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The Road to RxP - Education & Inspiration From Prescribing Psychologists Across the Country.
Thursday, July 14, 2022, 9:00 AM to Friday, July 15, 2022, 3:00 PM MST
Category: CPA Webinar

CPA CE WEBINARS: The Road to RxP - Education & Inspiration From Prescribing Psychologists Across the Country.

Thursday, July 14 - Friday, July 15, 2022

CPA is delighted to host a two-day event dedicated to the Colorado Prescriptive Authority (CO RxP) initiative for psychologists with advanced education and training. We will learn from prescribing psychologists across the country about their experience as prescribing psychologists, the impact they are making in the community, and the current status of the RxP legislation in their states. This event offers 7 total CE credit approved by APA, and all proceeds will go towards hiring a lobbying team for the upcoming CO RxP legislation in 2023. Registration is open to both members and nonmembers, including students, for individual or both days of webinar trainings. There is a discount associated for those who choose to participate in both days of training. Please see rates below and don't forget to register!


Thursday & Friday (7 CEs Available):

CPA Members: $175.00

Non-Members: $225.00

Student CPA Members: $55.00

Student CPA Non-Members: $70.00

Thursday Only (4 CEs Available):

CPA Members: $110.00

Non-Members: $135.00

Student CPA Members: $40.00

Student CPA Non-Members: $40.00

Friday Only (3 CEs Available):

CPA Members: $85.00

Non-Members: $105.00

Student CPA Members: $25.00

Student CPA Non-Members: $25.00



Thursday, July 14:

9:00 - 10:00AM - From NYC to NM: The Development and Role of RxP Psychologists in Primary Care

Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the role of prescribing psychologists in the IHS and how their skill set naturally blended into primary care. This presentation will also examine some of the published research regarding how prescribing psychologists are viewed by primary care providers, as well as some studies that examined the outcome of having RxP legislation. Finally, this presentation will compare and contrast the training of prescribing psychologists vs. psychiatrists.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available
Program Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives:

  • The audience will be able to describe the services that are provided by the Indian Health Services (IHS) as well as identify the IHS as a potential career opportunity for prescribing psychologists
  • The audience will be able to describe how having prescriptive authority amplifies existing clinical psychology skills to effectively practice in primary care
  • The audience will be able to identify the needs of primary care providers and how prescribing psychologists can collaborate in their practice
  • The audience will be able to analyze and utilize the findings from outcome data on RxP for legislative efforts
  • The audience will be able to identify the similarities and differences of training and practice orientation between prescribing psychologists and psychiatrists and how this impacts a common argument against RxP

Speaker: Robert Chang, PhD., MSCP, ABMP

Dr. Robert Chang is one of the pioneers in primary care prescribing medical psychology. He has 20 years of clinical practice, behavioral health program development and leadership experience. He specializes in helping under-served, culturally diverse populations in urban and rural areas. He has worked as a clinical and forensic psychologist in NYC and has extensive knowledge in integration of behavioral health services into outpatient medical settings. He received his post-doc in clinical psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his doctorate in clinical-school psychology from Hofstra University. He holds a board certification from the American Board of Medical Psychology.

10:00 - 11:00AM - Primary Care Prescribing Psychology in an Army Medical Hospital

Description: This presentation briefly describes Dr. Shearer’s path to becoming a prescribing psychologist. The predominant focus of the presentation is to discuss the role of a prescribing psychologist in primary care settings and in a military service. Primary care providers’ ratings of prescribing psychologists, comparisons between different prescribers of psychotropic medications, and a model for prescribing psychologists in primary care will be discussed. Finally, a brief update of RxP legislative activities in Washington state will be provided.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available
Program Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:

  • The participant will be able to list three areas in which primary care physicians have rated prescribing psychologists positively.
  • The participant will be able to identify at least two basic elements of a model for successfully embedding prescribing psychology in a primary care clinic.
  • The participant will be able to identify that both civilian and active duty prescribing psychologists can prescribe in all branches of the armed services.

