Presenter Bios

Listed Alphabetically by Presenter

Kevin Arnold, PhD, ABPP

Functional Behavior Assessments and Prevention/Intervention for Students' Problem Behaviors and School Aggression

Dr. Kevin Arnold is a psychologist, licensed in Ohio and Wisconsin (and a temporary license in Washington state), and is board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. He also took doctoral level education and training in school psychology, and completed a post-doctoral rotation in the Bexley City Schools (Ohio).  Dr. Arnold has been qualified as an expert witness in school law cases focusing on behavioral assessments and behavioral programing in administrative law hearing, in the Ohio Common Pleas courts and in several Federal District courts. He received numerous US Department of Education grants and cooperative agreements, including multiple grants to train school psychologists in behavior analysis. He is the author of the Integrated Functional Behavior Assessment Protocol (IF-BAP) and co-authored the Social Behavior Assessment Inventory. He is the Chair of the ABPP Foundation Board, Vice-President of the Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology, President of the Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology Specialty Council, Vice-President of the American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, a member of the APA Task Force on Conflict of Interest, and a Commissioner on the APA Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology. Formerly he served as the President and the Finance Officer of the Ohio Psychological Association.  Dr. Arnold is the President of the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Inc., and is a clinical faculty member in the Ohio State University's Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Most recently he received the Heiser Award from APA. 


Erin E. Andrews, PsyD, ABPP

Disability in Psychology: Cultural Competence and Ethics in Clinical Care, Education, and Training

ERIN E. ANDREWS is Supervisory Psychologist and Co-Director of Psychology Training at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. She is assistant clinical professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University and a bachelor of science in psychology from Michigan State University. She is board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology. Dr. Andrews has written or presented over 45 articles, chapters, and professional presentations on disability topics.

She is past co-chair of the APA Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology and past member-at large the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology. She is Chair, Division 22 Special Interest Group of Psychologists with Disabilities.


Dr. Andrews has completed innovative work to assess and address the needs of parents with disabilities, a marginalized and underserved population. She is a co-founder of the Disabled Parenting Project (DPP), a resource for support and information for parents and prospective parents with a wide range of disabilities as well as professional tools related to disability and parenthood. Her advocacy work in this area includes representing the American Psychological Association (APA) during a 2013 congressional briefing regarding parents with disabilities and participating in a White House forum on the civil rights of parents with disabilities in May 2016.


Dr. Andrews received the 2013 APA Division 22 Early Career Practice Award, and the 2015

James Besyner Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to VA Psychology from the Association of VA Psychology Leaders. In 2016, she was honored with the Division 18 Psychologists in Public Service Early Career Achievement Award, and the American Board of Professional Psychology Early Career Psychologist Service Award.


Yossef S. Ben-Porath, PhD, ABPP

Using the MMPI-2-RF in Public Safety Evaluations: Pre and Post-Employment

Basic Psychometrics for the Practicing Psychologist

Yossef Ben-Porath is a Professor of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University. He received his doctoral training at the University of Minnesota and has been involved extensively in MMPI research for the past 31 years. He is a co-developer of the MMPI-2-RF and co-author of test manuals, books, book chapters, and articles on the MMPI instruments. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychological Assessment. His clinical practice involves supervision of assessments at Kent State’s Psychological Clinic, consultation to agencies that screen candidates for public safety positions and provision of consultation and expert witness services in forensic cases.


G. Andrew H. Benjamin, JD, PhD, ABPP

Custody Evaluations: How to Build a Successful Practice Outside of Managed Healthcare and Still Keep Your Sanity, Your License, and a Positive Perspective on Human Nature

A national pioneer in this exacting field, Professor Benjamin is the founding Director of The Family Evaluation/Training Program at the University of Washington that developed a comprehensive evaluation protocol published by APA Press.  The protocol developed has enabled him to conduct or supervise more than 900 Family Custody Evaluations without incurring a single licensing board complaint. More information about him can be obtained at:



David M. Corey, PhD, ABPP

Using the MMPI-2-RF in Public Safety Evaluations: Pre and Post-Employment

Dr. Corey has been conducting preemployment psychological evaluations of police officer candidates for more than 35 years. He is the co-author, with Dr. Yossef S. Ben-Porath, of the MMPI-2-RF Police Candidate Interpretive Report® (PCIR) and, with Dr. Shelley W. Spilberg, of the California POST Psychological Screening Manual (2017). Dr. Corey conducts and publishes broadly on topics related to preemployment screening and fitness-for-duty evaluations of police and other public safety candidates and personnel. He is the founding president of the American Board of Police & Public Safety Psychology, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a faculty fellow at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.


