Robert M. Gibson, Ph.D., J.D., is licensed both as a psychologist and as an attorney in the State of California. He earned his Ph.D., in 1997 at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, and his J.D., in 1998 from California Western School of Law, also in San Diego. He is currently employed in a large skilled-nursing facility where he provides psychological services, including psychotherapy, cognitive assessment, and assessment of decision-making capacity for patients with a wide range of conditions. These include various forms of dementia resulting from head injury, substance use, progressive conditions like Huntington’s disease, AIDS, and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as a variety of physical conditions. He also maintains a private practice with a primary focus on the assessment and treatment of addictive behavior.
Dr. Gibson has also been active in writing or revising many of his facility’s policies and procedures, addressing issues like advance directives, determination of capacity, surrogate decision-makers, conservatorship, danger to self/others, and various other topics. He is a member of his facility’s ethics committee, the San Diego County Bioethics Commission, as well as chair of his facility’s Quality of Life Committee. Additionally, he has been a presenter at the American Medical Director’s Association (AMDA), California Hospital Association Center for Rehabilitation Services and Hospital Services for Continuing Care, and various other organizations. Topics have included dementia care and have generally emphasized the issue of decision-making capacity in a variety of contexts. Additionally, Dr. Gibson has experience conducting forensic evaluations with the San Diego County Superior Court Forensic Psychiatry Clinic.
Licensed since 1999
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|Senior Clinical Psychologist||Edgemoor DPSNF||2004 - Present|
|Psychologist||Practical Recovery Services||2004 - Present|
|Psychologist||Sharper Future||2002 - 2005|
|Case Manager/Social worker||Bayview Hospital||1999 - 2001|
|Work Study Employee||San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program||1998 - 1998|
|Intern||CA Attorney General Division of Health Quality Enforcement||1997 - 1998|
|California Western SOL||N/A||Law||1998|
|California School of Professional Psychology||Clinical Psychology||PhD - Doctorate||1997|
|California School of Professional Psychology||Clinical Psychology||MA - Masters||1992|
|Univ of California Riverside||Psychology||undergraduate||1990|
|American Medical Director's Association||Management of Vices in Long-Term Care||2009|
|County of San Diego Training And Development||Working With Persons With Diminished Capacity CME — Examined capacity and consent, brain injury, dementia, and a wide range of issues related to diminished capacity||2008|
|California Hospital Association - CMRS/HSCC||Managing the Complexities of Sexual Expression in Post-Acute, Rehabilitative or Long-Term Care Settings||2008|
|American Medical Director's Association||Managing the Complexities of Sexual Expression in Long-Term Care||2008|
|Dementia Care CEP Program||Training emphasized frontal/subcortical dementia (e.g., Huntington’s Disease, Alcohol Dementia, AIDS Dementia) in contrast to Alzheimer’s and other cortical dementias||2007|
|Dangerousness CME||Discussed the trend of increasing duties to predict, protect and to warn from the period before Tarasoff, through Hedlund, the adoption of CA Civil Code Â§43.92, and Ewing||2007|