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Beth N. Rom-Rymer, PhD

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, where she worked on the Ted Bundy serial murder case, 1978-1979. During that time, she also co-founded and was the first Board president of Refuge House, a shelter for battered women and their children in Tallahassee, Florida.  Refuge House celebrated its 40th anniversary 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.  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 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 Providers (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, most recently, "Outstanding Leadership" Award from AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital CEO, Clayton Ciha (2019).  Currently, Dr. Rom-Rymer is Chair of the APA Council Leadership Team (2019) and a member of the APA Board of Directors (2018-2019) and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists (2019-2022).  As President and CEO of the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists, she is implementing the Prescriptive Authority legislation in Illinois; consulting with State Psychological Associations, nationwide, in the lobbying for Prescriptive Authority; and writing a book 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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Kyle Bonesteel, Ph.D. , ABPP-CN, MSCP

Dr. Bonesteel is a board certified neuropsychologist as recognized by the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). He was trained as a post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University Medical School in the departments of behavioral neurology and neuropsychology, and has previously served as a professor of Neurology at Loyola University Medical Center. He is board certified in EEG neurofeedback and has a post-doctoral specialization in psychopharmacology. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he has taught and supervised doctoral trainees and has lectured in the neurology residency program. He has served as Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Illinois Psychological Association and currently serves as the Vice President of the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists (IAPP). His work in brain mapping and neuropsychology has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, WGN News, Channel 7 ABC news and other media outlets.

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Gretchen Boules, Psy.D. , MSCP

Dr. Gretchen A. Boules is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Founder and President of Boules Clinical Psychology Group PLLC in Burr Ridge, IL, where she treats adolescents, adults and couples since 1995.  Dr. Boules served as Chief Clinical Psychologist and Director of Psychology Practicum and Internship program at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL from 1992-1999.  Dr. Boules developed the psychology training program and received APPIC approval for the implementation of the internship program.   Dr. Boules worked as a psychologist for the behavioral health program at Centegra Health System Outpatient Clinic from 1996-2000.   Dr. Boules was an adjunct faculty member in the psychology department at Elmhurst College from 1996-1999 where she taught undergraduate psychology courses.  Dr. Boules held the office of President for the Chicago Society of Clinical Hypnosis from 2000-2002, Vice President from 1998-2000 and Newsletter Editor from 1996-1998.

While at University of 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 the book:  Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Christine Courtois.

Dr. Boules received her Bachelors degree in 1988 from Loyola University of Chicago and completed her Masters in 1990 and Doctorate in 1992 in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Boules completed her APA internship at University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.  She completed her certificate in biological studies from Northwestern University in August, 2018.  She completed her Masters in Clinical Psychopharmacology from California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant University in January 2018.  Dr. Boules is currently in training to become a Prescribing Psychologist in Illinois.

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Claudia Mosier, Psy.D.

Dr. Mosier is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois and Louisiana and a Medical (prescribing) Psychologist in Louisiana.  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 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. In 2020 she became the 6th Prescribing Psychologist in Illinois. In 2021 she was inducted to the Chicago LGBTQ Hall of Fame.

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Jeremy Bidwell, Ph.D. , MSCP

Dr. Bidwell is the founder and director of The LodeStone Center, which opened its doors in April of 2010. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and a post-doctoral M.S. in Clinical Psychopharmacology. He holds a certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Bidwell is credentialed through the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Bidwell’s training background includes specialized training in integrating therapy into medical interventions (maximizing benefit from combining psychotherapy and medications), and the treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

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Brandi Boan, Psy.D. , MSCP

Dr. Boan completed her undergraduate education at Aurora University, where she double majored in biology/pre-medicine and psychology.  She completed a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Benedictine University.  She obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology at Adler University, with additional concentrations in Adlerian therapy, child and adolescent psychology, and neuropsychology.  She completed her neuropsychology training at Rush University, internship at Elgin State Hospital, and her post-doctorate training at a variety of clinics and hospitals.  She obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychopharmacology at Farleigh Dickinson University, and her prescribing psychologist residency through Amita Health System Hospitals.  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.  She is employed at Associates in Psychiatry and Counseling, St. Joseph Hospital, and Mathers Clinic.

