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Carla Back-Madruga, Ph.D. (Neuropsychology/Psychology Expert Witness)

(Neuropsychology/Psychology Expert Background Info Summary)

Dr. Carla Back-Madruga is a Neuropsychology/Psychology Expert Witness. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at USC, the Director of Neuropsychology Service at the Rand Schrader Health and Research Center at USC, an Expert Reviewer for the California Board of Psychology, and a clinical neuropsychologist in her private practice.

Dr. Back-Madruga received her B.A. degree in Psychology (Cum Laude) in 1988 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After that, she studied M.A. and Ph.D., both in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, California and received her degrees in 1991 and 1994 respectively.


(Neuropsychology/Psychology Expert Bullet Points of Interest)

  • Licensed Psychologist – California (1997)
  • Alzheimer’s Association Education Committee – Los Angeles Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association (1995 to 2005)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Center Education Core Committee – UCLA/NPI (1995 to 1998)
  • Professional Affiliation – International Neuropsychological Society
  • Professional Affiliation – National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • Professional Affiliation – American Psychological Association (Divisions 20 and 40)
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer – Archives of General Psychiatry
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer – Journal of International Neuropsychological Society
  • Expert Reviewer – California Board of Psychology (2001 to 2012)
  • The Superior Court Panel of Expert Witnesses (2012 to Present)


(Neuropsychology/Psychology Expert Final Words/Short Summary)

Dr. Back-Madruga has been extensively involved in peer reviewed research articles. A few of these are: No increase in depression with lowdose maintenance peginterferon in prior non-responders with chronic hepatitis C – Journal of Affective Disorders, 129, 205-212; Cognitive function does not worsen during long-term low-dose peginterferon therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis C – American Journal of Gastroenterology, 105(7), 1551-1560; Cognitive reserve and neuropsychological functioning in patients with hepatitis C – Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13(4), 687-692; and Cognitive function does not worsen during peginterferon and ribavirin treatment of chronic hepatitis C – Hepatology, 45(5), 1154-1163.

Dr. Back-Madruga has also given professional presentations. Some of these are as follows: Guest Lecturer: “Competent to Stand Trial from a Neuropsychological Perspective?” – Case Conceptualization Course, Forensic Program, Alliant University, Alhambra, California in December 2015; Invited Speaker: “Neuropsychology of HIV/AIDS” – Research Conference, Rand Schrader Health and Research Center, Keck School of Medicine, USC, Los Angeles, California in October 2012; Presenter: “Cognitive Reserve as a Risk Factor for Neuropsychological Impairment in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C” – International Neuropyschological Society annual
meeting, Portland, Oregon in February 2007; and Presenter: “Somatization and Malingering of Cognitive Deficits in Six Cases of ‘Toxic Mold’ Exposure” – International Neuropsychological Society annual meeting, Boston, Massachusettes in January 2006.

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Published: November 15, 2022
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