Forensic Background and Experience
Dr. Teo Ernst is one of a select group of psychologists who have obtained board certification in forensic psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). The ABPP certificate has been recognized by judicial decisions, regulations, and statutes in some jurisdictions as the standard of professional competence in forensic psychology. Dr. Teo Ernst has served as a member of the clinical faculty in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry since 2012. As a PTSD expert, Dr. Ernst choose to complete an additional year of fellowship training specializing in psychological trauma at the San Francisco Veterans Hospital/UCSF. Dr. Ernst’s bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, for which he was distinguished as the Outstanding Graduate in the UCSB Philosophy Department, provides a critical background in logical analysis and focused speech.
Dr. Ernst completed his doctorate in psychology at the Wright Institute where he received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for his thesis Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Integrated Model of Treatment Planning. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Napa State Hospital, a highly sought after American Psychological Association approved inpatient clinical training program.
For over five years, Dr. Ernst was an inpatient forensic psychologist at Napa State Hospital. There, he gained extensive experience conducting complex diagnostic and forensic evaluations. Dr. Ernst routinely provided written reports and expert testimony to the courts regarding patient’s violence risk and adjudicative competency.
Shortly after completing his fellowship at the San Francisco Veteran’s Affairs Hospital/UCSF, Dr. Ernst became a Veterans Affairs staff psychologist. In this position, Dr. Ernst conducted over one hundred forensic evaluations on veterans alleging psychiatric disability from military trauma.
Dr. Ernst is a member of the forensic evaluator panels for the Superior Courts of Alameda and Contra Costa County. He has been certified as a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) by the California Division of Workers’ Compensation since 2011. In addition to his forensic and clinical practice, Dr. Ernst provides presentations for organizations including the San Francisco Bar Association, UCSF, and the First District Court of Appeals.