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Forensic Consulation & Expert Services: Applied Neuroscience ™

Dr. David Arredondo, MD adheres to the highest standards of ethics in his roles as a forensic consultant and occasional expert witness. He has been retained in the past by counsel-representing plaintiffs and defense in approximately equal measure. His range of roles has been broad in civil, criminal, juvenile, and family court cases and has included multi-plaintiff, high stakes, and impact litigation. He is the founding director of Applied Neuroscience™, which conducts research reviews on a broad range of topics. He was recently the principal expert consultant and witness for the ACLU in a major federal impact litigation covered in detail in The New Yorker. In personal injury and multiple plaintiff suits, he has been very effective in working with defense or plaintiff counsel. In intellectual property disputes, counsel-representing Big Pharma has retained him. He has provided consultations and training to professionals and programs internationally. His primary focus is the transferring of knowledge of brain structure, function, and (mind) dysfunction in terms that the non-expert can understand. He also specializes in articulately describing and explaining what mental anguish is (and is not) and differentiating it from malingering, insignificant emotional distress, and psychological trauma.

Dr. Arredondo has published and lectured extensively on the causes of the following:

  • disordered behavior
  • impaired impulse control
  • post-traumatic stress reactions
  • personality disorders
  • malingering, subtle learning impairments
  • impaired decision-making
  • hostile workplace
  • sexual harassment
  • emotional trauma
  • pain & suffering

In particular, Dr. Arredondo is an expert on brain system dysfunction that may account for abnormal behavior and gauging the contribution of that cause to an individual’s emotional, vocational, family, and interpersonal adjustment. He is adept at formulating multidisciplinary foundations for clinical logic, which rigorously infers neuropathology and its causal relation to thinking patterns that can explain aberrant behaviors or diminished competence.

Dr. Arredondo is a former member of the clinical faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine and supervised two groups of Stanford Law students. He is a graduate of Harvard University (1975) and Harvard Medical School (1980) and a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


Areas of Expertise

In addition to extensive professional experience, Dr. Arredondo has published papers and book chapters, designed programs, supervised postdoctoral trainees, and delivered major lectures to licensed professionals on the following topics:

  • Normal and Abnormal Emotional Development in Children
  • Adolescents and Adults
  • Distress, Mental Anguish, and Suffering
  • Mental Illness/Brain-Based Mental Illness
  • The Effects of Witnessing Domestic Violence
  • The Effects of Emotional and Sexual Physical Abuse
  • Sex Offenders and False Memory Syndromes
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)
  • Brain-Based Behavioral Disorders
  • Psychotherapy and Psychotropic Medications
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Mood Disorders, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia in Children and Young Adults
  • Marital and Family Interventions
  • Addiction, Substance Abuse, and Addiction Treatment
  • Child Custody Determinations
  • Visitation Issues
  • Cross-Cultural Issues
  • Malingering
  • Malpractice
  • Diminished Competence
  • Diminished Competence in Juveniles
  • Educational/Learning Disabilities
  • Causal Relations in Correlations of Brain Structure
  • Behaviors, Symptoms, and Thinking
  • Judicial Education

Dr. Arredondo has provided direct clinical supervision of:

  • Medical students (Harvard)
  • Law students (Stanford)
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry residents (licensed physicians/MDs, Stanford)
  • Staff child psychiatrists (board certified)
  • Licensed clinical psychologists (PhDs, various training programs)
  • Psychology post-doctoral fellows
  • Licensed and unlicensed marriage and family therapists (MFCCs)
  • Licensed and unlicensed clinical social workers (CSWs and LICSWs)
  • Clinical research interns