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Dr. Yohananoff is a licensed trilingual (English, Hebrew, Italian) psychologist in New York State. He has vast experience in conducting forensic evaluations in particular as they pertain to matters of family law and specifically related to all aspects of custody matters and parental fitness. His clinical experience is complemented by his didactic experience gained through teaching a graduate-level course in forensic psychology at the City College of New York (CCNY) and by various presentations, most recently at the 50th annual anniversary conference of the Association of Family Court and Conciliation (AFCC) in Los Angeles. Dr. Yohananoff is appointed to the Mental Health Professional Panel, First and Second Judicial Department in the State of New York. He is a member of AFCC and has been elected to serve as a board member in its local NY Chapter. Dr. Yohananoff is also a member of the American Psychology-Law Society, of the New York State Interdisciplinary Forum for Mental Health and Family Law and of the New York State Psychological Association and its forensic division.
Custody evaluations are typically thought of as being the most complex type of forensic evaluations. In these evaluations the hired expert is asked to conduct a comparative study of parental strengths and weaknesses in order to determine the best sharing-time arrangements between each parent and a particular child. The guiding principle in child custody evaluations is what constitutes the “child’s best interest.”
Typically, child custody evaluations are a lengthy process which may include multiple meetings with each party, psychological testing, parent-children interaction, and the gathering of extensive collateral information from various sources (e.g., therapists, schools, etc.)
Psychologists can assist the Court and attorneys in a multitude of ways, including:
Psychologists can also assist attorneys by reviewing peer products to highlight strengths and weaknesses of a particular product in an effort to assist the hiring attorney.