Quasi-judicial immunity for fraud upon the court? The Stephen Doyne debacle

Posted on October 26, 2010


Clinical psychology isn’t glorious, high paying work. The average clinical psychologist works as a part of a multi-disciplinary practice and makes about $78,000.00 a year. That is, unless they specialize as a custody evaluator and wrap their business plan around high conflict divorce.

Let’s take the case of Stephen Doyne, a clinical psychologist that manages to generate over a million dollars in billings a year in La Jolla (San Diego) California by working with high conflict divorce and being appointed by the courts. His credentials look impressive and he has thousands of individual cases under his belt. Yet it’s when you begin to peel back the layers of his credentials and resume that will likely cause your eyebrow to raise.

He names well establised diploma mills as the sources of his degreed credentials and his claims of being a professor at various institutions of higher learning cannot be verified. And yet the courts still to this day grant this fraud quasi-judicial immunity for being a fraud!

We intend to highlight other issues in both Sacramento and Marin Counties with dubious custody evaluators that milk conflict for every dime but the Stephen Doyne matter is now on the court’s plate. Will they continue to recognize and approve these fraudulent credentials? Will they continue to appoint this fraud to be the influential determinant of custody in family courts? Once someone is determined to be a fraud, they should be barred by the court from practicing in the court and that quasi-judicial immunity should be lifted. To do anything less is an injustice.