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Alejandra Perez, PsyD

Forensic Psychologist | Expert Witness

About Dr. Perez
 

Education and Experience

 

Dr. Perez graduated from Kean University in Union, New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice.  Recognizing the immediate need for specialty training to provide forensic mental health services, Dr. Perez completed doctoral training at Alliant International University at Fresno, California in Forensic Psychology.  Dr. Perez is licensed under the California Board of Psychology (#PSY25139) and is a member of the American Psychological Association.


“I’ve always been fascinated with the functions of the brain and how that translates into behaviors. As I continued to advance my career as a psychologist, I learned that understanding these mechanisms provided essential insights for my clients and their families. Many of the clients I serve have significant struggles, and the answers my assessments provide can help give them a better quality of life and a brighter future.That is what helps keep me passionate about my work.” ​

Since 2005, Dr. Perez has immersed herself in providing support and answers to clients within the legal system.  Her clinical work has brought her to a wide range of settings and service organizations, including:

 

  • The Valley State Prison for Women

  • W. Gary Cannon Psychological Services Center

  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

    • Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF)

    • Augustus F. Hawkins Mental Health Center

    • Women’s Reintegration Services and Educational Center

    • Specialized Foster Care Unit

  • Canyon Acres Children and Family Services

  • Child Guidance Center

  • Foothills Psychological Services, Inc.

  • Sierra Vista Behavioral Health Center

  • Helping Hearts California, LLC


 

Skills and Specialties

 

As a licensed forensic psychologist, Dr. Perez is an authority on the intersection of mental health and legal issues.  She offers specific specialty services within the field of forensic psychology, including expert testimony and conservatorship evaluations (to learn more, check out the Services page).  

“I have worked with clients who struggle with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) for many years. After beginning to provide conservatorship evaluation services, I recognized what a difference I can make – stability, awareness, and greater capacity to have their needs met. Similarly, with expert testimony I am able to share my experience and education to help families and legal teams make clear decisions about client care, mental capacity, and psychosocial issues.”

Along with her abilities as a forensic psychologist, Dr. Perez also has experience as a supervisor and leader.  Dr. Perez provides training and oversight to student psychologists and other clinicians to help maximize her impact as a professional and better the field.  

 

Dr. Perez is also one of the few bilingual (Korean and English) forensic psychologists in California. Her diverse experience helps her understand the effects of different cultures and languages on behaviors and emotions.  This unique skillset allows her to broaden her outreach to a wide range of people, particularly Korean-speaking clients and their families.


 

Interests and Hobbies

 

Dr. Perez loves her work as a forensic psychologist, and her passion is to help people through their difficulties.  Dr. Perez also strongly believes in maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and so when she isn’t wearing her psychologist hat she enjoys spending time with friends and family.  She loves to travel and experience different foods and cultures, and she is an avid California beachgoer where you might find her relaxing with a good book.


 

Who Does Dr. Perez Work With?

 

Dr. Perez has worked with clients across the lifespan and with a wide range of presenting concerns.  Although she has done extensive work with children and adolescents, much of her current forensic practice focuses on adult and geriatric clients.  Some examples of issues Dr. Perez has assessed include:
 

  • Dementia

  • Alzheimer’s disease (or memory loss)

  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Chronic suicidality

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


 

Learn More

 

Want to learn about what to expect from expert witness forensic psychologists, conservatorship evaluations, mental capacity assessments, or professional consultation?  Check out the Services page to find out more.


 

Contact Dr. Perez

 

Interested in working with Dr. Perez?  Contact her today via the Contact form, or call at (909) 378-5599 during business hours.  Her main office is located at 5857 Pine Avenue Unit B, Chino Hills California 91708, where she provides services for clients and attorneys from across the Los Angeles and Inland Empire area.