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Cheri Adrian, Ph.D.

Areas of Specialization

    anxiety disorders, cognitive impairments, competency, competency to stand trial, discrimination, dual relationships, emotional damages, exaggeration, fitness for duty, harassment, malingering, medical malpractice, mental health, mood disorders, personal injury, personality disorders, psychological disability, psychological evaluation, psychological stress, psychometric testing, ptsd, sexual abuse, sexual and emotional abuse, sexual behavior, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, standard of care issues, stress, therapist standard of care issues, trauma, trauma and credibility assessment, wrongful termination

Cheri Adrian, Ph.D.


Dr. Cheri Adrian received her Ph.D. from UCLA and has gone on to amass over 25 years of experience in forensic psychology, specializing in assessing psychological injury and credibility in allegations of psychological injury. Dr. Adrian has been named Expert in over fifty civil cases, including cases of wrongful termination, medical malpractice, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and other matters involving allegations of psychological stress and trauma.

Dr. Adrian has served for the 12 years as an expert for licensing boards in California including the Board of Psychology and Board of Behavioral Sciences. She was previously an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for 10 years, and the Co-Director of the Psychodiagnostic Assessment Service at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital for five years.

Dr. Adrian is also a California Workers’ Compensation Qualified Medical Evaluator who has regularly conducted both Agreed and Qualified Medical-Legal Evaluations. She has conducted over 150 medical-legal evaluations over the past six years. As a clinician and evaluator, Dr. Adrian has special expertise in evaluating and treating depressive and anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress. In the Workers’ Compensation system, she evaluates psychological sequelae of work stress and physical work injuries. She is available to conduct Agreed and Qualified Medical Examinations in Psychology in locations throughout Southern California.

Dr. Adrian has authored articles published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the British Journal of Clinical Psychology, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and the American Journal of Psychiatry.

She recently (2019) gave an invited panel address at the National Association of Women Lawyers mid-year meeting on the subject of managing ethical conflicts in forensic practice.

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