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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Donna Ferguson, Psy.D., ABPP
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Nicholas Grant, Ph.D.
Dr. Nicholas Grant is an early career clinical psychologist, licensed in Washington, DC. He currently lives in San Diego, CA and serves in the U.S. Navy. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University, where he worked as a research assistant with the Center for LGBT Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR). He is also an alumnus of the LGBT Health Policy & Practice Graduate Certificate Program at The George Washington University. Nick completed his pre-doctoral internship in Behavioral Medicine at Tulane University’s School of Medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship focused on LGBT Mental Health in the Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program at the VA San Diego Healthcare System/University of California, San Diego. Following his residency, Nick moved to Washington, DC to serve as the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Congressional Fellow through the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program. He was named an APA William A. Bailey Health and Behavior Fellow, a specialty designation APA awarded to him based on his extensive background in LGBT clinical practice, research and community involvement. He served in the Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) where he worked on the Senator’s Military/Veterans, Healthcare and LGBTQ legislative portfolios. Additionally, Nick is involved in the APA Health Equity Ambassador Program, serves as the Vice President for External Affairs for GLMA: Healthcare Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, and is a current co-chair for the Public Policy Committee for the Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues.
Joanne Babich, Ph.D, ABPP, FAPS
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Alan von Kleiss, PsyD
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.
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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