Fielding Graduate University

2020 De la Vina Street
Santa Barbara, California 93105
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Washington DC Offices
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20003

36th Annual Forensic Psychology Symposium

Hosted by the American College of Forensic Psychology
in collaboration with Fielding Graduate University.

Fielding Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Fielding maintains responsibility for this pro-gram and its content. This program will offer a maximum of 21 hours of Continuing Education credits.

The American College of Forensic Psychology certifies that this activity has been approved for 21 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

Dr. Megan Seltz’s expertise is in the evaluation of cases for immigration matters. She frequently evaluates matters of hardship that are both psychologically diverse and eclectic, and finds that each case is unique and the nature of the practice must stay up-to-date. She has over 10 years of experience as an expert psychologist in private practice in NYC. Her professional and academic background is in clinical psychology, and this guides her work. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Assessments of children whose parents are in deportation proceedings: Clinical data evidences a worsening of psychological symptoms atypical of peers...

James W. Schutte, Ph.D. is a bilingual psychologist in private practice in El Paso, Texas. His work primarily involves assessment for Social Security disability, child protective services, and criminal and civil litigation. He has performed numerous assessments of competency to waive Miranda rights. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Assessing competency to waive Miranda rights: Conceptual and forensic considerations...

Dr. Amir Ramezani works at the University of California, Davis as a Neuropsychologist/Associate Clinical Professor and serves as the Director of the Neuropsychology & Health Psychology Training Program. He provides assessments and interventions for individuals living with psychological and neurological injuries, traumas, and chronic conditions (e.g., TBI, complex trauma/PTSD, dementia, stroke, cancer). In his private forensic practice, he conducts expert witness neurocognitive and psychological examination in civil and criminal cases. Dr. Amir Ramezani's training includes completing a fellowship in Neuropsychology at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience, a fellowship focusing in Pain Psychology at UCSF, and a dual PhD in Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine at UNT. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Forensic Neuropsychological Fitness for Duty Evaluation of Healthcare Professionals: Role of Norms, Aging,...

John Philipsborn is a lawyer who has practiced criminal defense for more than 40 years. He has litigated many complex cases both at trial and in reviewing courts including capital and non-capital homicide cases. He had figured as counsel of record, or as amicus counsel, in more than 90 decisions of reviewing courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and the California Supreme Court. He has been published more than 90 times, often on matters involving mental health issues and law, and his work has been recognized by several professional organizations. He has recently been a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Neuroscience and Society as well as at UC Berkeley's Center for Law and Society. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Neuroscience...

Jonathan Gould, Ph.D. is a board certified forensic psychologist who provides consultation, work-product review, litigation support, and other forensic psychological activities to attorneys across the country.  He has authored or co-authored seven (7) books and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles addressing current issues in child custody assessment.  His most recent book, co-authored with Marc Ackerman and Andy Kane, was published in January 2019 entitled Psychological Experts in Divorce Actions (7th Edition). SYMPOSIUM SESSION The How What and Why of Education Related Opinion Making for Custody Evaluators, Courts, and Attorneys...

Mark Burdick, Ph.D., AFBsS is a former Chair State of California Behavioral Sciences, executive of CALEP (California Association of Licensed Educational Psychologists), and an expert in education and psychological matters before courts in the US and UK. SYMPOSIUM SESSION The How What and Why of Education Related Opinion Making for Custody Evaluators, Courts, and Attorneys...

Francis Abueg, Ph.D. is a psychologist and owner of TraumaResource: Clinical and Forensic Psychology in Sunnyvale and Cupertino. He has been deposed and/or has testified in over 100 murder cases in which trauma and PTSD were at issue. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Disorganized attachment, complex trauma, and pathological dissociation in a serial murderer ...

Diomaris E. Safi Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist specializing in neuropsychological and forensic evaluations, and fully bilingual in English and Spanish. I have extensive experience in administering neuropsychological tests, diagnosing and treating various psychological conditions, and providing case consultation. I have worked with civil and criminal attorneys on state and federal cases in the US and Mexico (in English and Spanish), offering full batteries of neuropsychological assessments, adaptive functioning evaluations, client histories and case conceptualizations, family/witness interviews, and expert forensic testimony. My areas of forensic expertise include death penalty litigation, competency to stand trial, brain injury, and trauma-related disorders. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Adaptive Functioning (AF) Evaluations of Foreign Nationals Facing Capital Punishment: Distinctive Issues...

John H. White, Ph.D., is a former Dallas Police Investigator Sergeant who was assigned to Patrol, Psychological Services, Internal Affairs, and the Fugitive and Special Investigations Unit. He is currently a Professor of Psychology at Stockton University in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he developed the Forensic Psychology curricula for both graduate and undergraduate programs. He has a database of over 500 serial killers and was the technical advisor on the A&E and Biography Channel's documentary show entitled, "Killer Profile." He was the consultant to the technical advisor of the TV show "Criminal Minds" and continues to be a member of the Vidocq Society, a cold case homicide group in Philadelphia, as well as the Atypical Homicide Research Group. He...

Brian R. Abbott, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in psychology and a master’s degree in social work. He is licensed by the States of California and Washington as a clinical psychologist and as a clinical social worker in California. He is a licensed sexual offender evaluator in Illinois. For the past forty years, Dr. Abbott has worked as a clinician, forensic evaluator, author, researcher, and trainer in the area child sexual abuse, as well as in other forms of child abuse and neglect. Dr. Abbott has performed more than 2,000 forensic evaluations for criminal, civil, dependency, delinquency, and family courts in a wide variety of areas related to sexual abuse victims and perpetrators. Dr. Abbott has practiced in the area of...