David A. Clayman, Ph.D.
Clinical & Forensic Psychologist
David A. Clayman, Ph.D., is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with a wide range of practical experience in dealing with “people problems.” He has developed and managed a large professional practice, a software company, an executive consulting and assessment business, as well as a multi-faceted program addressing concerns in the corrections industry.
Dr. Clayman has over 30 years of experience in the forensic psychological evaluation field. He has been known as a friend to the court, offering nonbiased reports for criminal and civil litigation. He has completed an estimated 4,500 evaluations and has testified as an expert witness in state and federal courts. In the past he served as a Medical Expert to the Office of Hearings and Appeals the Social Security Administration. Clinically, his “no nonsense approach” to complex issues has become his trademark as he helps individuals, families, businesses and organizations define problems and implement practical solutions.
Dr. Clayman is in demand as a speaker who helps groups retain a value-oriented approach to achieving success. He works with displaced and stressed executives. Additionally, Dr. Clayman has been involved in crisis management activities with a wide range of business, organizations and community groups [SEE VITA].
Dr. Clayman received his B.A. in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont. He joined the faculty at West Virginia University Medical School, Charleston Division, in 1974. In 1981, he founded Process Strategies Institute, a full-service mental health practice, and served as its CEO/Director. In 2001, this practice merged with another group and after three years, in the spring of 2004, he went back into private practice and is now the Director of Clayman & Associates, PLLC.
Dr. Clayman has been active in many community, business and professional organizations. serving on the boards of what has come to be known as Hospice Care, Inc. and Mission West Virginia, an initiative of Governor Cecil Underwood, linking faith communities with various educational and health programs. For the former he was the founding president and was the original Chairman of the Board for the latter on which he still serves. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Leadership West Virginia. For his outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the mental health community he was presented the 2009 Mildred Mitchell-Bateman, M.D. Tribute Award by the Mental Health Association of the Greater Kanawha Valley. He has been elected member-at large to the board of the West Virginia Psychological Association and serves as the West Virginia designee to the American Psychological Association as Public Education Coordinator and Federal Advocacy Coordinator. In the past, Dr. Clayman has been a state finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year program (1992 and 1998) and was one of the ten honorees in the Who’s Who in Business in West Virginia in 1997. Dr. Clayman was inducted into the West Virginia Executive Magazine's Health Care Hall of Fame in March of 2020.
Dr. Clayman resides in Charleston, West Virginia, with his wife, Janet, and their cat.