Cathy DeBuono, M.A., M.F.T.
About me and Forensic work:
I have been a licensed clinician for sixteen years.  During that time I have accumulated a wealth of experience working with clients of a wide variety issues in just as many settings and roles.  My exposure to mental health as it pertains to the judicial system came early to me in my career as an intern working with incarcerated juvenile offenders at a correctional facility, (no longer in operation today), where I was exposed first hand to the importance of being able to differentiate those who required specialized treatment from those who required action plans with a focus on risk management. Equally as important was the need for individualized treatment protocols and/or action plans based on the best practices associated with each client's assessment profile.   

Psychological Assessments using the PCL-R and PAI
I have advanced, specialized training in the application and assessment of Hare’s Psychopathy Checklist Revised, (PCL-R), as well as its screening version, the PCL-SV, with Dr.’s Reid Meloy and Robert Hare through Darkstone Research Group, the only accredited training for the use of the PCL-R instrument recognized by judicial systems, world wide.

I also have advanced, specialized training in the application and evaluation of the Personality Assessment Inventory, (PAI), with Dr. Lesley C. Morey, through the accredited, Specialized Training Institute.  In addition my resources include the PAI software, professional version. Created by Dr. Leslie Morey himself, this software also generates a report that includes valuable insight into differential diagnoses, treatment planning, contraindicated courses of treatment, risk management and expected levels of recidivism.  Using the  PCL-R supported by the application of the PAI provides a very reliable psychological assessment, particularly where personality disorders or psychopathy are suspected.

If you are a prosecutor, defense attorney, treatment planner, parole board member, probation officer, or an investigator my psychological assessment services may be helpful to you.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.  Together we can discuss your needs and assess if I might be able to assist you. 

 Cold Case Assistance: 
I provide case file analysis and recommend possible new investigatory steps. Whenever possible, I will also assist in the follow through of those steps in any way law enforcement may find helpful to them.  Sexual offenders are among the most complicated cases of mental health to comprehend, treat or manage. My particular skill set is a great fit for the analysis of cold cases files of murder with a sexual component. Most of my experience to date in consultation with law enforcement includes assisting in cases of sexual assault, missing persons and murder.  Some of my accomplishments of 2017 include the acquisition of a confession of sexual assault and murder from a serial offender and work that directly lead to the solving of a second rape/murder case, nearly 30 years cold. (Judicial system still in process, case can not be discussed publicly at this time).

If you are a busy law enforcement officer or the family of a victim interested in consultation, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.  Together we can discuss your needs and assess if I might be able to assist you.
“Cathy is a gifted and intuitive investigator, a real natural."
Jim Clemente, Criminal Profiler, F.B.I.
 "Cathy has a different way of thinking that opens up new perspectives on an investigation.  I trust her implicitly"
- Detective Chris McMullin, Homicide/SVU, Bensalem, PA., Police Dept.
 "Cathy DeBuono got a confession out of a murderer that no cop or FBI agent before her could get, but she did.  She's a crime solving bad ass."
- Francey Hakes, U.S. Federal Prosecutor, sex crimes
"Cathy’s life experience brings with it an edge that you can’t train for.  Her passion to bring justice to victims is exemplary.” 
- Steve Henry, Chief of Police, Bristol Borough, PA., Police Dept
"Cathy worked a nearly 30 year old cold homicide case with me.   She was able to identify things that were overlooked in the original investigation with the “EYE OF A DETECTIVE".  As a result of this assistance from Cathy, we were able to develop a suspect that was NOT in the original investigation!  Cathy is truly a gifted investigator."
- Detective Bill Davis, Bristol Borough, PA.,  Police Dept.
“After working with an insightful, intelligent, and meticulous investigator; I must say, she missed her calling.  After 27 years of investigative experience, I would not blink or hesitate to work a case with Cathy.” 
- Detective David Nieves, Jr., SVU, Bensalem, PA., Police Dept.
"Cathy’s natural tenacity and incredible perseverance are assets that set her apart.   This often makes the crucial difference in cases where others may have given up." 
- Bobby Chacon, Special Agent, F.B.I.
Location and Contact
415 N. Camden Drive
Suite 217
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

(213) 503-4696

*Phone and Video Call sessions available.
The streets are lined with parking meters.

There is free one hour parking directly across the street at:
444 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

There is free two hour parking around the corner at:
9510 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210