Forensic Psychologist and Expert Witness with extensive court experience in Civil, Criminal and Family Court cases. Currently a forensic psychologist on staff at Rutgers University Biomedical Health service, specializing in criminal behavior and risk assessment as well as a forensic psychologist consultant for the Rockland County (NY) court evaluation service, where he has performed hundreds of child custody, as well as criminal competency and child abuse/neglect evaluations. In Civil cases, Dr. Heller is retained by both plaintiff and defense counsel to assess plaintiffs for emotional and mental injury. He takes an unbiased, ethical approach to assessments and is not "a hired gun." He is an expert in objective evaluations that assess the probability the plaintiff is suffering PTSD, other emotional injuries or if there is an exaggeration of symptoms based upon psychological testing and other data. He has expertise in cases that involve group home/residential schools, provider negligence and assaults. In criminal cases, Dr. Heller is experienced in providing successful rebuttal testimony explaining the scientific issues related to the problems of validity, reliability and usefulness of "Syndrome evidence" such as "Child Sexual Abuse accommodation Syndrome" and "Rape trauma syndrome." He testifies in child sexual abuse cases and explains research related to false allegations, recantations, memory, suggestibility, child testimony, interview protocols and "Believed-In Imaginings" in children and adults. He has expertise in domestic violence and has assessed women who have been victims of intimate partner violence and "Battered Women Syndrome" that contributed to homicides, assaults and other felonies by the victims of abuse.
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