I have been a practicing psychiatrist for over 15 years and a Board-Certified Forensic Psychiatrist since 2011. I routinely conduct forensic expert witness assessments and provide my opinions by written report and testimony, including over 40 times in which I’ve testified as a qualified Disclosed Expert Witness. I’ve otherwise offered forensic assessments in hundreds of cases that settled without proceeding to trial.
Clinical Practice and Forensic Psychiatry
As both a practitioner and an expert witness, I understand the importance of maintaining my expertise by staying clinically active in psychiatry. I maintain my clinical skills and experience through my work with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. My main role at Rush is leading their psychiatric consultation services at their community based medical center, Rush Oak Park Hospital.
At Rush Oak Park Hospital, I evaluate, diagnose, and treat medically hospitalized patients suffering from symptoms of mental illness. Additionally, I maintain a weekly clinic where I regularly treat patients who suffer from conditions such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and PTSD.
As part of my work at Rush Oak Park Hospital, I often determine whether a patient requires a higher level of mental health care such as psychiatric hospitalization. My medico-legal training is an asset in circumstances where a decision may have a legal consequence, such as pursuing involuntary commitment or assessing a patient’s competency to consent to medical treatment.
Expert Witness and Educator
I believe that an effective expert witness must possess the ability to educate and inform and do so in a clear manner. Not only do I routinely educate and guide family members, other physicians, and allied health staff regarding the assessment and treatment of mental disorders, I also serve as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rush Medical College, one of the largest medical schools in Chicago. I teach psychiatry residents in topics related to psychiatry and the law and also psychiatry in medicine. In addition, I interview prospective medical students in my role on the Medical Admissions Committee. These positions and experiences have enabled me to hone my ability to teach, advise, and communicate to diverse audiences.
Dr. Argumedo is experienced in forensic psychiatric evaluation and report of opinions in Employment Discrimination cases in Civil Court, Administrative Hearings and Fitness for Duty Assessment.
Psychiatric competency is evaluated by Dr. Argumedo through the use of an Independent Medical Examination (if a person is living), collateral interviews, reviewing medical or other records, forensic inquiry.
Standards of care in medicine follow established protocol and professional practices. Dr. Argumedo works with medical students and behavioral health hospitals in teaching and establishing psychiatric evaluation practices. She has worked on medical malpractice cases in which doctors or institutions met or failed to meet standards of care.
Fitness for Duty
Discrimination | Harassment
Plaintiff | Defense | Employers
EAPs| Police | Firefighters
Watch Dr. Argumedo’s interview on Investigation Discovery Channel’s Crime Documentary Strangers Among Us.
The shocking homicide of Dr. David Cornbleet is investigated on S1:E2, “Prescription for Murder,” aired on 2/3/20.
Dr. Argumedo was invited as a Forensic Psychiatrist to discuss the case during the show. Errata: Dr. Argumedo is erroneously identified as a tenant of the site of the murder.
Streaming free from your cable provider Stranger Among Us: Prescription for Murder
Dr. Argumedo speaks about Seasonal Affective Disorder
Presentation, Rush Oak Park Hospital
“Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder and Treatment”
Many people have difficulty dealing with the darker, shorter days of fall. For people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), these struggles are severe enough to cause significant problems in their everday lives. SAD and treatment also addressed.
Presented at Rush Oak Park Hospital, just outside Chicago. Attendees included public, patients being treated at the hospital and colleagues.
Dr. Argumedo joins faculty of Rush Medical College
Rush Medical College, Rush University, Rush University Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry teaching residents about matters relevant in the interface of psychiatry and law.
Admissions Committee, Rush Medical College
Dr. Argumedo now serves on the Admissions Committee of Rush Medical College, Rush University
About Rush: Rush Medical College was the first school of medicine in the Midwest. Rush University Hospital is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Chicago and environs. Dr. Argumedo has three ties to Rush, including her position as Psychiatry-Liaison at Rush Oak Park Hospital.
Rush University Medical Center, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, teaching psychiatry residents in topics related to psychiatry and the law.
Dr. Argumedo has testified in open court in over 40 cases. She is an experienced expert witness and litigation consultant.
Independent Medical Examinations
Dr. Argumedo conducts Forensic Independent Medical Examinations, and clinical assessments in her practice at Rush Oak Park Hospital.
Fitness for Duty
Dr. Argumedo has conducted dozens of Fitness for Duty assessments where the ability of a worker to perform the essential functions of a job is in question. Her considerable experience in assessing psychiatric impairment, psychiatric disability, malingering and diagnosis informs her assessment of employees.
Complex Factors Contributing to Emotional Distress
Dr. Argumedo is experienced with complex facts in litigation and patient care. Dr. Argumedo is expert in evaluating interconnected psychiatric and medical factors, behavior, and outcome. Her forensic practice addresses defense and plaintiff in litigation, criminal cases and Fitness for Duty evaluation for employers in the Chicago area.
Dr. Argumedo’s assessment of competency in clinical and forensic settings is grounded in over a decade of experience. She evaluates competency and capacity of a person to self-advocate for care, make health care decisions, testamentary capacity, with application to control of assets or enter into a contract such as a Trust or other legal agreement. As a private forensic evaluator, Dr. Argumedo is especially experienced in observing the potential for undue influence, a serious concern she finds when individuals are vulnerable by nature of their hospitalization and complicating health factors. After death, a litigated probate matter will require a physician of Dr. Argumedo’s background to rebuild the psychiatric picture of an incapacitated or impaired person. In the criminal justice setting, mental capacity is evaluated by Dr. Argumedo.