Comment on Child Custody Evaluations

Dr. Craig Childress: Attachment Based "Parental Alienation" (AB-PA)

The American Psychological Association has asked for comment on the assessment practice of child custody evaluations.  This is my comment:

I am a clinical child and family psychologist.  My professional background includes work with a full range of childhood pathologies, with a specialty in ADHD, early childhood mental health, attachment trauma, oppositional-defiant pathology and family conflict. 

In the early 2000s, I was on medical staff at Children’s Hospital of Orange County working on a collaborative intervention project with the University of California, Irvine Child Development Center (Dr. Swanson) on the identification and treatment of ADHD in preschool-age children.  I then became the Clinical Director for an early childhood assessment and treatment center dealing primarily with children in the foster care system.

In 2008, I left the Clinical Director position to enter private practice as I began to wind down my career.  It was when I entered private practice that I…

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