Speaker: David Shearer, PhD, MSCP, ABMP

Since 2009 Dr. David Shearer has been a clinical and prescribing psychologist for the Department of the Army at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) in the state of Washington. He serves as a core faculty member and Director of Behavioral Sciences for the MAMC family medicine residency. Dr. Shearer is fully integrated into the family medicine clinics at MAMC as the primary psychopharmacological consultant and prescriber. In addition, he teaches a year-long psychopharmacology course to psychology doctoral interns as a faculty member of the Department of Behavioral Health at MAMC. He is the recipient of the Major Eduardo Caraveo National Service Award for contributions to the advancement of prescribing psychology and the Distinguished Contribution to the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy at the State Level Award from Division 55 of the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Shearer is the Chair of the Washington State Psychological Association Prescribing Psychology legislative taskforce. He is currently serving as President-Elect on APA’s Division 55 Board of Directors, is President-Elect for 2022, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the division’s official newsletter, The Tablet. He is an associate editor of psychopharmacology for the open access, international, peer-reviewed journal, npj Mental Health Research. Dr. Shearer teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Alliant International University and New Mexico State University in the psychopharmacology graduate programs. Dr. Shearer has appointments in the Department of Family Medicine as an assistant professor at the Uniformed University of Health Sciences and as a clinical instructor at the University of Washington. His research and professional interests include understanding and evaluating the combination of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy in the treatment of behavioral health disorders, prescribing psychology in primary care settings, teaching psychopharmacology to psychologists and allied health care providers, and the development of prescribing psychology in the military. He is the author of book chapters and professional articles on these topics and has presented at numerous national, regional and state conferences.

11:00AM - 12:00PM - From Davenport to Clarinda – The Travels of A Prescribing Psychologist in the Making.

Description: This presentation is an account of Ryan Ernst's (Psy.D., MSCP) personal experiences as a neuropsychologist who became the first psychologists in Iowa licensed to practice psychiatric medicine, as well as a veteran of multiple attempts of passing a RxP bill in Nebraska.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available
Program Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the journey of my experience in obtaining prescription privileges.
  • Compare the expanded scope of practice as a prescribing psychologist/neuropsychologist to traditional roles.
  • Explain positive and problematic aspects of the Iowa RxP administrative law and regulations. Considerations for bill writing in other states.
  • Describe the experiences of RxP legislative efforts in Nebraska.

Speaker: Ryan C. Ernst, Psy.D., MSCP

I am a native Nebraskan and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) during the mid-1990s. From those days, I have fond memories of selling my student tickets to the Nebraska vs Colorado football games for what was then, the mighty high price of $100. What has happened to our football programs!! It was also in those days that I gained a passionate interest in psychopharmacology that was very much influenced by my mentor at the time, Dr. Matthew Nessetti. After completing graduate school at Nova Southeastern University, I returned to Nebraska where I have remained ever since.


12:00 - 12:30PM - Lunch Break

12:30 - 1:30PM - Pharmacogenomics 101: Intersection Between Science and Psychotherapy

Description: Understanding the impact medications are having on society is not well known. Pharmacogenetics alongside the benefits of Psychotherapy are opening the door to a new model of healthcare. This model helps people understand their unique genetics and make actionable changes with the support of a care network that helps them achieve better health outcomes.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available
Program Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the history of pharmacogenetics as it progressed to pharmacogenomics.
  • Assess the benefits and limitations of expanding clinician education into pharmacogenomics alongside psychotherapy.
  • Identify ethically-sound, clinically indicated referrals to pharmacogenomics.
  • Understand the benefits of supportive client education, lifestyle assessment and integration of action items via multidisciplinary treatment teams for actionable whole-body health

Speakers: Emilie Rogg, MD & Pharmacokinetics MS, Lyndsey Ryan, MA, LPC, LAC, ACS

Dr. Emilie Rogg is the medical consultant of the St. Vincent Genetics Institute. She’s a board-certified family physician and founder of Odyssey Family Medicine in Centennial. She takes pride in giving each patient her undivided attention, and receives high praise from her patients for providing excellent, comprehensive care. Dr. Rogg attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering and a minor in German. In addition to her studies at Rensselaer, she spent a year studying at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1992 she enrolled at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. While in medical school, she performed research on maternal health in rural Haiti. She graduated medical school in 1996, then completed three years of post-graduate training in family medicine at the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California. Dr. Rogg’s medical work includes years working in emergency departments in California and rural Colorado. She volunteered in rural Uttar Pradesh, India. She practiced family medicine in Oregon, and worked in an urgent care setting since 2012. Having observed the medical system from varying perspectives, Dr. Rogg became convinced that the medical profession needs to approach patient care differently. She began researching and training in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine and pharmacogenetics — discovering that they’re viable, proactive healthcare avenues that help patients optimize their health. The mountains brought Dr. Rogg and her family to Colorado in 2010. She has a husband and three sons that keep her busy. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, skiing, bicycling and traveling. In addition to her diverse medical background, she is conversant in Spanish, French and German.


