Clinical Forensic Psychologist Specializing in Forensic Assessments

Recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award, California Psychological Association

Leader in Forensic Assessments and Consulting

Dr. Michael Kerner, Ph.D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist practicing in San Jose since 1986 and specializing in forensic assessments and forensic consulting.

Dr. Kerner has participated in over 700 Family Law cases and performed over 450 child custody evaluations. He has served as a reviewing expert in over 250 family law matters.

He is the author of AATBS Law and Ethics materials and workbook for the CPSE California examination, 2008-2013

Dr. Michael Kerner’s Biography

Dr. Michael Kerner is a Consultant, Author, and Educator.

Dr. Kerner is on the Board of Directors, Palo Alto University; author of materials for AATBS Law & Ethics; author of examination workbooks for CPSE California, and a primary author of preparator materials for MFT and Psychology licensure.

Dr. Kerner is a consultant, and conducts Fitness for Duty Evaluations to San Jose and Salinas Police Departments. He was also an instructor to the San Jose Police Department CIT Academy for five years.

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Awards

  • 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award, SUNY Cortland
  • 2018 Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award, California Psychological Association
  • 2017 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, Palo Alto University
  • 2014 Forensic Psychologist of the Year, Santa Clara County Psychological Association
  • 2013 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, Palo Alto University

As an Educational Director for the Association of Advanced Training in Behavioral Sciences, he lectures on various topics such as Law and Ethics for Psychotherapists, Psychological Testing, and Differential Diagnosis.

Presented workshops on Psychological Testing, Abnormal, Behavioral, Clinical Psychology, and Law & Ethics nationally for post-doctoral level students.

Specialization

  • Forensic assessments
  • Expert & Consultant
  • Custody evaluations
  • Parent coordinator
  • Recommending mediator
  • Mediations
  • Reunification therapy
  • Psychological assessments

Accomplishments

  • Forensic Psychology Consulting
  • Forensic Assessments in Family Law Matters
  • Fitness for duty evaluations, San Jose and Salinas Police Departments Educational Director and Lead Lecturer
  • Adjunct Professor, MFT Program, Santa Clara University
  • Adjunct Professor, doctoral level instruction, Palo Alto University
  • Consultant/Trainer, San Jose Police Department
  • Provided training on substance abuse to all ranking San Jose Police officers
  • Lecturer to attorneys to obtain mandatory continuing legal education credits. Topics have included relocation, chemical dependency assessment, and personality disorders. Please see Curriculum Vitae for the full list of topics
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Publications

  • Author of AATBS Law and Ethics materials and workbook for the CPSE California examination, 2008-2013
  • Article: Child Custody Evaluations: Standards and Recommendations, by Gwyneth Smith, J.D., M.S, and Michael J. Kerner, Ph.D., Directions in Psychiatry, 2010
  • Stress and the Law Profession: The relationship of stress and substance in the law profession. Docket, Vol. 29 #4, January 1994
  • Computer Delivery of Memory Retraining with Head-Injured Patients, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Vol. 3, #6, 1985
  • Dissertation: Delivery of Memory Retraining with Head-Injured Patients, 1985
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