David R. Cox, PhD, ABPP

Navigating the Future of Your Practice: Specialty, Mobility, Interstate Practice and Risk

ABPP Prep: Selecting a Specialty Board and Application Process

ABPP Prep: Overview of Practice Sample Phase

David R. Cox, PhD, ABPP is Executive Officer of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is ABPP board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He has served/serves on numerous committees and task forces within professional psychology including the APA Taxonomy Work Group, the Council of Credentialing Organizations in Professional Psychology, and has published in the area of competency in psychology.


Stephen T. DeMers, EdD

Navigating the Future of Your Practice: Specialty, Mobility, Interstate Practice and Risk

Dr. Stephen T. DeMers is the Executive Officer of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards which provides services and support to all the psychology regulatory bodies throughout the United States and Canada. Before assuming this current position, Dr. DeMers served as Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program at the University of Kentucky and as member and chair of the Kentucky Board of Psychology. Dr. DeMers also served on the APA Council of Representatives and several major APA boards and committees. He was also elected to the ASPPB Board of Directors and as ASPPB’s President in 1995-1996. Dr. DeMers has been instrumental in ASPPB’s work on professional mobility and development of the Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) and Credentials Bank programs.



Veronica Bordes Edgar, PhD, ABPP

Expanding Cultural Competence: Biopsychosocial Considerations in Pediatric Assessment

Dr. Veronica Bordes Edgar completed her B.A. in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2001 and received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University in 2008. She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Bordes Edgar is Co-Director for the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center. Her clinical work entails neuropsychological assessment of children with a variety of medical and neurodevelopmental conditions and specializes in bilingual and cross-cultural assessment. She currently serves on the ABPP Board of Trustees and executive committee for the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society.


Peter C. Entwistle, PhD

Using the WISC-V in Clinical Practice

I am a Cognition Consultant for Pearson. I have worked for Pearson since July 2008-present, and prior to that for The Psychological Corporation from 2002-2008.


Previously, I was at the University of Massachusetts-Boston as Program Chair & full-time faculty for 10 years, in the Department of Counseling & School Psychology. For 6 years I was Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Braintree Hospital. Prior to that I was Chief of Child Psychology at Pembroke Hospital for 6 years and taught at Northeastern University in Boston in the graduate Program of Counseling Psychology, Special Education & Rehabilitation. Earlier, I was the system-wide School Psychologist for 10 years in the Scituate Public Schools. I was born in London. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (Hons.) from London University, a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in 1983. I was first licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1987, as a health service provider in Psychology. I now live near Washington, DC.


Angela Kuemmel, PhD, ABPP

Disability in Psychology: Cultural Competence and Ethics in Clinical Care, Education, and Training



Jana N. Martin, PhD

Navigating the Future of Your Practice: Specialty, Mobility, Interstate Practice and Risk

.After years of independent practice, work in hospitals, and outpatient clinics, Dr. Jana Martin became CEO of The American Insurance Trust (The Trust) in 2010.  She has worked to provide more support services for Trust policyholders such as expanding clinical and risk management consulting and educational resources and products and presenting workshops on strategic planning for successful practices for psychologists at every level of their careers.  Dr. Martin focuses on promoting the profession of psychology by empowering psychologists with information and support.  She has been commended by the American Psychological Association with a Presidential Citation for exemplary work as a modern-day practitioner and is a recipient of the Rosalee G. Weiss Award for Outstanding Leaders in Psychology