My name is Lyndsey Ryan. I am passionate about what I do! I believe that there is no greater gift than connecting deeply with another person, and am privileged to do this every day. I am dedicated to helping people move through challenges, and into a life with greater vitality and meaning. I have had trained in advanced EMDR techniques to support people struggling with early childhood neglect and abuse, addictions, eating disorders, combat trauma, and self-harming behaviors. To better work with couples as they move through relationship, I have been studying through Level 2 of PACT, developed by Dr. Stan Tatkin. This work bridges an understanding of attachment style, neuroscience, and nervous system arousal. By bringing these areas into the session, we work to bring your relationships to a loving, secure-functioning place. My work is also strongly influenced through the research and instruction of Dr. Dan Seigel at the Mindsight Institute, alongside the somatic experiencing work of Dr. Peter Levine and via Internal Family Systems. Functional applications of genetics, nutrition, and “epinutrition” also inform my practice. I have studied in Seminar with the Boulder Association of Jungian Analysts to deepen my understanding of the unconscious, myth, and spirit. I am Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) in Colorado. I have completed training and earned my ACS - Advanced Clinical Supervisor certification. I am also trained in EMDR level II, and Modified trauma and attachment protocol training programs. I am a Member of EMDRIA , International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Rocky Mountain ACES, Counselors for Social Justice (CJS), and International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC). I graduated Naropa University with my Master of Arts in Contemplative Psychotherapy. I am also a third year Doctoral student of Clinical Psychology from Capella University.


Friday, July 15:

9:00 - 10:00AM - Twenty Years of Triumph in New Mexico: Prescriptive Authority 2002-2022

Description: This presentation will overview the steps that led to the successful passage of the first State law allowing properly trained psychologists to prescribe medication for their patients. The rights and responsibilities of prescribing psychologist will be presented. Several vignettes will be presented to highlight the New Mexico successes and future needs.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available
Program Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the steps to become a prescribing psychologist (RxP) in New Mexico
  • Discuss critical legislative steps to pass a Psychologists' Prescriptive Authority Bill
  • Explain current types of RxP practice in New Mexico
  • Identify current triumphs and challenges for RxP

Speaker: Elaine S. LeVine, Ph.D, ABMP

Elaine S. LeVine, Ph.D, ABMP, is the first prescribing psychologist in New Mexico (which is the first state in the United States to grant prescriptive authority to properly trained psychologists). She specializes in individual and family psychotherapy and psychotropic management of mental disorders. She has been a tenured professor and adjunct faculty at New Mexico State University and has maintained a private practice for over 40 years. Dr LeVine has published three scholarly books and numerous journal articles on various aspects of human development, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology. Her text in child psychotherapy, Listen to Our Children: Theory and Practice, was published in three editions. Evelyn’s Golden Leaf is her first publication written for children with the goals that it will delight and, also, offer helpful ideas for personal growth.

10:00 - 11:00AM - Marrying Didactic and Clinical Aspects of Clinical Psychopharmacology Training

Description: There are five active Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) Programs that have been approved by the American Psychological Association. Each has a unique training model. The Alliant MSCP program was the first established in the country and has evolved from being an on-ground program with several sites in California, Maryland and Louisiana to being fully online with physical assessment practicum training required for graduation. We have integrated didactic and clinical training so that students actively apply their learning in biochemistry, pathophysiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, psychopharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics. The Psychopharmacology Examination for Psychologists (PEP) exam is required in all jurisdictions that allow appropriately trained psychologists to prescribe. Integration of PEP requirements into MSCP training will be discussed.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available
Program Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:

  • List the five currently active Clinical Psychopharmacology programs that have been approved by APA
  • Explain how Clinical Psychopharmacology training contributes to improved patient care and inter-professional communication about patient care
  • Discuss cases in which Clinical Psychopharmacology advances the recognition and avoidance of drug-drug interactions
  • Recognize how cultural and genomic factors affect successful pharmacotherapeutic outcomes for patients with mental health disorders.
  • Distinguish between medical and biopsychosocial approaches to patients receiving pharmacotherapy for comorbid conditions

Speaker: Judi Steinman, Ph.D.

