Our psychiatrists and psychologists combined offer several hundred years of clinical and forensic experience with over 300 litigated cases. Our capacity is expanded by social workers and marriage and family therapists who often assist by interviewing plaintiffs and collaterals. Working in smooth coordination allows us to evaluate multiple plaintiffs simultaneously, even to make a behavioral audit of a treatment facility’s whole adolescent population (as we did concerning the Heartland Christian Academy, where Timothy Belz and David Melton were the attorneys) or provide damage reports on 55 children at a state-licensed group foster home (OK Boys Ranch matter, attorney John Connelly, Jr. retained us in representing the plaintiffs).
Gilbert Kliman, M.D., Psychoanalyst
The Children’s Psychological Trauma Center was founded and is directed by Dr. Gilbert Kliman, a Harvard Medical School Graduate, Board Certiﬁed child psychiatrist and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Kliman spends more than half of his time in practice and research and less than half in litigation. He is Recipient of International Literary prize for “Responsible Parenthood” as best book concerning well-being of children. He has authored of over 50 articles and books, and been the recipient of over 50 grants. In a period of over 35 years, he founded and directed three nonprofit organizations for emotionally disturbed children and their families – The Center for Preventive Psychiatry, Inc. in New York (1965-1978), The Foster Care Study Unit at Dept. of Child Psychiatry, Columbia U. (1983-1987), and The Children’s Psychological Health Center, Inc. in San Francisco (1992-ongoing).
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Known for appearances on 20/20 with Barbara Walters and The Today Show, listed in “Best Doctors in America”, Dr. Kliman can provide attorney references from over 100 trials and 275 depositions. He has been accepted as psychiatric expert by federal and state courts in Alaska, California, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
Diplomate of the American College of Forensic Examiners and four psychiatric specialty boards, Dr. Kliman has served as psychiatric expert in some of the nation’s most important institutional neglect and child psychological trauma cases.
Dr. Kliman is one of the nation’s most highly credentialed forensic child psychiatrists and has a team of distinguished associates.
Edward Oklan, M.D.
Dr. Oklan has maintained an active full-time clinical psychiatric practice throughout his professional career, in addition to his forensic and public health activities.
His clinical work has integrated modalities of individual, couples, family, group, and parent-infant psychotherapy, as well as psychopharmacology, in outpatient, hospital, residential and group home settings. An increasing aspect of his practice has been the provision of diagnostic evaluations, second opinions and consultation to other professionals. His expertise spans the diagnostic spectrum, including PTSD; Depression and Bipolar Disorders; Anxiety Disorders and OCD; Psychoses; ADHD and Learning Disabilities; Addictions (behavioral and substance) and Recovery; Autistic Spectrum Disorders; and Medical and Neuropsychological conditions with psychiatric sequelae.
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Dr. Oklan has been involved in diverse forensic psychiatric activities, including, but not limited to: determination of damages and cost of “Life Care Plans” after a wide variety of medical and psychological injuries; sexual harassment; wrongful termination; true and false allegations of sexual abuse; commitment, conservatorship and competency evaluations; evaluations of children for adoption and placement in Juvenile Dependency matters, including assessment of attachment issues; utilizing videotaped observations of of psychiatry evaluations; diminished capacity issues regarding felony cases before the Superior Court; psychiatric and medical malpractice; head trauma cases; sequelae of motor vehicle accidents; pharmacy prescription errors; e coli induced glomerulonephritis; institutional neglect; wrongful death and deprivation of parental services; assessment of the psychological status, damages, treatment recommendations and care costs (Life Care Plans) in traumatized children and adults, both in his private practice and in conjunction with Gilbert Kliman, M.D. at Preventive Psychiatry Associates and the Children’s Trauma Center. He has also served as impartial expert/Special Master for the courts of Marin, Sonoma, and San Francisco counties in over 50 high conflict divorced and custody cases and helped establish the Special Master program in Marin County.
Dr. Oklan has also served as Medical Examiner for the Superior Court of Marin County in criminal cases and for the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance, as well as a Qualified Medical Examiner for the California Department of Industrial Relations in workers’ compensation cases.
In addition to his training and experience as an adult and child neuropsychiatrist, Dr. Oklan completed his Masters in Public Health at UC Berkeley and has always been interested in public health and preventive mental health interventions throughout his career. He has established enduring preventive mental health programs designed to decrease the prevalence of psychiatric and medical disorders in children and adults, including Braun Place, an adolescent residential and day treatment program which continues to serve SED teens in Marin County and Pregnancy to Parenthood Family Center, an innovative not-for-profit treatment and research program for families and children under stress during pregnancy and the early parenting period. He also established and received grant support for many other preventive projects, including the Marin Parent Aide Program, Teenage Parent Program, and Early Child Abuse and Neglect Programs. He then helped found the Special Master program for high conflict divorce and post divorce families in Marin County, serving as court appointed expert for custody evaluations and as Special Master in over 50 cases in Marin, Sonoma, and San Francisco counties.
