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Progress Notes: Keeping Tabs on the Practice of Psychology

"Progress Notes: Keeping Tabs on the Practice of Psychology" is a podcast produced by the APA Practice Organization with practicing psychologists in mind. Episodes cover a range of topics that affect practitioners, including the financial and legal aspects of running a business. Listeners will also hear expert analysis on developments in health care policy along with stories that highlight the work of fellow psychologists

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Challenging Clinical Situations (PN2-3)

Amy Heard, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a solo practice in Vienna, VA, where she is co-located with other allied health professionals.  She completed her PhD at Auburn University in 2000, and her training included Practica in Rehabilitation Medicine at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Internship in Health Psychology at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Reproductive and Sexual Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center.  She currently works with individuals and couples, many of whom face major health challenges, including chronic pain, pelvic pain, and neurological disorders.  Dr. Heard uses ACT, mindfulness, CBT and EFT frameworks to provide skills, techniques, education and insight in order to help her clients heal and thrive.   Joe Scroppo, PhD, JD,is a forensic psychologist and attorney.  He maintains a private practices in law as well as clinical and forensic psychology, and is a Risk Management Consultant for the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust.  Dr. Scroppo is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Hofstra University School of Medicine.  Previously, he was the Director of the Long Island Jewish--North Shore University Hospital Forensic Psychiatry Program. Dr. Scroppo has been appointed to New York's First and Second Judicial Departments' panels of certified expert witnesses in both criminal and family/juvenile proceedings.  Dr. Scroppo's clients have included the New York City Housing Authority, the New York City Corporation Counsel, the Federal Defenders, the Mental Hygiene Legal Service, and the New York—New Jersey Port Authority Police Department.  He worked as a Senior Forensic Psychologist for the New York City Family Court and as a Supervising Psychologist at the New York City Rikers Island Jail. Dr. Scroppo received a B.A. (cum laude) from the University of Chicago, his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Adelphi University Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies, and his J.D. (magna cum laude) from St. John’s University School of Law. 


1 Jun 2018

Rank #1

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Treating Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents (PN2-6)

Raquel Halfond, PhD, is the Director of Clinical Practice Guidelines for the American Psychological Association, overseeing all the day-to-day activities of the initiative. She is also a clinical psychologist. Dr. Halfond received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her APA approved clinical internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD, LDN, is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition and the Interim Assistant Dean of Research in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee. She holds a MS in Public Health Nutrition and a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and is a registered dietitian and a licensed psychologist. She conducts research in lifestyle interventions for pediatric and adult weight management and has published over 125 peer-reviewed articles. Patty Nece, JD, advocates for the eradication of weight bias, sound obesity treatments, and insurance coverage for those treatments. She encourages change by sharing her personal experiences with life-long severe obesity.  She serves on the Obesity Action Coalition's Board of Directors and is a Commissioner on The Lancet Commission on Obesity.


28 Sep 2018

Rank #2

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PSYPACT: interjurisdictional psychology practice on the horizon (PN2-7)

PSYPACT will reduce barriers to practice, expand access to care, and advance telepsychology—but more states need to join the compact.


26 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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Keeping Up with HIPAA (PN2-4)

Karen Kietzman, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Billings, Montana.  She earned her masters and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Biola University at Rosemead School of Psychology in Southern California. She began her solo private practice in Southern California.  Dr. Kietzman grew up in Montana. She and her family moved back to Montana in 1994 and continued her solo private practice in Billings. Dr. Kietzman believes in treating the whole person. She incorporates mental, physical, and spiritual health in her evaluation and treatment.    Stacey Larson, PhD, works for the Edith Norse Rodgers Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford, MA.  Prior to working for the VA, Stacey worked for the American Psychological Association’s Practice Directorate on issues pertaining to HIPAA privacy and security, health information technology, as well as various other legal, regulatory and ethical issues. Alan Nessman, JD, is the Senior Special Counsel in the Office of Legal & Regulatory Affairs (LRA) for the APA Practice Organization. He is LRA’s lead attorney on HIPAA & patient privacy, and parity & insurance issues. Alan worked on the Practice Organization’s original 2003 and 2005 HIPAA compliance products, and worked with LRA’s team that developed the content for the new comprehensive compliance product: HIPAASmart.  Alan joined APA in 2000 after 15 years as a law firm litigator. He received his JD with honors from George Washington University in 1984, and his BA with honors from the University of Chicago in 1981.


29 Jun 2018

Rank #4

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Practicing Psychology in the Medicaid System (PN1-5)

Robin Henderson, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist and chief of behavioral health services at Providence Medical Group in Oregon. Dr. Henderson is responsible for the strategic direction, operations and integration of behavioral health services across Providence’s network of hospitals and clinics. Before joining Providence, Dr. Henderson worked in the St. Charles Health System for 14 years, most recently as chief behavioral health officer and vice president for strategic integration. Henderson earned her masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Christopher Rigling, PhD, is currently working in his solo psychotherapy practice in Greenwich, Connecticut, as well as teaching as an adjunct faculty at Long Island University, and serving as President of the Connecticut Psychological Association. He will be moving and beginning a new practice in Chicago later this year. In his consultation practice, C. Sloan Consulting, he provides executive development consultation, coaching, psychotherapy, and marketing research consultation. Dr. Rigling has consulted to a variety of Fortune 1000 companies, as well as non-profit organizations. In his free time, Dr. Rigling cooks, writes and enjoys life as much as possible.  Caroline Bergner, JD, is the Advocacy and Policy Fellow in the education directorate at the American Psychological Association. She works jointly between APA’s education and practice directorates on Medicaid issues.


