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Forensic Psychologist and Neuropsychologist

Emin Gharibian, Psy.D.

Emin Gharibian, Psy.D.

2930 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, California 91214

Phone(818) 253-1161

Website https://verdugopsych.com/

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I am a clinical psychologist specializing in Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology with over 10 years of experience in assessing, treating, and consulting on psychological disorders.

My training and experience have been in psychological and neuropsychological assessments in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, outpatient mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, forensic hospitals, and correctional facilities.

I specialize in providing comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for a variety of conditions including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, complications from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussions, learning disabilities, ADHD, and PTSD in clinical, civil, and criminal cases. In addition to conducting evaluations, I also provide consultation services to personal injury and worker's compensation attorneys on psychological and neuropsychological related matters.

In addition to my private practice, I am a staff psychologist and medical staff member at Patton State Hospital, a 1,500-bed maximum-security forensic psychiatric hospital housing judicially committed patients under the following commitment types: Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI), Incompetent to Stand Trial, Mentally Disordered Offender, and Mentally Disordered Sex Offender.

As a forensic psychologist at Patton State Hospital, I conduct competency evaluations with criminally committed patients with severe mental illness and cognitive deficits. I routinely conduct psychological evaluations to evaluate patients and determine if they are competent to stand trial, write court reports, and testify in court as an expert witness.

I am also appointed to the Los Angeles Juvenile Court Expert Witness Panel. I am also a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Psychology and Law Society.

Services

Expert witness and consultation services for forensic psychology and neuropsychology related matters in clinical, civil, and criminal cases.

Areas of Expertise

Additional Expertise:

- Personal Injury
- Worker's Compensation
- Fitness for Duty
- Police Officer Pre-Employment Evaluations
- Immigration Cases
- Diminished Capacity
- Violence Risk Assessments
- Mitigating Factors in Criminal Cases
- Civil Capacity (Testamentary Capacity, Undue Influence, Contractual Capacity)
- Symptom Validity/ Malingering
- Forensic Psychology
- Forensic Neuropsychology
- Neurocognitive Impairment from Substance Use
- Complications from stroke
- Learning Disabilities
- Sexual Harassment
- Discrimination

Consulting Practice

California

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Professional Experience

Department of State Hospitals, Patton State Hospital, Staff Psychologist (January 2019 – Present)
• Patton State Hospital is a 1,500-bed maximum-security forensic psychiatric hospital housing judicially committed patients under the following commitment types: Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI), Incompetent to Stand Trial, Mentally Disordered Offender, and Mentally Disordered Sex Offender.
• Conducting psychological evaluations on patients for a variety of legal commitments (e.g. Incompetent to Stand Trial, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity & Mentally Disordered Offenders).
• Writing court reports on the patient's progress and testifying in court as an expert witness.

Verdugo Psychological Associates, Founder/ Clinical Director (December 2017 – Present)
• Private practice specializing in psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for clinical and forensic settings.
• Providing psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for competency to stand trial, civil competencies (e.g. testamentary capacity), personal injury, worker’s compensation, immigration hearings, fitness for duty, and pre-employment evaluations for law enforcement.
• Providing neuropsychological evaluations for ADHD, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, and cognitive impairment with adolescents and adults.

Gunn Psychological Services, Psychologist (August 2018 – Present)
• Independent contractor conducting comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological assessments for ADHD, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, and cognitive impairment with adolescents and adults.
• Providing treatment recommendations regarding academic accommodations for classroom learning and standardized tests for high school, college, and graduate students.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California State Prison: Los Angeles County, (June 2017 – January 2019)

October 2017 – January 2019, Mental Health Crisis Bed (MHCB) psychologist:
• Providing crisis intervention, assessing for dangerousness and grave disability with patients with severe mental illness and cognitive impairment. Providing psychotherapeutic services, and coordinating acute or long-term intensive care placements for patients in need of additional care.
• Assessing and evaluating patients for diagnostic clarification, mental competency, and malingering and feigning of psychiatric symptoms.
• Responsible for overseeing and coordinating the evaluations of patients charged with rules violations in order to determine if their behaviors were due to mental illness.
• Developing treatment and safety plans based on presenting symptoms, history of psychiatric problems, and psychosocial history.
• Consulting with interdisciplinary treatment teams to determine the appropriateness of treatment and level of care, as well as inmate-patients’ progress in treatment.
• Credentialed to admit and discharge patients from inpatient hospitals.

