NEW JERSEY STATE
BOARD OF PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINERS
MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2008
PUBLIC SESSION MINUTES

The general meeting of the New Jersey State Board of Psychological Examiners was held at the Board office, 124 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey. The meeting was called to order at 9:40 a.m.

PRESENT:

Nancy E. Friedman, Ph.D., Chair
Loretto A. Brickfield, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Alan M. Groveman, Ph.D., Secretary
Kenneth G. Roy, Ed.D.

ABSENT:

Patricia A. Farrell, Ph.D.
T. Stephen Patterson, Ph.D., Government Member

ALSO ATTENDING:

J. Michael Walker, Executive Director
Carmen A. Rodriguez, Deputy Attorney General, Counsel to Board
Wanda Ginn, Administrative Staff

REVIEW OF MINUTES:

Upon motion made by Dr. Brickfield and seconded by Dr. Groveman, the Board approved the public session minutes of November 3, 2008, with corrections. Voting in favor of the motion: all.

CLOSED SESSION AND RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

Upon unanimous vote of all members present, the Board went into closed session for discussion of the oral examinations. The Board returned to open session.

CREDENTIAL COMMITTEE REPORT:

TEMPORARY PERMIT–NOT TO EXCEED THREE YEARS

The following candidates were unanimously approved for a three-year temporary permit for the supervised practice of psychology:

Swati Marner, Ed.D. Elizabeth Pestrichella, Psy.D.
Susan Smith, Ph.D. Margaret Chan, Ph.D.
Letosha Hodge, Psy.D. Kathleen Hodgkiss, Ph.D.
Jodi Streich, Ph.D. Gregory Speth, Ph.D.
Sherri All, Ph.D. Jamie Lee, Psy.D.
Eve P. Adams, Ph.D. Katherine DiDonato, Ph.D.

TEMPORARY PERMIT–NOT TO EXCEED ONE YEAR

The following candidates were unanimously approved for a one-year temporary permit for the unsupervised practice of psychology:

Jonathan Schwartz, Psy.D. Cynthia Burch Simonds, Psy.D.

LICENSED BY EXAMINATION

Upon motion made by Dr. Roy and seconded by Dr. Groveman, the following candidates qualified for licensure. Voting in favor of the motion: all.

Ryan Mendoza, Psy.D.
Dianne Agureo-Trotter, Ph.D.
Maureen J. Solow, Psy.D.
David Helfgott, Psy.D.

DEFERRAL OF EXAMINATION

Upon motion made by Dr. Roy and seconded by Dr. Groveman, the Board voted to defer final consideration of the oral examination of the following candidate pending submission and approval of a paper outlining the information a psychologist can share with a third-party payor (insurance company) under the Act Concerning the Disclosure of Patient Information by Psychologists (a.k.a. New Jersey Peer Review Law).

Ilana D. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

CORRESPONDENCE

Dara Rosenbaum, Ph.D., TP #053-642

Dr. Rosenbaum wrote requesting an extension of her three-year permit beyond the December 6, 2008 expiration date in order to prepare her work sample for submission to the Board office for the oral examination. Upon motion made by Dr. Groveman and seconded by Dr. Roy, the Board voted to grant the extension of her permit for an additional year. Dr. Rosenbaum’s permit will now expire on December 7, 2009. Voting in favor of the motion: all.

Marie Geron, Ph.D., TP #053-648

Dr. Geron wrote requesting an extension of her three-year permit beyond the December 13, 2008 expiration. Dr. Geron has submitted her work sample to the Board office for the oral examination. Upon motion made by Dr. Groveman and seconded by Dr. Roy, the Board voted to grant the extension of her permit until the receipt of her oral examination results. Voting in favor of the motion: all.

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards

The Board reviewed the Open Session minutes of Tuesday, August 12, 2008 of the ASPPB Board of Directors in Boston, Massachusetts. The Board accepted the minutes as informational.

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards

The Board reviewed the Open minutes from the 47th Annual Meeting of Delegates of the ASPPB which was held on October 17–21, 2007 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Board accepted the minutes as informational.

Nicole Gali Strope, Psy.D., TP #063-680

Dr. Strope wrote requesting a 90-day extension for the submission of her work sample for the oral examination. Dr. Strope stated that due to a demanding work schedule and a recent death in the family she has been unable to focus on the completion of her paper. Upon motion made by Dr. Groveman and seconded by Dr. Roy, the Board voted to grant her request for an additional 90 days to submit her work sample. Her work sample is now due on or before February 27, 2009. Voting in favor of the motion: all.

