Diomaris E. Safi, PsyD, MA
Founder and Director, Social Justice in Criminal Neuropsychology (SJCN) program at UCLA HNCE.
Dr. Safi is a licensed psychologist specializing in neuropsychological and forensic evaluations. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
Previously, Dr. Safi was the training director of a consortium of postdoctoral programs for the largest HMO in the country. Currently, Dr. Safi serves as the director of the Social Justice in Criminal Neuropsychology (SJCN) program at the Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence in UCLA. She is also a clinical supervisor in the BASIC-T program. Dr. Safi maintains a private consulting practice where she works with civil and criminal attorneys on state and federal cases in the US, Mexico, and Central America (in English and Spanish). Additionally, Dr. Safi is an APA-approved CEU provider teaching professional how to conduct Competency to Stand Trial evaluations for non-English-speaking individuals.
Dr. Safi’s research interests include neurocognitive and adaptive functioning of underrepresented populations with limited education. Her areas of expertise include capital litigation, competency to stand trial, intellectual/developmental and acquired disabilities in unrepresented populations, and trauma-related disorders.
As an immigrant and the first college-educated female in her family of origin, Dr. Safi cares deeply about diversity and equity. She has served on multiple doctoral dissertation committees and provided postdoctoral supervision in psychological, neuropsychological, and forensic assessment nationally and internationally.