Dr. Charles Heller  Platinum Member


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Charles H. Heller, PhD, is a Forensic Psychology Expert with over 35 years of experience in his field.
Litigation Support - Dr. Heller specializes in conducting peer review of custody evaluations, providing the review and analysis of potentially mitigating circumstances in connection with criminal behavior, and providing consultation to attorneys regarding civil litigation. He has extensive court experience in Civil, Criminal, and Family Court cases. Dr. Heller is a fully vetted and approved forensic psychologist for the NJ Office of the Public Defender as well as other Public Defender offices. (Federal Public Defender, Legal Aid in Manhattan, Bronx, Kings and the NYC assigned counsel program). He often travels throughout the US as a forensic consultant in important court cases including military Court Martials, death row assessment, sexual abuse, assault and multiple homicides. He is well known and respected among his colleagues as a clinician and as a forensic psychologist/expert witness. Civil Litigation - (Emotional and Mental Injury) - 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. He is an expert in objective evaluations that assess the probability the plaintiff is suffering PTSD, other emotional injuries, or if there is 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. Criminal Litigation - 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.

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. He is an expert in objective evaluations that assess the probability the plaintiff is suffering PTSD, other long-term emotional injuries (e.g. depression, anxiety, relationship problems, psychotic reactions) or if there is exaggeration of symptoms. Dr. Heller has special expertise necessary in civil matters, applying skills in forensic interview, data collection, collateral interviews, research, record review and the use of psychological tests including symptom validity indices to document in metric terms the emotional and mental symptoms related to posttraumatic stress (PTSD) reported by plaintiffs. He has advanced experience and expertise to assess how a traumatic emotional injury secondary to negligence, accidents and other traumatic events interacts dynamically with the pre injury status. These new injuries can interact and exacerbate the previous diagnosis, resulting in a poorer prognosis and creating an injury from the traumatic event that will be much more difficult to treat. These cases are the most complex. For example, Dr. Heller routinely evaluates children and others suffering from autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disorders who do not have the verbal ability to communicate how they feel. These procedures clarify how the plaintiff may have been injured by accidents, or criminal behavior such as negligence, assault, sexual assault and emotional/verbal abuse by agency and other staff. These skills have also been used successfully to explain the cultural issues that may inhibit how a plaintiff describes feelings and memories related to a traumatic event that is taboo to talk about in their culture, their country of origin or share with providers in a new culture. Dr. Heller will also glean from his evaluation, whether the plaintiff is fabricating, exaggerating or malingering symptoms due to a lawsuit or simply minimizing their symptoms for other reasons (e.g. shame, guilt, difficulty with emotional disclosure). And, finally, Dr. Heller reviews reports provided to litigants by other experts; assessing the reports for ethical, methodological and the professional standards required of these evaluations that are necessary to provide the court or jury with an accurate assessment. Some examples of services provided by Dr. Heller in civil cases have included: 1. Assessment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/Emotional pain suffered by people who have Disabilities, Intellectual retardation, Developmental delays, Autism spectrum disorders, Brain injury/trauma, Asperger's disorder. 2. Injured Child Assessments. 3. Children who have been burned, bitten/injured by animals, sexually abused, emotionally abused or neglected in foster homes, hospital, group home or other settings (e.g. a neighbor's home, children's camps, school bus, residential schools, substance abuse treatment centers, developmental centers, therapist's offices, classrooms), by professional staff, school bus drivers/aides, teachers and other students. 4. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and stress reactions due to Motor Vehicle accidents, false arrest, violence in correctional facilities, construction and industrial accidents. 5. Assessment of children and adults who do not show obvious signs of PTSD or effects related to trauma due to cultural/family taboos about showing or talking about the trauma (e.g. Punjab culture, Native Americans, closed, suppressive family system rules) or due to developmental/autism spectrum disorders/Brain injury/verbal expression problems. 6. Foster care (standards), group homes (standards), institutional care for intellectually retarded/developmentally disabled (standards regarding level of supervision required, pain and suffering), psychological care (standards) and assessment of evidence-based treatment. 7. Malpractice/ethical issues of behavioral health providers/institutional staff that may have resulted in patient death, sexual assault or patient suicide. 8. Psychological, Psychiatric and Alcoholism Treatment Record Review (inpatient and outpatient). 9. Inappropriate psychiatric hospitalization, negligent child welfare agency performance and care. 10. Alcoholism and other drug abuse problems, Accidental death caused by alcohol and other drug abuse. Addictions to prescription pain medication, Adderall, and other substances. 11. Personal injury, sexual harassment, job discrimination and employer harassment, emotional pain, long-term effects, long-term psychological treatment plans and estimation of costs. 12. Symptoms and signs of child sexual abuse; behaviors of child sex abuse predators. 