Herber "Buddy" Coard, Ed.D.

Key Facts

  • Occupation: Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
  • Education: Doctorate of Educational Psychology, University of Missouri – St. Louis Post-Doctoral re-specialization in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Services: Forensic psychology evaluations

As a forensic and clinical psychologist for more than 20 years, my approach is evaluation of cases from a psychology perspective. Records are reviewed to gather information about an evaluee’s social, medical, and psychiatric history, and psychological testing is performed to examine the effects of psychiatric illness on a person’s functioning. Examination of the evaluee is done with compassion, searching for understanding of the effect of the evaluee’s symptoms on functioning and emotions.

Dr. Coard does not see himself representing one side of the case but bringing to a case how psychology can ultimately assist the trier of fact or other decision maker. A report is generated with specific answers to the questions raised in the case. Cases are evaluated for all sides, whether individually retained, court appointed, Plaintiff, Defense, Civil, or Criminal.

He has provided expert testimony, evaluation services and consultation throughout the state of Nevada, California, and Arizona and the United States Federal District Courts (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland. Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) and Military Courts Martials. Dr. Coard has presided as a judge- acting as the sole finder of fact over two summary court-martial while in the Navy.

Dr. Coard has provided forensic evaluation and expert criminal testimony for adults and juveniles including competency to stand trial (CST), not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI), guilty but mentally ill (GBMI), examining aggravation and mitigation factors for the purposes of sentencing for serious crimes including child murder, murder, serial sexual assault, child pornography, child molestation and death penalty cases.

Dr. Coard has provided forensic evaluation and expert civil testimony for civil commitment for sexually violent persons (SVP)/sexually dangerous persons (SDP).

Within the family law arena, Dr. Coard provides evaluation services for parental fitness and child custody.

Dr. Coard holds an Ed.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Missouri St. Louis and Post-Doctoral re-specialization in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Coard trained in clinical psychology at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. He has practiced clinical psychology in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, and Virginia, and for the last 5 years in Nevada. His practice venues have included private practice of clinical psychology for 5 years, practice of forensic psychology for 15 years, outpatient community mental health, prison psychology with the Federal Bureau of Prisons including experience as a forensic psychologist for the Federal Sexually Dangerous Person (SDP) program and practiced clinical psychology on Federal Death row.

Dr. Coard served in the U.S. Navy and the United States Public Health Service with one combat tour in Iraq. In addition, he has provided supervision and case consultation to 12 postdoctoral residents. He is licensed to practice in both Nevada and Virginia.

Dr. Coard is married and has a family of 2 adult children and 2 young children. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

Dr. Coard is the sole owner of Sapience Practice.

Curriculum vitae (CV) is available on request.