Dr. Steinman is the Past President of APA’s Society for Prescribing Psychology (Division 55) for both 2020 and 2021. She has been the director of the CSPP-Alliant International University’s Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) program since 2017. Dr. Steinman serves as chair of the Division 55 Training Program Director Council and is a member of the Diversity, Research, Bylaws and Membership Councils and Committees. She was a coordinator and co-author of the Division’s Specialty Petition to APA’s CRSPPP, allowing Clinical Psychopharmacology to be recognized as a specialty and laying the path towards Board Certification with ABPP. She also is the founding chair of Division 55’s Legislative and Social Action Committee. Dr. Steinman serves as chair of the Hawaiʻi Psychological Association’s RxP Sub-Committee and is actively engaged in efforts to bring prescriptive authority for qualified psychologists to Hawai`i and around the country. She moved to Florida in 2020 and continues to encourage psychologists to get engaged in social and legislative efforts to educate legislators about MSCP training and prescribing psychology. Dr. Steinman currently works with documentary film maker Darnell Walker to chronicle and identify the need for better mental health care around the US and in South Africa. Dr Steinman served as the Coordinator of the MSCP program at - of Hawai`i - Hilo’s Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy for seven years. Dr Steinman teaches Biochemistry, Pathophysiology and Research Methodology for Alliant and has taught the following courses as an Adjunct Instructor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and UH Hilo Daniel K Inouye College of Pharmacy: Advanced Pathophysiology, Clinical Biochemistry & Neurochemistry, Pharmacology and Advanced Physical Assessment. Dr. Steinman conducts weekly online meetings for MSCP graduates to prepare for the APA’s PEP exam.

11:00AM - 12:00PM - Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists: A Paradigm Shift in Behavioral Health

Description: Since the early 1990s, the prescriptive authority for psychologists (RxP) movement has been spreading across the United States and now, globally into countries such as South Africa, Taiwan, Brazil, Norway, and others. What started as a pilot project in the United States Department of Defense has become increasingly present in other federal systems, as well as in several state- and territory-level jurisdictions. RxP represents the potential to transform how psychologists interact with and treat their patients and begin a new paradigm in behavioral health at-large that truly works from a biopsychosocial model. In addition to the traditional and foundational psychological competencies of psychotherapy, psychological assessment, supervision, teaching, consultation, and management/administration, etc., RxP adds the ability to treat patients by prescribing or “un-prescribing” medication and ordering laboratory blood work and imaging studies. What has long been relegated to physicians and other “physical health” providers is now included in the education, training, and scope of practice of prescribing/medical psychologists in the jurisdictions in which they have the authority to practice. This presentation will provide a brief history and status update of the RxP movement, the common arguments for and against RxP, as well as outline the education and training involved in becoming a prescribing/medical psychologist.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available
Program Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the history and current status of the RxP movement.
  • Explain the various education and training requirements to become a prescribing/medical psychologist.
  • Assess and critique the arguments for and against RxP.

Speaker: Derek C. Phillips, PsyD, MSCP, ABMP

Dr. Derek Phillips is a clinical neuropsychologist and prescribing psychologist in the Department of Neurology at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center (SBLHC) in Mattoon, Illinois. He is the 12th prescribing psychologist in Illinois. He has been Executive Director of the APA-designated MS program in clinical psychopharmacology at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) since 2020. Dr. Phillips obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology with a clinical neuropsychology concentration from Adler University in 2015. He then completed a predoctoral internship in clinical psychology and two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology. He obtained his postdoctoral MS in clinical psychopharmacology degree from FDU in 2019. Dr. Phillips then completed an 18-month residency in prescribing psychology at SBLHC. Dr. Phillips is Past President of the Society for Prescribing Psychology (Division 55), President of the Illinois Psychological Association, member of the APA RxP Designation Committee, and a Member-at-Large of the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists Board of Directors. In 2020, he was awarded the Patrick H. DeLeon Prize for Outstanding Student Contribution to the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy by APA Division 55, the Society for Prescribing Psychology. In 2022, he received an APA Presidential Citation from APA President, Dr. Frank Worrell.

