Dr. John F. Fielder is a clinical & forensic psychologist in private practice who has testified and consulted in hundreds of legal cases. He is the former Director of Training in clinical psychology at McAuley Neuropsychiatric Institute at St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center in San Francisco.   

   During his tenure at McAuley he also served on the faculty of the Adult & Child Psychiatry Residency training programs and for a period of time the Chief of the Outpatient Department in Psychiatry and served as the Chief Psychologist for the Chemical Dependency Program. As an affiliate member of the medical staff he had admission privileges, and, in addition to treating inpatients he was a regular consultant to neurologists, psychiatrists, and the general medical staff in a wide range of cases involving psychological issues.

  Dr. Fielder also opened a private practice in San Francisco in 1980 and  founded the California Institute of Psychology along with several colleagues after leaving McAuley Institute. He went on to found the Daubert Institute after the US Supreme Court set the new standard for scientific evidence that was embodied in Rule 702 of the Federal Rules of Evidence.

   He also has extensive experience evaluating inmates in a maximum security prison in California for eleven years including two cases in which inmates murdered their cellmates only hours prior to the evaluations.



Recent Cases

Child sexual abuse/Molestation

Wrongful termination

Assault and Battery

Sexual harassment

Age Discrimination

Personal injury

Medical malpractice

Dental malpractice



Elder Competency Evaluations

Board of Behavioral Sciences Ethics Expert

Suicide Risk Assessment

Mortgage Company Abuse

Licensing Defense

Racial Discrimination 


Daubert Institute  for

Forensic Psychology , LLC

See recent posts on Linkedin regarding declarations for Daubert & in limine motions and a case of abrupt onset sexual predatory behavior in a member of the military.

Other Activities:

Expert testimony on marijuana for the Alaska State Senate.

Seminars on the impact of Daubert on psychiatric and psychological testimony for law firms, corporate counsel, California DOJ and Placer Bar Association.

Wrote the introduction for the English translation of Atlas of Forensic and Criminal Psychology by Dr. Bernat-N. Tiffon who is a prominent Barcelona, Spain forensic psychologist.

‚ÄčRepresentative Clients

United Law Center

Littler Mendelson

Jackson Lewis

Law Offices of Bruce Osterman

PG&E Legal Department

Levangie Law Group

Payne & Fears

Law Offices of John Feldman, III

California DOJ

Law Offices of Elisa Ungerman

US Military Courts-Martial

Hatmaker Law Group

Weintraub Tobin

Law Offices of John B. McMorrow

Bledsoe, Diestel, Treppa & Crane

Phillips Spallas & Angstadt

Cozen O'Connor

Law Offices of Aaron Rocke 

Glacier Law

Law Office of Dennis Hyde