Dr. Arredondo is a medical doctor, forensic psychiatrist and the Director of the Office of Child Development, a forensic and technical assistance organization affiliated with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He is the founding director of Applied Child Neuroscience, which conducts research reviews on a broad range of topics. He was recently the principal expert witness for the ACLU in a major federal impact litigation covered in detail in the The New Yorker. He provides consultations and training to professionals and programs nationally. His primary focus is the transferring of knowledge of brain structure and function in terms that the non-expert can understand.
Dr. Arredondo has published and lectured extensively on the causes of disordered behavior including impaired impulse control, post traumatic reactions, personality disorders, malingering, subtle learning impairments and impaired decision-making. In particular, Dr. Arredondo is an expert on brain system dysfunction that may account for abnormal behavior; gauging the contribution of that cause to an individual's emotional, vocational, family, and interpersonal adjustment; and the subject of distress, mental anguish and emotional suffering. He is adept at formulating multidisciplinary foundations for clinical logic, which rigorously infers neuropathology and its causal relation to thinking patterns that can explain aberrant behaviors or diminished competence.
Dr. Arredondo is a former member of the clinical faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine.
David Arredondo, MD is a psychiatrist for children, adolescents and families, and is the founding director of The Children’s Program. In addition to his private practice, he has focused on effective models of service delivery for disenfranchised and underserved children and families facing multiple adversities. His primary focus is the transferring of knowledge of early childhood brain development, the effects of trauma, and current thinking about children’s connectedness to practitioners in multiple disciplines.
Dr. Arredondo designed, implemented and documented the nation’s first Juvenile Mental Health Court and has disseminated the model across the country. He also has designed a program called Matrix, which successfully helps move children out of institutional settings into community-based alternatives. Most recently, he has translated advances in developmental neuroscience into a practice improvement model that is child and family friendly, culturally competent, strength based, and non-stigmatizing: The Tonal Connectedness Initiative.
Dr. Arredondo is a proven social change agent and policy catalyst. He is a nationally known clinician, public speaker, forensic consultant and concept expert. Among other state and national media outlets, Dr. Arredondo’s work has been featured on PBS, NPR, and he recently served as the principal expert witness for the ACLU in a federal case involving the incarceration of immigrant children in Texas.