12:30 - 1:00PM - CPA Annual Meeting/Lunch

Register for the CPA Annual Meeting Here

In conjunction with the 2-Day RxP Event, CPA welcomes ALL CPA members to our Annual Meeting! CPA will be recognizing outgoing Board members, welcome new Board members, give the Dr. Sarah Burgamy APA Citizenship Award, and hear updates on the association's goals.

1:00 - 3:00PM - RxP Panel

CEs: 0 for RxP Panel

Description: Meet the first dozen prescribing psychologists (RxPs) from Illinois. Since the RxP bill passed in 2014, Illinois has been going through the most rigorous process to become a prescribing psychologist. The panel of IL RxPs will share their own journey to become RxP and discuss the current legislative status as they continue to advocate to serve the community.

Meet the Panelists:

Claudia Mosier, Psy.D.,MSCP

Dr. Mosier is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois and Louisiana, a Medical (prescribing) Psychologist in Louisiana and a Prescribing Psychologist in Illinois.  The majority of her clinical focus has been with LGBTQ+ individuals, chemical dependency treatment and trauma informed care. A particular focus is treating people who have mood disorders and who are HIV+.  Dr. Mosier volunteered at the first domestic violence shelter in Chicago.  She has worked in residential CD treatment programs, a methadone maintenance program, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient programs and in private practice.  She had a psychological and neuropsychological assessment practice for many years. She has taught diagnostic and therapy practicums and for 3 years in the 1980’s she helped develop and teach the first PsyD course on LGBTQ competency.  She was the psychologist for the first LGBTQ inpatient dual diagnosis program The Pride Program, and subsequently developed and ran Living With Pride, the first LGBTQ sober living house in Chicago.  She was the Director of Mental Health and Youth Services for the Center on Halsted and, with Northwestern University, developed the first APA approved LGBTQ psychology internship.  For 20 years she was a consulting psychologist for the Department of Children and Family Services – working primarily with DCFS “rainbow” youth.  In 2016 she returned to school to obtain a postdoctoral master’s degree in psychopharmacology. In 2019 she became licensed to prescribe psychotropic medications in Louisiana and in 2020 she became the 6th Prescribing Psychologist in Illinois.  In 2021 she was inducted into the Chicago LGBTQ Hall of Fame.

Brandi Boan, PsyD

Dr. Brandi Boan grew up on a farm in rural Kendall County, Illinois. Early in life she decided she wanted to go into healthcare. While in college, she was introduced to the field of neuropsychology. She completed her undergraduate with a double major in psychology and biology/health sciences at Aurora University. She obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Benedictine University. She pursued her doctorate at Adler University, specializing in child and adolescent psychology, neuropsychology, and Adlerian psychology at Adler University.

While working for a clinic in Illinois she was approached about furthering her training in clinical psychopharmacology. After seeing how becoming a prescribing psychologist would help individuals residing in areas that are overwhelmed by poor access to providers, she completed her psychopharmacology training through Fairleigh Dickinson University and Amita Healthcare and became a licensed prescribing psychologist in Illinois. Presently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in public health with the hopes of influencing policy development related to access to care.

Dr. Boan is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Illinois Psychological Association, the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists, and the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Boan has authored several articles about healthcare, as well as given presentations and lectures related to brain injury and concussions. She has also spoken about the importance of outreach and health services in rural areas. Dr. Boan has a practice in a rural area of Illinois, as well as been a consultant for a variety of hospitals and clinics throughout Northwestern Illinois.

Dr. Boan spends much of her time with family and friends. She enjoys reading, traveling, scuba diving, and building furniture. 

Melody Moore, PsyD, Ph.D, MSCP

Dr. Melody Moore is a licensed psychologist in TX and a conditional prescribing psychologist in NM. She has over 20 years of experience providing psychological evaluations, individual, family and group therapy. Dr. Moore became interested in prescribing after she witnessed many individuals on waiting lists for up to 6 months.  

