Saywitz, Karen


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Karen J. Saywitz Ph.D is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received a BA from the University of Michigan in 1977, a MS from the University of Wisconsin i n 1979, and a PhD in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1984. At UCLA she teaches seminars on child development, developmental psychopathology, pediatric consultation, psychological assessment, and children and the law. She is the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychology at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry. Dr Saywitz has authored numerous articles regarding the capabilities, limitations, and needs of children involved in the legal system. In her research on interviewing children and preparing them for court, she develops and tests innovative interventions to enhance children's memory performance, communicative competence, emotional resilience, and their resistance to suggestion. Dr. Saywitz has won awards for her pioneering research, outstanding teaching, and distinguished clinical service. Dr Saywitz has served as the President of the American Psychological Association's Division of Child , Youth, and Family Services. She consults to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Justice, State Justice Institute and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency. She lectures nationally and internationally for organizations such as the American Academy of Pediat rics, American Psychological Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the National Judicial College. She has written a handbook on child witnesses for California judges and co-authored articles cited b y the US Supreme Court and numerous US appellate courts.