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Annette Lorene Ermshar, Ph.D., MSCP, ABPP (Clinical Psychologist Expert Witness)

(Clinical Psychologist Expert Background Info Summary)

Annette Lorene Ermshar, Ph.D., MSCP, ABPP, is a Clinical Psychologist Expert Witness who was the co-founder and co owner of PCH Pasadena Treatment Center, a residential-based program for mental health treatment. She is currently very involved in consulting with television and studios on the topics of mental health and mental illness.

Dr. Ermshar holds a B.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University; M.A. and Ph.D. (Minor concentration: Neuropsychology/Neuroscience) in Clinical Psychology from Loma Linda University. She did her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology from the Patton State Hospital (APPIC-Registered Fellowship); and Postdoctoral Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) from Alliant International University.

(Clinical Psychologist Expert Bullet Points of Interest)

  • Diplomate, Board Certified in Forensic Psychology – American Board of Professional Psychology (2007 to Present)
  • Fellow – American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP)
  • Registrant/Member – National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  • Certificate of Recognition Performance Award – Patton State Hospital (2002)

(Clinical Psychologist Expert Final Words/Short Summary)

Dr. Ermshar is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of post-licensed experience conducting psychotherapy and assessment with children, adolescents, and adults. She has added specialization in neuropsychology, psycholegal/forensic consultations and assessment, neurofeedback, and clinical/diagnostic psychological assessment and evaluation. In addition to conducting her busy outpatient psychotherapy practice, she is sought after for her assessment expertise in complicated psychiatric diagnoses, psycholegal assessments, and neuropsychological functioning (i.e., ADHD, twice exceptional/gifted, dementia, testamentary capacity, learning disability, autism spectrum disorders, executive functioning deficits, traumatic brain injury).

Dr. Ermshar has also served as an expert witness in over 100 court cases within Federal Court, California Superior Courts, and California Juvenile Courts. Her testimony expertise includes topics addressing: legal questions pertinent to dual diagnosis, substance abuse, mental disability, child and adolescent development, child sexual abuse, trauma, syndrome evidence (e.g,, CSAAS, RTS, PAS), memory, suggestibility, psychiatric diagnosis and mental illness, neuropsychological functioning, neuroanatomy, cognitive/intellectual ability, malingering/feigning, personality testing, psychological/emotional functioning, admissibility of psychological evidence, and various criminal and civil forensic evaluations (e.g., risk assessment, competency, emotional disability, insanity/mental state at time of offense, PC 1001.35 pretrial mental health diversion, neuropsychological evaluations, record review and evaluation of opposing expert work product).

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Published: August 9, 2023
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