Dr. Moore has a long history of advocating for the underprivileged and the invisible. She specializes in providing psychological services to women and children. She also consults with schools and agencies on behavior management of children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Dr. Moore teaches meditation, visualization, mindfulness, and promotes healthy lifestyles to all of her clients. She believes that overcoming adversity starts with a positive attitude and a willingness to maneuver through life in meaningful and growth-oriented measures.  

Dr. Moore is on the Board of Trustees for the Texas Psychological Association and serves on the Racial Justice Taskforce and the RxP and Membership Committees.

Brian Humphrey Psy.D., M.S., B.S

Dr. Humphrey is a Licensed Medical Psychologist, Professor, Psychometrician, and Author that is currently pursing prescription privileges for psychopharmacological management. As an agent of social justice, he actively challenges systems that maintain discrimination, lobbies for resources to improve adverse conditions in various communities, and advocates for equal access to physical and mental healthcare to name but a few. Related, Dr. Humphrey is an ally to a variety of groups that have been historically marginalized and who have experienced both discriminatory practices and systemic oppression. Dr. Humphrey serves various culturally diverse populations across the lifespan, which includes: Children, Families, Adolescents, Adults, older Adults, and Marital and Family systems.  Dr. Humphrey is an active member of several professional programs and organizations including the American Psychological Association, Illinois Psychological Association, and the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists. 

Gretchen A. Boules, Psy.D., MSCP, BC-TMH

Dr. Boules is the 5th Licensed Prescribing Psychologist in the state of Illinois and has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois for over 25 years.  Dr. Boules is the Founder, President and CEO of Boules Clinical Psychology Group PLLC, in Burr Ridge, IL.

Dr. Boules is the Program Manager for Alexian Brothers/Amita Health Systems Prescribing Psychology Fellowship program; the only IDFPR approved program in the state of Illinois.  Dr. Boules will also have the designation of being one of the first Prescribing Psychologists to see patients at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health/Amita Health Systems in 2022.

Dr. Boules is Board Certified in Tele-Mental health (BC-TMH) and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance, the “gold standard” for yoga teacher training.

Dr. Boules received her BA from Loyola University of Chicago, and her MA and Psy.D. from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology.  She completed her APA Approved Pre-doctoral Internship at the State University of New York at Buffalo.  While at University at Buffalo, Dr. Boules was invited by Dr. Christine Courtois to field test a psychoeducational group for adult survivors of sexual abuse and was subsequently acknowledged in her book:  Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse, by Dr. Christine Courtois.  Dr. Boules has continued her work with trauma survivors in various settings. Dr. Boules completed her MSCP at Alliant International University/California School of Professional Psychology and her Certificate of Biological Sciences from Northwestern University.  She is also one of the pioneering graduates from Alexian Brothers/Amita Health Systems Prescribing Psychology Fellowship Program.

Dr. Boules served as Chief Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Psychology Practicum and Internship program at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL from 1992-1999.   Dr. Boules’ Internship program received APPIC approval under her direction.  Dr. Boules worked as a Clinical Psychologist for the Outpatient Clinic at Centegra Health Systems from 1996-2000.  Dr. Boules was an adjunct faculty member for the Psychology Department at Elmhurst College from 1996-1999 where she taught undergraduate Psychology courses.  Dr. Boules held the office of President for Chicago Society of Clinical Hypnosis from 2000-2002, Vice President from 1998-2000 and Newsletter Editor from 1996-1998.

Most recently, Dr. Boules was recognized in Hinsdale Living Magazine’s 2021 “Power Women” feature.  Dr. Boules was also acknowledged in Hinsdale Living Magazine’s “Premier Doctors”2022 issue.

Beth N. Rom-Rymer, Ph.D.

Beth N. Rom-Rymer, Ph.D. has been a pioneer throughout her life. She was in the first class of women at Princeton University, graduating in 1973. Dr. Rom-Rymer created the Victim-Witness Assistance Unit in the State Attorney's Office, Tallahassee, Florida, in 1977, which continues, today, as a robust service for crime victims and witnesses throughout the 2nd judicial circuit. During her tenure in the State Attorney’s Office, she worked on the Ted Bundy serial murder case, 1978-1979. During that time, Dr. Rom-Rymer co-founded and was the first Board president of Refuge House, a shelter for surviving families of domestic abuse in Tallahassee, Florida. Refuge House will celebrate its 44th anniversary in 2022. Dr. Rom-Rymer was a keynote speaker at the Refuge House 40th anniversary celebration, in 2018.

