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Julie A. Armstrong, PsyD, RNCS

Julie A. Armstrong, PsyD, RNCS

77 Solano Square, #302
Benicia, California 94510

Phone(310) 666-9190

Website https://psychologyexpertwitness.com

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Julie A. Armstrong, PsyD, RNCS, is a Psychologist and Clinical Nurse Specialist (psychiatric/mental health), using her more than 30 years of experience to provide psychological assessments and expert witness consulting in employment, personal injury, civil rights, disability and psychological & medical malpractice cases that involve adults, children and the developmentally disabled. Issues addressed include suspected malingering, PTSD (loss, injury, sexual assault), emotional distress, allegations of harassment and discrimination, claimed impairment, treatment needs and standards of care. Licensed in CA Psy16001, AZ Psy 4952 & IA Psy 105064.

Services

Dr. Armstrong's services include: psychological evaluations addressing issues such as Causation and Apportionment of permanent psychological disability, need for treatment, and determination of malingering behavior. Evaluations include: Independent/Agreed Medical Examinations, Workers' Compensation, Immigration, Claimed Permanent Disability, Return to Work, and Fitness for Duty. Regularly engaged by the Federal Aviation Administration and California Board of Registered Nursing to perform evaluations. Expert Witness consultation for Psychology and Psychiatric Nursing standards of care. Provide on-site crisis debriefing services when trauma occurs in the workplace.

Confidential consultation to claims professionals and attorneys to review files and assist in determining the veracity of a claim or the strength of a case involving psychiatric, psychological or other clinical issues. Available to evaluate records and critique reports from opposing experts and advise.


Litigation Support Services

Available to confidentially review case files to determine issues relevant to the acceptance or strength of a given case and identify salient psychiatric/psychological issues for litigation.

Areas of Expertise

Additional Expertise:

Allegations of Harassment & Discrimination, Claimed Impairment or Disability, Psychology Standards of Care, Confidential Records and File Reviews to Determine Merits of a Claim and Salient Issues, Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing Standards of Care, Psychiatric Treatment Needs Evaluation

Areas Served

Licensed in CA, AZ and IA. Willing to travel, nationally or internationally.

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Professional Experience

Private Practice, Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Nurse Specialist, 1996-Present
Complex psychological assessment including the analysis of medical and psychiatric records and data related to a person's (child/adult) behavior or symptom development, using behavioral and psychoanalytic theories and psychological testing when indicated. Services include psychological evaluations addressing issues such as Causation and Apportionment of permanent psychological disability, need for treatment, and determination of malingering behavior. Evaluations include: Independent/Agreed Medical Examinations, Workers' Compensation, Immigration, Disability, Return to Work, and Fitness for Duty. Regularly engaged by the Federal Aviation Administration and California Board of Registered Nursing to perform evaluations. Expert Witness consultation for Psychology (emotional distress, employment, psychiatric/psychological disability), and for Psychiatric Nursing standards of care. Available for on-site crisis debriefing services when trauma occurs in the workplace.

Confidential consultation to claims professionals and attorneys to assist in determining the veracity of a claim or the strength of a case involving psychological issues. Available to evaluate records and critique reports from opposing experts and advise.

Psychologist, Campus Psychological Services, Santa Monica College, 1999-2007
A half-time staff psychologist position, provided short term and crisis resolution treatment to faculty, staff and students on this very large and internationally diverse campus. Also served as liaison consultant to the Santa Monica College Police Department when needed.

Psychosocial Resource Nurse, Harbor-UCLA Med Center Emergency Room/Trauma Center, 1992-1999
This liaison position was a psychological support position for the nursing and medical staff in the Trauma Center. Responsibilities included assisting and caring for the family and friends of critical and dying patients who were brought to the Trauma Center.

Registered Nurse, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital & Institute, 1983-1996
Staff RN on the inpatient Adult, Geriatric and Child psychiatry units, responsible for participation on an interdisciplinary treatment team. The hospital worked from a primary nursing model, and this required my involvement with the patients from admission through treatment plan development and assessing treatment goals and outcomes.


Licenses

• Licensed Psychologist, Arizona, (Psy 4952 )
• Licensed Psychologist, California (Psy 16001)
• Licensed Psychologist, Iowa (Psy 105064)
• Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, California (CNS 004)
• Registered Nurse, California (RN363062)
• National Register of Health Service Psychologists
• Qualified Medical Evaluator, California
• Content Expert, California Board of Psychology
• Expert Witness, California Board of Registered Nurses
• Public Health Nurse, California


Legal Experience & Services

Testimony provided in court approximately 25-30 times.
Depositions taken approximately 95-100 times.
Case ratio approximately 60% defense - 40% plaintiff.


Affiliations

• Arizona Psychological Association, Member
• FBI Citizen's Academy, Class of 2015
• California Psychological Association, past member in good standing
• Los Angeles County Bar Association, past associate member in good standing
• American Psychological Association, past member in good standing
• American Psychoanalytic Association, past member in good standing
• American Women for International Understanding (AWIU), Board Member


Education

PsyD, Doctor of Psychology, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 1996
Dissertation: Childhood Abuse in Nurses. Trained in crisis debriefing, assessment and treatment of trauma (PTSD, acute and chronic), individual and group psychotherapy. Private consultation and study included the study of infants and children, the normal processes of development and evaluation of trauma and/or illness, psychological assessment of children and adolescents and the study of the unconscious.

MN, Master of Nursing/Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1990
Specialty: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. Thesis work included a new theoretical model for diagnosis of nursing problems.

BSN, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Consortium of California State Colleges and Universities, 1988

Diploma in Nursing, California Hospital School of Nursing, 1983

Post-graduate training includes: Infant Diagnosis, Observation of Infants and Children (3 years), Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents, Psychoanalytic Theory, and Forensic Psychology




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