Officers

Vladimir Nacev, PhD, ABPP – Chair

Vladimir Nacev, PhD, ABPP, is a retired clinical psychologist with 40 years of clinical experience and 30 years as a psychology university professor at undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate schools. His academic postings included Georgetown University, George Washington Medical School, Argosy University, and University of Maryland University College where he was an adjunct professor. He is a board certified clinical psychologist with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and held three state licenses and membership in over half a dozen professional organizations. In addition, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in child and adolescent psychology and has qualified as a forensic psychologist.

Dr. Nacev is a retired Navy Commander who served at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Pentagon (Joint Chiefs of Staff for Intelligence) and Bureau of Naval Personnel where he had varied clinical, administrative, and leadership assignments. His post military career included assignments at the Defense Intelligence Agency and Central Intelligence Agency where he served as a clinical and operational psychologist. For the last ten years of his civil service, he was at the Defense Health Agency, where he was a subject matter expert on PTSD, psychological health and resilience. Currently he is on the Board of Directors for the ABPP Foundation, serves as a mentor and board examiner for ABPP and a consultant specializing in clinical, health and aviation psychology.

Meghna Patel, PhD, ABPP – Vice Chair

Meghna Patel, PhD, ABPP, Vice Chair of the American Board of Professional Psychology Foundation, is the Deputy Chief of the Mental Health Service Line at the Atlanta VA Health Care System. In this role, she oversees multiple mental health treatment programs at various levels of care. In addition to her administrative, clinical, and training duties, she serves as an assistant professor for Emory University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. As part of this position, she provides clinical supervision, presents seminars, engages in research, and serves on committees. Her clinical interests include cognitive behavioral treatments for PTSD among veterans with complex trauma histories.

Shawnna Chee, PsyD, ABPP – Treasurer

Shawnna Chee is a Clinical Psychologist and Aerospace Neuropsychologist currently stationed at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia (NMCP). She is an active-duty Naval Officer and has deployed to Iraq, Cuba, and Afghanistan and served aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and the USNS Comfort (TAH-20). She holds a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University Honolulu and completed a post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Virginia. She is a faculty member for the Clinical Psychology internship program at NMCP and is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, specializing in aviation psychology. In addition, she conducts research and co-authored a book chapter assessing aviation personnel with regard to their fitness and suitability to return to flight status after neurologic injury. She is the recipient of the Master Clinician Award in recognition of senior providers at the Naval Medical Center for high clinical volume, proven excellent outcomes, sustained superior patient satisfaction, significant contributions to the profession and mentorship.

Jennifer Christman, PsyD, ABPP – Secretary

Jennifer Christman is board certified in Forensic Psychology. She is the director of clinical training and a supervisory psychologist at the DC Superior Court’s Child Guidance Clinic in Washington, DC. She is also a past recipient of the ABPP Foundation’s Training Director Scholarship Award. Dr. Christman is an American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) fellow and served as AAFP’s social media coordinator. As founder and CEO of Forensic Psychology Solutions, LLC, she provides forensic evaluations and expert testimony in the DC area and the Carolinas. She completed her predoctoral internship with the Colorado Department of Corrections and specializes in juvenile forensic assessment and parental fitness exams. She has presented extensively on forensic topics and was featured in Psychology Today and on The Forensic Psychologist podcast.

James W. Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP – Past Chair

James W. Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP, is Professor Emeritus of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Kansas, where he also served as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research for the School of Education, and as Director of the University Counseling Center. He received his A.B. from Miami University (Ohio) and his PhD from the University of Minnesota.

He has served as President of APA’s Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), as its Vice President for Science, and as the division’s representative to APA’s Council of Representatives. Dr. Lichtenberg served nine years on the Executive Board of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP)—twice as its Chair. He is the recipient of CCPTP’s award for Lifetime Contributions to Education and Training in Counseling Psychology and the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Division 17 Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science.

Dr. Lichtenberg represented APA’s Board of Scientific Affairs on the APA’s Task Force on the Assessment of Competence in Professional Psychology, served as a member and Chair of the APA’s Committee on Accreditation, chaired APA’s BEA task force to develop a blueprint for the accreditation of master’s programs in health service psychology (HSP) and has served as a member of APA’s taskforces on master’s and doctoral competencies in HSP. He is the recipient of APA’s 2017 Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award. Jim also serves in the role the Ex Officio to the ABPP Board of Trustees representing the Foundation.