Evelyn A. Orozco, Ph.D., #3677

Dr. Orozco submitted her written resignation to the Board of Psychological Examiners effective November 2008. Dr. Orozco stated that due to her current employment and its increased obligations, responsibilities and travel demands, she is unable to continue her service to the Board. Upon motion made by Dr. Groveman and seconded by Dr. Roy, the Board voted to accept Dr. Orozoco’s resignation with regret and thanked her for her service. Voting in favor of the motion: all.

Andrea C. Cruz, Psy.D.

Dr. Cruz wrote requesting that the Board officially approve Lynette Johnson, Ph.D. as an additional supervisor on her three-year supervised permit and that they accept supervision hours she accrued under Dr. Johnson before she was listed as an approved supervisor. Upon motion made by Dr. Groveman and seconded by Dr. Roy, the Board voted to approve Dr. Johnson as an additional supervisor effective from October 28, 2008, the date of her request. However, the Board denied her request to accept supervision hours accrued before Dr. Johnson’s approval date as a supervisor. Voting in favor of the motion: Drs. Groveman, Brickfield, Roy and Farrell (polled by telephone on December 3, 2008). Dr. Friedman recused.

Sarosh Cooper, Ph.D., TP #083-901

Dr. Cooper wrote appealing the Board’s previous decision denying acceptance of supervision hours she accrued while not under permit. Upon motion made by Dr. Roy and seconded by Dr. Brickfield, the Board voted to uphold its previous decision to deny acceptance of hours accrued before the issuance of a temporary permit. Additionally, the Board voted to inform Dr. Cooper that N.J.A.C. 13:42-3.2(a), requiring all applicants to obtain a temporary permit before accruing supervision hours, has been in effect since December 4, 2000 and that all licensees and applicants are required to know and observe the regulations. Voting in favor of the motion: all.

Carli A. Shelley, Psy.D.

Dr. Shelley wrote requesting that the Board accept supervision hours she accrued in New Jersey while not under permit. Upon motion made by Dr. Groveman and seconded by Dr. Brickfield, the Board voted to inform Dr. Shelley that post-doctoral hours accrued in New York by a psychologist licensed for at least two years would be accepted. However, supervision hours accrued in New Jersey without a permit can not be accepted pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:42-3.2 (a). Voting in favor of the motion: all.

Russell M. Holstein, Ph.D., #941

Dr. Holstein wrote with regard to the Board’s upcoming sunset of N.J.A.C. 13:42-1 et. seg. and the Attorney General’s 1990 decision regarding the Act Concerning the Disclosure of Patient Information by Psychologists (a.k.a. Peer Review Law) by ERISA. Dr. Holstein is requesting that the Board seek to obtain either another new opinion from the Attorney General’s office or leave the issued to be legally clarified if a court should become involved. Upon motion made by Dr. Brickfield and seconded by Dr. Groveman, the Board tabled further discussion of this matter until counsel has had time to review it. Voting in favor of the motion: all.

Esther Deblinger, Ph.D., #2688 & Elisabeth Pollio, Ph.D., #4280

Dr. Deblinger and Dr. Pollio wrote requesting additional clarification about their interpretation of N.J.A.C. 13:42-1.3 that they have interpreted to mean that while a permit holder is providing services to a client, the supervisor must be available at all times during the session either on-site or by phone in case the supervisor’s assistance is needed. Upon motion made by Dr. Groveman and seconded by Dr. Roy, the Board voted to inform Dr. Deblinger and Dr. Pollio that their interpretation of the regulation is correct. Voting in favor of the motion: all.

Samuel A. Feldman, Ph.D., International College of Professional Psychology

The Board reviewed Dr. Feldman’s response with regard to providing the Board with evidence that the International College of Professional Psychology has national recognition. Upon motion made by Dr. Roy and seconded by Dr. Brickfield, the Board voted to inform Dr. Feldman that it does not agree with his interpretation of "national recognition" in N.J.S.A. 45:14B-20. Voting in favor of the motion: all.

New Jersey Psychological Association (N.J.P.A.)

Lorryn Wahler, Executive Director of the New Jersey Psychological Association ("NJPA") informed the Board that NJPA President, Dr. Judith Glassgold has established a Special Task Force on Licensure in New Jersey and would like to invite the Board and/or its representative to be a part of this process. Upon motion made by Dr. Roy and Dr. Brickfield, the Board to inform Ms. Wahler that their participation on the Task Force would constitute a conflict of interest for the Board.

