Breaking Free: A Modern Divorce Podcast

“The Kids are Alright (or Are They?) An Anatomy of a Child Custody Evaluation” with Dr. Christina Hansen (Part 2 of 2) on Breaking Free: A Modern Divorce Podcast #170

November 18, 2019

This is Part 2 of a 2 part episode.  Is a custody evaluation worth it?  What goes into a custody evaluation report? Everything you need to know about child custody evaluations (also called parenting plan evaluations or social investigations) in this riveting and deeply important episode.   In this 2 part episode, Rebecca Zung, Esq. and Susan Guthrie, Esq. are interviewing highly respected and experienced psychologist Dr. Christina Hansen, who provides insight about the process of doing an evaluation, from the moment she is appointed through the time she submits her report to the court, and beyond.  What is the process?  Who does she interview? Whether it's a highly volatile situation, there's addiction, domestic violence, abuse, parental alienation, or one parent wants to relocation (move away), a custody evaluator must determine what timesharing plan or which parent should have ultimate decision-making authority.   What is going to be in the best interests of the child or children?  The parenting plan evaluator's job is gravely important in a divorce case, and Dr. Hansen provides all the details on what she does in this special two part interview.  

Christina Hansen Cohen, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and principal of Hansen Cohen Associates in Psychology. Her clinical work spans both hospital settings as well as private practice, and has included individual, family, and group psychotherapy, as well as psychological, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Hansen has received specialized training in pediatric psychology, health psychology and neuropsychological evaluation. She frequently researches and presents on Anxiety, ADHD, mental health in general and family law matters. She also has experience working with marginalized communities.  

Dr. Hansen received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University, with an emphasis in Child Psychology and Health Psychology. Her coursework is from an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program. Her clinical internship was at Palos Behavioral Health Professionals, in the Chicago area, where she received training in individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and psychological assessment of children, adults and older adults. Dr. Hansen’s professional interests are psychotherapy with children and families, psychoeducational assessments, neuropsychological evaluations as well as paternity, divorce and post-divorce family problems.   She has been identified as an expert in court regarding family law issues, child development, domestic violence, and alienation. Dr. Hansen has testified 100’s of times in the Florida Court System and is well versed in family law issues with over 10 years of experience. She is a certified Family Court Mediator and enjoys working with families to solve the dilemmas of time sharing issues. She also works as an expert consultant on cases involving family law, criminal and dependency issues to help prepare the client and attorney for trial. 

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