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Dr. Michael J. Perrotti, PhD, IME - Clinical Forensic Neuropsychologist in CA, PA 

Pennsylvania PA & CA IME Doctor
Clinical Forensic Neuropsychologist
Michael J. Perrotti, PhD

Michael J. Perrotti, PhD, Inc.
3 Pointe Drive, Suite 303
Brea CA 92821

(714) 528-0100   phone
714) 658-5727   office
714) 528-2575   fax

Email:  forensicpsychdoc@sbcglobal.net
Website:  www.DrMichaelPerrotti.com

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IME Specialties  

Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychology.

Areas of Expertise   Expert in neuropsychology, closed head injury, effects of psychological and physical trauma, criminal and civil competency, false confession, family law custody evaluations, evaluation of child sexual abuse allegations, expert in disability for social security administration and dept of health and human services, evaluation of fitness for mental health professionals. 

Expert consultant, California Dept. of Consumer Affairs, enforcement division, board of behavioral sciences; asst professor, Psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Keck School of Medicine, USC, book in progress, complex forensic assessment and psychological evaluations.
Medical Expert Witness Specialties   Competency, short and long term disability, false confession, sexual abuse allegations, personal injury, short and long term disability, effects of physical and psychological trauma on children, competency wills.
Degrees   PhD
Years in Practice   30
Number of File Reviews   200+ 
Depositions   20+ 
Trials   300+ 
Average monthly hours spent in direct patient care   a lot! 
IME Certification   IME, State of California, Pennsylvania
Professional Societies  
Positions Held in Professional Societies   Co-Chair
Orange County Psychological Association Information and Referral Service

Inland Southern California Psychological Association

Independent Medical Examiner
  Provided consultative services to the State of California Employment Development Department concerning psychological evaluation of individuals applying for disability.

Provide second opinion psychological evaluations on disability.

Private Practice  
  • 1977 – Present, Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling
  • 1980 – Present, Clinical Psychology
Education   BA - Degree in Psychology
University of Delaware

M.S. Degree in Clinical Psychology
Virginia Commonwealth University

Ph.D. Program in Psychology
Attended the New School for Social Research

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
United States International University
Current Educational Endeavors   Ongoing forensic supervision and consultation and continuing education from member of American College of Forensic Psychology and Forensic Committee.

Currently pursuing board certification in forensic psychology.

University Affiliations  
  • Instructor, UCLA extension
  • Instructor, UCI extension
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Keck School of Medicine, USC
    July 2005 - July 2006
  • Graduate Faculty, Forensic Psychology Program, Argosy University
  • Guest Lecturer, Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology, Argosy University
    November 8, 2008
  • External Reader, Ph.D. Dissertation Committee, Pacifica Graduate Institute
    December 2008
  • Fieldwork Supervisor Clinical Research Interns
Faculty Appointments  
bullet Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
July 1, 2005 - July 1, 2006
bullet Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member, Pacifica University
Certifications / Licenses  
  • Licensed Psychologist, California
  • Licensed Psychologist, Pennsylvania
  • Licensed Marriage, Family, Child Counselor, California
  • National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology
  • Independent Medical Examiner appointment by State of California 1990-present
  • Certified Expert in Forensic Psychology in San Bernardino and Orange Counties
  • Court Appointed Expert, San Bernardino County Superior Court Adult and Juvenile Panel
  • Court Appointed Expert, Orange County Superior Court Adult and Juvenile Panel
  • Court Appointed Expert, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Adult and Juvenile Panel
  • Court Appointed Expert, Kern County Superior Court, Adult and Juvenile Panel
  • Expert Child Custody Evaluator, Orange County, San Bernardino and Riverside
Areas of Expertise  

Family Law

  • 730 evaluations of child sexual abuse allegations in custody disputes and dependency proceedings
  • Evaluation and treatment of Department of Social Services cases involving molestation referred by the Courts
  • Mediation of visitation and disputes in cases referred by the Courts
  • Psychological evaluation of individuals in adoptions and termination of parental rights cases
  • 730 psychological evaluations for child custody
  • Conduct bonding studies for Orange County Juvenile Court
  • 733 expert in Family Court custody matters

Criminal Law

  • Evaluation of competency to stand trial (published in area)
  • Evaluation of sanity at the time of an offense
  • Evaluation of individuals charged with Penal Code 288 offenses
  • Evaluation/analysis of criminal intent and state of mind (published in area)
  • Evaluation of learning disabled offenders
  • Evaluation of juveniles in cases pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code 707
  • Psychological evaluation of minors in contested dispositional hearings
  • Analysis of voluntariness of confessions and Miranda issues

