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Expert Witness

Dr. Dumas has been qualified as an expert witness on the local, state, and federal levels in both civil and criminal cases. She has performed hundreds of psychological evaluations. Dr. Dumas regularly appears in court in the capacity of expert witness. She has extensive experience assessing a wide range of mental health problems using psychometric objective and projective assessments, clinical interviews, and collateral information. Links to her expert witness CV and retainer agreement can be found here:

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Kristi Williams Dumas, M.S., Psy.D.

Psychologist

Expert Witness 

Brain Trainer

 

              602 Woodlawn, Beckley CA. 25801. drdumas.dpc@gmail.com 

dumaspsychologycollective.com & www.thebraintrainingcenterwv.com 

 

    

Academic Qualifications

B.A.     California State University Bakersfield, Bakersfield, California, 1998.

             Major Area: Liberal Studies.

 

M.S.     California State University Northridge, Northridge, California, 2004.

             Major Area: Marriage and Family Therapy.

             

PsyD.   Argosy University, Santa Ana, California, 2010.

             Major Area: Forensic Psychology.

 

Professional Boards & Memberships

American Psychology Association Division 1

East Coast Colleges Social Science Association (ECCSSA)

Psi Chi Psychology Association

Multicultural Psychology Association

WV State Board of Directors Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), 2020-2022

National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) 4th State Consortium, 2014-

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

The Links, Incorporated 

Beckley Rotary Club

 

Expert Witness and Litigation Support Experience

Dr. Dumas has been qualified as an expert witness on the local, state, and federal levels in both civil and criminal cases. She has performed hundreds of psychological evaluations. Dr. Dumas regularly appears in court in the capacity of expert witness. She has extensive experience assessing a wide range of mental health problems using psychometric objective and projective assessments, clinical interview, and collateral information.

 

Recent Referrals and Consultations Include: (please note this is not an exhaustive list)

  • Misdemeanor & Felony Competency to Stand Trial

  • Capacity

  • Parental Fitness

  • Cognitive Functioning

  • Assessment of Attachment in Family Unit

  • Substance Abuse

  • Violence Risk Assessment

  • Sex Offender Risk Assessment

  • Personality Disorders

  • Assessment of Affective Disorders

  • Trauma Role in Functional Impairment

 

Recent Expert Related Workshops Presented

  • Los Angeles Superior Court Judicial Education Seminars (JES)-Topic: The Seven Levels of Judicial Wellness (2021)

  • National AHEC Organization-Topic: Understanding Trauma History, Ways it Impacts Functional Impairment, Microaggressions, and Patient Treatment (2021)

  • Los Angeles Superior Court Judicial Education Seminars (JES)-Topic: Judicial Stress & Resiliency (2020)

  • West Virginia Court Improvement Program-Topic: Effective Utilization of Parental Fitness Psychological Evaluations (2020)

 

Psychology Related Research Experience

Quantitative design studying levels of depression, past suicide attempts, and global assessment of functioning (GAF) for establishment of mental health care levels and placement.  United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons. (2012).

Data & Results are classified and published interagency.

 

Correctional and Community Mental Health.  Quantitative design to measure the efficacy of Misdemeanor Incompetent to Stand Trial (MIST) Program participants & its assistance in reduction of proconfinement and recidivism. (2011).

 

Correctional and Community Mental Health in academic partnership with UCLA Center for the Study of Public Mental Health Care. Qualitative Survey of the Men’s Jail Mental Health Services and Recidivism. (2010).

 

Doctoral Dissertation.  Religion as a protective factor against suicide in African Americans: A quantitative design studying levels of depression, religiosity, and susceptibility to suicide using the Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II), Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation (BSS), & Extrinsic-Intrinsic Religious Orientation Scale.  (2009).

 

Local, State, and National Honors

Special Act Award of Excellence/Federal Law Enforcement

         United States Department of Justice, 2012

Special Act Award of Excellence/Federal Law Enforcement

         United States Department of Justice, 2011      

California State University Northridge

          Honors Convocation, 2004

StarView Children and Family Services- 2003

          Mental Health Professional of the Year

Greenfield Union School District- 1998

          Mental Health Advocate of the Year

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated 

          Outstanding Achievement, 1989

          Images Scholarship, 1990

 

Current Employment

Owner/Forensic Psychologist/Certified Brain Trainer. The Brain Training Center WV & Dumas Psychology Collective, LLC

  • Perform civil and criminal psychological evaluations to include psychological testing administration, interpretation, and prognostic formulation

  • Serve as qualified expert witness in approximately 15 counties

  • Manage all clinicians, case managers, community support personnel, brain trainers and paraprofessionals for both mutually exclusive businesses

  • Facilitate neurofeedback and brain training sessions

  • Serve as Severely Emotionally Disturbed Waiver program provider for Department of Health and Human Resources

 

Psychology Professional Experience (Only most recent experience listed for brevity and ease of review. Full curriculum vitae available upon request)

2016-19      Forensic Psychologist. Clifton Hudson, DBA Hudson Forensic. Charleston, West Virginia.

Facilitated psychological testing to include administration, interpretation, and prognostic formulation. Completed parental fitness evaluations as ordered by the court or private counsel. Completed, assisted, and consulted on criminal assessments to include adult and juvenile competency evaluations. Served as expert witness and subject matter expert to assist trier of fact.

 

2012-16      Psychologist/Chief Operating Officer. K. Soiree, LLC, DBA Creative Renovations.  Beckley, West Virginia/Atlanta, Georgia.

Utilized Organizational Psychology and projective assessments to gage program participant aptitude & attitude regarding workCollected, assessed, and analyzed data for program improvement and new initiative implementationWorked with ex-offenders around issues of reintegration and recidivismDeveloped a vocational rehabilitation programNegotiated collaboration agreements with local nonprofit and community-based agencies to offer job skills training, counseling, and mentoring components.

 

2009- 11    Clinical Psychology Intern. Twin Towers Correctional Facility, Los Angeles (Men), California & Century Regional Detention Facility (Women), Lynwood, California-Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Program development, facilitated Misdemeanor Incompetent to Stand Trial (MIST) group & individual sessions, conducted initial mental health assessments, facilitated individual & group therapy.