Author Archives: Martin H. Williams, Ph.D.

Sex Offender or Delerious Drug Addict

I recently assisted in obtaining a not-guilty verdict for a defendant who had actually engaged in sex crimes. He had exposed himself, had masturbated and had walked into a hotel lobby and had inappropriately touched the woman working at the … Continue reading

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Insane, innocent, or merely dishonest?

I have now worked on my third court ordered criminal evaluation in which I could not decide whether the defendant was mentally ill, simply dishonest or wrongly accused. A variety of psychological conditions could cause a criminal defendant to incorrectly … Continue reading

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The California Board of Behavioral Sciences Seeks Biased Opinions from its Retained Experts

I recently testified on behalf of the respondent in a Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) case. The BBS regulates California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social workers. At the administrative hearing, I discovered something shocking about the … Continue reading

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Psychological Testimony and Daubert: Pro-Science and Pro-Corporations

During the mid-1980s, I treated a patient in her first trimester of pregnancy who was suffering from severe morning sickness. At the time, I was working at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, California. Although I saw no … Continue reading

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Therapist-Patient Sex Twenty Years Later: A View From The Courtroom

Twenty or so years have passed since therapist-patient sex came squarely to the attention of the psychotherapy professions.  In 1986, Kenneth Pope and Jacqueline Bouhoutsos published their book, “Sexual Intimacy Between Therapists and Patients” (Praeger).  The publication of this book … Continue reading

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Experience of Trauma (Criterion A) is Not Subjective

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric diagnosis that is overused in civil litigation. Plaintiffs inappropriately claim to suffer from PTSD despite the fact they they did not experience a life-threatening, horrific circumstance. The role of subjectivity in … Continue reading

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Is PTSD the New Whiplash?

Years ago, the claim of “whiplash” was identified as an often bogus addition to a personal injury claim resulting from an auto accident. Whiplash was a neck injury, presumably caused by head movement at the moment of impact. In the … Continue reading

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