Clinical Staff Members
Joseph I. Chernick, Ph.D.
Richard L. Dailey, Ph.D.
Robert Dolgoff, M.D.
Daniel B. Goldstine, Ph.D.
Hilary Goldstine, Ph.D.
Jeremy Gordon, M.F.T.
Bonnie Kahane, Ph.D.
Richard A. Levine, M.D.
Shane MacKay, M.D.
Karen McLellan, M.F.T.
John G. Rosenberg, M.D.
Steven Walch, Ph.D.

Clinical Consultants
Christa Hogan, Psy.D.
Arvalea J. Nelson, Ph.D.
Alison Steiner, Psy.D.
Joan G. Sullivan, M.D.

Professional Staff
Charles H. Pollack, M.D.
- Executive Director

Naomi Hartwig
- Business Manager

Linda Hawkins
Jan Herzog
Joan Krzeminski
Kevin Russell

Arvalea J. Nelson Ph.D.

Dr. Nelson has been in clinical practice evaluating and treating adults, adolescents, and children at The Berkeley Therapy Institute since 1973. In that time she has been involved with the diagnosis and treatment of more than 20,000 patients. Dr. Nelson is licensed as a Psychologist by the State of California and also as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has taught college courses on Psychology since 1975, focusing on Psychological Assessment and Abnormal Psychology. Dr. Nelson's M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley are in the field of Psychology with a specialty in Psychological Assessment. Her academic research involves the development and application of psychological testing instruments. Dr. Nelson's forensic experience has qualified her to testify as an expert in federal, superior, and administrative law courts.

Forensic experience in criminal courts has largely involved appearing on behalf of defendants, evaluating their competency to participate in legal proceedings, assessment of their mental states at the time crimes were committed, and providing opinions on the fitness for and appropriate conditions of incarceration or supervised probation for inmates in custody.

Experience in civil cases is very evenly divided between appearances for the defense and for plaintiffs in cases where the psychological condition of an individual must be evaluated as to their emotional state and cognitive abilities. The task has often been to determine whether and what kind of psychological damages have been sustained and what is the prognosis for recovery from those damages.

The majority of forensic cases in the past 20 years have required the assessment of the fitness to practice either of physicians or psychologists, who face administrative law hearings before the Medical Board of California or the board of Psychology of California. Psychiatric and psychological evaluations of individuals in other professions have also been completed, however, the majority of experience is with health care providers. Evaluations have been performed for both the defendants and the plaintiffs in professional licensing cases.