7 Jul 2017

Rank #5

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The Mental and Behavioral Health Registry: Outcome Tracking for Psychologists (PN2-5)

Bruce Bobbitt, PhD, has been licensed for independent practice in the state of Minnesota for the past 33 years and has practiced in community mental health, pediatric health psychology at the University of Minnesota and in private practice. For the past 23 years he worked at Optum/UnitedHealth Group in various roles all related to clinical program development and quality management and improvement, leaving that organization in 2016. For the final 10 years there he was vice president, then senior vice president for behavioral quality management and improvement. During this same period Bobbitt was active in professional psychology. He was a member of the Governing Council of the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) for 16 years and is currently the president-elect of MPA. He was on APA Council of Representatives from 1990 through 1995 and is currently on the on the APAPO-sponsored Oversight Committee for the development of a Qualified Clinical Data Registry being led by Carol Goodheart. Bobbitt was a Heiser Award recipient in 1994 was elected Fellow of Div. 29 (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy) this year. Bobbitt is a graduate of Cornell and received his PhD in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. Carol Goodheart, PhD, is an independently practicing psychologist in Princeton, N.J., and a former APA president. During her term as APA president in 2010, one of her presidential initiatives was the development of PracticeOUTCOMES: Measures for Psychologists (a relational measurement database). In 2015, Goodheart served as an expert panel member invited to explore and advise the Practice Directorate/Practice Organization on the establishment of a QCDR. Her leadership involvement in APA/APAPO efforts on behalf of psychology includes many areas relevant to the evolving nature of healthcare practice over time, e.g. author of the 2014 A Primer for ICD-10-CM Users: Psychological and Behavioral Conditions, chair of the association's 2005 Presidential Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice, co-chair of the 2009 APA Presidential Task Force and Summit on the Future of Psychology Practice. In 2012, she received the American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology. Nina Shiffrin, PhD, is a licensed psychologist. Dr. Shiffrin earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Yale University. At Yale she received her certification in Kazdin Parent Management Training (KPMT), an evidence-based treatment for children with behavior problems, under the supervision of Dr. Alan Kazdin. Dr. Shiffrin completed her predoctoral internship at Temple University under the supervision of Dr. Philip Kendall, where she gained experience providing the Coping Cat treatment, a cognitive-behavioral therapy program for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. Dr. Shiffrin has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with a range of clinical presentations including behavioral difficulties, mood and anxiety disorders, and difficulties regulating emotions.


29 Aug 2018

Rank #6

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Psychologists, Social Media and Digital Ethics (PN1-8)

Kathleen Ashton, PhD, ABPP, FACHP   Dr. Ashton is a board certified clinical health psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic, where she works in an integrated team at the Breast Center. Her clinical and research interests include psychosocial aspects of breast cancer and hereditary risk of breast cancer. Dr. Ashton serves on the APA Practice Organization Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice. Twitter: @stress_doc Lindsey Buckman, PsyD   Dr. Buckman is a psychologist in private practice in Phoenix, Ariz. She is a faculty associate at Arizona State University. Dr. Buckman serves as the vice chair for the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, president-elect of Div. 31, and the Diversity member at large for Div. 42. Twitter: @drBinPHX Vaile Wright, PhD   Dr. Wright is director of Research and Special Projects in the Practice Directorate and a member of APA’s Stress in America team. As part of the Practice Research and Policy department, she focuses on the development and implementation of programs and policies related to expanding opportunities for professional psychology. She received her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2007, and is licensed in the District of Columbia. Twitter: @drvailewright


4 Oct 2017

Rank #7

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Earning the Right to Prescribe (PN1-7)

