Sarah A. Hall, PhD
Dr. Hall received her A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from University of California, Berkeley. She completed an American Psychological Association approved pre-doctoral in adult neuropsychology and clinical psychology at the San Francisco Veterans’ Administration Medical Center and a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Children’s’ Hospital Oakland. Dr. Hall has been licensed to practice psychology in California since 1993.
Her areas of special clinical and forensic interest include the interface between psychological and personality factors and brain dysfunction due to injury, disease, genetic and neurological disorders, as well as disorders of learning and attention. She is broadly trained and experienced in the assessment of adults and children with a wide variety of cognitive, emotional and medical disorders.
Dr. Hall has taught courses and seminars on various topics in neuropsychological assessment and clinical interviewing to graduate students, school psychologists and early childhood educators, as well as to parent groups. She received an award for excellence in the teaching of undergraduate psychology students while completing her doctorate at UC Berkeley.
Currently in private practice, Dr. Hall has been on the staff at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco, Veterans’ Administration Medical Centers in San Francisco and Livermore, as well as Children’s’ Hospital Oakland. She devotes approximately 75 percent of her time to clinical neuropsychological and psychological evaluation, and about 25 percent to forensic assessment. Dr. Hall has been retained as a forensic expert in eight cases and has been qualified as an expert in County Superior Court on one occasion, where she testified at trial.
Dr. Hall has been an independent contractor to fpamed since its inception.
- Licensure, State of California; PSY13195; 3/1993
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology; Children’s Hospital Oakland, Oakland, CA; 1991/92
- Ph.D.; University of California Berkeley; Clinical Psychology; 11/91
- APA Approved Pre-Doctoral Internship; San Francisco Veteran’s Administration Medical Center; 1990/91
- M.A.; University of California Berkeley; Clinical Psychology; 5/88
- A.B.; University of California Berkeley; Psychology – Summa cum Laude; 5/84
- Private Practice (12/91 to present).
- Private practice specializing in the clinical and forensic neuropsych-ological and psychological assessment of children, adolescents and adults. Scope of practice includes cases involving attention disorders, autistic spectrum and other developmental disorders, genetic disorders, head injuries, hematology/oncology, learning disorders, memory disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, psychiatric disorders, seizure disorders and other neurological disorders.
- Recent forensic cases have included a liability case involving a motor vehicle accident with claims of a head injury resulting in significantly decreased cognitive, memory, occupational and social functioning (SF US Attorney’s Office, for Abraham Simmons, J.D.; 5/06 – ongoing); a criminal case involving claims of mitigating psychiatric and learning disorders (Marin v. Swensen, for Jeffrey Biddle, J.D. 10/06 – ongoing); a criminal tax evasion case involving claims of personality disorder (U.S. v. Lewis for
- Robert Livermore J. D. and Edward Russo, J.D. of the Department of Justice, 7/06 to 8/06); a personal injury case involving allegations of sexual molestation during the adult plaintiff’s childhood (Blumberg v. Caldwell for Jack Friedman, J.D. of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP, 5/05 to 6/06).
- Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco (3/95 -12/99).
- Served as the primary pediatric neuropsychologist for the Northern California Region. Duties included pediatric neuropsychological and psychological assessment, individual, group and couple psychotherapy, crisis intervention and the training of pre- and post-doctoral interns.
- Practicum Coordinator; Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (5/94 – 5/95). Faculty member responsible for managing the field practicum program for doctoral students in clinical psychology. Position included classroom teaching and clinical supervision.
- Children’s Hospital Oakland (5/93 – 5/94).
- Staff psychologist providing assessment, treatment planning and consultation services for children and adolescents with a wide variety of complex medical and emotional disorders, as well as the training and supervision of pre- and post-doctoral interns.
- VA Medical Centers at San Francisco & Livermore (12/91 – 5/93).
- Staff psychologist offering a range of mental health services including the development of a pilot clinic designed to treat patients with chemical dependency and a second concurrent psychiatric diagnosis. Duties also included the training of staff and pre-doctoral interns.
Teaching and Supervisorial Experience
- UCSF/Mt. Zion Medical Center, San Francisco
- Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco
- Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
- Children’s Hospital Oakland
- Livermore Veterans’ Administration Medical Center
- San Francisco Veterans’ Administration Medical Center
- University of California, Berkeley
- National Academy of Neuropsychology
- Northern California Neuropsychology Forum
- Marin County Psychological Association
Scholarships and Honors
- Staff Development Award – San Francisco Kaiser, 1997
- Sheldon J. Korchin Prize in Clinical Psychology – U.C. Berkeley, 12/90
- Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor – U.C. Berkeley, 1989/90
- Phi Beta Kappa – U.C. Berkeley, 5/84
- Psi Chi – National Honors Society in Psychology – U.C. Berkeley, 1983
- U.C. Berkeley Scholarship – U.C. Berkeley, Fall 1982
- Julia Morgan Scholarship – U.C. Berkeley, Fall 1982
- National Merit Scholarship Finalist – Spring 1975
- Bank of America Award for Fine Arts – Spring 1975
- Sullivan, P.F., Bulik, C.M., Hall, S.A., Weltzin, T.E., & Kaye, W.H. (1995). Defensive style in women with eating disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders.
- Jones, E.E., Hall, S.A., & Parke, L.A. (1991). The process of change: The work of the Berkeley Psychotherapy Research Group. In L. Beutler, & M. Crago, Eds. Psychotherapy research: An international review of programmatic studies. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Available upon request.