Curriculum Vitae

Laura C. Hohnecker, PhD

Licensed Psychologist PY5346


05-15 Qualified Parenting Co-coordinator

09-08 to present – Guardian ad Litem for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit
-Serving both Dependency and Family Court

06-06 to present – Family Court Mediator, Parenting Coordinator
-Providing both mediation services on timesharing and parenting related matters as well as parenting coordination services to high-conflict families.

09-90 to present – Private Practice, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
– Treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Individual and family therapy and psychological evaluations of adults and children. Treatment/assessment of intimate and workplace violence, grief, trauma, and general practice issues. Specialized treatment of high-conflict divorce families and estranged children. Forensic assessments including social investigations, post-traumatic stress disorder, interpersonal violence, and parenting capacity.

04-00 to 5-02 – Psychological Consultant, Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami
-Provided weekly trauma seminar for psychology interns on cases involving complex trauma in children and their families

07-97 to 04-99 – Independent Contractor and Geriatric Consultant, Philip Solomon & Associates
-Consultant and therapist with older adults with Alzheimer’s Disorder and other mental illnesses

10-89 to 09-90  – Private Practice, Adult Child Recovery Center, Davie, Florida
-Treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Individual, family, and couples therapy, family violence assessment and treatment, other trauma disorders, and general practice issues.

08-85 to 08-89 – Area Director, Life Management Center, Bonifay, Florida
-Administrative, supervisory, and budgetary responsibilities for mental health services in two rural counties, Individual, family, and couples counseling, psychological evaluations, and treatment of trauma, crisis intervention, and general practice issues.

1975 to 1985 – Associate Director, Shawnee Mental Health Center, Ironton, Ohio
-Administrative, supervisory, and budgetary responsibilities for mental health services in a rural county. Individual, family, and couples counseling, psychological testing, crisis intervention, court evaluations and expert witness testimony in child abuse cases, domestic violence and general practice issues. Developed the county’s first multi-agency child abuse task force.
1974 to 1975 – Staff Psychologist, Eastern Kentucky, Rehabilitation Center
-Psychological testing and therapy services to recently disabled young adults

1971 to 1973 – Psychology Technician, Central State Hospital, Milledgeville, GA.
-Behavior modification specialist for emotional and intellectually handicapped children and adolescents

Court Work

Expert witness in matters of child abuse, high-conflict divorce, and domestic violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, social investigations (custody). Specialized psychological evaluations in support of clemency for battered women found guilty of killing their partners.


2013 Family Law Guardian ad Litem Pilot Training Program
2008 Guardian ad Litem Training for the 17th Judicial Circuit
2005 Family Mediation Training for the 17th Judicial Circuit
2004 Critical Incident Response Training
2000 FPPR Board Certification Training in Psychopharmacology
1995 Florida Licensed Psychologist – PY5346 (active)
1994 Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Nova Southeastern University
Pre-doctoral internship at Miami Children’s Hospital
1987 Florida Licensed Marriage & Family – MT1124 (inactive)
1981 Master’s Degree, Political Science with emphasis in public administration, Ohio University, Ironton, Ohio.
1975 Master’s Degree, Clinical and School Psychology, Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky
1971 Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology, Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa

Pro Bono

Volunteer Guardian ad Litem – 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County Dependency Court
Trainer in domestic violence for the Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program

Thesis, Dissertation, and Publications


(1975) The Development of a Perceptual-Motor Screening Battery for Appalachian School Children.


(1994) Traumatic Effects Among Battered Women who Kill: A Demonstration of a Post-Traumatic Reactions Model.


Dutton, MA, Haas, G. & Hohnecker, LC (1989). Response to Violence Inventory. Unpublished document, Nova Southeastern University.

Dutton, MA., Hohnecker, LC., Halle, PM, & Burkhardt, K. (1991). Traumatic response among bettered women who kill. Poster presented at the meeting of The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Washington, D.C.

Dutton, MA, Hohnecker, LC, Halle, PM, & Burkhardt, K. (1994). Traumatic responses among battered women who kill. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 7(4), 549-564

Gold, SN, Hughes, D. & Hohnecker, LC (1994). Degrees of repression of sexual abuse memories. American Psychologist, 49 (5), 441-442

Hohnecker, LH. (2015). Intimate Partner Violence and Collaborative Practice. The Florida Bar Family Law Section Commentator, 29(1), 10-15

Licenses and Certifications

2015           Broward County Parent (Educational) Surrogate
2015           Qualified Parenting Coordinator
2008           Florida Guardian ad Litem Training – Dependency Court
2006           Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Court Mediator (#14817)
2004           Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (Mitchell Model)
2000           FPPR Board Certified Diplomate-Fellow in Psychopharmacology
1995           Florida Licensed Psychologist (PY5346)
1987           Florida Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MT1124-inactive)


Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation
Association of Family Court and Conciliation (AFCC)
Florida Bar Association – Family Law Division (Associate Member)
Collaborative Family Lawyers of South Florida, Inc.
Broward County Association of Matrimonial Lawyers


2015 “Understanding and Screening for Domestic Violence, High Risk, and Mental Health Issues: Learning What is Possible” Military Collaborative Divorce Pro Bono Project

Revised 11/2016