Melody B. Frank, Psy.D., Disaster Preparedness & Response Committee Chair
Glenn Soberman, Ph.D., Northwest Regional Representative
Dr. Marasch is a licensed psychologist-doctorate with a private practice in Shelburne and a specialty in geropsychology. He has served as the VPA Insurance Chair since 2007, is a past president, and has served as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator for VPA. He is a recipient of the 2014 VPA President’s Award. He comes to the VPA board with experience serving on the boards of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, the Jamestown Fine Arts Association, Dismas of Vermont, and Vermont Swings. Dr. Marasch balances his passion for the work of psychology with an appreciation of art, music, and dance. He has performed with the St. Michael’s College Liturgical Choir, the Poughkeepsie Ballet Theater, and the North Dakota Ballet Company.
Dr. David Long retired in December 2016 after practicing psychology in Vermont for 31 years at Rutland Mental Health Services, Inc. After many years there as a psychologist, Dr. Long became the director of risk & quality management and subsequently the division director for Behavioral Health Services. He earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the New School for Social Research after completing his dissertation on age differences in memory. His additional clinical training was at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and at the Veterans’ Administration. Medical Center in the Bronx. His professional interests include geropsychology, assessment, and forensic psychology.
Dr. Long has served on the VPA Board of Directors, including the Legislative Committee, since 2011. He was the recipient of the VPA President’s award in 2015. He maintains an active interest in matters impacting and impacted by professional psychology.
Rick Barnett, Psy.D., M.A., LADC, a past president of VPA, is a clinical psychologist and addiction specialist in private practice in Stowe, Vermont. Dr. Barnett worked as a psychologist and regional manager for Deer Oaks Behavioral Health, providing psychological services in nursing homes across Vermont from 2005-2009. He was senior psychologist at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City from 2003-2005, and was program manager of Physician Education and Training Services at the Hazelden Foundation from 1999-2003.
Dr. Barnett earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Columbia University in 1996. He holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in clinical psychopharmacology. He has been a licensed alcohol and drug counselor since 1999 and is a specialist in problematic sexual behavior. In 2015, he founded a non-profit organization (CARTER, Inc.) to manage a grant for problem gambling in Vermont from the Vermont Lottery. Dr. Barnett currently serves on the Vermont Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board; Health Care Advisory Group for the Green Mountain Care Board; the Blueprint for Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Committee; Governor’s Health Care Workforce work group; Clinical Advisory Group to Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL); and the Vermont Health Commissioner’s Unified Pain Management System Advisory Council.
JP (Joanne) Hayden is a licensed psychologist-master in private practice in Stowe after years of public service in Vermont. Her practice is composed of direct service psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. as well as consulting and contract work. She did her graduate work at St. Michael’s College and her internship training at UVM Counseling Center. She has worked in school-based mental health, emergency services, and in inpatient involuntary care (psychosocial rehabilitation) at the Vermont State Hospital until Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. She has been a graduate school instructor since 2005. Just prior to entering private practice, she served at the Department of Mental Health as the Quality Management Coordinator.
David Long, Ph.D., Secretary-Treasurer
Danielle R. Bergeron Ingram, M.S., Southwest Regional Representative and CE Committee Chair
Milton J. Marasch, Ph.D., Insurance Committee Chair and APA Council Representative
A native of central Ohio, Dr. Blair completed his bachelor’s degree at Earlham College in Indiana and his master and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at Loyola University in Maryland. Starting in 2006, he served as a staff psychologist and later as the Coordinator of Clinical Training at Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore, MD. These roles allowed Dr. Blair to develop a specialty in working affirmingly with the LGBTQ community and other populations who have been historically underserved in the mental health field. He also had the honor of developing a training program, providing clinical supervision, delivering didactics to a number of graduate students in psychology and related fields. After relocating to Columbus, Ohio, in 2013, Dr. Blair joined Affirmations Psychological Services, a group psychotherapy practice that consisted of other mental health providers who were dedicated to providing culturally competent health care to the LGBTQ community. He is a recent Vermont transplant who now has his own private practice in downtown Burlington. In addition to working with psychotherapy clients, Dr. Blair is a visiting faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, one of the earliest and most influential centers for the teaching of gestalt psychotherapy in the world.
