EXPERIENCE

Medical Director, Juvenile Justice Mental Health Program, 7/11-present

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles, California

Supervise psychiatrists providing evaluation and treatment to children and adolescents in the custody of the Los Angeles County Probation Department; interface with other county agencies in the delivery of health services to youth in this system; help with redesign of LA County Department of Probation camp system, where juveniles serve their sentences, in order to help improve delivery of psychiatric, educational and other services and reduce recidivism rates; advise the juvenile court on appropriateness of particular psychotropic medications for youth under delinquency or dependency court jurisdiction; work with juvenile court judges/commissioners, public defenders, district attorneys, child advocates on developing a new standardized assessment protocol for juveniles’ adjudicative competence; also developing a competence “restoration” program/paradigm.


Staff Psychiatrist, Juvenile Justice Mental Health Program, 7/06-7/11

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles, California

Provide psychiatric evaluation and treatment to children and adolescents in the custody of the Los Angeles County Probation Department.


Forensic Psychiatric Consultant and Clinical Private Practice, 7/04-present

Los Angeles, California

Have worked on variety of criminal, civil, and administrative cases. These include: federal capital habeas cases, fitness for duty evaluations, psychiatric injury and disability, child witness reliability, violence risk assessments, and others. See children, adolescents and adults for medication management and psychotherapy.


Forensic Psychiatric Consultant, Napa State Hospital, 3/04- 3/04

UC Davis Department of Psychiatry, Forensic Division, Napa, California

Provided forensic consultation to staff psychiatrists at Napa State Hospital in difficult cases. Issues included: fitness for release of NGRI acquittees (including violence risk assessments), competence to stand trial, competence to refuse medical and psychiatric treatment, diagnostic clarification, and optimization of psychiatric treatment. 


Forensic Psychiatric Evaluator, Sacramento County Court Panel, 1/04 - 6/04

UC Davis Department of Psychiatry, Forensic Division, Sacramento, California

Conducted psychiatric evaluations of defendants in order to determine their competence to stand trial.


Forensic Psychiatric Consultant, Office of the Federal Public Defender, 2/04 - 6/04

UC Davis Department of Psychiatry, Forensic Division, Sacramento, California 

Provided forensic consultation services to the Federal Public Defender. Issues included: substance abuse/intoxication and witness reliability, competence to undergo probation revocation hearings, and likelihood of defendant(s) being medication compliant if released. 


Forensic Psychiatric Consultant, Sacramento County District Attorneys’ Office, 10/03 - 3/04 

UC Davis Department of Psychiatry, Forensic Division, Sacramento, California 

Provided forensic consultation services to the District Attorneys’ Office by evaluating individuals currently on mental health conservatorships to render opinions regarding their need for continued conservatorship. Also testified in mental health court when necessary. 


Staff Psychiatrist, Sacramento County Jail, 7/03-3/04 

UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Jail Psychiatric Services, Sacramento, California

Worked as an attending psychiatrist on both the inpatient unit and outpatient clinics at Sacramento County Jail. Supervised UC Davis medical students and psychiatry residents during their inpatient and outpatient rotations.


Staff Psychiatrist, Assembly Bill 2034 Program, 7/01-6/03

San Fernando Valley Mental Health Clinic, Van Nuys, California 

Worked independently providing psychiatric evaluations and treatment to mentally ill inmates recently released from state penitentiaries and Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles as part of an intensive case management strategy designed to reduce recidivism rates.