1988 – Ph.D., Clinical Psychology —
California Graduate Institute, Los Angeles
1979 – M.A., Community/Clinical Psychology —
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
1976 – B.A., Psychology —
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA & Germany
Honors- Academic Scholarship, Psy Chi (Honor Society in Psychology)
1998 American Board of Vocational Experts, (National), #1430
1990 – Certified Disability Management Specialist (previously Certified Insurance Rehabilitation Specialist), (National), #00007646
1984 – Marriage and Family Therapist, (State), #MG18890 (inactive 6/09)
Vocational Consultant, Self-Employed Santa Monica, CA
May 1996 – Present
Perform vocational assessments and testing, labor market research and job analyses. Provide ergonomic evaluations and workstation modifications- clients have included the County of Los Angeles, the Canadian Consulate and OWCP (Federal Government). Rehabilitation planning is provided for California Workers Compensation- Approved Vocational Return to Work Counselor (VRTWC), Jones Act, FELA, and Long Term Disability insurance. Give vocational expert opinion and testimony in liability, divorce, wrongful termination, medical malpractice, age discrimination and sexual harassment cases. Work with individuals in private career counseling.
Vocational Expert, Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
February 1994 – Present
Provide expert testimony in approximately 800 hearings per year.
Oral Examiner – State of California, Board of Behavioral Science Examiners
1986 – 2003
Administered and evaluated oral examinations to candidates applying to be licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Supervisor/ Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor- Crawford Disability Management Services, Culver City, CA
February 1986 – May, 1996
Supervised and trained vocational rehabilitation counselors and job developers. Performed initial vocational assessments and vocational testing, labor market surveys and job analyses. Rehabilitation planning in California Workers Compensation, Long Term Disability, Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers and FELA cases. Monitored out-of-state California Workers Compensation cases. Performed psychological counseling and provided referrals for EAP cases. Gave expert opinion and testimony on personal injury, discrimination, sexual harrasment and Workers Compensation cases.
Psychotherapist, Private Practice 1984-2009
Counseled couples and individuals. Volunteer counseling via Aids Project Los Angeles.
Director, Senior Support Services, Santa Monica, CA 1984-1986
Developed and directed agency providing coordination of adjunctive services to the elderly living in the community.
Life Adjustment Team, Los Angeles, CA 1980-1986
Developed, implemented and evaluated programs for chronically mentally ill persons living in the community. Programs consisted of independent living skills, social skill development, symptom management and vocational/educational rehabilitation. Supervised and trained staff counselors. Crisis intervention.
Commissioner- City of Santa Monica, Disabilities Commission
American Board of Vocational Experts 1998-present
International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals
California Association of Rehabilitation and Re-Employment Professionals 1990-2006
Advisory Board- National Fibromyalgia Association 1997-2001
Advisory Board- Fibromyalgia Aware 2002-2009
Ergonomics and Manual Material Handling Certification- CSU Northridge.
Continuing Education Seminars
Extensive continuing education coursework taken yearly in vocational rehabilitation, disability management, workers compensation and long term disability, labor market assessment, ergonomics, counseling individuals with AIDS, psychotherapy and critical incident stress debriefing.
Employment Statistics in Social Security Vocational Testimony
Presented to Binder & Binder, Los Angeles, CA
Divorce and Vocational Planning
Presented at Morgan Stanley, Los Angeles, CA
Ergonomics and Movement
Presented at Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, CA for National Fibromyalgia Association and American Fibromyalgia Foundation, Inc.
Using Vocational Experts
Presented to Haight, Brown & Bonesteel, Los Angeles, CA
Presented to Private Industry Council, Torrance, CA
Presented to Aetna Insurance, Glendale, CA