Personal Information

California School of Forensic Studies

Forensic Psychology

Los Angeles Campus

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Alliant International University Los Angeles
1000 S. Fremont Ave, Unit #5
Alhambra CA 91803


Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Developmental Bases of Behavior


Multicultural Perspectives

Legal Competencies

Juvenile Forensic Issues

Assessment Cognitive and Socio-emotional

Juvenile competency and its neuropsychological underpinnings, immature brain development as related to capital matters in adults and juveniles; Neuropsychological underpinnings of funcational abilities relevant to competency to stand trial, waive Miranda Rights and juvenile fitness issues

Solomon, R. E., Boone, K. B., Miora, D., Skidmore, S., Cottingham, M., Victor, T., Ziegler, E., & Zeller, M. (2010). Use of the WAIS-III Picture Completion subtest as an embedded measure of response bias. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24(7), 1243-1256.

Salseda, L. M., Fass, T. M., Miora, D. S., & Leark, R. (2010). An evaluation of Miranda rights and interrogation in autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders (2010), doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2010.06.014

Academic History and Background

BA, Ithaca College, 1979

MA, California School of Professional Psychology, 1981

PhD, California School of Professional Psychology, 1987

Member, National Academy of Neuropsychology

Member, Superior Court of Los Angeles Expert Witness Panel

Member, American Psychological Association (Division 39, 40, and 41)

International Neuropsychological Society

Professional Practice and Community Service

Provider, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

Provide evaluation of indigent juvenile justice and criminal defendants to county and federal public defenders

Pro bono supervisin of interns at local community mental health center

Consult to California Appellate Project in capital and LWOP habeas matters

Neurocognitive assessment in civil rights cases

Bio and Links

Deborah S. Miora, currently an Associate Professor at the California School of Forensic Studies, received her BA from Ithaca College with majors in Sociology and Psychology. She obtained her MA and Ph.D. degrees from the California School of Professional Psychology where she taught and worked with the Clinical Field Training Committee for a number of years. Her forensic pre-doctoral internship involved outpatient risk assessment, treatment, and writing quarterly progress reports for the courts of MDSO and NGI offenders released from hospitals and still deemed dangerous. She undertook two years of post-doctoral training in neuropsychology with an emphasis in forensic evaluation. She consults to attorneys, courts, and educators in the intersecting area of juvenile and criminal justice and neuropsychological functioning. She performs juvenile justice evaluations in the areas of competency and fitness as well as neurocognitive assessments in capital cases. Her research emphasizes juvenile justice issues and neurocognitive assessment with attention to diversity issues and competencies in juvenile and criminal justice populations.