Nora Baladerian, Ph.D., is a licensed
psychologist in Los Angeles, California, practicing both clinical and
Since 1971, long before the crime
victimization field as a whole focused attention on the needs of persons
with disabilities, she has specialized in working with individuals with
With an expertise in serving crime victims
with disabilities and people charged with victimless sex crimes, she has
successfully rallied victim/witness organization leaders, crime victims'
rights advocates, social service professionals, forensic psychologists, law
enforcement, attorneys, members of the judiciary, and others to take up the
cause of ensuring that the needs of society's most vulnerable are not
overlooked or otherwise forgotten.
In 1986, as a proactive way both to bring
together the growing number of those dedicated to this work and promoting
greater cross- disciplinary dialog, she began convening national conferences
on abuse of individuals with disabilities, hosting the 10th in 2005 with The
Arc of Riverside County, and the First Online Professional Conference of its
kind that same year.
In 2008, the Attorney General of the United
States (see photo above) presented her with the National Crime Victims
Service Award in recognition of her pioneering efforts on behalf of persons
with disabilities and in advancement of the mission of the Office for
Victims of Crime of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Resumè of Dr. Baladerian