Today, nearly 50% of licensed psychologists are in private practice. But as the roles of psychologists evolve, many practitioners are now asking, “How can I enhance my career, make it more rewarding, and earn a good living?”
APA and APAPO challenges practicing psychologists to think more broadly and explore innovative ways to use their skill set and training. We invite you to our upcoming monitorLIVE event to consider your priorities, explore new options, and maximize your professional and financial growth.
Join us on December 5 at 6:00 p.m. ET, at APA’s headquarters in Washington, DC to broaden your definition of psychology practice. Join your colleagues for an evening of intriguing presentations, networking, and light fare as you discover unique ways to grow your practice and supplement your income.
In an on-the-record moderated discussion, eight panelists will:
- emphasize a diverse range of paths both in and outside of practice, including integrated health care, forensic consulting, parent coordination, niche population work, public office & lobbying, content, partnerships & media, adjunct teaching, and industry consulting
- share their favorite resources and tools to enhance your career
- offer tips on how to get involved in your community and professional associations
- explore additional income opportunities
This event is free, but space is limited. Can't attend in person? Watch the live stream (see below).
Topics & Speakers
Giselle A. Hass, Psy.D., ABAP
Clinical & Forensic Psychologist
Giselle Hass is a Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, and Board Diplomate in Assessment Psychology, who, for the past 25 years, has worked as a forensic expert in family law for local and national courts, specifically in custody and divorce, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, cross and multi-cultural mental health, attachment, and psychological assessment. She was an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology Programs of Argosy University, Washington DC Campus from 1995 to 2010. Dr. Hass is a co-founder of the American Psychological Association Parenting Coordination Program in the DC Superior Court. This program was created to serve the needs of low-income, high conflict families involved in child custody disputes in the District of Columbia. Dr. Hass was the Clinical Director of this program from 2004 to 2009, and is currently a member of the Board of Advisors. She was a member of the APA Task Force to develop the APA Guidelines on Parenting Coordination.
Dr. Hass’ Top Parenting Coordination Resources
- APA Guidelines for the Practice of Parenting Coordination
- AFCC Guidelines for Parenting Coordination
- Parenting Coordination Central
- Lally, S. & Higuchi, S. (Eds.). Handbook of Parenting Coordination. American Psychological Association: Washington D.C
Eddy Ameen, Ph.D.
Director, APA Office on Early Career Psychologists
Dr. Eddy Ameen serves as the inaugural director of the Office on Early Career Psychologists at APA. He has been with APA since 2011, previously the Assistant Director of APAGS. He graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Boston College with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, and University of Miami with a PhD in Counseling Psychology. Outside of his work at APA, he is the board chair of StandUp For Kids, a national homeless youth organization which provides street outreach and other youth services in 17 cities across the US. He also leads a local LGBTQ youth advocacy coalition which has successfully advocated to ban conversion therapy, improve K-12 health education standards, require suicide prevention training of school personnel, and require LGBT cultural competency training of all healthcare providers, all within the District. Additionally, he is an third-year adjunct professor teaching family systems to clinical doctoral students, and he conducts asylum evaluations with Physicians for Human Rights.
Dr. Ameen’s Top Adjunct Teaching Resources
- APA How to Find and Apply for an Academic Job
- APA Adjunct Faculty Resource Guide: How to Thrive as a Psychology Instructor
- Faculty, Staff, and Adjunct Salary Data on Chronicle Data
- APA Untenured and Untethered
Integrated Health Care
Jessica Winkles, Ph.D.
Dr. Winkles is the Pediatric Psychologist at Kenneth M. Klebanow, M.D. & Associates, P.A., a private pediatric primary care practice serving approximately 15,000 patients in Maryland. Dr. Winkles is dedicated to improving behavioral health care accessibility and promoting evidence-based interventions. She established the practice’s fully integrated Behavioral Health Consultation Service, which delivers screening and brief psychosocial interventions to patients and their families. Her past work includes directing a SAMHSA-funded clinical research program focused on intergenerational stress and trauma at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She also supervised clinical psychology doctoral students in child assessment at Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Winkles earned her doctorate in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology from the University of Denver and completed her predoctoral internship in clinical child and pediatric psychology from Children’s National Health System. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Winkles’ Top Integrated Health Care Resources
- Robinson, P. J., & Reiter, J. T. (2016). Behavioral consultation and primary care: A guide to integrating services(2nd ed.). Switzerland: Springer.
- The Academy on the Agency for Healthcare Research And Quality
- Join APA Division 38(Health Psychology, with Primary Care Listserv) and/or Division 54 (Pediatric Psychology, with Integrated Primary Care Special Interest Group)
- APA Integrated Health Care Site & Video Series
Content, Partnerships & Media
Mary K. Alvord, Ph.D.
