Forensic Background and Experience
Dr. Teo Ernst is a member of a select group of less than 1% of psychologists who have obtained Board Certification in Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). The ABPP certificate, currently held by 31 psychologists in California (updated May 2019), has been recognized by judicial decisions and regulations as the standard of professional competence in forensic psychology. Since 2012, Dr. Ernst has taught residents and fellows in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Clinical Professor – Volunteer. As a trauma expert, Dr. Ernst choose to complete an additional year of fellowship training in PTSD at the San Francisco Veterans Hospital/UCSF.
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 criminal panel of psychiatric and psychological experts for the Superior Courts of Alameda and Contra Costa County. In 2011, he was certified as a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) by the State of California. Since 2012, Dr. Ernst has taught in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Clinical Professor – Volunteer, where he provides teaching and supervision while maintaining active involvement in clinical research. He previously served as an adjunct clinical faculty at the Wright Institute. 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.