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Clayton Ciha, MS

Clayton Ciha is President and Chief Executive Officer of AMITA Health’s Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, a 141 bed psychiatric and addictions facility with inpatient, ambulatory health, and outpatient services. He also collaborated with key administrative, clinical, operational, and philanthropic stakeholders to build the first residential facility for that health system: the Foglia Family Foundation Residential Treatment Program, a 48 bed anxiety and addiction program, which opened in Spring 2017.

Additionally, he is Senior Vice President of AMITA Health’s Behavioral Medicine Institute with operational oversight of twelve additional hospital-based psychiatric and ambulatory health programs throughout the northwest, west, southwest and metro areas of Chicago. Mr. Ciha also serves as President for both the Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health and AMITA Health Housing and Health Alliance. With the merger of AMITA Health and Presence Health in the Chicago market, Mr. Ciha will lead the behavioral medicine and addictions service line for the health system.

Mr. Ciha has been with the AMITA Health System for twenty years. Previously he served as the Administrative Director of Alexian Brothers Neurosciences Institute and was the first business development director for Alexian’s free-standing psychiatric facility.

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Alyssa Cunningham, Psy.D., MSCP

Alyssa Cunningham, PsyD, MSCP, LCPC, NCC completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Primary Care and Behavioral Medicine at Adler University concurrently while she completed the Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her doctoral internship was completed at the Clement J. Zablocki VAMC in Milwaukee, WI and her postdoctoral fellowship was completed at the Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois. She previously served as Student Membership Chair on the IPAGS board and as Vice President of the Adler’s Student Psychopharmacological Association (ARx). Dr. Cunningham is currently a staff psychologist at the Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital in the Blind Rehabilitation Center.

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Leila Ellis-Nelson, Psy.D.

Dr. Ellis-Nelson graduated from The University of Toledo in 2009 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, her Master’s of Clinical Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012, and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2015 from The Chicago School. Her training was completed with a diverse clientele throughout various settings including Kennedy King College, Northwestern University, Bowling Green State University, Harper College, and Ada S. McKinley Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Ellis-Nelson is also on the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists assisting in all board endeavors, with an emphasis on research and equitable access. Some of her professional interests include the influence of societal norms on the ability of cultural minorities to pursue and obtain advanced degrees, consultation, mentorship, outreach, competent diagnostics|assessment of new and recurring clients, kink culture, the destigmatization of mental illness, the ways in which individuals adapt to the changes associated with college life, and developing individualism. Her passion for these areas is evident in her dissertation, The Effects of Internalized Racism and Family Values on Higher Education Degree Attainment for African Americans, which focused on the disparities in sociopolitical, familial and academic support that many African American children and young adults face.

Her work clinical supervision and consultation assistance orients within a multiculturally based Geek Therapy, Systems, Reality Therapy, and Interpersonal Process Therapy lens; it entails understanding the trainee|organization in context, their areas of growth, and the ways in which they are successful. This provides further opportunities to connect on deeper skill development, staff support, and higher order leadership coaching. Each specialization speaks to her openness to meet clients where they are in the moment, and help them actualize their fullest potential throughout the course of consultation and supervision. Her consultation work is individually tailored to the client’s needs, and is specifically packaged to meet both micro- and macro-goals established early on in the planning and development stage. She prioritizes consistent short- and long-term initiatives at all levels of engagement focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity; not solely utilized as a trends or buzzwords, but lived values that show throughout the organization holistically. Her enthusiasm for helping shape professionals and graduate level trainees is a passion that guides her through the Coffee Hour Chicago initiative, consultation for professional development purposes, and her desire to build a diverse community based in equity and inclusiveness.

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Morgan Ferris, MA, MSCP

Morgan Ferris is a current psychology intern at the University of Texas Health Science Center, with a strong clinical interest in neuropsychology. She pursued her doctorate in psychology at Adler University, with a specialization in neuropsychology.

Morgan has an array of practicum and research experiences across several major academic medical centers, including Loyola University Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center. She has an additional passion for pursuing prescription privileges, and was a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she received her Master’s in Clinical Psychopharmacology. Further, Morgan prioritizes advocacy and leadership development, and currently holds chair positions on the Illinois Psychological Association- Graduate Student Section (Past Chair), the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists, and Division 55 of the American Psychological Association. Morgan intends to move back to Chicago, Illinois to pursue her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Nancy Healy-Haney, Psy.D. , MSCP

In March, Dr. Nancy Healy-Haney became the eighth clinical prescribing psychologist in the State of Illinois. Dr. Healy-Haney received her Psychopharmacology Master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University and did her clinical prescribing fellowship within the AMITA Health System. Dr. Healy-Haney has practiced, as both a registered nurse who specialized in mental health, and as a clinical psychologist, since the early 1990’s, in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Dr. Healy-Haney looks forward to working as a prescribing psychologist in a large medical center setting and using her broad range of clinical and prescribing skills to provide the highest quality healthcare to her patients.