Personal Injury

  • Evaluation of individuals in insurance defense cases
  • Evaluation of plaintiffs in personal injury cases
Evaluation of Sexual Deviance  
  • Served on task force reporting to San Bernardino County Juvenile Court on assessment of risk with sex offenders
  • Testified as 733 expert in evaluation of sexual deviance in Orange County Family Law Court
  • Requested to give presentation on psychological assessment of sexual molestation to Minor’s Counsel section of Orange County Superior Court (CLE presentation)
  • Testify as expert for Orange County District Attorney in sexual molestation matters
  • Conduct 288.1 P.C. psychological evaluations for Criminal Court
  • Testify as expert in analysis of police interview techniques in child molestation matters
  • Conduct expert psychological evaluations of sexually violent predators Certified in administration and interpretation of Abel Inventory of Sexual Interests Protocol
  • Ongoing participation in research on various types of sex offenders
  • Expert in neuropsychology
  • Training and consultation with Dr. Ralph Reitan (author of Halstead-Reitan and Neuropsychological Test Battery)
  • Specialized training in administration and interpretation of Luria Nebraska Neuropsychological Test Battery
  • Neuropsychological Test Battery
  • Specialized Neuropsychological testing for physicians and neurologists
  • Seminars, symposia and laboratory in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology taught by faculty of Jefferson Medical School at Delaware State Hospital
  • Specialized evaluation of individuals with closed head trauma and traumatic brain injury
  • Neuropsychological assessment of disorders and diagnosis of partial complex seizure disorder and other neurological disorders
Curriculum Vitae (CV)   CV of Dr. Michael J. Perrotti, PhD, IME  PDF document
TV Media Expertise   Expert Consultant CSI: Crime Scene, Vanished, Numbers
Specialized Experience with Law Enforcement  
  • Assisted Police Departments of Brea, Anaheim, Santa Ana and Yorba Linda with assessment and management of combative and psychotic individuals whom I evaluated with police for appropriate WIC 5150 certification
  • Participated in ride-alongs with law enforcement; assisted officers with evaluation and disposition of problematic suspects with substance abuse issues
  • Evaluation of treatment of officers involved in traumatic experiences, i.e., police pursuit, injured in high speed pursuit and officer involved shootings
  • Psychological evaluation of officers for peace officer position
  • Civilian responder, Professional Services Reserve, Orange County Sheriff
Assessment and Treatment of Juvenile Offenders  
  • Involved in training of youth counselors at California Youth Authority in crisis intervention assessment techniques as well as treatment planning
  • Conducted psychological evaluations for Youthful Offenders Parole Board in the area of annual review and readiness for parole as well as treatment recommendations and evaluations concerning extension of commitment issues
  • Ph.D. dissertation conducted on treatment of youthful offenders at California Youth Authority Facility in Chino
Crisis Intervention   Provided crisis intervention, consultation and services to law enforcement and assessment of mentally disordered and substance abusing individuals; assisted police in evaluating dangerousness to self and others in these individuals.
Employee Assistance Plan Services   Provided crisis intervention, assessment, and treatment services to private industry concerning assessment and treatment of employees’ psychological and career problems.
Consulting Positions  
  • Consultant to the Bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino, 1980-1986
  • Selection Testing of Applicants for Seminary and Ordination to the Deaconate and Ordination to Priesthood, 1980-1986
  • Outpatient treatment of nuns, brothers, deacons, seminarians, and priests for the Diocese of San Bernardino, 1980-1986
  • Consulting forensic psychologist services performed for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on CBS television, Vanished, and Numbers.
Government Expert   Expert testimony and case review of remanded SSI cases for Social Security Administration Government expert for review of psychological providers care; scrutinize for medical necessity and appropriate level of care.
Professional Experience   Psychiatric Social Worker
June 1966–September 1966, Wilmington Mental Hygiene Clinic, Wilmington, Delaware. Interviewed individuals for case histories. Conducted individual group and family therapy. Member of Community Emergency Crisis Intervention Team. Visited patient’s home when emergencies arose.

Psychological Assistant
June 1967–September 1967, Central State Hospital, Petersburg, Virginia. Conducted psychodiagnostic evaluations, vocational testing and career counseling. Aided patients in achieving effective adjustment. Reported test results and made recommendations regarding disposition of cases at weekly multi-disciplinary team conference.