Mary Karapetian Alvord, Ph.D. is a psychologist and Director of Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC, a private practice in Maryland. With more than 35 years of clinical experience, she specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults with anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD and problems of self-regulation through individual and group therapy. Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The George Washington University School of Medicine, she trains Psychiatry Fellows in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Dr. Alvord's focus has been on promoting resilience and stress management using strength-based approaches. Co-author of Resilience Builder Program for Children and Adolescents, and two audio CD's: Relaxation and Self-Regulation Techniques for Children and Teens, and Relaxation and Wellness Techniques (adults), she has contributed to the American Psychological Association's (APA) public education guides. Past President of APA Division 46, Society for Media Psychology and Technology, she currently serves as APA's Public Education Coordinator for the Maryland Psychological Association. She frequently appears in the national media. In 2009, Dr. Alvord was honored with the APA's Presidential Innovative Practice Citation. Most recently, she co-authored Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens: A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back and authored an essay in NPR Health Shots.
Dr. Alvord’s Top Content & Media Resources
- Attend writing workshops
- McGarrah, N. & Alvord, M. (2009). In the Public Eye: The Ethical Practice of Media Psychology.
- Join APA Division 46(Society for Media Psychology and Technology)
David W. Ballard, Psy.D., MBA
Assistant Executive Director for Organizational Excellence at APA
Dr. David Ballard serves as Assistant Executive Director for Organizational Excellence at the American Psychological Association (APA). In that capacity, he is responsible for leadership, direction, evaluation, and management of all activities related to APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence, which includes the association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. Dr. Ballard has provided research, consultation, and training to government agencies, corporations, employer and industry groups, medical schools, and universities in the areas of workplace health and productivity, public health, prevention, and health care finance. He is currently on the Board of Directors of The Health Project / C. Everett Koop National Health Awards and co-chairs the Work, Stress and Health Conference, an international conference co-sponsored by APA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Health Enhancement Research Organization and the External Advisory Board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, as well as on workplace advisory bodies for the National Business Group on Health and Partnership for Prevention. Dr. Ballard received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology and his MBA in Health and Medical Services Administration from Widener University, where he completed concentrations in organizational and forensic psychology.
Dr. Ballard’s Top Organizational Consulting Resources
- Join APA Division 14: Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologyand Division 13: Society of Consulting Psychology
- Lowman, R. L., & Cooper, S. E. (2017). The Ethical Practice of Consulting Psychology.American Psychological Association: Washington, DC
- Keep up with current issues in the business world and learn to speak their language by reading publications like Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune
- APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence
Government Relations & Advocacy
Craig D. Fisher, PsyD
Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer in the Science Government Relations Office at APA
Dr. Craig Fisher is a Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer in the APA Science Government Relations Office. He advocates for psychological science on Capitol Hill and at the federal science agencies, including the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. He is also the Director of APA's Executive Branch Science Fellowship. Before joining APA, Dr. Fisher was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs where he engaged key stakeholders about NSF-funded basic research, particularly in social and behavioral science. Previously, he worked as a licensed clinical psychologist in independent private practice in Northern Virginia and at George Mason University's Counseling and Psychological Services where he specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy for patients with anxiety disorders.
Dr. Fishers’s Top Government Relations & Advocacy Resources
- APA Advocacy
- Federal Funding for Psychological Research
- APA Science Advocacy Toolkit
- APA Science Government Relations Annual Report (2016)
Niche Population Practitioner
Michael L. Hendricks, Ph.D., ABPP
Clinical & Forensic Psychologist
Dr. Michael L. Hendricks is a clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice at the Washington Psychological Center, P.C., in Washington, D.C., and is a Clinical Professor at the George Washington University. Dr. Hendricks is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Divisions 12 (Clinical), 42 (Independent Practice) and 44 (LGBT Issues), and a member of Divisions 9 (SPSSI) and 41 (American Psychology-Law Society). He is a past president of Section VII (Clinical Emergencies and Crises) of Division 12 and of Division 44. He was a member of the APA Task Force that developed the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People and currently represents Division 44 on the APA Council of Representatives. He has conducted research with gender diverse people and is the lead author on the seminal paper on the minority stress model for transgender individuals. In 2015, he was awarded an APA Presidential Citation for his work on minority stress and suicide risk among gender diverse individuals. A primary focus of his clinical practice involves work with LGB and gender diverse adolescents and adults.
Dr. Hendricks’ Top Niche Population Resources
- The Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients
- The Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People:
- Join APA Division 44, Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
- World Professional Association for Transgender Health, which offers certification-level training for clinical work with TGNC clients
Pius Ojevwe, Psy.D., ABPP
Dr. Ojevwe is a Board Certified Forensic Psychologist and a Fellow with American Academy of Forensic Psychology. For the past 12 years, he has worked as a forensic psychologist at local forensic hospitals including Clifton T. Perkins Hospital and Saint Elizabeth Hospital where he conducts a variety of forensic assessments such as competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and violent risk assessments. Dr. Ojevwe is an owner of a forensic private practice, COMPASS Mental Health Consultants, LLC, where he provides forensic assessments for juvenile and adults involved in the criminal justice system. He also teaches graduate courses as an associate professor at various local universities including Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Ojevwe’s Top Forensic Consulting Resources