Erin C Elliot, PhD, ABPP

Erin C Elliot, PhD, ABPP is board certified in Clinical Psychology. She is a Clinical Director for General Mental Health at the Atlanta VA Healthcare System and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University. Emory University’s School of Medicine awarded her a Senior Psychologist Clinical Distinction in recognition of her provision of excellence in clinical care. Dr. Elliott is a former Board Member of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) and has served as Chair for the Committee of Gender and Sexual Diversity and Ethnic Minority Affairs. GPA honored her with Fellow status for her contributions. Dr. Elliott is greatly committed to training and faculty/staff continued professional development. One of her most rewarding experiences has been as a VA “trainer of trainers” for Motivational Interviewing/Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MI/MET). Dr. Elliott’s primary professional interests include MI/MET, serious mental illness, working with disruptive or difficult to engage patients, and culturally informed treatments.
 
Dr. Elliott received her AA from Kaskaskia (Community) College, BA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and PhD from Auburn University (Counseling). Dr. Elliott completed much of her clinical training, including her postdoctoral fellowship, at Emory University’s School of Medicine (Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) within the Grady Health System in Atlanta, GA.

Kathleen J. Hart, PhD, ABPP

Kathleen J. Hart, PhD, ABPP is a Board Certified Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist who is a Professor in the School of Psychology at Xavier University. She was a founding member of the Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology specialty board, and has been involved in a variety of leadership positions within that specialty and for ABPP.

Cindy McGeary, PhD, ABPP

Cindy McGeary, PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with board certification in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. Dr. McGeary is a former active duty Air Force psychologist and is currently an Associate Professor and the Training Director of the Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program at the University of Texas Health San Antonio. Dr. McGeary is also an investigator with the South Texas Research Organization Network Guiding Studies of Trauma and Resilience (STRONGSTAR Consortium) focusing research in the areas of PTSD and chronic pain.

Crystal S. Lim, PhD, ABPP

Crystal S. Lim, PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist who is board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She is an Associate Professor in the Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Lim’s research and clinical interests are in the field of pediatric psychology, with specific interest in pediatric obesity and weight management treatments. She provides psychological services in the UMMC and Children’s of Mississippi Pediatric Weight Management Clinic. Dr. Lim is also the Training Director of the UMMC Psychology Internship Program, which is APA accredited. Her current research focuses on developing and evaluating behavioral family weight management interventions for children who are overweight and obese and their parents, as well as studying ways to integrate telehealth into these treatments. Additionally, Dr. Lim is interested in cultural diversity and health disparities and how these factors impact the effectiveness of pediatric weight management interventions. Dr. Lim received her PhD in clinical psychology from Georgia State University and completed her clinical psychology internship and post-doctoral training at the University of Florida.

Ted Stachowiak, PhD, ABPP

Ted Stachowiak received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University. He has served in clinical and administration positions in community mental health, university counseling centers, with most of his career as Associate Director, Student Counseling Service, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (retired). He has served as President of the American Board of Counseling Psychology, and President of the American Academy of Counseling Psychology. He serves as a mentor, practice sample reviewer, and oral examiner for board certification in the specialty of Counseling Psychology, and chair of site visits for APA Accreditation of Doctoral Internship Programs in Health Service Psychology. He is the recipient of The Society of Counseling Psychology’s John D. Black Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Practice of Counseling Psychology.

Ex Officio

David R. Cox, PhD, ABPP – Executive Officer ABPP

David R. Cox, PhD, ABPP is Executive Officer of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology and was a founding member of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology. Dr. Cox has served on the staff and faculty of U.C. San Diego, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Florida. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association Divisions of Rehabilitation (22), Neuropsychology (40) and Independent Practice (42) and is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He is a recipient of the Heiser Award of the American Psychological Association, the Lifetime Practice Excellence Award from APA Division 22, a past president of the Florida Psychological Association and recipient of that organization’s Distinguished Practitioner Award, Distinguished Service Award and Legislative Affairs & Public Policy Board Chapter Representative of the Year. Dr. Cox has widely presented and published in the areas of rehabilitation, neuropsychology, and competency in professional psychology.

Joel C. Frost, EdD, ABPP – Representative, ABPP BOT

Joel C. Frost, EdD, ABPP, serves in an ex-officio capacity on the board of the American Board of Professional Psychology Foundation. He is the Secretary of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is Chair of the ABPP Diversity Committee. He is board certified in Group Psychology. He is a Life Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and a Fellow of the American Board of Group Psychology, ABPP.

He is presently retired, having served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Allied Health with Clinical Privileges (Psychiatry), Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. He was in Private Practice in Boston, MA for 30 years. His teaching, supervision, presentations, and publications have been in the areas of Gay Male Development, and Group Psychotherapy.

Foundation Administrator

Cindy Lynn

Cindy Lynn serves as the Administrator of the American Board of Professional Psychology Foundation.