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Alissa Sherry, Ph.D.

Founder / CEO

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Alissa Sherry, Ph.D., started Legal Consensus, PLLC after 12 years as a tenured research professor at the University of Texas at Austin where she had an appointment in the American Psychological Association Accredited Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology. She currently holds an Associate Clinical Professor appointment at UT and has been a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas since 2003. She has been engaged in forensic work since 2005. She received her B.A. in psychology from Auburn University and her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited graduate program. She completed an APA accredited internship at the University of Oregon and a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. She has taught courses in Psychological Assessment, Ethics, Substance Abuse, Professional Issues, and Forensic Psychology, among others. Through her research, teaching, and practice, she has expertise in attachment, family systems, trauma, professional ethics, substance abuse and psychological assessment, to name a few. Dr. Sherry has had extensive experience testifying in the courtroom and depositions both as an expert for the court and as a retained expert. She conducts forensic evaluations and social science research. A list of her case experience and CV is available on request.

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Michelle Munevar

Licensed Psychological Associate

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Michelle Munevar received her B.S. in psychology from Wichita State University in Kansas and her M.S. in psychology from the APA-accredited graduate program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She completed her practicum at San Marcos Treatment Center in 2012, which concentrated on psychometric training with the administration and analysis of educational, objective personality and neuropsychological assessments to residential patients in a clinical setting. Through her work in the psychometric field, she gained clinical and assessment experience with traumatic brain injury, psycho-educational, DSM clinical disorders and neurobehavioral disorders with youth and adult populations in both clinical and forensic settings. She is proficient in administering, analyzing and interpreting quantitative assessments that look to measure intellectual, academic, objective personality traits, and neuropsychological variables in both English and Spanish. Ms. Munevar provides Guardian Ad Litem services, in addition to group therapy and psychological testing. She is a Licensed Psychological Associate.

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Ryan Sutton

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Ryan Sutton, Ph.D., is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.A. in psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana, his M.A. in Community Counseling from Howard University, and Ph.D. in the APA accredited Counseling Psychology program from Howard University. Dr. Sutton completed his APA accredited internship at the D.C. Superior Courts Child Guidance Clinic, providing forensic assessments and treatment to juveniles in the court system. He has extensive experience in psychological, psycho-educational, violence risk, psycho-sexual, competency, and threat assessments. Dr. Sutton also has widespread experience conducting individual and group therapy among college students, incarcerated adults, youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and diverse mentally-ill populations in outpatient community clinics. Dr. Sutton has published articles, sat on panels, and presented at national conferences ranging from juveniles in the justice system to incarceration and educational disparities in communities of color.

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Shelley McCarthy

Project Manager

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Shelley McCarthy obtained her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1986 with a major in Rhetoric and Communications and a minor in Business Spanish. She worked for the Transportation Systems Center, Boston, MA, a division of the United States Department of Transportation, for two years where she assisted in following transportation related legislation. She worked for Emory University Rollins School of Public Health for five years where she supported the Dean’s office in transitioning from a department to a school. As part of her role, she coordinated the first publication of the school’s catalog and brochures for the six programs within the school and was an integral part of the team coordinating the construction of a ten story building and led the move of the school into the building. She was a lead teacher at Covenant United Methodist Preschool for fourteen years which involved writing and implemented an afterschool science program for the school in addition to managing a classroom on a daily basis. Her organization, planning, and talent management skills combined with work experience make her uniquely able to guide clients through the evaluation process. She has worked for Legal Consensus, PLLC, since 2014 where she is the Project Manager.

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Elizabeth Prasse

Administrative Assistant

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Elizabeth Prasse has been working with Dr. Sherry since June 2014 and is currently the Office Manager for Legal Consensus. She has ten years of Administrative and Accounting experience and an additional ten years of service working in office management. Previous to her employment at Legal Consensus, she spent several years working as the Business Manager and Bookkeeper for a vacation rental company in California where she was responsible for reconciling accounts, creating reports, and updating monthly financial Profit & Loss earning reports for the entire operation and 30+ rental properties. In addition, she managed the company’s software conversion while overseeing the Sales and Cleaning staff. She also worked as an Accounting/Payroll Specialist and Administrative Assistant for several years at various locations including a school, the city and a landscaping company. Her integrity to provide excellence in all her job duties compels her to learn and grow in her assigned roles. She is extremely dedicated with an honest work ethic and a genuine concern for people.

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Germine Awad, Ph.D.

Research Analyst / Diversity Consultant

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Germine Awad, Ph.D., Research Analyst, Diversity Consultant. Dr. Awad graduated with a B.S. in psychology from John Carroll University and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is currently a full-time tenured faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Educational Psychology. Her scholarship and practice focuses on prejudice, discrimination, acculturation, and women’s issues, with a special expertise in Arab/Middle Eastern cultures. She has extensive methodological and statistical training. She is the author of numerous scholarly publications and awards for her teaching and research. She reviews grants for the National Science Foundation and has consulted for the U.S. Census Bureau and the Public Broadcasting Service. Whether you need consultation around race, ethnicity, or gender issues, or statistical analysis of data for a specific case, Dr. Awad’s extensive experience can help you be on top of your game.