13. Children with special needs (psychological, educational), learning disabilities. 14. Bullying (effects of), School and agency response to bullying, inappropriate handling of school issues by schoolteachers, guidance staff, school principals. 15. Suicide, homicide, psychological autopsy, crime victims, accidental death and liability. 16. Work-related Injuries (e.g. school bus driver injuries due to MVA, injuries to carpenter/other construction workers related to defective safety at the workplace. (Emotional and trauma assessments). 17. Assessment of emotional pain/relationship deterioration to a victim/plaintiff's significant others/family. 18. Eating disorders, sexual addictions, gambling addictions, internet/pornography addictions and other compulsive disorders (treatment of, effects of). 19. Native American issues (alcoholism, inter-generational post traumatic stress, cross-cultural psychology, domestic violence, adoption issues, criminal involvement, pain and suffering). 20. Postpartum depression, 21. Police officers and stress, Critical incident stress. 22. Pain and suffering caused by false arrests, coerced confessions, inappropriate police/security guard behavior. 23. Americans with disabilities Act (ADA) and alcoholism/drug/psychiatric claims. 24. Independent medical examinations related to accidents/motor vehicle accidents/other accidents. 25. Case and trial consultation to legal team regarding psychological/emotional aspects of and analysis of pertinent psychological issues of a case. 26. Emotional pain and suffering due to domestic violence/abusive spouse (e.g. battered women syndrome, interpersonal violence, child abuse/neglect). 27. Review and analysis of case documents, including medical records, peer review and critique of evaluation reports performed by opposing experts, and other consultation regarding psychological/psychiatric/mental health treatment discovery. 28. Assessment of symptom under- or over- reporting related to childhood sexual abuse, clarification of research related to recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse and other reported emotional/mental issues. 29. Written briefs on related forensic/ethical issues for attorneys (e.g. the inappropriate use of a psychological test by another forensic practitioner with a plaintiff from a different culture in which the test was not standardized/normed). 30. Cases that involve group home/residential schools, provider negligence and assaults/negligence/abuse by educational and transportation staff or other students that the plaintiff should have been protected from. 31. Consultation to the legal team regarding standards of care, emotional pain and suffering, trauma as well as the probable future mental health treatment plan and cost necessary to provide services to address the emotional, mental or cognitive injuries. 32. Consultation/literature review/report to the legal team regarding the possible preventive effect of a temporary order of protection on prevention of a homicide/suicide by perpetrator of domestic violence. Dr. Heller's dissertation on "Criminal Behavior and Arousal" and his experience evaluating defendants often requires his presence as an expert in trial and also to perform evaluations of a defendant in a correctional facility, an attorney's office or one of his offices in New York or New Jersey. He has a legal pass from the New York City Department of Corrections. However, he does travel to evaluate incarcerated defendants in other states, when presented with a judge's order or at the request of an attorney. Most recently defendants with murder charges had to be evaluated at the Cook County jail in Chicago and the Westchester County jail in New York. He has also performed a "death row" evaluation for the Federal Public defender (Arizona), numerous evaluations in murder, assault and rape cases, including a triple homicide/kidnapping case (PA), and an evaluation of a Military defendant with consultation to his military counsel regarding a Court Martial (related to allegation of spouse abuse). • Dr. Heller is considered an expert in murder, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, battered women syndrome and other violent crimes. • Dr. Heller is currently on staff at Rutgers University Biomedical Health service, specializing in criminal behavior and risk assessment. In this staff assignment he works as a Forensic Psychologist at East Jersey State prison in Rahway, one of the oldest prisons in the United States. In this capacity he provides clinical diagnosis, psychological treatment (individual and group), assessment for suicide risk, staff training for correction officers in suicide prevention and consultation to other prison staff. Additionally he performs risk assessments for sexually violent predators that may result in civil commitment ordered by the State of New Jersey Attorney General's Office after an inmate completes a sentence. • Dr. Heller also serves as a forensic psychologist consultant for the Rockland County (NY) court evaluation service, where he has performed hundreds of child custody and child abuse/neglect evaluations, as well as criminal competency evaluations in numerous criminal cases including murder. Dr. Heller is often requested by a judge and serves as the court expert to perform mental competency evaluations for defendants in the New York-New Jersey Metropolitan area and in other states. • Dr. Heller is fully vetted and included in a government contract with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). In this role, he accepts assignments requested by immigration judges to perform competency examinations for the Executive Office of Immigration Review. These competency examinations measure the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning of "detained aliens or Respondents," who are immigrants that have been detained due to their possible illegal status, and have been flagged as possibly having a mental illness. Dr. Heller's assessments are utilized to determine the respondent's ability to participate in immigration proceedings. In this