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Brian Humphrey, Psy.D. , MSCP

Dr. Brian R. Humphrey is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who provides an array of psychotherapeutic services throughout the Chicago-land area. Dr. Humphrey is a skilled clinician with direct clinical experience in Forensics, Community Health, Private Practice, and academia. As an agent of social justice, he actively challenges systems that maintain discrimination, lobbies for resources to improve adverse conditions in underserved communities, and advocates for equal access to physical and mental healthcare to name but a few. As a Behavioral Health practitioner at the Englewood and Woodlawn Health Centers within the Cook County Health network, Dr. Humphrey provides psychological care to culturally diverse populations including Children, Families, Adolescents, Adults, Geriatrics, and Marital and Family systems. Dr. Humphrey has a passion and research interest in issues/ dynamics related to Men's Health and Wellness and is currently the Director of the Men’s Health Initiative at Cook County Health, a program that functions within Englewood Health Center targeting social determinants of health that affect the holistic wellness of African-American men in underserved communities. Dr. Humphrey recently graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned a Master's of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where, with additional training, he will be able to prescribe select psychotropics to select demographics in the aforementioned communities where he serves.

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Derek Phillips, Psy.D. , MSCP

Dr. Derek Phillips is a licensed clinical and prescribing psychologist (#12) in the state of Illinois and a licensed psychologist in Florida. He is also a clinical neuropsychologist and prescribing psychologist in the Department of Neurology at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon. He is Executive Director of the APA-designated, M.S. in clinical psychopharmacology program (MSCP) at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ, where he also teaches psychopharmacology to clinical PhD students. Dr. Phillips served as a Health Service Psychologist in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2019-2021. Previous academic appointments included adjunct professorships at Lake Land College in Mattoon and in the M.A. in clinical psychology program at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Dr. Phillips is a 2019 graduate
of FDU’s MSCP program. To help fund this endeavor, he was awarded the Walter Katkovsky Scholarship for Psychopharmacology Training in 2017 by the American Psychological Foundation (APF). In 2020, he was awarded the Patrick DeLeon Prize for Outstanding Student Contribution to the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy by APA Division 55. Dr. Phillips obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology (summa cum laude) from Olivet Nazarene University in 2009, as well as his Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology and Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology with a clinical neuropsychology concentration from the APA-accredited Adler University – Chicago campus in 2012 and 2015, respectively.

Regarding current service to psychology, in addition to serving as a Member-at-Large of the IAPP Board of Directors, Dr. Phillips is Chair of the APA Board of Convention Affairs (2022), Secretary of Division 42 (Independent Practice), Treasurer of Division 44 (Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity), and President-Elect of the Illinois Psychological Association. Additionally, he was the first-ever ECP President of APA Division 55 (Society for Prescribing Psychology) in 2021. He also serves on the editorial boards for Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology and Practice Innovations. Previous service includes: member of the APA Council of Representatives from Division 55; member of the APA Practice Organization’s Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP); Social Responsibility Section Associate Chair, Graduate Student Section Chair (IPAGS), and Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Section Chair of the Illinois Psychological Association; ECP Chair of the Florida Psychological Association; member of the Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) Early Career Neuropsychologist Committee; and Co-Chair of the Division 42 Student/ECP Committee.

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Edgar Ramos, Ph.D.

Dr. Edgar A. Ramos is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 17 years of varied clinical experience. In 2004, he received his Master's Degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. In 2006, he received his Psy. D., from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He received his clinical training pre and post doctoral at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. Dr. Ramos has extensive experience working with children, adolescent and adults. He has worked in various residential settings, Behavioral Health Hospitals, Nursing homes, and Community Mental Health Centers throughout Chicago.  In addition, Dr. Ramos is a full time faculty at  Concordia University Chicago in the Human Services department graduate programs . His primary focus is teaching in the Psychology department. Dr. Ramos supervises and trains Masters and Doctoral level  students at several sites. He is fluent in Spanish and provides clinical care in both Spanish and English. Dr. Ramos is an expert in the area of adolescent gangs. He has presented extensively on the topic.

