Professional Qualifications


  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • B.A. Psychology Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Clinical and Research Experience

Private Practice
Santa Monica, CA (2010 – Present)

Clinical psychology practice with a focus on family law. Services include divorce and custody counseling, mediation, parenting plan coordination (Special Master), attorney and parent consultation, and child custody evaluations by stipulation of the parties or order of the Court. Services also include psychotherapy with adults and trauma therapy.

President & Director of Crisis Intervention Service – Trauma Consultants
Santa Monica, CA (1993 – 2009)

Founder and director of a national organization of psychologists and mental health professionals providing assistance to work groups exposed to critical incidents in the workplace including robberies, threats, assaults, accidents, sudden employee deaths, and disasters. Services include on-site group meetings, individual counseling, and/or telephone intervention with affected employees, as well as incident management and manager consultations. Services also include assistance with personal, emotional, or high-stress problems that affect workplace functioning. Training in trauma responses management provided to human resources, security specialists and managers of many companies, including Fortune 500 companies.

Co-Director of Forensic Program – Children & Families of Divorce Program
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – Los Angeles, CA (1983 – 1993)

Psychological evaluation for the Court of children and families in custody disputes. Responsibilities include training interns, supervising staff and conducting research. Also provide divorce mediation, custody counseling, psychological testing, and dynamically oriented psychotherapy with adults and children.

Director & Senior Consultant for Crisis Intervention Company Work Trauma Services
Los Angeles, CA (1984 – 1991)

Senior consultant and later director of one of the original crisis intervention programs specializing in workplace trauma. Crisis stabilization services include onsite group and individual debriefings and defusing, as well as incident management. Also provided case consultation, brief counseling, corporate transition consultation and training.

Staff Psychologist – Family & Law Program, Dept. of Psychology, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI (1981 – 1984)

Evaluation of families in court related actions including divorce, child custody/visitation disputes, and child protections cases. Evaluate individuals and family dynamics, Make recommendations reports for the court, provide expert testimony, supervise interns, administer treatment programs and conduct research on custody outcomes.

Research Associate – Center for Research on Learning & Teaching, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan (1980)

Seminar for individuals awarded funding to pursue individual research. Topics included the nature of clinical research and issues of reliability and validity.

Research Associate – Neuropsychiatric Institute and Women’s Hospital, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan (1979 – 1980)

Research on psychological reactions to sterilization in women. Development of interview schedule for tubal ligation and tubal re-implantation patients, collection and analysis of data, development of pm-operative screening devices for identifying psychologically high risk sterilization patients.

Psychological Evaluator – Private practice of Dr. Thomas Fredericks
Atlanta, Georgia (1976 – 1977)

Psychological and cognitive assessment of children and adolescents.

Clinical Intern – Peachtree-Parkwood Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia (1976 – 1977)

Full-time rotating internship in adult, adolescent, child, and alcohol/drug units of psychiatric hospital. Psychotherapy with patients and families, psychological testing, group psychotherapy, teaching medical students, and participation in rounds, weekly case conferences, and in-service training.

Clinical Intern Psychological Clinic, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan (1974-1976)

Long-term psychotherapy with outpatient (six patients, two hours per week), intake evaluations, weekly staff conferences regarding psychotherapy cases, two hours per week individual supervision, and two hours per week group supervision.

Research Psychologist Center for Prisoner of War Studies, U.S. Navy Medical Neuropsychiatric Research Unit
San Diego, California (1973)

Clinical research on the adaptive processes of POW and MIA families.

Back to Top

Teaching Experience

Teaching Fellow “Social Interaction”, University of Michigan Medical School Inteflex Program
Ann Arbor, Michigan (1978-1981)

A social psychology course for medical students. Instrumental in redirecting course toward psychosocial factors in medicine. Organization and supervision of field placements, lecturing, leading discussion sections, examining, and grading.

Supervisor and Teaching Fellow “Clinical Inference Process”, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan (1980-1981)

Supervision of clinical psychology graduate students in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests (WAIS, Rorschach, Bender, DAP, TAT, Sentence Completion, and Early Memories) and the writing of test reports.

Consultant and Presentation Series Coordinator – Project Outreach, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan (1981)

Development of academic curriculum for medical psychology sections of Project Outreach (experiential education course in the Department of Psychology). An interdisciplinary approach to psychosocial issues in health care.

Staff Administrator – Project Outreach, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan (1978-1979)

Supervisor for five Outreach projects, trainer for group leaders, consultant for all medical psychology projects, and budget and personnel director.

