Officers & Board 0F DIRCTORS
Gerardo Rodriguez-Menendez, Ph.D., ABPP, MSCP
Gerardo Rodriquez-Menendez, PhD, is Chair and Professor of the Clinical Psychopharmacology Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is also the President of the R-A Pinnacle Group, a private corporation dedicated to providing leadership development, executive coaching and business consulting. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology, with a concentration in Neuropsychology, and an MS in General Psychology from Albizu University. Additionally he completed a postdoctoral MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Nova Southeastern University.
Rodriguez-Menendez’ career spans a broad spectrum of responsibilities in education, administration, research, and consulting. From 2014 - 2017 he was the Dean of the College of Psychology at John F. Kennedy University. In 2010 – 2012, he served as the Interim Dean of the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. From 2001 – 2007 he served as the Chancellor of Albizu University, Miami Campus. He also maintains a private consulting practice assisting institutions of higher education and business organizations in areas of strategic planning, leadership coaching, accreditation and licensing, academic governance and ethics, program development, and faculty development.
Rodriguez-Menendez is a practicing psychologist and a frequent presenter at conferences across the country. Among his areas of expertise are promoting minority enrollment in clinical psychology programs and developing multicultural training models. Rodriquez-Menendez is bilingual and has published on psychology topics in both English and Spanish.
Mary Ann Norfleet, Ph.D., ABPP, FAPA, FAPS, FACLP
Dr. Norfleet is a licensed psychologist in California, where she is both a member of the adjunct clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and in part-time independent practice providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples across the life span.
Her work at Stanford involves training and supervision, as well as administrative duties. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health, school psychology, forensic psychology, couple and family and individual psychotherapy, and medical psychology.
A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Dr. Norfleet has served on various national committees for continuing professional education, colleague assistance and accreditation of doctoral and postdoctoral training programs.
Dr. Norfleet’s work in the community includes service as President of the Board of Directors of the Mental Research Institute, a non-profit foundation that provides small grants to fund breakthrough research projects that use an interactional approach to facilitate healthy relationships.
Julie Landry, PsyD
Dr. Julie Landry has spent the majority of her career working with military and government populations. She's now the owner of two private practices but continues to provide consultation services to government agencies and private sector organizations as well as other psychologists interested in establishing a private practice. Dr. Landry has extensive training and experience in assessing neurodivergent conditions and treating complex trauma, relationship problems, and general life dissatisfaction. She has provided therapy and assessment services through telehealth since 2014 and has authored multiple book chapters, articles, and presentations on the use of telehealth. In addition to a doctorate in clinical psychology, Julie has master's degrees in industrial/organizational psychology and clinical psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She completed internship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and is board certified in clinical psychology. Julie is also an Army veteran, serving as:
Active Duty: Walter Reed Army Medical Center Walter Reed Bethesda 06/15/2010 - 06/15/2012
George Kapalka, Ph.D.
Dr. George Kapalka is a clinical and prescribing psychologist practicing at the Children's Treatment Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a diplomate in clinical psychology since 2000. He has been practicing for over 30 years with primary focus on the treatment of children/adolescents and their families. He is Distinguished Professor and Program Director of the Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology at Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology. He is the author/editor of six books and numerous research publications and presentations, and his book, "Parenting Your Out-of-Control Child" (New Harbinger, 2007) has been translated into 10 foreign languages. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has received the Researcher of the Year Award from the New Jersey Psychological Association. He has been interviewed in newspapers, Internet publications, and on television.
Dr. Morgan Ferris-Johnston is a licensed psychologist in IL. She is a graduate of Adler University and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology MCSP Program, as she was in the first cohort of pre-licensed doctoral students to be enrolled in the Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) Program. Dr. Ferris-Johnston was among the first students in the nation to be enrolled in TCSPP’s MSCP Program concurrently with her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Adler University. Her leadership positions have included IPAGS Executive Board, board member of the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists, and Board of Directors member and Secretary of Division 55 with APA. Morgan has also shown a dedication and passion for research and scholarship. Among notable presentations, Dr. Ferris-Johnston was a co-presenter of a symposium presented at the 2018 Illinois Psychological Association Convention in Schaumburg. Drs. Beth Rom-Rymer and I. She’s was were the other co-presenters of an APA Symposium entitled, “Toward a New Model: Predoctoral Training in Clinical Psychopharmacology.” She also gave an APA presentation on the topic of “Skills Development” presentation is on functional neuroanatomy and its application in administering a neurological screening examination. Prior to COVID-19, she was accepted to speak in Prague, Czech Republic in the summer of 2020 with fellow leaders in the prescriptive authority movement, including Dr. Beth Rom-Rymer. She is currently seeking to complete her clinical rotations training as an Ascension RXP Psychology Fellowship Training at Ascencion Alexian Brothers Hospital in IL.
Rita M. Rivera, M.S., CTP
David Benitez, M.S. is a third-year Psy.D. student pursuing a clinical psychology doctorate with a concentration in neuropsychology at Albizu University-Miami Campus. At AU, he serves as President of the Neuropsychology Society, President of the Division of Clinical Psychopharmacology, and Institutional Academic Board Student Representative. He is the newly elected Student Representative for the APA’s Society of Prescribing Psychology (Div. 55), Vice-Chair of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology-Division of Graduate Students (AACP-DGS), and Past Chair of the Florida Psychological Association of Graduate Students (FPAGS).
He also serves as a Student Representative for Albizu University’s Association of Neuropsychology Students and Trainees (ANST), sponsored by the APA’s Society of Clinical Neuropsychology (Div. 40), and is Co-chair of the Higher Education working group of the APA’s Interdivisional COVID-19 Taskforce. David has clinical experience working in outpatient and in-patient settings with a wide range of populations, including pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics. Among clinical presentations, he has worked predominantly with patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), dementia, and other neurocognitive disorders.
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