Lecturer and Teaching Assistant
September 1966–August 1968, Virginia Common-wealth University, Richmond, Virginia. Taught classes in Experimental Psychology and Clinical Psychology. Designed and scored tests.

Consulting Psychologist
September 1968–March 1969, Virginia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Richmond, Virginia. Conducted Psychological evaluations and outpatient psychotherapy with individuals referred by the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. Prepared psychological reports. Assisted in disposition of cases.

Psychology Instructor
May 1975–May 1976, Goldey Beacom College, Wilmington, Delaware. Taught Psychology and Sociology in special Veterans evening division.

Psychological Assistant
1975. Individual, group, conjoint and family therapy and psychodiagnostic evaluations for private practice group.

Staff Clinical Psychologist II
March 1969–May 1976, Delaware State Hospital, New Castle, Delaware. Provided psychological services for a 220 acute chronic care unit and periodically acted as Unit Director. Examined new admissions, conducted clinical interviews, mental status examinations and diagnostic workshops. Administered selected, scored and interpreted results of a wide variety of psychological tests. Per-formed psychological evaluations of considerable difficulty. Participated in classifying and diagnosing cases. Completed psychodiagnostic evaluations of adolescents and adults.

Conducted individual, conjoint, group and family therapy within patients suffering from a wide range of disorders. Examined defendants for competency to stand trial in criminal and civil proceedings in Family, Municipal and United States District Court and gave testimony. Supervised psychologists, interns, and nurses. Taught therapeutic and diagnostic techniques to students and volunteers. Received supervision from Board Certified Psychologists and Psychiatrists. Periodically served as Acting Chief Psychologist.

Psychology Associate; Staff Psychologist; Senior Psychologist
June 1976–May 1983, California Youth Authority, Youth Training School, Chino, California. Aided in the formation and implementation of comprehensive psychological services program for the institution. Conducted individual and group psychotherapy. Treated individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction and various psychological problems.

Supervised and trained staff in treatment techniques and crisis intervention. Conducted psychodiagnostic and psychotherapeutic evaluations for the California Youth Authority Board. Consultant to the First Offenders Program. Directed multidisciplinary team conferences. Provided treatment support services to specialized counseling program. Trained psychiatric nurses and other paraprofessional staff in group and individual therapy techniques. Supervised psychology interns. Formulated individual treatment programs. Supervised psychological and psychiatric staff. In charge of development and implementation of psychological services contracts. Trained psychiatric nurses, interns, and staff. Conducted consultative services for the entire institution. Conducted evaluations and offered testimony before Youth Authority Board. Conducted performance evaluations of psychologists. Prepared and approved invoices for contract psychologists and consulting psychiatrists. Performed evaluations for the Youth Authority Board, medical staff, and youth counselors. Formulated individualized treatment plans. Performed crisis intervention.

Consultant, Psychological Treatment Services
July 1992–November 1992. Clinical neuropsychological and behavioral screening of at-risk infants and children. Psycho-logical testing to assist in identifying psycho educational, psychological and neuropsychological problems. Short-term interventions with families. Liaison with Department of Social Services and Foster Family Agency to effect and implement recommendations. Clinical assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, clinical hypnosis. Treatment of adults, adolescents and children.

Probable Cause Hearing Officer
March 1994–County of Orange.

Book Publications   Careers in Forensic Psychology, Michael Perrotti, Ph.D., in Insider’s Guide to the Psychology Major and Careers, A. Rezec, APA Books, Washington, D.C., 2009

Advanced Forensic Assessment, Michael J. Perrotti, Ph.D., in process

Scholarly Articles & Publications   Differentiating Delinquents from Non-Delinquents using the Masculinity-Femininity of Interests Scale of the Strong Vocational Interest Blank, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1968

The Effects of Direct Decision Therapy on Locus of Control, Aggression and Self-Concept in Juvenile Offenders, United States International University, 1979

Pending publication: Evaluation of Competency to Stand Trial

Psychologists Assessment of Competency to Stand Trial, The California Psychologist, July 1997

Neuropsychological Aspects of Stimulant and Depressant Abuse, Special Issue, Neuropsychology, the California Psychologist, August 1997; published in Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists Newsletter

