster presented at the Society for Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.
Caldwell, J., and Filanosky, C. (2010, March). Assessment of psychosocial needs of veterans in primary care. Poster presented at the Great Los Angeles VA Nursing Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
Tsaousides, T., Dams-O'Connor, K., and Filanosky, C. (2009, March). The URICA-TBI as a measure of rehabilitation readiness after TBI: Psychometric properties. Poster Presented at Division 22 Rehabilitation Psychology Annual Conference, Jacksonville, FL.
Caldwell, J.R., and Filanosky, C. (2008, July). Comparison of two approaches to enhancing veteran access to mental health services: Co-located primary care/mental health and electronic consult. Poster presented at VA National Primary Care Conference, Arlington, VA.
Ginsberg, A., Tsaousides, T., and Filanosky, C. (2008, February). The role of sleep efficiency in post-TBI fatigue: A comparison between individuals with TBI and non-TBI controls. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, HI.
Filanosky, C., Tsaousides, T., and Ginsberg, A. (2008, February). The relationship between sleep efficiency and depression after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Poster presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, HI.
Tsaousides, T., Filanosky, C., and Ginsberg, A. (2008, February). Reliability and validity of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index in individuals with traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, HI.
Filanosky, C., Ashman, T., and Segura, E. (2007, October). Symptoms and experiences of persons with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) and participation in litigation. Poster presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine – American Society of Neurorehabilitation Joint Convention, Washington, DC.
Tsaousides, T., Filanosky, C., and Ashman, T. (2007, May). Depression following traumatic brain injury: Differences by age and degree of unmet employment needs. Poster presented at
New York State Psychological Association's 70th Annual Convention, Albany, NY.
Filanosky, C., and Mascialino, G. (2007, March). Perceptions and access to healthcare in minorities and non-minorities following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Poster presented at the annual conference of American Psychological Association Div. 22 Rehabilitation Psychology, Charlotte, NC.
Tsaousides, T., and Filanosky, C. (2007, February). Using the URICA to assess rehabilitation readiness for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Poster presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Portland, OR.
Filanosky, C., and Kaplan, E. (2006, June). Applying the Boston Process Approach to the RBANS. Poster presented at the 4th Annual Conference of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, Philadelphia, PA.
Filanosky, C., Filanosky, V., Itsar-Nabarro, Z., and Thompson, L. (2004, July). Patterns of advice on coping with grief and bereavement: A comparison to the COPE. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
Itsar-Nabarro, Z., Filanosky, C., Filanosky, V., Thompson, L.W., and Ryder, K. (2004, July). Advice on coping with grief and bereavement and subsequent outcome. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
Ruzek, J., Walser, R., Gregg, J., and Filanosky, C. (2004, July). Creating a web-based maintenance program for veterans with PTSD. Symposium presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
Lane, G., Filanosky, C., Shaffer, T., Froming, W., & Cochran, M. (2001, May). A three stage approach to the empirical validation of computer-mediated mental health services. Poster presented at the Pacific Research Forum, Palo Alto, CA.
Filanosky, C., Shaffer, T., and Hibbard, S. (2000, May). Development of a stage of change model for smoking cessation via the Internet. Poster presented at the Pacific Research Forum, Palo Alto, CA.
Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, California. (APA Approved)
Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, June 2005.
Certificate Program, Neuropsychological Assessment, March 2003.
Master of Science, Clinical Psychology, October 2002.
Boston University, School of Education, Boston, Massachusetts.
Master of Education, May 1995.
Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse, New York.
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Cum Laude, May 1992.