Jeni McCutcheon, PsyD, MSCP, ABPP

Managing Ethical Dilemmas and Complex Relationships in Governmental Settings

Jeni McCutcheon, PsyD, MSCP, ABPP is a licensed psychologist in Arizona and Washington and holds board certification in Police & Public Safety Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology, where she also serves as the National Chair of Examinations and President-Elect. In addition to a primary focus on police and public safety populations, her independent practice offers services to general clinical adult and geriatric populations in Arizona. She provides assessment, intervention and consultation services. She is a past graduate-level ethics instructor for Northern Arizona University. She has worked in governmental agencies, including as an in-house Commander of a Behavioral Health Services Unit in a large law enforcement agency, as well as at Indian Health Services, Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, and the Arizona State Hospital. She has presented at national conferences in the areas of police and public safety psychology and ethical issues. She is published in these same areas of expertise with three book chapters about ethics in police and public safety populations. She is a past chair and ongoing member of the Arizona Psychological Association’s Ethics Consultation Committee.


J. Reid Meloy, PhD, ABPP

Threat Assessment of the Lone Actor Terrorist

Dr. Meloy is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Univ. of California, San Diego, and faculty member, San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute.  He is the developer of the Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol (TRAP-18), and his most recent book with Dr. Jens Hoffmann is the International Handbook of Threat Assessment (Oxford, 2014).  He is a consultant to the Behavioral Analysis Units of the FBI, Quantico.


John A. Nicoletti, PhD, ABPP

Too Much Too Ugly: The Psychologist's Role In Responding to the Aftermath of Mass Casualty, Active Shooter, or Active Hurter Events

Dr. Nicoletti specializes in the areas of threat assessment, workplace violence prevention, and trauma intervention and recovery.  He has provided trauma recovery services for first responders and survivors of events such as the Columbine High school shooting, Aurora Theater shooting and other mass casualty events.


Katherine C. Nordal, PhD

Navigating the Future of Your Practice: Specialty, Mobility, Interstate Practice and Risk

Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, serves as the Executive Director for Professional Practice for the American Psychological Association and the APA Practice Organization, the APA’s c-6 companion organization which is devoted exclusively to the interests of practicing psychologists in all settings and which houses psychology’s Political Action Committee (PAC). Dr. Nordal oversees a wide range of legislative, legal, regulatory and marketplace activities designed to advance and protect the professional practice of psychology and to help ensure the availability of quality psychological services both inside and outside of the healthcare marketplace.


Practice Directorate programs and initiatives under her leadership include the Public Education (Stress in America, Mind-Body Health) Campaign and network, the Disaster Resource Network, and Professional Practice Guidelines and Clinical Practice Guidelines development. Practice programs/activities funded both in the Directorate and in the Practice Organization include: Practice Communications; the Center for Psychology and Health; the Practice Leadership Conference; Government Relations advocacy and lobbying activities; support of state, provincial, and territorial psychological associations through both consultation and a grants program; and, legal/regulatory  consultations to individual psychologists regarding a number of practice-related issues, ranging from ethical, legal, and regulatory concerns to reimbursement, insurance contracts, and business practices. Currently, Dr. Nordal also serves as the interim director of APA’s Ethics Office.


Nordal began her professional career as the director of child and adolescent services in a community mental health center. She maintained a full-time private practice in Mississippi for 28 years before assuming her current position at APA in 2008. Her clinical interests included learning, behavioral and emotional disorders in children and adolescents; neuropsychological assessment; brain injury in children and adults; and civil forensic psychology.


Nordal is a fellow of APA and the Mississippi Psychological Association. She served on APA's Board of Directors from 2001 to 2003 and was the Board's liaison to APA's Ethics Office, Committee on Legal Issues, the APA/ABA Task Force and the Public Interest Directorate. She was chair of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice from 2005 to 2007 and a trustee of APA's Insurance Trust from 2005 to 2007.  She has also served as chairperson of APA's Committee on Rural Health, treasurer of the Division of State Psychological Associations and finance chair for the Division of Independent Practice.


