IMMIGRATION SERVICES

 

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Our services are tailored to support individuals navigating the complexities of immigration processes, ensuring a compassionate and professional assessment.

VAWA Evaluation: Our assessments are sensitively designed to determine the eligibility of domestic violence survivors for immigration relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Our evaluations provide critical support, recognizing the courage of survivors and aiding them in their journey towards safety and legal residency.

Asylum Eligibility Determination: With a deep understanding of international human rights, we offer evaluations to ascertain if individuals possess a well-founded fear of persecution, making them eligible for asylum protection. Each case is handled with the utmost respect and confidentiality, reflecting dedication to human dignity and justice.

601 Hardship Assessment: Recognizing the profound impact of separation, we thoroughly examine the extreme hardship faced by qualifying relatives of U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Our evaluations aim to illustrate the significant emotional and psychological consequences, providing essential documentation for 601 hardship waivers.

U VISA Eligibility Assessment: Victims of crimes who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse within the U.S. can find a haven in the U VISA. These assessments are critical in establishing eligibility and advocating for the recognition and protection these victims deserve.

T VISA Eligibility Review: As an ally in the fight against human trafficking, we offer specialized evaluations for T VISA applicants, reviewing the eligibility of victims who assist law enforcement. These assessments are designed to not only support legal applications but also to empower survivors on their path to recovery and legal residency.

At the heart of our Immigration Services is the commitment to provide empathetic, thorough, and ethically grounded evaluations. Our expertise and compassionate approach serve as a beacon of hope, guiding clients through their legal journey with dignity and respect. We aim to ensure that each individual’s psychological needs are addressed with precision and care, facilitating a smoother transition through their legal pathways.

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Professional Experience

With over a decade of experience providing clinical & forensic psychological assessments

Superior Court-appointed psychologist
February 2022- Present

Dr. Anderson provides court-appointed psychological services and expert witness testimony to the Superior Court of California Criminal Court division and is contracted with numerous government agencies. 

Contract & consulting psychologist
August 2016- January 2022

Facilitated psychiatric interventions for individuals in severe mental health crisis, brought in on 5150 holds. Evaluated individuals, who met legal criteria of being a danger to self (DTS), danger to others (DTO), or gravely disabled (GD), due to a mental disorder.

Completed Tarasoff Warning, when applicable. Administered psychological assessments to assist with providing diagnosis and/or differential diagnoses. Provided crisis intervention, group therapy, case management, and treatment planning.

Court hearing representative for 5250/5270 court hearings. Provided legal testimony each week (over 800x) in court for individuals who met legal criteria for psychiatric holds and participated in REIS and WRIT hearings.

Contract Psychologist and Program Director for the Shasta County Jail-Based Competency Treatment (JBCT) Program
August 2020- January 2021

Executed the first Department of State Hospital (DSH) program at the Shasta County jail. Facilitated competency restoration for inmates awaiting criminal trial.

Provided direction, oversight, and supervision for the Jail-Based Competency Treatment (JBCT) program and staff. Primary designator for communication between JBCT stakeholders (i.e., the Captain, Sheriff’s department, DSH & Shasta County Superior court).

Completed Competency to Stand Trial court reports by utilizing relevant Jail Based Competency Treatment protocol. Administered psychological assessments to determine diagnosis, psychopathology, functioning level, intellectual impairment, and/or malingering. Facilitated weekly psychoeducational classes and individual assessments for inmates.

Predoctoral Intern through the Department of State Hospital (DSH)
January- June 2015

Completed court-ordered forensic evaluations for the Department of State Hospital’s (DSH) statewide system of community-based mental health treatment services for specified court-ordered forensic individuals.

Provided individual and group therapy to individuals with serious mental illness (SMI), who committed violent felony crimes.

Completed forensic psychological reports to the Superior Courts, for each patient, on a quarterly and annual basis, including risk assessments (for reoffending) using the HCR-20 risk assessment.

Provided court-ordered outpatient treatment and supervision to persons from various counties (Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo), who were adjudicated as Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) (Penal Code 1026) when tried for their crimes, and those who, while in prison for their crimes, were found to be Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDO’s) (Penal Code 2926).

Interviewed Napa and Atascadero State Psychiatric Hospitals patients to evaluate readiness for outpatient treatment and community reentry.

Clinical & Forensic Psychology Internship
June 2015- July 2016

Provided civil and forensic psychological evaluations for courts and attorneys by interviewing and evaluating defendants facing legal charges.

Assessments consisted of psychological evaluations to address criminal responsibility, dangerousness, risk assessment, malingering and deception, mitigating factors, aggravating factors, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI), Guilty but Mentally Ill (GBMI), placement recommendations, Competency to Stand Trial (CST), and PC 290 Sex Offender evaluations, Competency to waive Miranda rights and validity of confessions and immigration evaluations.

Responsible for interviewing, administering psychological testing, forensic report writing, formulating a DSM-5 diagnosis, and making a treatment plan recommendation.

Provided placement evaluations and recommendations for parole and probation by evaluating individuals in the Sacramento County jail and juvenile defendants at the Stockton Juvenile Detention Facility.

Psychology Intern
2014-2015

Provided clinical psychological assessments for Social Security Disability Income evaluations, ADHD, and specific learning disabilities for adolescents. Tests administered included: WAIS-IV, WISC-IV, WMS-IV, WRAT-4, BSID-III, Bayley-III, Vineland-II, Bender Gestalt-II, Trails A & B, and TONI-III.

Responsible for interviewing, administering/scoring test protocol, report writing, and DSM- IV diagnostic formulation and recommendations. Participated in individual and group supervision to evaluate treatment plans and outcomes.

Intern
2013-2014

Collaborated with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and worked in partnership with Integrated Services for Mentally Ill Parolees (ISMIP) to provide collocated services to help transition parolees back into the community.

Provided mental health assessments, group therapy, rehabilitation, and therapeutic intervention to individuals in crisis using CBT and relevant treatment approaches to improve psychological functioning and reduce mental disabilities.

Partnered with CDCR psychiatrists to ensure medications were appropriate per their mental health diagnosis.

Developed, wrote, and facilitated a group therapy curriculum entitled, Women’s Empowerment, which focused on female criminogenic needs for mentally ill parolees.

Served adult mentally ill parolees, including Sex Offenders (PC 290), by providing mental health, crisis, clinical assessments, risk management, treatment, and crisis intervention.

Psychology Intern
2012-2013

Conducted intellectual and personality psychological assessments for the school district. Testing including WISC-IV, CTOPP, BERRY VMI, CVALT, KABC II, BASC, CONNERS, MACI, TAT, and RISB.

Attended Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) meetings and collaborated with probation agencies to assist at-risk youths in the school system. Provided assessments and treatment planning for emotionally disturbed and neglected children with ADHD, specific learning disabilities, and/or intellectual deficiencies.

Served primarily Hispanic children ages 5-15 by providing nonverbal testing to bilingual and non-English speaking children to assess for learning disabilities.