About Dr. Pickar
Daniel Pickar, Ph.D., is a clinical and forensic psychologist licensed in the State of California
(license #PSY9317). He received his undergraduate education at Brown University in 1978,
graduating with Honors in Psychology. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the
California School of Professional Psychology at Berkeley in 1984, while also undergoing a two-year
predoctoral internship in Child and Adult Clinical Psychology at St. Mary's Medical Center in San
Francisco (McAuley Institute). After finishing his doctoral degree, Dr. Pickar completed a
two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the renowned Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, in both Child
and Adult Clinical Psychology. In addition to being licensed as a psychologist since 1986, Dr.
Pickar holds the distinction of being a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of
Professional Psychology, the highest level of board certification in his profession.
Dr. Pickar has maintained a private practice in clinical and forensic psychology for over twenty
years, where he conducts child custody evaluations, child custody mediation, co-parent counseling,
as well as serves as a child specialist and coach in Collaborative Divorce. Additionally, Dr.
Pickar has been a child psychologist with Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa for the
last 22 years, where for 12 years he served as Division Chief of Child and Family Psychiatric
Services, and for 5 years as the Director of Postdoctoral Training in Clinical Psychology. He is
currently the Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for suicidal teenagers at Kaiser
Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa.
During his professional career, Dr. Pickar has served as both the Clinical Consultant to the Civil
Custody Unit of the Sonoma County Department of Probation and the Psychological Testing Consultant
to the Santa Rosa City Schools.
Dr. Pickar is a frequent presenter to attorneys and mental health professionals at local and
national meetings on issues related to divorce and child custody, as well as is a highly regarded
consultant to family law attorneys on issues such as high-conflict divorce, child alienation,
domestic violence, and other complex child custody cases. Dr. Pickar has also published journal
articles in the areas of childhood adjustment to divorce, child custody evaluations, collaborative
divorce, group psychotherapy with adolescents, childhood learning disabilities, and the training of
child psychologists in managed care settings. He also serves on the editorial board of the
Journal of Child Custody.