Dr. Rom-Rymer is one of the psychologists who created the field of forensic geriatrics in 2000, testifying, nationally, in cases concerning the sexual abuse of older adults in nursing homes and writing book chapters about the role of the forensic psychologist in geriatric settings.  Foreseeing the critical need for comprehensive mental health prescribers, Dr. Rom-Rymer undertook training in Clinical Psychopharmacology during the 1990's and became a national leader in the advocacy for psychologists' prescriptive authority, when she was elected the fourth president of the fledgling APA Division 55 (Pharmacotherapy) in 2004.  As President of the Illinois Psychological Association from 2011-2012 and from 2013-2014, Dr. Rom-Rymer led the Prescriptive Authority Movement toward successful passage of its legislation in May 2014, earning the Governor's signature in June of 2014. 

Dr. Rom-Rymer has held many administrative positions in psychiatric hospitals throughout the Chicago metropolitan region.  She has also lectured extensively in the Departments of Psychiatry, at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, and Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and in the Departments of Psychology, at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She was a member of the first APA delegation (2012) to visit the health clinics, Universities, and community mental health centers, in Havana, Cuba. Dr. Rom-Rymer has a clinical practice in Chicago and a national forensic consulting practice.  She has given numerous lectures on clinical and forensic issues (sexual trauma, PTSD, domestic violence, child abuse, child custody litigation, substance abuse and trauma, sexual harassment in the workplace, the role of the forensic psychologist in the courtroom) throughout the United States and Canada. 

Dr. Rom-Rymer is acknowledged to be a force for social change in her community in Illinois.  She is on the Board of Directors of Thresholds, the largest and oldest social service organization in Illinois, serving the seriously mentally ill.  Dr. Rom-Rymer has also partnered with NAMI  in working to provide comprehensive mental health services to the NAMI community.

Dr. Rom-Rymer served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Alliant International University from 2009-2014 and was Vice President of the Board from 2012-2014. From 2008-2014, Dr. Rom-Rymer was a significant donor to the APA Division 18/Alliant International University Scholarship Fund for Native psychologists, studying to become prescribing psychologists at Alliant University. After holding conversations, in 2010, with Dr. Rose Weahkee, a member of the Navajo Nation, who served as Director of Behavioral Health at the Indian Health Service (IHS), about the dire need for more comprehensive mental health care on tribal lands, the IHS gave authority to prescribing psychologists to prescribe medications on some tribal lands.

Dr. Rom-Rymer has received several awards for her work, including: "Distinguished Illinois Psychologist" from the Illinois Psychological Association (2012, 2014), "Outstanding Service to the Community" from the Princeton University Club of Chicago (2013); "Outstanding Psychologist of the Year" from the APA's Division 31 (2014);  APA Presidential Citation for Outstanding Leadership (2015); APA Karl Heiser award for Legislative Advocacy (2015); Alfred M. Wellner, Ph.D. Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Register of Health Service Psychologists (2016); Outstanding Psychologist Award from the Illinois Psychological Association (2016 and 2017); Social Impact Leaders Award from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (2018); and "Outstanding Leadership" Award from AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital CEO, Clayton Ciha (2019). 

Most recently, Dr. Rom-Rymer was in the Chair Trio of the APA Council Leadership Team (2018-2020), a past member of the APA Board of Directors (2018-2019), and a candidate for APA President (2021).  Dr. Rom-Rymer is currently Chair and President of the Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists (2021-2022); Founder, President, and CEO of the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists (IAPP); and co-founder and co-chair of IMPAP, the International Movement for Prescriptive Authority.  In her position with IAPP, Dr. Rom-Rymer is continuing to implement the Prescriptive Authority legislation in Illinois; consulting with State Psychological Associations, nationwide, on legislative advocacy campaigns for Prescriptive Authority; and writing a book, to be published by APA Press, on the impact of the Prescribing Psychologist Movement on the national healthcare crisis, "The Revolution in Healthcare:  How Prescribing Psychologists are Changing the Healthcare Delivery System."


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