Board Certified Forensic Psychologist
Board Certified Forensic Psychologist
Dr. Alex Yufik is a Board Certified Forensic Psychologist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Psychology, a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY19520), and a licensed attorney (247353) currently inactive. Dr. Yufik is one of only 346 Board Certified Forensic Psychologists in the United States (03/23). The ABPP diploma has been recognized by judicial decisions, regulations, and statutes in some jurisdictions as the standard of professional competence in forensic psychology.
Dr. Yufik is also one of a number of attorneys admitted to practice law in front of the United States Supreme Court. His legal training and experience make him an exceptionally credible and compelling witness. He is an expert source on a variety of clinical and forensic topics, and has given numerous interviews to local and national news organizations, including KCAL9, NPR, Washington Post, New York Post, and others. He has also provided many continuing education programs various law firms and legal organizations. Dr. Yufik's work was also cited by the Court of Appeal of California, Third Appellate District in the People v. Henning case, People v. Henning, 178 Cal. App. 4th 388, 100 Cal. Rptr. 3d 419, 2009 Cal. App. LEXIS 1669, 178 Cal. App. 4th 388, 100 Cal. Rptr. 3d 419, 2009 Cal. App. LEXIS 1669 .
Dr. Alex Yufik received his education on the east coast. He completed a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in the study of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst graduating with honors as a Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Yufik proceeded to obtain his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree at the Villanova University School of Law in Pennsylvania. During this time, Dr. Yufik represented juvenile defendants at the Philadelphia Public Defender’s Office and volunteered at the Women Against Abuse Legal Project, where he helped battered and abused women obtain restraining orders and counseling services. He then began his legal practice as a criminal defense attorney with Barry Helfand & Associates, one of the most prestigious firms in Maryland. There, he worked on a number of very high profile cases, including the Ruthann Aron case and the Garrett Wilson SIDS murder case.
While practicing law, Dr. Yufik completed his Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology from George Washington University, in Washington D.C. He also held externships at the District of Columbia Superior Court Child Guidance Clinic and at the Springfield Hospital Center, a locked forensic treatment unit. After earning his doctoral degree, Dr. Yufik came to California and finished his training residency at the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, California, a locked forensic hospital. Dr. Yufik completed two rotations while working at the hospital. He completed a six month rotation on the locked forensic unit and a six month rotation on the skilled nursing facility unit. The forensic unit provides treatment to Patients who have been found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (PC 1026), Incompetent to Stand Trial (PC 1370), or former parolees need additional mental health treatment (PC 2972). He also complted the skilled nursing facility rotation (SNF). The SNF unit treats adults identified with mental disabilities and physical disabilities requiring skilled nursing care. He then completed his post-doctoral training at Pacific Clinics AB34 forensic program and at the Sharper Future treatment center, where he worked with high risk sex offenders.
In the past, Dr. Yufik has conducted forensic evaluations for the Elder Abuse Forensic Center in Los Angeles, as part of a multidisciplinary assessment team devoted to protecting the elderly from fraud and abuse. Dr. Yufik also serves as an expert for the California Board of Psychology and the Board of Behavioral Sciences and provides expert evaluations of cases in which psychologists and other mental health professionals have been accused of unprofessional conduct. He has also been an independent evaluator for the California Board of Parole Hearings. As an educator, he has taught numerous courses as an adjunct professor at California State University of Los Angeles in the Criminal Justice Department and the School of Social Work. He has also taught at the University of Southern California psychology department and was an adjunct lecturer in the department.