Clinical/Research Interests

Conduct psychological and child welfare evaluations, including: parent-child relationship assessments, differential diagnosis, treatment/reunification planning, and juvenile/adult recidivism risk assessment. Supervise trainees and staff who are conducting child welfare and psychological evaluations. Provide consultation to agencies throughout Northern California regarding emergent mental health concerns, treatment needs, and adoption/placement planning. Lead training for multidisciplinary agencies regarding the provision of evaluation and treatment services, with an emphasis on evaluating children and families with a history of maltreatment. Provide Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, individual, and conjoint therapy.

Research interests include: assessing the impact of violence on families, conducting quality child welfare evaluation services, and decreasing placement disruption for children in foster care.


Psychologist II
Evaluation Program Manager


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Center/Program Affiliation

CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center


CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center
3671 Business Drive
Sacramento, CA 95820




Alliant University-CSPP
Alameda, California
Ph.D. 2001

Alliant University-CSPP
Alameda, California
M.A. 1998

UC Davis
Davis, California
B.A. 1995


Guidance Clinic, Alameda County Juvenile Hall
Hayward, CA


UC Davis Children's Hospital, CAARE Center
Sacramento, CA

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association
Sacramento County Juvenile Expert Panel

Select Recent Publications

Kalich, L., Carmichael, BD., Masson, T., Blacker, D., Urquiza, AJ. (2007). Evaluating the Evaluator: Guidelines for Legal Professionals in Assessing the Competency of Evaluations in Termination of Parental Rights Cases. Journal of Psychiatry and Law, Fall.

Amen DG., Carmichael BD. (1997). High-Resolution Brain SPECT Imaging in ADHD. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, 9 (2).