Expert Testimony  
  • Conducted psychological evaluations of minors as to fitness in juvenile court matters
  • Analysis of criminal intent in defendants; have extensively testified at jury trials on the issue of criminal intent
  • Lectured and conducted workshops for peers on the psychological assessment of defendants as to competency to stand trial
  • Testified as an expert witness and am published in the area of stimulant and depressant use, especially as it affects the brain and brain behavior relationships
  • Testified on and recently had a paper accepted in the American College of Forensic Psychology on false confessions; provided expert testimony on involuntariness of confessions
  • Testified as an expert on interview protocols and police interrogation techniques as concerns child molestation allegations
  • Testified for the prosecution and defense in matters of competency to stand trial as well as extension of commitment as concerns the issue of dangerousness
  • Conducted psychological assessments and testified as an expert in the area of bonding studies and potential for reunification in dependency court proceedings
  • Testified in juvenile court matters in cases of contested disposition
  • Lectured to peers and testified as an expert on the psychological analysis of learning disabled defendants in criminal matters
  • Conducted psychological assessments and testified for the defense and plaintiff in personal injury matters

  • Conducted psychological evaluation of minors and learning disabled defendants in an analysis of defendant’s capacity to understand Miranda

  • Conducted psychological assessment of defendants in sex offender cases, both as to suitability for probation as well as dispositional matters for Juvenile and Adult Criminal Court

  • Conducted psychological evaluation of criminal defendants as to the matter of sanity in criminal proceedings

  • Conducted analysis of video and audio feeds in police vehicles and related this material to matters such as competency of defendants during police interrogation, as well as matters of state of mind of defendants during allegations

  • Conducted crisis intervention and psychological evaluation of defendants for the police in the field concerning substance abuse evaluations and evaluation of individuals to assist law enforcement as to whether individual is dangerous to self or others to warrant an involuntary commitment hold in a psychiatric facility

  • Conducted fitness testing for law enforcement applicants

  • Conducted evaluations to assess competency of criminal defendants to enter into plea bargain agreements

  • Testified as expert witness in evaluating law enforcement interview techniques in matters involving child sexual abuse and molestation allegations

  • Testified as expert witness in matters pertaining to criminal street gangs

  • Served as psychologist for California Youth Authority and conducted psychological evaluations for Youthful Offenders Parole Board as well as on issues of amenability for adult court

  • Conducted analysis of mental state and neurological status and correlated with serum alcohol levels as well as with chemical tests of stimulants and depressants

  • Analyzed non-verbal and verbal behavior of criminal defendants and presented data to juries

  • Served as consultant to counsel and assisted with questioning of expert witnesses

  • Appointed as expert evaluator for Board of Prison Terms in psychological assessment of mentally disordered offenders

  • Served as expert for prosecution with assistance in cases involving state of mind during the allegations as well as competency matters

  • Retained by prosecution and defense in false confession cases

  • Qualified as an expert and testified on eye witness identification

  • Qualified as an expert and testified in the area of psychological autopsy

  • Qualified as an expert and testified in the area of death penalty cases

  • Evaluated geriatric clients in court proceedings to evaluate competency as a witness

  • Court appointed expert in custody and visitation matters

  • Court appointed expert in juvenile court criminal matters, i.e., juvenile fitness, competency, and contested dispositions

  • Court appointed expert in dependency court matters, i.e., reunification

  • Psychological evaluation of individuals involved in terrorist acts against individuals and institutions

  • Qualified and testified as psychological expert in personal injury civil proceedings

  • Testify as expert for District Attorney in sexual molestation matters, competency, and sanity

  • Expert analysis of the effects of pornography on children

  • Psychological expert in analysis of the effects of sexual abuse and trauma on children

  • Psychological expert on the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder

International Documentaries   Interviewed for New Zealand television documentary on high-profile murder in Aukland, New Zealand, Great Journeys Film Productions, October 28, 2008
Expert Peer Review Consultation   Expert consultant and expert witness, State of California
bullet Department of Consumer Affairs
bullet Enforcement Unit
bullet State Board of Behavioral Science Examiners
Jurisdictions of Licensure  
  • Licensed Psychologist, California
  • Licensed Psychologist, Pennsylvania
  • Licensed Marriage, Family, Child Counselor
  • California National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology
  • Independent Medical Examiner appointment by State of California 1990-present
  • Certified Expert in Forensic Psychology in San Bernardino and Orange Counties
  • Court Appointed Expert, San Bernardino County Superior Court Adult and Juvenile Panel
  • Court Appointed Expert, Orange County Superior Court Adult and Juvenile Panel
  • Court Appointed Expert, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Adult and Juvenile Panel
  • Court Appointed Expert, Kern County Superior Court, Adult and Juvenile Panel
  • Expert Child Custody Evaluator, Orange County, San Bernardino, and Riverside
Curriculum Vitae (CV)   CV of Dr. Michael J. Perrotti, PhD, IME  PDF document
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