Teaching Fellow – “The Deviant Individual”, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan (1975)

An undergraduate psychopathology course. Lecturing, leading discussion sections, examining and grading

Teaching Fellow – “Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science”, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan (1972-1975)

Individual instructor for course taught by the Keller Plan

Teaching Fellow – “Developmental Psychology” Williams College
Williamstown, Massachusetts (1971)

Instructor in experiential developmental psychology lab.

Back to Top

Publications & Research Papers

  • “Understanding Clients with Personality Disorders,” Valley Lawyer, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, May 2011.
  • Managing Trauma in the Workplace, California Credit Union League Magazine, 2007.
  • “Post robbery acute stress reactions unique to Occasio floor plans in Washington Mutual financial centers,” research study for WaMu Security Department, 2006.
  • Skechers USA Policy & Procedure Manual,” comprehensive security and loss prevention manual for Skechers USA, 2006.
  • Guyer. Melvin, Ash, Peter, and Bryson, Jane. “Post-divorce adjustment of families involved in highly adversarial child custody disputes,” American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 29(6):958-962. November 1984
  • Ballou. Judith and Bryson. Jane. “The doing and undoing of surgical sterilization: a psychosocial profile of the tubal reimplantation patient.” Psychiatry. 1983. 46(2). 161-171 (doctoral dissertation, University of Michigan)
  • “Guidelines for conducting child custody evaluations” Family and Law Program Manual, University of Michigan, 1982.
  • “Role of anxiety in anticipatory stress,” preliminary examination paper, University of Michigan, 1980.
  • Cramer, Phoebe, and Bryson. Jane. The development of sex-related fantasy patterns, Developmental Psychology, 1973, 8. 131-134.
  • “The development of sex-related fantasy patterns in children” Senior honors thesis, Williams College, 1972.

Back to Top

Awards, Honors & Memberships

  • Member of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association
  • Member of the American Psychological Association
  • Member of the AFCC (Association for Families and Conciliation Court), national and state chapters
  • Member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals
  • Member of the Los Angeles Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member of the Child Custody Evaluation Process Project, State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Neuropsychiatric Institute Research Award, University of Michigan
  • Rackham Graduate School Grant Award, University of Michigan
  • Highest Honors in Psychology, Williams College
  • Graduated Summa cum laude, Williams College
  • Member Phi Beta Kappa
  • Clark Fellowship for Graduate Work Award, Williams College
  • Dean’s List all semesters, Williams College

Back to Top


Training seminars on critical incident response and acute stress reactions for human resources, corporate security, and management, Washington Mutual, CalNational Bank, Great Western, Universal Bank, American Savings, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America

Annual presentations on Managing Trauma in the Workplace, for the California Bankers Association and/or the California Credit Union League, Palm Springs 2002-2008.

Understanding and Coping with Robbery Trauma. Mt. Diablo Chapter of the California Credit Union League, 1999

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing following Workplace Trauma. Annual Meeting of the Southern California Association of Occupational Health Nurses, 1999

Workplace Trauma, American International Claims Services Inc., San Diego, 1997.

Emerging Definitions of a Parent: Issues of Surrogacy, Non-biological parents, Same-sex Parents, Adoption & Step-parents, Los Angeles County Bar Association Child Custody Colloquium,

Evaluating Non-Traditional Families for the Family Law Court, Los Angeles County Conciliation Court, 1993.

Move-Away Custody Cases, Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Symposium. 1993.

Family Diversity: Assessing what is in the Child’s Best Interest, American Bar Association Annual Convention, 1992.

Trauma in Children, Daniel Friedman Memorial Lecture, Los Angeles, 1991.

Evaluating Children in Custody Disputes, Los Angeles County Conciliation Court, 1991.

Child Custody Evaluations, Los Angeles County Conciliation Court Divorce Seminar. 1990

Shared Parenting After Divorce, Community Education Program, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. 1989

Developmental Tasks of Children of Divorce, American Psychological Association. 1988.

Robbery Trauma interventions, Traumatic Stress Society Meeting, 1987.

Concerns of Single Fathers, Community Education Program. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 1985.

Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Child Custody Cases. American Psychological Association Conference. 1984.

Post-Divorce Adjustment of Families involved in Highly Adversarial Child Custody Disputes., American Academy of Child Psychiatry, San Francisco, 1983.

Motivations for Childbearing in Women Seeking Reversals of Sterilization. American Psychological Association

Implications of Changes in the Life of the Therapist for Patients in Intensive Psychotherapy, Psychological Clinic. University of Michigan. 1976.

Clinical Considerations in the Treatment of the Obsessive Personality, Psychological Clinic, University of Michigan

Back to Top