Deborah C. Baker, JD, is the director of Legal & Regulatory Policy in the Office of Legal & Regulatory Affairs of the American Psychological Association's Practice Directorate. Since joining APA in 2004, she has worked with state psychological associations, APA leadership and members, and regulatory bodies on a variety of issues involving scope of practice/licensure, testing, telehealth, prescriptive authority, HIPAA compliance as well as other legal and regulatory issues. Ms. Baker works with APA governance groups, such as the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and the Board of Professional Affairs on legal/regulatory issues affecting professional practice. She has also provided support to several APA task forces, including the joint APA-ASPPB-APAIT Task Force on Telepsychology, which developed the APA Guidelines on the Practice of Telepsychology as well as task forces established to review and revise APA policies on prescriptive authority and designation of psychopharmacology training programs. She represents APA Practice in several outside organizations, including the Coalition for Patients' Rights and the American Telemedicine Association. She has made numerous presentations at the APA Annual Convention, state psychological association meetings and conferences as well as outside organizations on the issues of telehealth and scope of practice issues.  Susan Farber, PhD, has run a private practice in Boise, Idaho since 1983. She specializes in individual therapy work with children, adolescents and adults. She’s also assisted in the development of various conferences on topics such as autism, epilepsy and behavioral aspects of neurologic disorders. Dr. Farber has served as president of the Idaho Psychological Association and chair of IPA’s Continuing Education Committee. She is currently co-chair of IPA’s Advocacy Committee, taking the lead on prescriptive authority legislative initiatives for the last four years. Dr. Farber was also appointed to the advisory board on prescriptive authority issues serving the Idaho Board of Psychologist Examiners. In 2017, Dr. Farber won the Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award for Advocacy. The award honors psychologists who are at the forefront of advocating for the profession.  Dr. Farber received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Chicago in 1967 and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University in 1973. Before returning to Idaho, her home state, she ran a private practice in New York and taught clinical psychology at New York University.  Steven D. Hollon, PhD, is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on the nature and treatment of depression with a particular emphasis on the enduring effects of psychosocial treatments. He is the past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology and the recipient of awards for both Distinguished Scientific and Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology. He chaired the steering committee advising the American Psychological Association on the generation of clinical practice guidelines.  Marlin Hoover, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in Illinois and New Mexico. He is also the clinical director, founder and owner of Hoover and Associates, a group practice comprised of highly qualified, licensed mental health professionals. Dr. Hoover is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and in medical psychology by the American Board of Medical Psychology. Dr. Hoover is a fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and a fellow of the Academy of Medical Psychology.  Currently, he is an instructor of doctoral clinical psychologists, who are studying to obtain prescription privileges through the New Mexico State University/Southwestern Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Cooperative and through Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has prescription privileges in New Mexico, where he works two days per week. He is a member of the faculty of the Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces. Additionally, he sees patients for psychotherapy and medication at the Center Through the Looking Glass.  While starting a private practice in the Chicago area in 1985, he was a faculty member at Saint Xavier University for 20 years, and chair of the department of psychology of Saint Xavier University at Chicago. Dr. Hoover has done research and publications on the relationship between personality and heart disease, training of psychologists and validation of personality tests.  He earned a PhD in behavioral sciences from the University of Chicago and a postdoctoral master’s in clinical psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


8 Sep 2017

Rank #8

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Rural Psychology Practice (PN1-4)

Sarah Beckmann, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist working as a behavioral health consultant within a rural Federally Qualified Health Center in Washington State. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the school of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in 2014 and is current pursing her clinical psychopharmacology postdoctoral MS Degree through California School of Professional Psychology.  Dustin Hammers, PhD, ABPP is an assistant professor of neurology and clinical neuropsychologist at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. He completes clinical neuropsychological evaluations for patients directly in his office in Salt Lake City, but also for patients in Jackson, Wyoming using telepsychology technology.  Emily Selby-Nelson, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist working as the lead/director of Behavioral Health for Cabin Creek Health Systems, a federally qualified health center that provides fully integrated primary care services to communities in rural West Virginia. Dr. Selby-Nelson strives to improve access to quality integrated behavioral health care through direct clinical service, advocacy, teaching, research and administrative and professional association leadership. Please email Dr. Selby-Nelson for more. Julie Yurie Takishima-Lacasa, PhD, is research specialist at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. In her clinical practice she specializes in providing integrated behavioral health services in rural primary care settings. As a generalist, she treats a broad range of mental health problems and disorders across the developmental spectrum, with an emphasis on working closely with medical providers to address behavioral factors in chronic illness care, physical symptoms associated with stress, and health behavior change. Her program of research focuses on addressing disparities in the accessibility and utilization of effective, culturally informed behavioral health services for at-risk, rural communities of Hawai‘i.


7 Jun 2017

Rank #9

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Practicing Broadly: An Interview with Dr. Arthur C. Evans (PN1-10)

Policymaker, clinical and community psychologist, healthcare innovator, Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, is the new CEO of the American Psychological Association (APA) and just completed twelve years as Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Service (DBHIDS). The transformation of the Philadelphia service system has improved outcomes for people and saved millions of dollars that the city has reinvested in other community-based services. Dr. Evans brought a new approach to his agency’s system of serving a wide range of individuals with complex needs. The transformation of the $1 billion Philadelphia system into a recovery-oriented, outcomes-focused system of care has leaned heavily on public health strategies that contribute to better population health. In addition, he has emphasized data-driven approaches to improve system performance. Dr. Evans has been recognized nationally for his work in behavioral healthcare policy and the transformation of service delivery systems. In 2015 he was recognized by the White House as an "Advocate for Action" by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In 2013 he received the American Medical Association’s top government service award in health care, the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. Dr. Evans is also regarded as a strong mental health advocate and was recognized by Faces and Voices of Recovery with the Lisa Mojer-Torres Award. His future at the APA will continue his lifelong commitment to serving people who are underserved and ensuring that effective, high-quality healthcare is accessible to all.


8 Dec 2017

Rank #10