In 1989, along with Gilbert Kliman, M.D., he founded Preventive Psychiatry Associates Medical Group, Inc. and served as its Medical Director, also establishing the affiliated non-profit agency, Children’s Psychological Trauma Center. He co-authored numerous guided activity workbooks with Dr. Kliman for use with traumatized children, families, teachers and mental health professionals experiencing natural disasters and war, which continue to be adapted and translated for new major cataclysms across the globe, ranging from Hurricane Katrina to the recent devastating earthquake in China.
Most recently Dr. Oklan has focused his public health activities on forensic work on behalf of traumatized children and adults, with the goal of affecting public policy in order to reduce the incidence of psychological illness and psychosocial disability
David Brodzinsky, Ph.D.
Dr. Brodzinsky, Ph.D. is Research and Project Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute in New York City and Professor Emeritus of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at Rutgers University. For the past three decades, his research and scholarly writing has focused primarily on issues related to the adjustment of adopted children and their families. He is especially well known for his research on developmental and family issues in adoption. Dr. Brodzinsky relocated to Oakland, CA in 2006, where he maintains a private practice in clinical and forensic psychology.
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His forensic work focuses primarily on family law issues, adoption issues and personal injury assessments He has consulted on legal cases and offered expert testimony throughout the United States, including in a number of high profile cases: Woody Allen vs Mia Farrow contested adoption and child custody case in NY, the Baby M case in NJ, the Baby Jessica case in MI, the gay marriage trial in Hawaii, and a 2008 case in FL leading to the overturning of the state’s ban on adoption by lesbians and gay men (In the Matter of the Adoption of XG and NG). He has been a consultant to countless public and private adoption agencies and has conducted training workshops on adoption and foster care throughout North America and Europe. He has published widely on the psychology of adoption in professional journals and is the co-author or co-editor of six books on adoption, including The Psychology of Adoption (1990); Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self (1992); Children’s Adjustment to Adoption: Developmental and Clinical Issues (1998); Adoption and Prenatal Drug Exposure: Research, Policy and Practice (2000); Psychological Issues in Adoption: Research and Practice (2005); and Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men: A New Dimension in Family Diversity (2011).
Marjorie Schlenoff, L.C.S.W.
With a private practice in San Francisco, Marjorie is psychoanalyst with over 30 years of experience treating individuals, couples and groups. She has served as chairperson of the Program Committee of the NCSPP; Board Member of the Psychoanalytic Association WCSPP; and on the Advisory council of Planned Parenthood of America. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland and has a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University, with a Certificate in Psychoanalysis from Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, White Plains, New York.
Patricia Weiss, Ph.D.
Dr. Weiss, is a neuropsychologist with Preventive Psychiatry Associates. She specializes in the forensic testing of children, adolescents, and adults; and has specialties in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mood Disorders, Thought Disorders, Neurological Conditions, and Learning Disorders. With many years of experience in play therapy as well as individual therapy with adolescents and adults, she has a private practice in San Francisco and has been on the medical staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center for 15 years, and on the panel at San Francisco Juvenile Hall for the last six years. She speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Hindi and Urdu, as well as some Arabic and Japanese.
Robert Wynne, Ph.D.
Dr. Wynne is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a doctorate in clinical psychology. He draws upon nearly 30 years of clinical experience working with traumatized children and adults. Dr. Wynne has worked in association with Dr. Kliman and the Psychological Trauma Center since 1994. During this time he has conducted approximately 100 forensic evaluations involving allegations of sexual, emotional and physical trauma and wrongful death litigation.
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Dr. Wynne has private practice offices located in San Francisco and Novato, CA. His expertise as a clinician is further shaped by experiences in outpatient hospital and mental health clinics, residential treatment, preschools, public and non-public schools, hospice settings and prison. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Wynne provides clinical supervision for Doctoral interns from the California Pacific Medical Center’s Outpatient Psychiatry program in San Francisco.
Ann Oklan, R.N.
Ann is a certified professional coach and psychiatric nurse with over 30 years of clinical experience.
As psychiatric nurse, Ann works with physicians, psychotherapists, and case managers throughout the Bay Area, and also through outreach, trying to assist patients with a variety of psychiatric problems, including mood and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, autistic spectrum disorders, medical-psychiatric conditions, PTSD, as well as those struggling with difficult life transitions. Her goal is to help adults, teens and children achieve a higher level of functioning at home, employment or school, stay out of the hospital, maintain on medications, and help with the transition to more independent living.
As a forensic psychiatric nurse, Ann works along with psychiatrists to obtain and document relevant psychosocial historical information regarding clients and collaterals and assist in the psychological and medical evaluation of adults, adolescents, and children involved in family court, civil and criminal litigation. She also often participates in the review and distillation of medical, educational and other relevant records, and may prepare timelines of significant events.
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