About Dr. Sullivan

Matthew J. Sullivan, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Palo Alto, California, who specializing in forensic child and family psychology. After receiving his A.B. from Stanford, where he majored in Human Biology with a focus on Neurobiology, he obtained his Ph. D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from University of Maryland in 1985. He returned to the San Francisco Bay Area for his internship at the Palo Alto Veterans administration where he continued his emphasis on Family Systems. He has been in private practice in Palo Alto for 20 years, specializing in Forensic Family work.

In 1994 Dr. Sullivan received a Meritorious Service Award from Santa Clara County Family Court, in acknowledgement of contributions to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. In 1995 he received a Certificate of Appreciation in acknowledgement of “exceptional work contributed on behalf of the families and children in Superior Court”, to Family Court Services, Santa Clara County. In 2012, he received the Joseph Drown award from the California Association of Family and Conciliation Courts for “outstanding services to children” in the state.

He serves in numerous court appointed roles – custody evaluator, mediator, special master, and coparent counselor- in courts across California and provides expert testimony in custody situations in jurisdictions across the country. He provides consultation services to the Courts,  forensic professionals, Family Law attorneys and parents in the context of child custody issues. He has written articles, presented and done training at numerous national and international venues on topics such as high-conflict divorce, Parent Coordination, Forensic Consultation Court-involved therapy and Child Alienation. In 2007, Dr. Sullivan provided the California Rule of Court 5.225 mandatory training of over 200 Custody Evaluators in California. He is currently serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Custody and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Task Force on Parenting Coordination from 2003-2007 and was appointed in 2007 to a joint working group of the American Psychological Association and the American Bar Association to develop innovative psychological and legal interventions with Parents, Children and Families.

Dr. Sullivan co-chaired of the AFCC’s task force on Court-involved therapy. This group provided the first guidelines for mental health treatment roles in the Court context (see post of guidelines on this website). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the international parent organization of Association of Family and Conciliation and it’s California Chapter Board of Directors.

Please download Dr. Sullivan’s Curriculum Vitae:

MJS.CV.2.2012