Accomplishments

  • Wrote, directed and produced a short television series entitled “Friends”. The show was a mental health promotion activity.
  • Founded the California Coalition of Rape Crisis Centers and the only male member of the Board of Directors.
  • Wrote, organized, and implemented a self-esteem curriculum for K-8 which was used in three school districts.
  • Participated in the planning, organization and implementation of a major mental health promotion project in the State of California with the State Department of Mental Health.
  • Acted as President of the Merced City Employee’s Association for two years. During that time I was the chief negotiator for contracts and wrote the agreements implemented.
  • Organized, planned, and managed a complete prevention program in Merced County using employees from several agencies.
  • Founded the Merced County Rape Crisis Center.
  • Formed and directed a mental health improvisational theatre group in Merced County.
  • Formed and directed the Happy Tales Puppet Company: a group that wrote and performed mental health shows.
  • Acted as chief, psychological consultant to Merced County Headstart, Merced County Community Action Agency, Merced Police Department, Atwater Police Department, Office of Criminal Justice Planning – State of California, Rape Division, and the Merced County Alcohol Abuse Program.
  • Participated in the writing, planning, and production of a play entitled “Schizophrenia”. I was the lead actor in the play which played to several audiences in California.
  • Authored, along with three other professionals, a mental health curriculum for the Eglin AFB Correctional Custody Center.
  • Acted as project officer in the formation of a mental health disaster team at Eglin AFB, Florida.
  • Participated in the planning, implementation and teaching of the behavioral sciences curriculum of the Family Practice Residency Program at Eglin AFB.
  • Acted as Officer-In-Charge of Forensics at Eglin AFB.
  • Formed the first fully operational mental health hostage negotiation team – disaster team for Beale AFB.
  • Appointed National Psychology Consultant for the Air Force Psychology Corp in Psychology and the Law.
  • Acted as Officer-In-Charge of Forensic Psychology at Beale AFB which involved regional consultation and evaluation on major cases.
  • Appointed Building Chair of the California Psychological Association in 1990.
  • Became the Chairman of the Board of Psychology for the State of California. Also served as Chair of the Credentials Committee for the Board and as a member of the Enforcement Committee.
  • Took the lead to establish mandatory continuing education for psychologists in the State of California. Created standards for the fair evaluation of BOP cases by experts. Coordinated with Senior psychologists in CA along with BOP staff to formally establish a wide variety of disciplinary remedies. Assisted in getting legislation passed which set forth mandatory revocation of psychology licensure in psychologist-patient sexual mis-conduct cases. Created the first systematic training program for Board experts and taught it for 3 years. Created a system of case review that was more fair and systematic. Fought for the successful continuation of psychology licensure with the Legislature of the State of California. Assisted in re-organizing and improving the oral examination for psychology candidates. Fought for accountability with the Attorney General’s Office in billing for work done for the BOP. Worked with others to adopt the APA Code of  Ethics as law in California.
  • Established the Center for Mental Health Law & Ethics, a non profit corporation dedicated to providing guidance world-wide for the ethical practice of mental health professions. Serving as the Center’s first President and Chief Executive Officer.
  • Testified more than 500 times in various Courts. Involved in more than 1000 trials. Completed work In high profile trials including United States versus Senior Airman Ahmad Al-Halabi (espionage case), United States versus Kelly Flynn, Lau versus Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States versus Ott (espionage case), evaluated defendants in more than 100 homicide cases.
  • Involved in more than 650 courts-martial proceedings consulting for both the Government and the Defense in cases with the Air Force, Navy, Army and Marines.
  • Performed more than 2000 competency to stand trial evals across 35 years, more than 700 insanity evals, hundreds of sentencing exams and more than 200 fitness for duty evaluations.
  • Represented the Central California Psychiatric Society for more than 15 years and is the only psychologist in the history of the American Psychiatric Society to represent a formal group part of the national organization.