June 2017 – October 2017, Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) psychologist:
• Providing psychotherapeutic and supportive services to a caseload of up to 25 inmate-patients with severe mental illness.
• Consulting with the interdisciplinary treatment team to determine the appropriateness of treatment and level of care, as well as inmate-patients’ progress in treatment.
• Conducting crisis intervention and evaluations (e.g., suicidality, homicidality, grave disability). Coordinating appropriate intervention after the determination of the level of risk, monitoring inmate-patients recently discharged from the inpatient hospital, and assisting inmate-patients to prepare for release to parole.

Hamlin Psyche Center, Worker’s Compensation Evaluator (May 2018 – August 2018)
• Worker’s compensation evaluator for applicant denied and accepted claims.
• Experience conducting comprehensive evaluations for patients with depression, anxiety, and trauma symptoms due to workplace stress, harassment, wrongful termination, or exposure to a traumatic event.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Psychological Services Bureau, Post-Doctoral Fellow (October 2016 – May 2017)
• Experience in assessing and evaluating problems, diagnosing issues, and providing therapeutic interventions to LASD employees and their families.
• Experience providing critical incident interventions for sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel involved in shootings, dangerous situations, or traumatic incidents.
• Experience researching topics and presenting comprehensive training programs, workshops, and lectures on a variety of topics to department recruits, supervisors, management, and training officers.
• Consulting, assisting, and advising departmental management/ supervisors in approaches to law enforcement-related problems. Providing consultation and presenting training to the department's Peer Support and Addiction Recovery Programs.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Institution for Men, Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern (August 2015 – August 2016)
• Providing mental health treatment and crisis intervention to adult inmates in the facility’s Reception Center, Administrative Segregation Unit, and Mental Health Crisis Bed.
• Providing individual therapy, group therapy, and crisis intervention to inmates with moderate to severe mental health illnesses, behavioral problems, and co-occurring disorders using CBT and motivational interviewing techniques.
• Administering, scoring, and writing personality, cognitive, and neuropsychological testing batteries to assist with differential diagnoses, treatment planning, malingering, and violence risk assessment.
• Working with a multidisciplinary team consisting of psychologists, psychiatrists, parole agents, and corrections officers to develop mental health and behavioral treatment plans.

Alhambra BHC Hospital, Practicum Student (August 2014 – August 2015)
• Providing mental health treatment, crisis intervention, and stabilization to adolescents and adults with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
• Independently facilitating group psychotherapy, psycho-educational, chemical dependency, and process groups with patients.
• Conducting biopsychosocial, chemical dependency, and suicide-risk assessments.
Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, Practicum Student (August 2013 – July 2014)
• Providing individual therapy, group therapy, and crisis intervention to youth offenders between the ages of 16-24 with moderate to severe mental health illnesses, behavioral problems, and co-occurring disorders using TF-CBT, CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing techniques.
• Administering, scoring, and writing psychological and neuropsychological testing batteries to assist with differential diagnoses and treatment planning.
• Working with a multidisciplinary team consisting of psychologists, psychiatrists, parole agents, and corrections officers to develop mental health and behavioral treatment plans.


Licenses

California Psychology License #29643


Affiliations

I am appointed to the Los Angeles Juvenile Court Expert Witness Panel.

I am also a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Psychology and Law Society.


Qualifications

I have worked as an expert and evaluated clients in the following areas: Personal Injury, Worker's Compensation, Competency to Stand Trial, Violence Risk Assessment, Mitigating Factors in Criminal Defense Cases, Traumatic Brain Injury/ Concussion, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, ADHD, Malingering/ Symptom Validity.