Nordal is a past president of the Mississippi Psychological Association and has represented Mississippi on APA’s Council of Representatives. She served as executive secretary for the Mississippi Board of Psychology, which licenses psychologists for practice in Mississippi. She is a past president of the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi. Nordal is a recipient of the Mississippi Psychological Association's Kinlock Gill Outstanding Professional Psychologist Award, the association's Distinguished Practitioner Award and, in 2003, she was recognized with the association's Distinguished Fellow Award.


Nordal is also a recipient of APA's Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for advocacy on behalf of psychology. In 2009, she was recognized by Division 31 as the outstanding psychologist in a state, provincial or territorial psychological association. Nordal was also inducted into the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Practitioner in Psychology. She was an APA/AAAS Congressional Science Fellow (1990-91) and served as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives and with the House Select Committee on Hunger.


Christina A. Pietz, PhD, ABPP

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Clinical and Forensic Issues

Dr. Pietz earned her Doctoral degree from Texas A&M University.  After completing her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, she accepted employment as a Forensic Psychologist at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners. She worked for the federal government for almost twenty-five years.  In January 2015, she retired from the United States Medical Center, and she now works in private practice.  She is board certified in forensic psychology.

She has authored several papers and recently published a book entitled Violent Offenders: Understanding and Assessment.  She is an adhoc reviewer for the Criminal Justice and Behavior Journal, and has reviewed book proposals for Oxford Press.

Dr. Pietz has conducted examinations of individuals alleging to suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder.  She has provided opinions and reports regarding this issue in the civil litigation context and in the criminal context. 


Jocelyn E. Roland, PhD, ABPP

Managing Ethical Dilemmas and Complex Relationships in Governmental Settings

Jocelyn E. Roland, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist in California and Arizona, and is board certified in Police & Public Safety Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. She currently serves as the Secretary and Treasurer for the American Board of Police & Public Safety Psychology. She has worked internally for two of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country, and now as an independent practitioner providing services to both public safety and private industry. As a psychologist she conducts confidential counseling, critical incident stress debriefings after officer-involved shootings and other traumatic events; serves as a member of numerous crisis/hostage negotiation teams; consults with executives and managers on a variety of organizational topics; trains and assists peer support teams; conducts pre-employment psychological evaluations; performs fitness-for-duty evaluations and threat assessments; and has worked as a consultant to special weapons and aero units.


Morgan T. Sammons, PhD, ABPP

Psychopharmacology Update

Morgan T. Sammons, PhD, APPB, is the Executive Officer of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. He has a long history of leadership and advocacy in the profession, which includes many years’ experience working with the National Register, having served as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2004 to 2008. He served as Systemwide Dean of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and is a retired Captain of the US Navy, having served as the Navy’s Clinical Psychology Specialty Leader, Special Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General for Mental Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, and in a number of positions both in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Sammons is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical). He is the author of 2 edited volumes, and contributes frequently to the professional literature. He lectures extensively on professional issues in psychology.


Jerome M. Sattler, PhD, ABPP

Assessment of Children using the WISC-V (all attendees with receive a copy of Assessment of Children: WISC-V and WPPSI-IV)

Jerome Sattler is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University. In 2005, he received the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation. He has published over 100 articles and 12 books.


Alina M. Suris, PhD, ABPP

ABPP Prep: Selecting a Specialty Board and Application Process

ABPP Prep: Overview of Practice Sample Phase

Dr. Alina Surís completed her B.A. in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1983 and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1991 in from the University of Houston.  After completing her internship at the Dallas Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in in 1991, she joined the staff and specialized in assessing and treating PTSD. She became the Clinical Director of the Mental Health Trauma Services Program and the Director of the Women’s Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma Program where she integrated PTSD research in to her clinical work.  She is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and now works as a Senior Psychologist Clinician Researcher after leaving her job as the Chief of Psychology at VA North Texas Health Care System. She has been a continuously funded researcher for over 20 years and served as a site PI for the DSM-5 Field Trials assessing PTSD. She has over 55 publications focusing on the nosology, assessment, evidence –based treatment, and novel interventions for PTSD.