capacity Dr. Heller functions as the U.S. Court's expert and not an expert to the "respondent's counsel or any other party to legal proceedings. • One of Dr. Heller's special interests is the assessment of a specific case for the possibility of false allegations of child sexual abuse. He often testifies about research and specific attributes of allegations that can indicate a false allegation. He offers rationales and motivations for false allegations in a case and alternative hypotheses to explain these allegations. He can provide testimony about the general characteristics of children of sexual abuse, regarding general disclosure patterns, coping strategies and behaviors of child abuse victims. Regarding perpetrators of child sexual abuse, he can testify about general characteristics of the process of victim selection, grooming, assault, victim response, and concealment. He also can testify about appropriate investigative child interview techniques in child abuse cases, such as forensic interview protocols, characteristics of children's memory, suggestibility and ability to provide eyewitness testimony. Additionally, Dr. Heller can testify about general characteristics of false allegations of child abuse cases. Dr. Heller is a successful rebuttal witness to questionable syndrome evidence such as CSAAS and Intrafamilial child sexual abuse syndrome. He reviews transcripts and video-tapes of alleged victims and provides testimony regarding accepted interview protocols for assessment of children found to have been sexually abused or those alleged to have been sexually abused. • Dr. Heller is a mental health panel expert of the NYC Assigned Counsel program. New York City Dept. of Corrections legal pass holder and approved forensic psychologist for the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. Dr. Heller is experienced in the following crimes, assignments and evaluations: 1. Murder, Multiple murders, Rape, Robbery, Bank robbery, Conspiracy, Arson, Assault, Burglary, Sexual assault, Sexual abuse, Child abuse, Child sexual abuse, Domestic violence, Hit and Run, DWI, Vehicular Homicide, Use of child pornography and White Collar Crime (embezzlement, fraud). 2. Evaluations performed in County, State, City of New York, County jails in other states and Federal correctional facilities. 3. Mental impairment/diminished capacity assessment. 4. Assessment of competency to stand trial. 5. Criminal behavior affected by intellectual, mental, cognitive and emotional disability. 6. Clinical assessment of personality, psychopathology, organic deficits and intelligence. 7. Administration and analysis of objective and projective psychological tests. 8. The effects of alcohol and various kinds of drug abuse on criminal intent and behavior. 9. Assessment of acute vs. chronic alcohol use as related to DUI sentencing. 10. The assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder related to violent crimes. 11. Assessments to rule-out malingering of posttraumatic stress disorder. 12. Clinical Assessment and detection of Malingering and Deception in defendants. 13. Not guilty by reason of insanity/criminal responsibility. 14. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its effects on criminal behavior. 15. Battered Woman Syndrome as a legal defense. 16. Effects of domestic violence and symptoms of battered women. 17. False arrest 18. False confession. 19. Coerced confession 20. Assessment and evaluation of incarcerated defendants. 21. Dangerousness, criminality assessment, recidivistic sex offenders. 22. Administration of actuarial tests and other indicators of recidivism and future risk. 23. Sex offender re-offense risk assessments. 24. Pre-sentence Family studies and Bio-psycho-social evaluations, 25. Immigration/deportation matters (the effects on family of person to be sentenced or possibly deported). 26. Police officers and Post-traumatic stress disorder. 27. Victim Assessments 28. Mitigation reports prior to sentencing. 29. Review of interview transcripts and recordings of other investigators (therapists, caseworkers, and police) related to standards and protocols used in assessing children about alleged child sexual abuse. 30. False allegations of child sexual abuse and domestic violence. 31. Problems with children's testimony (suggestibility, recantation, memory issues, delayed outcry, the phenomena of "Believed-In Imaginings"). 32. Forensic interviewing of children and problems with children's testimony. 33. Interview protocols used in assessment of children alleged to have been sexually abused. 34. Rebuttal witness to other experts who promote "syndrome evidence: such as "child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome" (CSAAS), and "intrafamilial child sexual abuse syndrome." 35. The phenomena of delayed disclosure in child sexual abuse and rape. 36. Explanation and discussion of myths and realities in true and/or false allegations of child sexual abuse. 37. Testimony about "red-flag" indicators of possible child sexual abuse. 38. Research on causes of eyewitness identification error, memory and perception. 39. Stalking and harassment. 40. Crime sprees, mass murders. 41. Gangs 42. Stalking 43. Media consultation. 44. Parental-acceptance-rejection syndrome related to homicide, depression and other aberrant behavior. 45. Rejection sensitivity related to criminal acts. 46. Pornography, internet addiction, inappropriate use of on-line sites. 47. Cross-cultural factors in the assessment of defendants. 48. Litigation Consultation to legal team regarding analysis and pertinent issues of a case. 49. Assessment of complex psychological dynamics and "counterintuitive victim behavior" specific to complex domestic violence cases (delay in reporting, not leaving, numerous unexplained inconsistencies). 50. Analyst for CBS evening News regarding "the Craig's list killer." Analyst for WABC TV (Inside Edition) regarding the segment on "the BTK killer." 51. Recently interviewed for a documentary series on Netflix called "Inside the Criminal Mind." Episodes on cult leaders and kidnapping will be seen in summer 2018.

