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General & Forensic Psychiatry
POGOS H. VOSKANIAN, M.D.
tel. 215 938 7227; fax. 215 938 7474; e-mail: forensics@pol.net
www.forensic-psychiatrist.com


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 # 44509 - Recertified in 2007
Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the sub-specialty of Forensic Psychiatry # 803 - Recertified in 2008
Diplomate of National Board of Medical Examiners # 403213
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

Has served as the Chairman of Private Practice Committee for American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and
on committees of Directors of Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Programs and International Relationships Committee with the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
Serves 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
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
2011- Attending Physician, St. Joseph's Hospital - Detoxification and Rehabilitation Unit, Philadelphia, 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.

ACADEMIC AFFILIATION:

1998- DREXEL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (MCP HAHNEMANN UNIVERSITY)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Psychiatry and Law Program
1999-2000 and 2001-2002: Teacher of The Year Award, 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

2000-2011
Consultant, Gaudenzia House, Philadelphia and West Chester, PA
Clinical activities included 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.

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

1998- PRIVATE PRACTICE-GENERAL AND FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Clinical Psychiatry
Private Contractor and Consultant

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

COMPLETE RESUME AND REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

E-mail: forensics@pol.net

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SPECIALIZING IN CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY, SUBSTANCE DEPENDENCE AND FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATIONS, CONSULTATIONS, AND EXPERT WITNESS TESTIMONY IN CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES AT THE INTERFACE OF PSYCHIATRY AND LAW

Forensic Psychiatry Services provided for Plaintiff, Defense, Prosecution, Courts, Insurance Companies and Governmental Agencies

- Insanity Defense / Criminal Responsibility - Competency to Stand Trial - Diminished Capacity -
- Capital Sentencing / Mitigation - Sex Offenders - Violence Risk Assessments - Malingering -
- Suicide Risk Assessments - Medicolegal Issues in Correctional Psychiatry - Juvenile Transfer -
Testamentary Capacity / Undue Influence - Competency to Make a Will -
- Disability Evaluations / Independent Medical Evaluations - Discrimination -
- Workers' Compensation - Personal Injury / Psychiatric Harm -
- Psychiatric Malpractice / Standards of Care / Medical Record Review -
- Americans with Disabilities Act / ADA - Sexual Harassment - Workplace Violence Assessments -
- Testimonial Capacity / Competency to Testify as a Witness -
- other forensic, mental health and law related assessments -