I received my B.A. from Columbia University, and my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and have been a licensed psychologist since 1982. After completing a clinical psychology internship at the Devereux Foundation, I worked for six years as a child and family psychologist at the Irving Schwartz Institute for Children & Youth, followed by several years as the director of child and family services for a large urban mental health center in Camden, NJ. I was then appointed consulting forensic psychologist to the Family Court and juvenile justice systems of Camden County (NJ). Returning to Pennsylvania, I served as Clinical Director of the St. Francis Homes for Boys from 1989-1994, and directed the well-regarded Widener University-affiliated clinical psychology internship there. I also worked as a training consultant to the University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ and as a family therapist for Community Centered Treatment, a multisystemic family therapy program funded by the Montgomery County (PA) family court and juvenile justice system.
I was associated with the Verree Psychology Group (formerly Dubrow-Eichel Psychological Associates) in Philadelphia from 1983 to the end of 2006.
Presently, in addition to my private practice, I am an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Delaware; previously I was on the part-time faculty at Philadelphia University (5 years) and for 10 years had been on the core faculty of Villanova University's drug & alcohol counseling program. From 2004-06 I was a counselor educator/supervisor and Program Assistant for the CACREP-approved M.S. in Community Counseling program at Wilmington University in Delaware, and I served through 2006 as a Clinical Supervisor and Consulting Psychologist to St. Francis/St. Joseph's Homes for Boys. From 1998-2000, I was President of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis (GPSCH), and was the 2006-07 President of the American Academy of Counseling Psychology, one of the national academies of advanced practitioners (ABPP Diplomates). I have served as a mentor to future candidates for ABPP Board certification. I was the 2009-10 Chair and CEO of the Council of Presidents of Psychology Specialty Academies. I currently serve as President of the Board of the International Cultic Studies Association. I am a member of APA's Society of Psychological Hypnosis, Society for Counseling Psychology and the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Divisions 30, 17 and 41 respectively) and since 2006, I have served on the Executive Council of the Delaware Psychological Association as Chair of the Psychology and Law Committee. I've written articles on child therapy, hypnosis, child custody evaluations, capital (death penalty) mitigation, sex therapy and cults, and have authored four book chapters (with two more on the way); over the years, I have presented well over 150 workshops, papers and panels to local, state, regional, national and international professional associations.
I am licensed in the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware, am listed in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, and hold the Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ) and Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate issued by the Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards. I am nationally certified in addiction, hypnosis, group therapy, EMDR and sex therapy. In addition to my psychology practice in Newark, Delaware, I am associated with RETIRN (the Re-Entry Therapy, Information & Referral Network) in Newark, Lansdowne and Pontypridd, Wales, U.K.
- Psychologist (PA): PS-003893-L (1982)
- Psychologist (DE): B1-595 (2001)