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Qualifications:

Charles H. Heller, PhD, is a Forensic Psychology Expert . Dr. Heller is a fully vetted and approved forensic psychologist for the NJ Office of the Public Defender as well as other Public Defender offices.


Experience:

Charles H. Heller, PhD, is a Forensic Psychology Expert with over 35 years of experience in his field. Dr. Heller is currently on staff at Rutgers University Biomedical Health service, specializing in criminal behavior and risk assessment. He also serves 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.

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Battered Women   ,   Child Abuse   ,   Criminology   ,   Forensic Psychology   ,   Homicide   ,   Psychologists   ,   Psychological Damages   ,   PTSD   ,   Risk Assessment   ,   Sexual Abuse/Child Physical   ,   Sex Offendor Evaluation   ,   Trauma   ,   Clinical Psychology   ,   Depression   ,   Psychology Psychometric Asessment   ,   Post Traumatic Stress   ,   Psychiatric Defences   ,   Psychology   ,   Psychological Reports   ,   Psychological Trauma   ,   Trauma General   ,   Trauma Victims   ,   Psychology (Forensic)   ,   Sexual Crimes   ,   Sex Abuse Allegations   ,   Child Custody Evaluation   ,   Trauma - Rape   ,   Criminal Behaviour   ,   Trauma - Emotional   ,   Trauma - Mental Inury   ,   Battered Women Syndrome   ,   Psychology - Autism


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