Officers & Board
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.
Larry Beutler, Ph.D., ABPP, FAPA
Larry E. Beutler, Ph.D. is Wm McInnes, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the PhD Programs at Palo Alto University’s Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. He previously served on the faculties of Duke University Medical School, Stephen F. Austin State University, Baylor College of Medicine (Director of Training), the University of Arizona (Chief of Psychology), and the University of California-Santa Barbara (Director of Training and Program Head). He is the former Director of Training and Professor Emeritus of the Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology Program at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Until his retirement, he was a Consulting Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. He was a candidate for APA President in 2003. Dr. Beutler is the past Editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He is the Past-President of the Society for Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of APA), a Past President of the Division of Psychotherapy (APA), and a two-term Past-President of the (International) Society for Psychotherapy Research.
Larry is the author of approximately 450 scientific papers and chapters, and is the author, editor or co-author of twenty-six books on psychotherapy, psychopathology, depression, and drug abuse. Among his recent works, Dr. Beutler is the Co-Editor (with L. G. Castonguay) of a book, entitled Principles of Therapeutic Change that Work, Vol. I (Oxford University Press), a Co-Editor with L. G. Castonguay and M. Constantino on a pending second volume of that work, and a Co-Editor (With B. Bongar and A. Consoli) of a second edition of the Beutler and Bongar book, Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy (Oxford University Press). His work encompasses psychotherapy, psychological assessment, depression, chemical abuse, sleep disorders, health psychology, trauma, terrorism, and other related topics. He has received many awards and honorsfrom national and international organizations for this work, including a Presidential citation from the American Psychological Association and from the Division of Clinical Psychology.
Mary Ann Norfleet, Ph.D., ABPP, FAPA, FAPS
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Dr. Joanne has been in Private Practice for nearly four decades. Dr. Babich holds a license to practice Psychology. She was awarded additional distinctions as a result of her life long pursuit of learning and achieving higher standards. Dr. Joanne has been Nationally Board Certificated in her specialty of Clinical Psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology) since the early 1990's. Dr. Babich was granted the titles of Fellow by the American Academy of Clinical Psychology (AACP), and by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). She is the Founder of Alpha Mental Health Consultants. Her company provides Psychological Services, including Psychotherapy, Consultation, Forensic Evaluations and Court Testimony.
Formal education led to her becoming a summa cum laude graduate with a Bachelor of Science. She was granted a M.Ed. and a Doctoral Degree from a Clinical Psychology Program. Dr. Joanne’s advanced training included a funded clinical internship within a metropolitan medical center. Clinical rotations included offering psychological services to medical patients in a barrio primary care clinic, as well as providing inpatient assessment services to dangerous patients in a 72 hour emergency psychiatric hospital clinic. She has held many leadership positions in her field.
She was mentored in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) by the renowned Albert Ellis. It can be viewed as an early approach or precursor to cognitive therapy. She was also mentored by Kay Thompson, a dentist and scholarly psychologist, in building skills for use in the application of clinical hypnosis.
Learning new things and improving ways to help clients overcome their psychological issues is important. Dr. Joanne has been Certified in the application of Clinical Hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). She has been Certified in the treatment of trauma through EMDR by the International Association, EMDRIA. Dr. Babich is known for
Dr. Babich believes we all have innate capacities to self-actualize our hidden or blocked potentials. Her role as a clinical psychologist is to help clients realize these potentials, by finding ways to lift off psychological barriers that get in the way. Psychotherapy, in her view, can be intermittent throughout the life process. It is needed time and again when clients face
On a personal note, Dr. Joanne is a widow and a grateful mother. She, like many clients, has had loved ones pass. She loves exploring the outdoors, all things water, and driving fast, on both land and water. She adventures within and far beyond the beautiful climate zones of America. Dr. Joanne has found that, by visiting diverse places, people everywhere teach us a lot about what we need to consciously consider within ourselves so as to make for a better world. Dr. Joanne contributes by helping one person at a time.
Alan von Kleiss, PsyD
Independent Practice and Clinical Neuropsychology
In an effort to be of service to others, Dr. von Kleiss completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky in May of 2000. Following completion of this degree he resided in Tacoma, Washington where he worked at Western State Hospital and various other psychiatric hospitals in Seattle and Tacoma. In 2002 he began Graduate School in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University in Seattle, Washington. While there, he had the honor of being mentored by Dr. Zanny Milo and Dr. Francis Parks, ABPP, who also supervised his dissertation process, and Dr. Laura Brown, ABPP, who is a founding Mother of Feminist Theory and Therapy and a nationally recognized expert in the assessment and treatment of traumatic experiences and disorders. He also had the honor of being mentored by Dr. A. Suarez who was a founding researcher with Dr. Linehan in the development of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. More than anyone, Dr. Suarez taught Dr. von Kleiss the meaning of validation and true compassion. All of these caring people and strong minds left an indelible mark upon his development and the way he practices clinical psychology.
Dr. von Kleiss completed his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2006 and completed his Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology in 2009. He also completed Board Certification in Clinical Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology in the Spring of 2016. Finally, he is the Chief Psychologist at Johnston Willis and Chippenham Hospitals where he has physician privileges consistent with his specialties. In addition to the practice of forensic psychology, he has an interest in addressing the needs within the Neuroscience, Multi-System Trauma ICU, and Rehabilitation Medicine Units as well.
Dr. von Kleiss has more than 20 years of experience providing treatment and assessment services to some of the most difficult populations (chronic and severely mentally ill, & violent offenders) in the states of Washington, Texas, Illinois, and Virginia. This experience has helped him improve his skills and knowledge of how to be of service to people while maintaining compassion, validation, understanding, and straightforwardness. It is his hope to share and pass forward the knowledge and skills he received from mentors like Alan Traywick, PhD and Vince Gollogly, PhD to the next generation continuing the fight against human suffering.
Personally, Dr. von Kleiss passionately defends the underdog and uses his knowledge to those ends in most conflicts. He likes fantastical stories and stories about struggles for truth and goodness inside and outside the hearts of mankind. He seeks to understand what is old as well as what is new in most things from ancient German and Celt songs to new theories of being human and how we fix our irksome quirks. He is a man of faith, devoted to his country, and one who firmly believes as a husband and father he will never belong to himself again, and he is just fine with that.
North Mississippi Regional Pain Consultants
Bob is a clinical neuropsychologist with North Mississippi Regional Pain Consultants and a former associate professor of clinical psychology. He is board certified in both clinical psychology and neuropsychology. He spent over 20 years in private practice which involved psychological and neuropsychological evaluations and treatment of adults. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed professional articles. In 2020 he authored a monograph length article (AIMS Neuroscience) and a more detailed book (Cambridge Scholars) on the clinical applications of a brain model in the psychological treatment of chronic pain patients. He served 5 years as the founding editor-in-chief of AIMS Neuroscience and 10 years as the behavioral science section editor for the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice. He is now the editor of the Bulletin of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology.
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