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Hot Car Deaths

David Diamond has served as an expert witness in more than 400 hot car deaths that have occurred in America over the last 20 years. It is one of Dr. Diamond's expertise on the research of how normal parents and caretakers, without evidence of abuse or neglect of children, and without evidence of drug abuse or organic brain dysfunction, unintentionally and unknowingly, leave children in cars. David Diamond has developed a hypothesis to explain how normal parents and caretakers can forgot their children in cars: 

  • The driver loses awareness of the presence of the child in the car

  • The driver exhibits a failure of the brain's "prospective memory" system

  • Intervening events during the drive, including stressors and strong distractions, may contribute to the cause of the failure of "prospective memory"; competition between "habit" and "prospective memory" systems. 

David Diamond has concluded that all cases involving hot car deaths involve the failure of the prospective memory system. Dr. Diamond has extensive research on the phenomenon that you can view here on his CV. 

Dr. Diamond specializes in Cognitive Neuroscience and serves as an expert witness for cases that involve human error resulting from memory issues. 

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Expert Witness

David Diamond, Ph.D., is currently a Professor of Psychology, Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida and also serves as an expert witness providing specialized services in cases of human error resulting in memory issues. He has directed his research program on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Diamond's specialty area is in CNS (Cognitive Neuroscience) and teaches Cognitive & Neural Sciences with highlight on Physiology of Behavior, Psychology of Learning, Neurobiology of Memory, and Disturbance of Brain and Behavior by Stress.


David Diamond has studied the brain and memory for over 40 years; He has extensive research on Neurobiology of Learning and Memory; Influence of Stress on Brain and Behavior; Animal Model of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Neurobiology of "Forgotten Baby Syndrome"; Nutrition and Health. Dr. Diamond has also served on federal government studies and committees that evaluate research on neurobiology of stress and memory, along with publications and reviews on neurobiology of stress and memory. With extraordinary depth of knowledge and experience, David Diamond is the ideal expert witness to depend on for your case. 

What is an expert witness?

An expert witness is defined as a person who is permitted to testify at a trial because of special knowledge or proficiency in a particular field that is relevant to the case. It's beneficial to have an expert witness on your side that can better support your case with enhanced submitted evidence. Theories can be clarified and having an expert on your side can prove improper methodologies or any inconsistent findings in other expert's reports. It's ideal to choose an expert witness with extensive research, knowledge, credentials, and experience such as Dr. Diamond. 

What are your rates?

Rates vary based on the services provided, how complex your case is, and more. If you would like to know more about rates and services, call the number listed or use the contact form on the web-page. When you give us a call, you will be connected directly to David Diamond so you can expect immediate attention to your inquiry.

How can I contact you?

You can contact David Diamond by using the contact form on the web-page or by calling the listed number. If you have a question regarding rates, services, or anything else, and your call is missed, you can use the contact form on our web page and you will be contacted again within the first 48 hours. 

How many years of experience do you have?

Dr. Diamond has approximately 150 publications, book chapters and review articles on stress, brain, memory, PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease, TBI and cardiovascular disease. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous medical journals, and received over 25 years of federally funded support for his research, including current awards from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. Not only does David Diamond have years of experience in the field, but also years of research and knowledge on the brain and memory.

Where can I view the articles or blogs you have written?

All the research and articles David Diamond has written or participated in is on our website, under articles. Dr. Diamond has the full breadth of experience and you can view his research on our web-page and under his CV

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