About Bonny Forrest, J.D., Ph.D

A leader in the field of child development, Dr. Bonny Forrest has been an advocate for children for over twenty years. As a practicing attorney and a child psychologist, with specialized training in pediatric neuropsychology, she has vast experience in working with children in a variety of settings. She has been a researcher and clinician in academic and medical settings such as the Yale Child Study Center, has directed clinics serving low­ income populations, and has conducted a private practice focusing on the assessment of cognitive and other developmental issues in children. For much of her career, she has worked with parents, clinicians, and schools to advocate for children, especially those with special needs. Dr. Forrest leads Project SKIP: Screening Kids for Intervention and Prevention, which is screening children for social­-emotional, cognitive, and developmental issues.

Dr. Forrest

Relevant Professional Experience

  • National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Columbia University, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Neuropsychology and Bush Center Social Policy Fellow, Yale Child Study Center and Yale University School of Medicine
  • Private Practice Psychologist, specializing in the assessment of children for psychological, neuropsychological, and learning disabilities and the representation of families in IEP team meetings and Due Process hearings for children with developmental disabilities
  • Consultant for a variety of organizations on program development and clinical care
  • Published author, expert witness, and frequent lecturer on children with special needs and their cognitive profiles


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology with emphasis in pediatric neuropsychology, Columbia University and Teachers College, New York, NY, 2001
  • Juris Doctor, Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, IN, 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice with concentration in Political Science and honors awarded in Sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1983


  • Psychologist: California and New York
  • Attorney: California and New York