She is board certified as a clinical psychologist and is the President of the American Board of Clinical Psychology. She also just completed serving as the Secretary of the Executive Board of the ABPP Board of Trustees for 5 years and will represent the Clinical Specialty for the next 4 years.


Linda Carter Sobell, PhD, ABPP

Using Motivational Interviewing to Help People Make Behavioral Changes

Dr. Linda Carter Sobell is the President’s Distinguished Professor at Nova Southeastern (FL). She received her PhD in psychology (University of California, Irvine). She is nationally and internationally known for her research in the addictions field. She is a Fellow in 7 divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA), Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, ABPP, on the ABPP Board of Trustees. She is also on the Board of Scientific Affairs at APA, and past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She has given over 310 invited presentations/workshops has published over 300 articles and book chapters, authored 9 books, and serves on 9 peer-reviewed editorial boards. She has been the recipient of several federal grants and has received several awards, including the Betty Ford Award, and the Norman E. Zinberg Memorial Lecture Award, Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School.


Michael E. Tansy, PhD, ABPP

ABPP Prep: Selecting a Specialty Board and Application Process

ABPP Prep: Overview of Practice Sample Phase

Dr. Tansy, PhD, ABPP, has as an extensive history in clinical and school settings. In addition to maintaining a private assessment and counseling practice for 30+ years, he has administered several child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric and addictive-disease inpatient programs, provided and supervised school psychological services, and served on university training faculties. He has consulted in several school districts across the country, presented at national and international conferences, and published articles and chapters on the assessment and treatment of childhood psychological disorders. Dr. Tansy is President of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a member of the APA Committee on Professional Practice and Standards. He is Past-President the American Board of School Psychology and of the American Academy of School Psychology, and served as the APA Division 16 (School) Liaison to the APA Board of Professional Affairs and APA Division 16 Federal Advisory Coordinator. Dr. Tansy earned his PhD at Arizona State University and is board certified in school psychology.


Philip S. Trompetter, PhD, ABPP

Police Psychology: An Introduction to Core Activities and Cultural Competence

Dr. Trompetter is a licensed psychologist in independent practice in Modesto, CA, specializing in police and forensic psychology. He is a board certified specialist in Police and Public Safety Psychology through ABPP. Dr. Trompetter has specialized in providing psychological services to police and public safety agencies for more than 35 years. He has published more a dozen articles related to police psychology and authored the history of police psychology chapter in a recently edited book. He chaired the 2012 Officer-Involved Shooting Guideline Revision Committee for the Police Psychological Services Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He was the guest editor of a special issue of the Police Chief in August 2011 which contained six articles devoted to police psychological operations, assessment, intervention, peer support, consultation, and board certification. He provided a workshop in February 2016 about officer-involved shootings in a collaboration between AAFP and AAPPSP. Dr. Trompetter is a past General Chair of the IACP Police Psychological Services Section. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP), was the ABPPSP National Chair of Examinations (NCE) between 2010 and 2014, and is the current ABPPSP president.


Amanda D. Zelechoski, JD, PhD, ABPP

Legal & Ethical Risks and Risk Management in Professional Psychological Practice: Working with Couples and Families, Risk Management with the Suicidal Patient, and Legal and Ethical Issues Presented by Retirement

Amanda D. Zelechoski is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and attorney. Dr. Zelechoski received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, her M.S. and Ph.D. from Drexel University, and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute (Brookline, MA) and is board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She has worked clinically with adults, children, and families in inpatient, outpatient, and forensic settings.


Dr. Zelechoski is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Valparaiso University, where she also serves as coordinator of the Dual Degree Graduate Programs in Law and Psychology. She teaches a wide variety of courses, including ethics and professional development in psychology, and provides clinical supervision to graduate students. Her primary research interests include forensic and mental health assessment, at-risk, delinquent, and traumatized youth, child custody and child welfare, and the intersection of psychology, law, and public policy. She also conducts research related to best practices in teaching and training in the areas of psychology, law, and trauma. In addition to her teaching and research interests, Dr. Zelechoski conducts forensic and psychological evaluations and has provided training and consultation to numerous mental health, law enforcement, and correctional agencies.  

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