In addition to my private practice, I am a staff psychologist and medical staff member at Patton State Hospital, a 1,500-bed maximum-security forensic psychiatric hospital housing judicially committed patients under the following commitment types: Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI), Incompetent to Stand Trial, Mentally Disordered Offender, and Mentally Disordered Sex Offender.

As a forensic psychologist at Patton State Hospital, I conduct competency evaluations with criminally committed patients with severe mental illness and cognitive deficits. I routinely conduct psychological evaluations to evaluate patients and determine if they are competent to stand trial, write court reports, and testify in court as an expert witness.


Seminars & Training

Professional Training and Seminars Attended:

• HCR-20 Advanced Training (6 hours). Department of State Hospitals. May 2019.
• Short Term Assessment of Risk and Treatment (START) Advanced Training (7 hours).
Department of State Hospitals. April 2019.
• STATIC-99 Sex Offender Risk Assessment Training (12 hours). Department of State
Hospitals. April 2019
• HCR-20 Fundamentals Training (6 hours). Department of State Hospitals. February
2019.
• Assessing Civil Competencies (7 hours). American Academy of Forensic Psychology.
January 2019.
• Conducting Second-Opinion Pre-employment Psychological Evaluations of Police &
Other Public Safety Candidates (6 hours). Mindset CE. June 2018.
• Psychological Evaluation of Causation and Damages in Personal Injury Cases (7 hours).
American Academy of Forensic Psychology. May 2018.
• Clinical Neuropsychology for the Forensic Psychologist (7 hours). American Academy of
Forensic Psychology. November 2017.
• Assessing Reports of Trauma in Forensic Contexts (7 hours). American Academy of
Forensic Psychology. November 2017.
• Comprehensive Assessment of Malingering (4 hours). American Academy of Forensic
Psychology. November 2017.
• Personal Injury Evaluations: Law & Psychology Practice (7 hours). American Academy
of Forensic Psychology. February 2017.
• Evidence-Based Screening of Police Candidates Using the MMPI-2 RF (7 hours).
American Academy of Forensic Psychology. February 2017.
• Test-Based Evaluation of Feigning in Clinical Forensic Assessments (7 hours). American
Academy of Forensic Psychology. February 2016.
• Forensic Evaluation in Disability Matters (7 hours). American Academy of Forensic
Psychology. February 2016.
• Forensic Report Writing (7 hours). American Academy of Forensic Psychology.
February 2016.
• Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial (7 hours). American Academy of Forensic
Psychology. February 2016.
• Officer-Involved Shootings: Understanding the Event, the Impact, and the Role of a
Psychologist (7 hours). American Academy of Forensic Psychology. February 2016.


Professional References

Available upon request.


Education

- Psy.D., California School of Professional Psychology
- M.A., California School of Professional Psychology
- B.A., California State University: Northridge


Articles Published by Emin Gharibian, Psy.D.

 Personal Injury Evaluations: The 5 Step Model We Use to Determine Causation and Damages

Personal injury evaluations have become common place in personal injury and worker’s compensation litigation. We get a lot of requests from personal injury attorneys to complete psychological or neuropsychological evaluations for their personal injury cases. Psychological and neuropsychological damages (e.g. traumatic brain injury) in personal injury cases can be more complicated to evaluate than physical health-related damages. We wrote this article to help answer the common questions that come up in these cases. The goal of this article is to: 1. Explain how we would complete a psychological or neuropsychological evaluation in a personal injury case. 2. Discuss the potential problems that attorneys need to be aware of when retaining an expert to complete a personal injury evaluation.

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 Assessing Civil Competency: What Are the Mental Capacity Standards in Civil Litigation?

Civil competency is an area that gets significantly less attention than competency in criminal proceedings. It’s definitely not a topic that you are going to see on Law & Order anytime soon. We regularly get questions about civil competency and the mental capacity standards in civil litigation. While the standards for competency civil litigation have some things in common with the standards for competency in criminal proceedings, they have their own unique set of legal standards. In this article we’re going to talk about the California rules and regulations in various civil competency proceedings and how an expert assesses for competency in these cases.

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