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
Certification & Licensure
2018 – present Awarded Certificate of Achievement – World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Global Education Initiative Certified Provider
1990 – present Licensed Psychologist – State of Georgia
1990 – present
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
2018 – present Adjunct Faculty Appointment to Emory University School of Medicine
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.
2021 – Present Collaborator with Leo Panagiotakopoulos, M.D., Physician Lead, Transgender Clinic, Emory + Pediatric Institute. Studying effects of gender-related care on patients.
2019 Advisor Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) grant project on training parents and educators to decrease suicide risk for trans/gender diverse youth with Principal Investigator Michael Goodman, MD, et al.
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.