Education & Professional Experience

Education

1989
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Minor: Substance Abuse Treatment. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

1985
M.A. in Experimental Psychology with concentration in Social and Personality Psychology. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

1982
B.A. in Psychology with concentration in Clinical and Personality Psychology. Stetson University, DeLand, Florida

Professional Experience

1990 – present
Independent Practice/Consultation

Individual, couple, and family psychotherapy; psychological testing; gender identity, bariatric pre-surgical, and forensic evaluations. Training and consulting in universities, schools, organizations, and corporations. Specialized experience with gender identity, men’s, women’s, sexual orientation, diversity, physical and sexual abuse, alcohol/drug, depression, anxiety, health, anger & stress management, healthy living and other issues. Workshops, lectures, and clinical services provided to adults, adolescents, and children.

1989 – 1991
Full-time/Part-time Consultant
Inner Harbour Hospital
Douglasville, Georgia
Individual, family, and group psychotherapy; consultation with treatment teams; personality and intellectual evaluations; supervision of mental health assistants; treatment planning; program evaluation. All clinical services provided for inpatient males, ages 8 to 18, and their families.

1988 – 1989
Psychology Pre-doctoral Intern
Veterans Administration Medical Center
Gainesville, Florida (APA-Approved)
Rotations: Alcohol/Drug Treatment Unit, Administration, Employee Assistance Program, Family Psychotherapy, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Child Psychotherapy (external rotation), Behavioral Medicine, Cardiology, and General Outpatient Services. Conducted individual, group, marital/family psychotherapy and admissions, personality, intellectual, forensic, and neuropsychological evaluations.

1987 – 1988
Treatment Counselor
Hillsborough County Hospital
Tampa, Florida
Consultant and multi-disciplinary team member treating adult and geriatric inpatients. Conducted personality, intellectual, and brief neuropsychological testing. Short-term individual, marital, and family therapy using cognitive-behavioral/dynamic approaches. Provided interpersonal-process group psychotherapy. Supervised graduate practicum students. Population diverse, including personality disorders, organic mental disorders, affective disorders, chronic schizophrenia, and substance abuse disorders.

1986 – 1988
Assistant Director
Psychological Services Center, University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida
Daily clinic management; client assignment to student therapists; court-ordered evaluations; intake assessments; crisis counseling; supervision of graduate students; community networking and referrals; individual, family, and group therapy.

1985 – 1988
Director
Alcohol and Drug Resource Center, University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida
Managed daily operations, including two budgets; BACCHUS staff advisor; crisis counseling and referrals; conducted workshops for organizations, classes, and staff; program evaluation; community and campus networking.

Teaching & Research Experience

Teaching Experience

2016 – present
Faculty: World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Global Education Initiative for Trainings in the USA.

1987
Teaching Practicum: Abnormal Psychology and Personality courses. Professor: J. Kevin Thompson, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of South Florida.

1987
Teaching Assistant: Contemporary Psychology. Professor: Miles Hardy, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of South Florida.

1983
Teaching Assistant: Statistics. Professor: Allan Nash, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University.

Research Experience

1985 – 1992
Studying personality correlates of substance abusing adolescents and adults. Also, participated in review of numerous manuscripts submitted to various journals reporting on aspects of substance abuse. Primary Collaborator: Steven Walfish, Ph.D., Clinical and Community Psychology Associates, Tampa, FL.

1987 – 1988
Conducted or assisted in projects pursuing two programs of research: 1) Altering alcohol expectancies to prevent alcohol abuse; and 2) Assessing and rehabilitating cognitive deficits caused by chronic alcohol abuse. Major Advisor: Mark S. Goldman, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida.

1984 – 1986
Research on: 1) evaluation of the efficacy of alcohol education workshops and 2) influences of personality and situation on attitudinal and behavioral consistency. Professor: Louis A. Penner, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida.

1983 – 1984
Master’s Thesis: “Attitude-Behavior Correspondence as a Function of Self-monitoring and Situational Constraint.” Also, worked on various other projects examining the influence of personality and situational variables in predicting behavior from traits and attitudes. Major Advisor: Thomas C. Monson, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University.