As a Forensic Consultant

Dr. Rappaport professionally advises, strategizes, and guides attorneys in understanding and formulating their civil and criminal cases where emotional damage or mental conditions are at issue. He is noted as a forensic psychiatrist for his in-depth and detailed expertise with all psychiatric diagnoses, the essential basis for all of the forensic issues listed below. He has been engaged by more than 2000 attorneys representing either plaintiffs or defendants. He is able to assist in choosing other appropriate experts and juries, and in the preparation of declarations when desired.

As an Expert Witness

Dr. Rappaport reviews and evaluates pertinent records, conducts psychiatric interviews, and authors written reports providing diagnoses, opinions, and medical-legal conclusions. He prepares and organizes the production of demonstrative evidence. Ultimately, he provides skilled testimony at deposition and trial.

The talents of an insightful and ethical psychiatrist in analyzing patients, records, and the psyche are combined with proficiency in collaborating with attorneys for the maximum usefulness of data. Dr. Rappaport demonstrates the art of clearly communicating his findings and opinions in an adversarial environment. He is known to testify with simplicity, clarity and poignancy, which is appreciated by the court, the attorneys, and the jury.

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Curriculum Vitae

Forensic Psychiatry Practice, 1969-Present

Expert witness and consultant in civil and criminal legal matters in private, state, and federal cases.

Private Treatment Practice, 1969-1986
Analytic Orientation – Group Psychotherapy Sub-Specialty

Consultant to Corporations and Industry, 1976-Present
For executive evaluations, trouble-shooting, and crisis management

Areas of Expertise:

Emotional Distress In –
Personal Injury
Workers’ Compensation
Child Custody
Testamentary Capacity

Product Liability
Wrongful Termination
Job Discrimination
Sexual Harassment

Capital Sentencing
Serial Crime
Eyewitness Identification

Most notable criminal cases include:

John Wayne Gacy (Chicago, IL)
Ricky Green (Ft. Worth, TX)
James Marlow (San Bernardino, CA)
Rodney J. Alcala (Riverside, CA)

Nathaniel Code (Shreveport, LA)
Robert Hendricks (Bloomington, IL)
Toufic Naddi (San Diego, CA)

Consultant to Commissioner of Special Task Force in Atlanta, GA, regarding child murders

Medical School Affiliations

  • Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCSD Medical School, San Diego, CA, 1986-2018
  • Associate, Psychiatry Department, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, 1970-1985


  • University of Pennsylvania, 1958 B.A. in Philosophy
  • Chicago Medical School Fellowship in Neurophysiology, 1958-1959
    M.D. (Class President), 1963
  • Internship – Michael Reese Hospital
    Mixed Medicine, 1963-64
  • Residency – Michael Reese Hospital – PPI
    Psychiatry, 1966-69

Hospital Affiliations

  • Scripps Memorial Hospital, Psychiatry Department, La Jolla, CA, 1986-2018
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital (formerly Mesa Vista Hospital), San Diego, CA, 1991-2005
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1979-1985
  • Highland Park Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1972-1986

Professional Societies

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and Law
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • San Diego Psychiatric Society
  • Forensic Expert Witness Association

A full C.V. is available upon request.

Phone: (858) 457-1300      Fax: (760) 929-9367

7401 Via De Fortuna ~ La Costa, CA 92009