Fielding Graduate University

2020 De la Vina Street
Santa Barbara, California 93105
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Washington DC Offices
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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. 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 DOWNLOAD PDF Handout...

Rebecca Smith-Casey, JD/PsyD received a law degree from Villanova School of Law and her PsyD in School and Clinical Psychology from Kean University. Dr. Smith-Casey is a certified school psychologist and licensed clinical psychologist who presently conducts psychosexual evaluations in Philadelphia, PA, as well as working in private practice engaging in forensic evaluations. Dr. Smith-Casey is also the author of the New Jersey Competency Assessment Tool (NJ-CAT). SYMPOSIUM SESSION Parental Competency to Waive Miranda for a Juvenile Defendant: A Case Study    ...