California custody evaluator Roy W. Bradbury admitted under oath that he was unqualified to serve in the courts

August 13, 2010

The following story ran in the August 6, 2010 edition of the San Bernardino County  Sentinel: 

The man who did psychological evaluations of children involved in divorce cases in San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange counties, guiding the courts in determining custody, and whose recommendations controlled the fate of thousands of individuals for over a decade took his own life earlier this year.

The death of Dr. Roy W. Bradbury, who was a court appointed expert for so-called 730 evaluations, has thrown into question the validity of the determinations that were made in hundreds of divorce cases in San Bernardino County.

Bradbury worked with lawyers, known as minor counsels, who were appointed by the court to represent children caught in the middle of the divorce of their parents.

Those minor counsels would recommend interviews with and reports on the children, known as 730 evaluations, to determine the child’s state of mind, preference toward one parent or the other and to make an evaluation as to which parent should get primary custody of the child.

For his work, Bradbury was paid $120 per hour, or in the neighborhood of $10,000 to $15,000 for each 730 evaluation he delivered.

In virtually all cases in which Bradbury was brought in as an expert witness, the court made a custody decision in accordance with his recommendations.

Bradbury was deemed so credible, that judges routinely overlooked contradictory opinions rendered by other psychologists or evaluators brought in on the same cases.

For years, however, critics have alleged that Bradbury was capricious, arbitrary or biased in his findings and that he in fact lacked the requisite training and licensing to function in the role of an expert psychological  witness.

Within the last 12 months, evidence to undergird those accusations emerged. In September 2009, according to court records, Bradbury admitted under oath that he had lacked the proper licensing updates with regard to domestic violence since 2003. Such a lack of credentials rendered him unqualified under the family law code to serve as an evaluator.

Despite Bradbury’s possession of a PhD. in psychology from USC, he was unable to pass the state of California’s licensing exam as a psychologist.

Earlier this year, as information about his lack of training and his fraudulent licensing spread, rumors were rife that Bradbury was on the verge of departing the United States and seeking some form of refuge in Costa Rica.

A little more than two months ago, he died by his own hand. His action in taking his own life brings into question his own mental stability, and by extension, the validity of the thousands of conclusions he provided about the mental state of others.

On Saturday May 29, according to the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office, Bradbury who resided in Walnut, drove to an industrial park in the city of Industry. There, at 21508 Ferrero Parkway, a spot secluded by railroad tracks and relatively isolated and remote buildings, Bradbury shot himself while in his vehicle.

According to the coroner’s office, Bradbury expired from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Two years ago, a website,, was set up for the purpose of chronicling complaints with regard to Bradbury.

Since that time, questions about his level of competency, his bias and his tendency to make findings that were considered damaging to children have mushroomed. That adverse publicity may have played a role in the more recent revelations about his lack of accreditation.

Despite those revelations, San Bernardino County Superior Court has maintained Bradbury on its experts list for psychologists.

In one case, an eight year old girl was removed from the custody of her mother. Subsequently, tapes of Bradbury’s sessions with the girl surfaced in which Bradbury could be heard screaming at the child. One counseling professional who has heard the tapes told the Sentinel the tapes demonstrated Bradbury was mocking a child under stress and was not engaged in a therapeutic relationship with his client.

In the aftermath of his death, dozens of Bradbury’s 730 evaluations are due for consideration in various courts in Southern California. Motions to strike several of those evaluations as evidence are now being prepared.

2010-09-03 19:02:02
i was victomized by this man. please contact me or tell me who i can speak to.

Blair Peas
2011-03-09 06:33:10
Rot in hell, Roy. The damage you did to my kid, this by itself, merits you rotting in hell for eternity.

2013-03-13 10:34:00
I haven't seen anything on here to make the deceased seem he didn't do a good job. Not knowing who this guy is, but seeing as how the hostility is flowing from women, I am going to go on a limb and guess most of his recommendations favored the fathers?

Sue Sykes
2013-03-14 09:52:46

I think you are assuming that the "hostility" you are "seeing" is coming only from women. Where in the article (or anywhere else) does it say or show that?

In the end, Bradbury was unqualified and should not have been operating in the capacity of an evaluator.

Our courts don't need these evaluators anyway. They are a useless waste of resources who slow down the legal process. Let the judges judge the cases based on the facts, not some crackpot's opinion.

Nemesis of MPA
2013-06-21 11:28:56
MPA is probably Bradbury's wife or son, both of whom were complicit.

Each blog has someone playing apologist to a man who did hideous things to children and parents. He (Bradbury) has males like myself with kids whom he (Bradbury) scarred for life. What kind of a person sticks up for a twisted psycho torture shrink?

2014-09-13 10:42:56
Okay, so how do we help our children who are forced by our courts to be with "strangers" who yell, threaten and mock them?
Who's the courts boss?
Why do Family Courts ignore prior Domestic Violence convictions (that occurred 2 years preceding)?
When The History and Pattern are extensive, not considered based on a number?
A crime is a crime, no matter how long ago! Therefore a "criminal," period!
Criminal Records follow us for the rest of our lives yet, the F.C.'s disregard this Record, anyone know why?

2015-12-04 19:55:50
I have evidence of a 730 evaluator that lied and worked with the petitioner. How do I go about pressing charges against him?

End shameful custody evals and reunification therapy
2015-12-22 05:57:39
Bradbury was another poster child for the smarmy, for-profit business of custody evaluations and reunification therapy. These psychiatric procedures are not covered by medical insurance because, unlike those engaged in this lucrative business want to make you believe, these treatments and evaluations have nothing to do with "therapy," but everything to do with graft and unethical coercion and abuse of children. "MPA" sounds like another Fathers' Rights (not children's rights) propagandist, an abusive or controlling man who benefits from the inhumane and unscrupulous practices of a tyrannical, out-of-control, incestuous court and psychiatric system.

veronica aguirre
2021-03-21 18:56:30
He made my life hell. I want to file a lawsuit

Post your own comment here:

Your Comment