General and Forensic Psychiatry

General and Forensic Psychiatry

Pogos H. Voskanian, MD

1240 Serota Place Philadelphia, PA 19115

About the Expert

Board-certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. Forensic Psychiatric Evaluations, Consultations, and Expert Testimony. Civil and Criminal. Plaintiff or Defense.

Areas of Expertise

Alcohol Abuse
Disabilities Assessment
Drug Abuse
Forensic Behavioral Science
Medical Malpractice
Neuropsychiatry
PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Psychiatry
Psychology
Sexual Harassment / Discrimination
Sexual Offenses

Expert's Profile

Professional Qualifications
Complete Resume and References available upon Request


CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENCES:

Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialty of Psychiatry

Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the sub-specialty of Forensic Psychiatry

Diplomate of National Board of Medical Examiners

Licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, Virginia and Louisiana
*Nationwide availability as a forensic psychiatric consultant or an expert witness

AFFILIATIONS:

1987- American Medical Association
1992- American Psychiatric Association
1995- American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
1999- Pennsylvania Psychiatric Association
1999- Philadelphia Psychiatric Society
1998- Armenian Medical Association of Philadelphia
2002- American Academy of Forensic Sciences

COMMITTEES:

Has served as the Chairman of Private Practice Committee for American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Has also served on committees of Directors of Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Programs and International Relationships Committee with the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Currently serving on Pennsylvania Forensic Rights and Treatment Conference-Program Planning Committee.

CURRENT OCCUPATIONS:

1998- PRIVATE PRACTICE - CLINICAL AND FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY - Independent Medical Evaluator and Consulting Practice

1998- Private Clinical Practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1998- Consultant, US Pretrial Services, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

2000- Consultant, Gaudenzia House, Philadelphia and West Chester, PA

2002- Consultant, US Probation Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA

2002- Consultant, Department of Human Services, New Jersey

2004- Consultant, Department of State - Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, PA

As a contractor for Department of State of Pennsylvania, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, services contracted for assessments of impaired professionals and licensing related issues. Contractual agreement with United States Pretrial Services includes forensic psychiatric assessments of defendants and assistance to Court in offering opinions regarding competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility and dispositional issues, etc. In Forensic Practice formulated over 1000 opinions for State and Federal Courts, Governmental Agencies and Insurance Companies in areas related to insanity defense, diminished capacity, capital sentencing/mitigation, sex offenders, competency to stand trial, competency to waive Miranda Rights, testimonial capacity,testamentary capacity, fitness for duty, ADA/employment issues, psychiatric malpractice, personal injury, disability, etc.As a contractor for New Jersey Department of Human Services activities include forensic evaluations of sex offenders and offering opinions to the court regarding civil commitment. As a contractor for Gaudenzia (Philadelphia) clinical activities include development of treatment plan, psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation of mentally ill dually diagnosed patients from general population, as well as inmates conditionally released from the City and State Correctional facilities. Services at Gaudenzia - Kindred House included consultations, development of treatment plan, psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation of dually diagnosed pregnant women or women with young children.

ACADEMIC AFFILIATION:

1998- DREXEL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (MCP HAHNEMANN UNIVERSITY)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Psychiatry and Law Program

AWARDS:

1999-2000 and 2001-2002

Teacher of The Year Award, MCP HAHNEMANN UNIVERSITY, Department of Psychiatry

PRIOR OCCUPATIONS:

1998-2000:

Program Director, Correctional Mental Health Services for the City of Philadelphia Prison System.

Directing, Supervising and Providing Clinical Services for the mentally ill inmates in Philadelphia Prison System and Forensic Psychiatric Evaluations for the City Courts

1997-98 MEDICAL COLLEGE OF VIRGINIA
Richmond, Virginia
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Psychiatry and Law Program
Forensic Psychiatrist, Central State Hospital, Forensic Unit

FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY EXPERIENCE:

Formulated over 1000 opinions for State and Federal Courts, Governmental Agencies, and Insurance Companies in areas related to insanity defense, diminished capacity, capital sentencing/mitigation, sex offenders, competency to stand trial, competency to waive Miranda Rights, juvenile transfer, testimonial capacity, testamentary capacity, fitness for duty, ADA/employment issues, psychiatric malpractice, personal injury, disability, etc.
Services provided for Plaintiff, Defense, Prosecution, Courts, Insurance Companies and Governmental Agencies.

