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Care Philosophy

Our mission is to bring the highest quality of child, adolescent and adult psychiatric expertise to difficult civil litigation issues concerning children.

About Us

The Children’s Psychological Trauma Center was founded in San Francisco, California in 1992. It is directed by Gilbert Kliman, MD, a Harvard Medical School Graduate, Board Certified psychiatrist for adults, children and adolescents, Life Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Fellow of the American College of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry, and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Our associates include distinguished forensically experienced psychiatrists and psychologists who are strong in court, comfortable and jury-friendly.

Our Center’s professional and experienced experts work as an interdisciplinary team focused on child, adolescent and family civil litigation issues, providing evaluation, assessment, expert testimony, detailed reports and life care plans. We have helped attorneys set precedents and achieve some of the nation’s largest jury verdicts and record-making settlements for their clients. Experience includes over 275 cases, with over 95% of outcomes considered successful by the retaining plaintiff or defense attorneys. Since multi-plaintiff and class action suits are accepted, the number of plaintiffs and defendants involved exceeds 500.

Our experience includes evaluation and testimony in cases involving psychological trauma, institutional neglect of children leading to psychological trauma, institutional abuse of children, negligent foster care, loss of parental services due to wrongful deaths, psychological trauma as part of vehicular accidents, personal injury of adults and children, child abuse and childhood sexual molestation, sexual harassment, termination of parental rights, and disputed custody.

Settlements and jury awards now exceed $2,000,000,000 for children on whose behalf we have provided evaluations or testified at deposition or trial.

We have also helped many defendants obtain defense verdicts or reasonable settlements in civil actions involving allegations of psychological trauma.

Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with High Professional Standards and Objectivity is what The Children’s Psychological Trauma Center stands for.

Why Retain Us?

Dr. Kliman testifying on the statute of limitations for child abuse victims.

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We’ve handled over 300 cases involving all types of child and adult civil litigation issues.

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Dr. Kliman has been interviewed by NY Times, 20/20, Barbara Walters, ABC News, Dallas Morning News, Al Jazeera, Assocation of Trial Lawyers of America and many other publications.
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“Dr. Kilman’s work product contributed tremendously towards achieving the largest settlement against a school district in the history of the State of California. Obviously, I would be more than privileged to have the opportunity to retain his services again in the future.” — Gordon G. Phillips, Jr. Attorney, Esq.