Dr. Knapp completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clinical psychology from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, and received his doctorate degree in psychology, with a specialization in applied behavioral analysis, from Western Michigan University. He is licensed as both a psychologist and school psychologist. He previously worked for seven years in state developmental centers, and for six years in mental health clinics. He was in private practice in North Carolina and has been in continuous private practice in Vermont since 1986, providing assessment and therapy to children, adults, couples and families with a wide variety of individual and family-related concerns. He has provided forensic evaluations for the court system, and consulted with a number of state, public and private agencies. He has also served on a number of non-profit boards, including scouting and youth sports programs and the American Red Cross for over 30 years.
Dr. Knapp’s college teaching career includes teaching on an adjunct basis at four different colleges, and then on a full time basis at the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont, from 1987 until 2011, where he served as chairperson for the Division of Psychology and Human Services. In that capacity, he taught and developed undergraduate programs and graduate programs in clinical psychology, clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, community counseling, and alcohol & substance abuse counseling.
Lynda Marshall joined VPA as Executive Director in mid-2017. She brings a wealth of experience in risk management, operations, human resources, consulting, communications, and administration. Lynda practiced law for nearly 15 years, both in New Orleans, Louisiana, and in Vermont, focusing on labor and employment issues. She has also worked in executive management for several Vermont companies, such as the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and Lamoille County Mental Health Services, where she was the Human Resources Director and a member of the senior leadership team from 2013 through 2016. Lynda graduated from the University of South Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, and earned her juris doctor degree, magna cum laude, at The University of Alabama, where she was a member of The Alabama Law Review.
Jeffrey D. McKee, Psy.D., Vice-President
Dr. Finkelstein was raised in Quebec and did his graduate work at McGill University in Montreal. His career in clinical psychology has been in three parts. First, he performed clinical research at the University of Pittsburgh examining mood issues in children. He spent the second part of his career as the coordinator of outpatient mental health services in a New Jersey community hospital. Third, Dr. Finkelstein was a partner in a northern New Jersey group practice. Dr. Finkelstein moved to Vermont when he felt it was time to downshift. He is currently in part-time private practice at at Matrix Health, a group practice in Burlington, and spends the rest of his time enjoying the outdoors.
The Vermont Psychological Association is a non-profit professional association founded in 1950, representing psychologists in the state of Vermont, and is recognized at the national level for our activism and breadth of activity.
VPA sponsors continuing education workshops, monitors state and federal legislation and insurance activities, and advocates for legislation and causes that will benefit Vermonters and contribute to healthy working conditions for psychologists and other behavioral health professionals.
Lynda L. Marshall, Executive Director (ex-officio)
Dr. McKee is the Vice President of Community & Behavioral Health Services at Rutland Regional Medical Center. He is responsible for the overall direction, leadership and operational management of community and behavioral health services, including: Psychiatric Services Inpatient Unit, Rutland Regional Behavioral Health, West Ridge Center, Social Work Department, Community Health Team, and the Bowse Health Trust. He also serves a key role in developing services that address the coordination of health care services within the hospital and across the community. Previously he served as RRMC’s Director of Psychiatric Services since 2006. Prior to joining RRMC, he served as the Director of Child and Family Services at Rutland Mental Health Services from 2000 to 2006.
Dr. McKee is a licensed Psychologist who completed his Doctor of Psychology and Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Indiana State University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Castleton University. He has served on numerous statewide committees related to the provision of mental health and substance abuse services. He is a native of Rutland, Vermont where he currently lives with his wife and two children.
