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Renee Lehr, J.D., Ph.D.
Bar#91329; Registered psychological assistant, License #PSB25457

Address

Lund & Strachan
2510 Main Street, Suite 201
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 392-6163
(310) 392-6043 (fax)
renee.lehr@verizon.net

Dr. Renee Lehr is a licensed clinical psychologist. For almost 20 years, her work has focused on custody and access issues and child and family adjustment to divorce. Dr. Lehr specializes in custody evaluation, mediation, collaborative divorce, special mastering, and psychotherapy with adults, families, and children. She is a frequent consultant to attorneys and their clients during child custody evaluations and other issues in high conflict divorce. Dr. Lehr is also an attorney and has served as a Referee for Los Angeles Superior Court, Mental Health Court since 1996.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. California Graduate Institute, Clinical Psychology, 1995
First in Class Honors
M.A. California Graduate Institute, Psychology, 1985
First in Class Honors
Graduation Speaker
J.D. Southwestern University School of Law, 1978
M.A. Occidental College, English and American Literature, 1972
First in Class Honors
B.A. California State University at Los Angeles, English Literature, 1970
Honors Program Tutorial Staff 1968-1970

LICENSURE

California State Bar
License # 91329 California Board of Psychology
License # PSY20431

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1999 - Present
PRIVATE PRACTICE
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
    Specializes in forensic evaluation of custody issues; mediation and family therapy with custody and visitation problems; co-mediation with attorneys to resolve financial issues; consultation with attorney and parent during child custody evaluation; and psychotherapy with adults and children. Also provides parent education, co-parenting counseling, special mastering, and collaborative divorce coaching.
1996-Present
LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT, MENTAL HEALTH COURT
REFEREE
    Conducts probable cause hearings for involuntary psychiatric detention, and Riese Hearings to determine patient's mental capacity to give informed refusal regarding psychotropic medication.
1989-1999
LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT, CONCILIATION COURT
SENIOR FAMILY MEDIATOR AND COUNSELOR
  • Mediation of more than 4000 child custody cases
  • Drafting of Court orders
  • Parent education regarding child development and issues related to parents and children of divorce
  • Focused child assessment to assist parents in the development and maintenance of appropriate parenting plans for children ranging in age from birth to 17 years old.
  • Suspected child abuse reporting
  • Domestic violence intervention
  • Referrals to District Attorney, and community agencies
  • Supervision of mediation interns
  • Instructor in attorney training program regarding domestic violence, and suspected child abuse reporting during mediation
  • PACT (Parents and Children Together Program) coordinator and instructor 1997-1999
  • Conducted child custody evaluations
1988-1989
LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT, CONCILIATION COURT
MEDIATION AND CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATION INTERN
    Mediation of child custody and visitation disputes; conducted child custody evaluations
1986-1993
PRIVATE PRACTICE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY.
    Registered Psychological Assistant to Dr. Anne O. Glasser. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with adults and children
1985-1987 AIRPORT-MARINA CLINIC
INTERN
  • Intake assessments
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Crisis intervention
  • Long-term and short-term psychotherapy with adults, children, and adolescents
1981-1983
PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION
LAWYER
    Primary responsibility for contracts and legal problems in connection with assigned movies-of-the-week, television series and development projects.
1979-1981 SHAPPEL INDUSTRIES LAWYER
    Emphasis on corporate and real property transactions
1977-1978
SOUTHWESTERN CLINICAL LAW CENTER INTERN
    All phases of trial preparation for Family Law, Landlord-Tenant, and SSD cases
1976-1978
SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
TUTOR
    Contracts, Torts, and Legal Writing
1970-1971
OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE TEACHING ASSISTANT
    Courses in History of the Novel, and History of Drama

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

UCLA Extension, invited speaker, Collaborative Divorce Seminar, "The Role of the Divorce Coach," February 2006

LACFLA, South Bay Chapter, "Essential Techniques for the Collaborative Process," November 2005

LACFLA, San Gabriel Valley Chapter, invited speaker, "Mastering the Facilitative Process," October 2005

Pepperdine University School of Law, invited speaker, Advanced Family Law Seminar, "Fundamentals of Child Custody Evaluations," March 2005

Continuing Education of the Bar Family Law Symposium, invited panel presenter, "How To Prepare a Parent For a Child Custody Evaluation," December 2004

Los Angeles County Psychological Association Convention, invited speaker, "Collaborative Law Provides Expanding Roles for Psychologists," October 2004

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, resenter, "Out of the Shadows: Ethically Working to Help a Parent Through a Custody Evaluation," February 2004

Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, invited speaker, "Mastering the Facilitative Process," January 2004

Beverly Hills Bar Association, invited panel presenter, "Child Custody Evaluator Round Table Discussion - Ask The Experts," April 2003.

Continuing Education of the Bar Family Law Program, invited panel presenter, "Fundamentals of Child Custody Evaluations," April 2003

Law Offices of Trope and Trope, invited speaker, "Assessing Credibility of Domestic Violence Allegations in Child Custody Evaluations," February 2003.

AFCC-LA and Santa Monica Bar Association, invited speaker on "A Framework for the Special Master Stipulation: Legal and Ethical Issues," November 2002.

Reiss-Davis Child Study Institute, invited speaker, "Special Issues in Therapy With Children of High Conflict Divorce," April 2001.

Los Angeles Superior Court, Family Court Services, PACT Program, invited presenter, "Developmental Stages and Recommended Parenting Plans." 1997-1999

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS, cont'd

Los Angeles Superior Court, Family Court Services Workshop for Family Lawyers, invited panel presenter, "Dynamics of Child Abuse, and Suspected Child Abuse Reporting in Mediation," 1991.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Lehr, R. How To Prepare A Parent For A Child Custody Evaluation, Compendium for Hot Tips VI, presented by the Beverly Hills Bar Association Family Law Section, 2005

Lehr, R. (2005). Collaborative Family Law: A New Divorce Alternative. The Los Angeles Psychologist, May/June, 8-9

Lehr, R. How To Prepare a Parent For a Child Custody Evaluation, Compendium for Family Law Symposium: Analyzing the Critical Issues, presented by CEB and the State Bar of California Family Law Section, 2004

Lehr, R., Bloom, R., and Wittenberg, G. Out of the Shadows: Ethical Preparation of a Parent for Child Custody Evaluation, Compendium for 21st Century Solutions for 21st Century Families: Best Practices, presented by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California Chapter, 2004

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Psychological Association
Los Angeles County Psychological Association
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
California State Bar, Family Law Section
Board of Directors, Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association
California Association of LPS Hearing Officers

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING
In Compliance With Code 5.225

12 Hours 2001
6 Hours 2001
6 Hours 2002
4 Hours 2003
4 Hours 2004
4 Hours 2005
4 Hours 2006

CUSTODY EVALUATION TRAINING
In Compliance With Code 5.225

40 Hours 2002/2003
12 Hours 2004
12 Hours 2005
12 Hours 2006

TRAINING IN EVALUATION OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
In Compliance With Code 3110.5

8 Hours 2003


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