Case Descriptions

Neurobiology of Trauma

Mediation was ordered in a series of cases involving adults who had alleged institutional maltreatment in childhood. The issue was the causal connection between childhood exposure to traumatic stress and deficits in emotional and physical health throughout the lifespan, to be addressed in a general report evaluating multiple threads of evidence from neuroscience research.

Emotional Distress

An individual reported increased anxiety and distress after unexpected dissemination of embarrassing personal details on social media by a third party. The issue was clarification about the individual’s prior anxiety, and the degree to which the individual’s distress was related to the actual events that occurred at the function, versus distress that was caused by the unexpected/unauthorized dissemination of the video.

False Memory and Recovered Memory

A middle-age person claims to have suffered childhood sexual abuse, after an extended period of forgetting. Issues of “false memory” versus recollection of a “repressed memory” were raised in this case. Specific matters addressed included the impact of therapeutic suggestion, social influence, and traumatic stress on memory function.

Sexual Abuse

A young adult reported anger, shame, and heavy substance use following sexual contact with a trusted adult when he was an adolescent. Issues raised include factors that contribute to resilient coping and specific impacts that arise when a sexual perpetrator also occupies a position of regard and authority in relation to a minor.

"We have made great progress in mediation. Your research and expert contributions have been an immense help. Thank you." — Client Comment

"The jury was engaged and attentive to you during your entire testimony. You did a great job of making complex biological mechanisms not just understandable, but interesting." — Client Comment

Read Lifelong Effects of Childhood Trauma.