David Freedman, Mental Health Consultant

David Freedman is a psychiatric epidemiologist whose research primarily focused on neurodevelopmental disorders and cognition. He works as an expert consultant in capital cases providing assistance to legal teams on recognition of mental health symptoms;  diagnostic  and  cognitive  functioning  testing  and  evaluation,  including  evaluating  the  reliability and validity of scientific and psychometric assessment tools; preparation and presentation of  scientific  evidence;  and  more  generally,  guidance  and  supervision  on  the  investigation  of  neurodevelopmental psychopathology and biopsychosocial, multi-generational social history. He has published  numerous  papers  on  prenatal  and  perinatal  risks  for  psychotic  disorders,  cognitive  functioning and behavior, forensic assessment and issues related to mental illness, indigent defense and death penalty litigation. David obtained his Ph.D, at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public  Health  in  Epidemiology,  having  been  awarded  an  NIMH  Fellowship  in  Psychiatric  Epidemiology;  he  worked  as  a  Postdoctoral  Scholar  in  the  Departments  of  Psychiatry  and  Biobehavioral Sciences, at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles; and obtained an Sc.M. from the Harvard School of Public Health.