1996-97 FELICIANA FORENSIC FACILITY
Jackson, Louisiana
Treatment and Forensic Psychiatric Evaluations


1996-97 FORENSIC SERVICES, JEFFERSON PARISH HUMAN SERVICES AUTHORITY
New Orleans, Louisiana
Providing Forensic Psychiatric Evaluations for the 24th Judicial District Court

1996-97 NEW ORLEANS FORENSIC AFTER CARE CLINIC
New Orleans, Louisiana
Outpatient treatment, evaluations and monitoring of NGRI's (individuals found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity) and of conditionally released mentally ill

1996-97 HUNT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
Gonzales, Louisiana
Psychiatric Evaluations and Treatment of Inmates

1997-98 MEDICAL COLLEGE OF VIRGINIA
Richmond, Virginia
Director, Psychiatry and Law Program. Providing Forensic Psychiatric Evaluations for the City Courts

1997-98 CENTRAL STATE HOSPITAL, FORENSIC UNIT
Petersburg, Virginia
Treatment and Forensic Psychiatric Evaluations for State Courts, defense and prosecution

1998-2000 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Program Director, Correctional Mental Health Services for the City of Philadelphia Prison System/Providing Clinical Services for the mentally ill inmates in Philadelphia Prison System and Forensic Psychiatric Evaluations for the City Courts

1998- PRIVATE PRACTICE-GENERAL AND FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Clinical Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatric Evaluations in civil and criminal cases
Private Contractor and Consultant

CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY EXPERIENCE:

1993-97 CHARITY HOSPITAL OF NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans, Louisiana
Contract Physician, Emergency Psychiatric Services and Substance Abuse Unit

1994-97 NEW ORLEANS PARISH CRISES INTERVENTION MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
New Orleans, Louisiana
Contract Physician. Emergency Psychiatric Evaluations of Children and Families in Crises.

1994-97 NEW ORLEANS VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL
New Orleans, Louisiana
Contract Physician, Psychiatric Services

1994-97 JEFFERSON PARISH CRISES INTERVENTION MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Kenner, Louisiana
Contract Physician. Emergency Psychiatric Evaluations of Children and Families in Crises.

1994-97 CENTRAL STATE HOSPITAL
Alexandria, Louisiana
Contract Physician. Psychiatric Services

1995-96 COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES
Lafayette, Louisiana
Contract Physician. Psychiatric Services for the Elderly in the Nursing Homes in Lafayette area.

1995-96 NEW ORLEANS VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL
New Orleans, Louisiana
Co-leading PTSD/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder groups for Veterans

ACADEMIC INTERESTS:

Teaching, Presentations, Research

Has conducted over fifty lectures, workshops and seminars on the topics related to psychiatry and the law, including insanity defense, diminished capacity, capital sentencing, sex offender evaluations, competency to stand trial, competency to waive Miranda Rights, testimonial capacity / competency to testify as a witness, violence risk assessment, suicide risk assessment, psychiatric malpractice, standards of care, risk management, provision of psychiatric services in jails and prisons / correctional psychiatry, ethics in the practice of forensic psychiatry, testamentary capacity / competency to make a will, psychiatric disability evaluations, psychiatric evaluations under Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment, detection of malingering and exaggeration of signs and symptoms of mental illness...
Voted as teacher of the year by graduating class of psychiatry residents at Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hahnemann University in 1999-2000 and 2001-2002.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

1996-97 TULANE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
New Orleans, Louisiana
Forensic Psychiatry Fellow

1992-96 TULANE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
New Orleans, Louisiana
Psychiatry Resident

1987-92 UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SCHOOL
Worcester, Massachusetts
M.D. Degree

1984-86 HARVARD UNIVERSITY EXTENSION
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Pre-med Program

1974-79 YEREVAN POLYTECHNICAL INSTITUTE
Yerevan, Armenia
B.S. Degree: Engineering, Major: Automobile Roads and Bridges

FOREIGN LANGUAGES:

Fluent in Armenian and Russian

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