PUBLIC DISCIPLINARY MATTERS

I/M/O Martin I. Dank, Ph.D., #1080

A Consent Order was signed by Dr. Dank and filed with the Board of Psychological Examiners on November 24, 2008 admonishing Dr. Dank for not ensuring that parental consents were obtained before engaging in the observation of a special needs child which constitutes a violation of N.J.S.A 45:1-21(e) and imposing a civil penalty of $250.00.

I/M/O Alvin Krass, Psy.D., #275

A Complaint was filed with the Board of Psychological Examiners against Dr. Krass for one count of professional misconduct in violation of N.J.S.A. 45:1-21(h); N.J.S.A 45:1-21(e); N.J.A.C. 13:42-10.13(c); N.J.A.C. 13:42-10.13(d); N.J.A.C. 13:42-10.13(e) and N.J.A.C. 13:42-10.13(f) for continuing a treating relationship in which he had a financial interest, entering a dual relationship with a client which included a business relationship, failure to terminate a conflict or dual relationship and entering into financial arrangements with a client which were likely to impair professional judgment including loans from a client. The Complaint included a second count of professional misconduct in violation of N.J.S.A. 13:42-1-21(h) and/or N.J.S.A. 13:42-1-21(e) and/or N.J.S.A. 13:42-1-21(d) for bartering for any services provided by any current client. Additionally, the Board received and Filed Dr. Krass’s Answer To Complaint on November 26, 2008. Upon motion made by Dr. Brickfield and seconded by Dr. Groveman, the Board voted to transfer this matter to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). Voting in favor of the motion: all.

I/M/O Kenneth R. Langlieb, Ph.D., #3073

A Complaint was Filed with the Board of Psychological Examiners against Dr. Langlieb for two counts of professional misconduct. The first count of professional misconduct is for gross and repeated acts of negligence in violation of N.J.S.A. 13:42-1-21(c); N.J.S.A. 13:42-1-21(d) and N.J.S.A. 13:42-1-21(e); for failure to prepare and maintain client records, in violation of N.J.A.C. 13:42-8.1; for failure to practice only within his area of competence, in violation of N.J.A.C. 13:42-10.4; abandonment and neglect of his client, in violation of N.J.A.C. 13:42-10.8, and N.J.S.A. 45:1-21(h). The second count is for professional misconduct in violation of N.J.S.A. 45:1-21(e), a lack of good moral character, in violation of N.J.S.A. 45:14b-14 and sexual misconduct, in violation of N.J.A.C. 13:42-10.9 and N.J.S.A. 45:1-21(h). The Board is awaiting receipt of Dr. Langlieb’s answer.

REPORT ON PERMIT CONFERENCE HELD ON 11/17/08–ROY/BRICKFIELD

Clifford Barneman, Psy.D./Jesse Whitehead, Jr., Psy.D., supervisor (Present)

Dr. Barneman took and failed the E.P.P.P. written examination administered on September 26, 2008 and is currently working under a three-year supervised temporary permit that will expire on February 23, 2009.

Upon motion made by Dr. Roy and seconded by Dr. Groveman, the Board voted to extend Dr. Barneman’s temporary permit for an additional year contingent upon his taking the E.P.P.P. written examination on or before March 31, 2009. Dr. Barneman’s permit will now expire on February 23, 2010. Voting in favor of the motion: all.

REPORT ON PERMIT CONFERENCES HELD ON 12/1/08–ROY/GROVEMAN

Margaret Humes-Bartlo, Ph.D./Jane Healey, Ph.D., supervisor (Present)

Dr. Humes-Bartlo failed her oral examination administered on September 15, 2008 and is currently working under a three-year supervised temporary permit that expired on November 29, 2008. Upon motion made by Dr. Groveman and seconded by Dr. Brickfield, the Board voted to extend Dr. Humes-Bartlo’s temporary permit for an additional 18 months with a caseload of no more than three (3) client hours per week. Dr. Humes-Barlto’s permit will now expire on May 29, 2010. Voting in favor of the motion: all.

Maura Tuite, Ph.D./Donna Pass-Schatten, Ph.D, supervisor (Present)

Dr. Tuite took and failed the E.P.P.P. written examination administered on October 9, 2008 and is currently working under a three-year supervised temporary permit that will expire on November 17, 2009. Upon motion made by Dr. Groveman and seconded by Dr. Roy, the Board voted to continue Dr. Tuite’s temporary permit with a caseload of no more than five (5) client hours per week. Dr. Tuite’s permit will expire on November 17, 2009. Voting in favor of the motion: all.

Respectfully submitted,

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Alan M. Groveman, Ph.D.
Secretary

APPROVED BY:

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Date: Nancy E. Friedman, Ph.D.
Chair