Gus Jordan, Ph.D., President
Danielle Ingram completed undergraduate studies at St. Michael’s College, where she was the recipient of the John D. Donoghue Award for outstanding contribution, leadership and commitment to the college’s student newspaper. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the College of St. Joseph, where she served as vice-president and president of the college chapter of Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. She was also the recipient of the Dr. John Bill Professional Leadership Award as outstanding graduate student from the Division of Psychology and Human Services for 2010.
She has worked as a clinician and psychologist at the Community Access Program in the Developmental Services Division of Rutland Mental Health, Inc., for the past 11 years. At CAP, she provides crisis counseling, for children and adults on the autism spectrum, intellectual disabilities and other developmental, medical and mental health disorders. She also performs a variety of psychological assessments, including forensic and diagnostic assessments, eligibility evaluations, and risk assessments. Danielle also consults with clinical treatment teams and supervises intake staff. She writes funding proposals, is a member of the local funding committee, a clinical representative for the crisis prevention team, crisis work group, and Human Rights Committee, as well as serving as a consultant for program staff and program development purposes. Danielle is also in private practice in Middlebury, focusing on conducting evaluations and counseling for children and adults with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, stress management, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, personal growth, self-esteem and relationship issues. She is a licensed professional counselor in Wisconsin and a licensed psychologist-master in Vermont.
J.P. Hayden, M.A., Central Regional Representative
Andrew D. Blair, Psy.D., Diversity & Social Justice Committee Chair
Richard Barnett, Psy.D., M.S., LADC, Legislative Committee Chair & Federal Advocacy Coordinator
Gus Jordan is a licensed psychologist-doctorate in the State of Vermont. He has been at Middlebury College since 1996 where he taught clinically oriented courses in the department of psychology, served as associate dean of the College, acting dean of the College, and dean of students before being named executive director of health services and counseling in January of 2011. As executive director he oversees the work of the College health center, the counseling center, and the department of sports medicine. At points in his career he also worked in private practice in Indiana and in Vermont. Gus has published on topics ranging from academic dishonesty and professional ethics to family structure and its relation to depression in children. He received his B.A. in psychology from Emory University, his M.Div. from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.
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VPA Board of Directors
The VPA Board of Directors comprises psychologists across the spectrum of practice areas. In addition to their busy practices, they work hard to ensure that resources like ethics consultations are available to members, that continuing education courses are timely and topical, and to promote legislation that promotes the field of psychology.
Craig W. Knapp, Ph.D., Past President
(Adapted from APA Website, 2017)
Richard Finkelstein, Ph.D., Ethics Committee Chair
Dr. Frank is currently the Director of Students and Well-Being/School Psychologist at Harwood Union Middle and High School. Dr. Frank is a licensed clinical psychologist-doctor and a licensed school psychologist in Vermont. She holds a master’s degree in Psychological Research from California State University, Long Beach; and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, New England. Her area of expertise lies in working with children and adolescents; her clinical and school-based work (i.e., public, alternative, and day treatment school settings) has included comprehensive psychological evaluations, facilitating trainings, and providing therapeutic services focused on trauma, anxiety, depression, substance use, and learning disorders. She has provided individual and family therapy and parent support in inpatient, outpatient, and medical hospital settings. Prior to joining the staff at Harwood, Dr. Frank incorporated sports psychology in her work with elite high school- and college-aged athletes suffering from substance use and/or mental health disorders. Over the past 10 years, her research and focus has been on school-based mental health with the goal of increasing students’ opportunities to develop necessary social and emotional skills to manage the many challenges of life. This led her to join a school system with hopes of impacting as many youth as possible.
Glenn Soberman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist-doctorate, life coach and an ordained interfaith minister with over 30 years of clinical experience. He is also a certified teacher, therapist, and supervisor of Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) and currently has a private practice in Burlington and Montpelier, Vermont, as well as in Kingston, New York. He has provided trainings in AIT to mental health professionals in North America, Central America and Europe.
Glenn is also a published author. His latest book is called Letting Go: A Self Help Manual for Emotional Well-Being. He has also been an adjunct faculty professor in the undergraduate psychology department at SUNY New Paltz and the graduate psychology department at Marist College.
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