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Jessica Ransom, Psy.D. , MSCP

Dr. Ransom is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, practicing since 2006, and a Prescribing Psychologist since 2020.  She has the unique distinction of being one of the first Prescribing Psychologists in Illinois and allows her to better understand her patient’s experiences and symptoms. Her patients have the opportunity to have a provider who can treat the full psychological presentation.  Dr. Ransom is an Alum of Illinois School of Professional Psychology (2005) and Alliant University (2017), where she received the specialized Psychopharmacology and Graduate Science courses to fulfill the prescriptive privilege degree requirements for Illinois.

In her private practice in Ravenswood, Dr. Ransom provides therapy and testing to adults, teens, couples, families, and those impacted by chronic and terminal illness. She feels it has been a privilege to help manage the whole mental health picture of her patients.

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Gerardo Rodriguez-Menendez, Ph.D. , ABPP, MSCP

Dr. Rodriguez-Menendez has held a broad spectrum of responsibilities in education, administration, research, and consulting. During his career he has served as a public school teacher, university professor, researcher, Chancellor of a university, Dean of Colleges of Psychology, clinical psychologist in private practice, consultant focusing on organizational leadership and professional and regional accreditation, and presently, Chair of the Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology Program.

Dr. Rodriguez graduated with a Master of Science degree in Visual Disabilities from Florida State University. He was hired in Miami-Dade County, the nation's fourth largest school district as a special educator, and worked in the public school system with predominantly low income minority students who were physically disabled. In finding better ways to help them, he embarked in the study of Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology. He completed his internship at the teaching hospital of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and obtained a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology. He became a licensed psychologist in Florida in 1996.

Dr. Rodriguez is a Board Certified Psychologist with the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. Until recently, he held physician privileges with Memorial Regional Hospital and Joe DiMaggio's Children's Hospital in Hollywood Florida, Level 1 Neurosurgical Trauma Centers. He is bilingual and has published his research in both English and Spanish. Dr. Rodriguez's research interests include psychopharmacology, neuropsychology, pediatric psychology, mindfulness practices, clinical supervision, competency based assessment, and education.

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Mary Talen, MS, MA, Ph.D.

Mary R. Talen, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the Director of Primary Care Behavioral Health and Research at Northwestern University’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Chicago, IL.    She graduated with her masters and doctoral degree from Columbia University in psychology and a Master’s degree in clinical psychopharmacology.  She has taught family medicine residents, medical students, family nurse practitioners and doctoral clinical psychology students in behavioral health and multi-professional teamwork. Dr. Talen has focused her research, teaching and clinical practice in systems-based healthcare.  She has published and presented at national and international conferences in primary care psychology and collaborative behavioral health.   Her current research projects are in physician wellness, training in challenging conversations; complexity team-based practice, and population-based care and GIS data.

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Samantha Taylor, MS, MA, MSCP

Samantha Taylor graduated from Indiana University with a triple major in Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Spanish. She completed a Masters of Science in Forensic Psychology from Tiffin University and is a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology student at Adler University in Chicago. While in her second year of the doctoral program, she began the online courses for the Masters in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and has since been awarded her MSCP. She is completing her internship year at Adler Community Health Services where she will be able to integrate her training in clinical psychology and clinical psychopharmacology while doing a rotation with the Rush Nursing Program at Saint Leonard's Ministries and Grace House. She is looking forward to being able to provide integrated care to people who otherwise would not have readily available access to it.

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Joseph Troiani, Ph.D. , CADC

Joseph E. Troiani, Ph.D. is a retired U.S. Navy Commander. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Adler University in Chicago where is the founding director of Military Psychology at Adler, and the Director of the online M.A. Program in Psychology with emphasis in Military Psychology.

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Stephen C. Veltman, JD

Stephen C. Veltman, JD, is the founder and President of Stephen C. Veltman, Ltd., a law practice based in the Chicago area. He received his BA and JD from Loyola University in Chicago and was an Equity Partner and Shareholder in the firm of Pretzel & Stouffer, Chtd., representing psychologists and psychiatrists until his retirement in 2019. He has served as attorney to the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists since its inception.

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