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
Preventive Psychiatry Associates Medical Group, Inc. 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, supervision, training others, publications and research and less than half in litigation. He is Recipient of major awards such as the 2016 Anna Freud Prize of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Janusz Korczak International Literary prize for “Responsible Parenthood” as world’s best book concerning the nurture well-being of children. He has authored of over 70 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). His treatment techniques for disturbed very young children are being replicated in several parts of the world.
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, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, 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 often led teams of distinguished associates in cases involving multiple children. His work has resulted in legal precedents concerning the admissibility of psychiatric testimony regarding loss of parental services in both New York and California, and has helped produce record-making and precedent-setting punitive damage awards against church administrations. An expert on institutional negligence, foster care, and psychological trauma, mental health resources for children and families in disasters have helped survivors of earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, and wars throughout the world.
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Robert Wynne, Ph.D., MFT
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.
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 has provided clinical supervision for masters and doctoral interns at the New College of California and the California Pacific Medical Center’s Outpatient Psychiatry program in San Francisco.
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.