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Psychologist - Forensic Examiner

Psychologist Forensic Examiner at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute

Knoxville, TN

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Work Experience

Psychologist - Forensic Examiner

Lakeshore Mental Health Institute
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Knoxville, TN
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October 2004 to Present

Inpatient evaluation of mental condition at the time of the alleged offense(s) and competency to stand trial as a Certified Forensic Examiner by the State of Tennessee; evaluation and treatment of patients committed for inpatient psychiatric care after being found NGRI by the Court; group treatment of adult psychiatric inpatients focused on issues of post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, depression, co-occurring disorders, stress management and communication skills; psychological testing as part of forensic evaluation including malingering detection as well as other testing to assist the Treatment Team in clarification of diagnosis and treatment planning; staff training in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention as Crisis Prevention Institute certified instructor, brief individual psychotherapy targeting specific behavioral objectives such as related to anger management.

Psychologist - Private Practitioner

Center for Psychology & Counseling
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Knoxville, TN
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July 1991 to Present

Individual, family and group psychotherapy with adults, adolescents and children; 
assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, depression and marital problems; 
Disability Evaluation of children, adolescents and adults, often including the use of 
psychological and neuro-psychological testing.

Psychologist Utilization Reviewer

PHP Companies, Inc
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Knoxville, TN
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October 2001 to December 2006

Peer reviewer for psychologists requesting approval for providing mental health 
treatment and psychological testing on an outpatient basis.

Psychologist Behavior Specialist

Lakeshore Mental Health Institute
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Knoxville, TN
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January 2001 to April 2004

Participation in Behavior Specialist Team, Seclusion/Restraint Committee (and related subcommittees), and the Team Tennessee Work Group to facilitate organizational change aimed at reducing seclusion and restraint; psychotherapy to selected patients with treatment-resistant behavioral problems; psychological testing for use in making recommendations to the Treatment Team regarding issues such as malingering and treatment approach; staff training on Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, stress/anger management, conflict resolution, malingering, and geriatric issues; analysis of behavioral crisis staff debriefing data to identify performance improvement opportunities; compilation and analysis of statistical information concerning facility utilization of seclusion/restraint; reporting of facility seclusion/restraint data analysis, both externally (e.g. JCAHO ORYX) and internally (e.g. Quality Council, Seclusion Restraint Committee) with recommendations to support continued usage reduction; auditing patient charts and other documentation to ensure compliance with seclusion/restraint policy and procedures.

Psychologist

Paradigm Health Services, Inc.
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Clearwater, FL
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April 2000 to December 2000

Psychological evaluation, individual psychotherapy, and behavior management consultation in geriatric long-term care facilities.

Psychologist

Genesis, Inc.
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Jackson, TN
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September 1998 to April 2000

Individual psychotherapy and behavioral management consultation in geriatric long term care facilities; in-service education of facility staff.

Psychologist

East Tennessee Behavioral Medicine
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Oak Ridge, TN
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September 1998 to December 1999

Individual, couples, and family psychotherapy including assessment and treatment of issues related to aging, pain, illness, anxiety, and depression.

Clinnical Services Coordinator / District Manager

Apogee, Inc. / MHM Services, Inc.
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King of Prussia, PA
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September 1994 to August 1998

Clinical supervision and training of multidisciplinary staff of licensed mental health professionals providing services in geriatric long-term care facilities; development and implementation of quality assurance program including documentation, utilization, and level of care review; management of the clinical, administrative, customer relations, and business growth operations of the East Tennessee District; individual, family, and group psychotherapy; psychological testing and behavioral management consultation.

Psychologist - Private Practitioner

Southeastern Biofeedback and Neurobehavioral Institute
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Knoxville, TN
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August 1993 to August 1994

Individual, family, and group psychotherapy; psychological testing with children, adolescents, and adults; assessment and treatment of stress-related mental / physical disorders (e.g. pain management).

Coordinator of Staff Training and Psychological Services

Helen Ross McNabb Center, Inc.
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Knoxville, TN
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October 1988 to August 1994

Development and coordination of center-wide staff training program including in-service planning, needs and outcome assessment, and direct provision of clinical training and consultation in areas such as diagnosis, stress management, psychotherapy techniques, treatment of personality disorders, and interviewing/assessment skills; supervision of psychology staff and clinical psychology trainees; psycho-diagnostic and forensic evaluations; individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

Psychology Intern - APA Approved Clinical Psychology Internship

Napa State Hospital
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Napa, CA
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September 1987 to September 1988

Long-term and short-term individual psychotherapy; group psychotherapy; psycho-diagnostic testing with adult, adolescent, and child inpatients; participation in treatment team meetings and seminars; six hours supervision per week.

Clinical Psychology Associate

Helen Ross McNabb Mental Health Center
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Knoxville, TN
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September 1984 to July 1987

Individual, marital and family psychotherapy provided to adult and adolescent outpatients; participation in case staffing conferences.

Clinical Psychology Trainee

Helen Ross McNabb Mental Health Center
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Knoxville, TN
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September 1984 to June 1986

University of Tennessee Psychological Clinic 
Knoxville, Tennessee 
Individual psychotherapy with adults with hour for hour videotaped supervision; psychodiagnostic assessment; supervision of clinical psychology graduate students.

Clinical Psychology Trainee

Asheville Veterans Administration Medical Center
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Asheville, NC
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June 1984 to September 1984

Inpatient psychological evaluations, individual and group psychotherapy; psychodiagnostic testing; consultation with medical staff.

Clinical Psychology Trainee

Daniel Arthur Rehabilitation Center for Multiply Handicapped Children
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Oak Ridge, TN
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September 1983 to June 1984

Individual child psychotherapy including play therapy; group psychotherapy; consultation with teachers and parents; psycho-diagnostic and academic testing.

Co-investigator and Research Assistant

Department of Anesthesiology / Virginia Commonwealth University
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Richmond, VA
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June 1983 to September 1983

Co-Investigator: Research on the quantitative-experiential dimensions of human emotions. Research Assistant: Research on the effects of Morphine and potentiating effects of Proglumide on Morphine analgesia. Supervised by Dr. Donald Price, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology.

Research Assistant

Neurobiology and Anesthesiology Branch
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Bethesda, MD
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June 1979 to September 1979

Research on the psychophysics of pain experience studying the influence of expectation on the sensory and affective dimensions of experimental heat pain; Supervised by Dr. Donald Price, Senior Staff Fellow.

Education

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

University of Tennessee
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Knoxville, TN

September 1982 to December 1988

B.A. [with Honors in Major] in Psychology

University of California at Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz, CA

January 1977 to January 1980

Certifications/Licenses

Licensed Clinical Psychologist / Health Service Provider

June 1989 to August 2013

Certified Forensic Examiner / Psychologist Health Service Provider

April 2005 to July 2013