Forensics

Forensics

Dr. Chidekel serves as an expert witness for attorneys across a variety of legal settings. She is retained by Plaintiff and Defense in approximate equal proportions.

Her training in clinical psychology allows her to make an objective assessment of a litigant’s psychological status. She interviews the litigant, sometimes interviews collateral sources such as spouses, children, parents or co-workers; reviews relevant records; and administers objective, standardized psychological tests.

Dr. Chidekel also has specialty training and board certification in neuropsychology, which focuses on understanding the structure and function of the brain as it relates to specific cognitive and psychological processes and a wide range of human behavior. Her training as a neuropsychologist allows her to make an objective assessment of the psychological and behavioral effects of brain disorders and brain abnormalities. She is able to understand the implications of developmental problems that impact brain function, and understand the effect of brain injuries that are acquired, such as through injuries or medical events.

A systematic analysis of the information she collects enables her to clarify a litigant’s diagnosis, his or her credibility, the cause(s) of the presenting symptoms, treatment(s) warranted, prognosis, and damages associated with claims.

Forensic services she offers include:

  • Case consultation
  • Record review
  • Psychological and neuropsychological testing
    • Cognitive functioning (Intelligence, Memory, Executive Functioning, Language, Sensorimotor)
    • Social-emotional functioning (Objective and Projective Personality Testing)
    • Academic functioning in all academic subjects
  • Research relevant to issues at hand
  • Advising attorneys preparing to depose opposition experts
  • Expert testimony in deposition, due process hearings and trial concerning:
    • Credibility (Symptom validity, malingering)
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Causation
    • Prognosis
    • Damages

Personal Injury cases have involved:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Birth Injury (Stroke, Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy)
  • Near drowning
  • Wrongful death
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Chronic Pain/Somatoform Disorders/Fibromyalgia
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Post-surgical complications
  • Developmental disability
  • Physical abuse
  • Personality Disorders
  • Periventricular Leukomalacia

Employment cases have involved:

  • Discrimination
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Hostile Work Environment
  • Psychological Disability

Family Law cases have involved:

  • Needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Consulting with custody evaluators about a complex child’s special needs
  • Capacity to marry

Education Law cases have involved:

  • Assistive Technology
  • Program Placement
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Selective Mutism
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Child Abuse
  • Necessary academic accommodations and services
  • Genetic disorders (Williams Syndrome, Turner’s Syndrome, Fragile X, Trisomy 13, Angelman Syndrome)

Elder Law cases have involved:

  • Testamentary and contractual capacity
  • Conservatorship
  • Dementia

Forensics

Here is Dana Chidekel’s CURRICULUM VITAE:

​Here is Dana Chidekel’s RETAINER AGREEMENT:

Dr. Chidekel performs Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE’s) funded by school districts. She participates in Individual Education Plan meetings (IEP’s) and testifies in Due Process Hearings. ​

Here are DECISIONS from Due Process Hearings in which she has testified:

Here is Dana Chidekel’s Fee Schedule for Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE’s):