The Alumni/ae at PSP
Many Distinguished and Accomplished Graduates
When they graduate from the Professional School of Psychology, our mature and accomplished students tend to move on to even higher and more distinctive levels of responsibility and influence. One of our graduates has served as Deputy Director of the Department of Mental Health for the State of California (overseeing all State Mental Hospitals); another has established the first freestanding graduate school of psychology in Eastern Europe. One of our graduates is a Professor of Psychology at a major medical school in California, while yet another heads the Department of Psychology at the Northern California campus of an internationally-known university.
One of our graduates is both a pharmacist and psychologist. Her book on psychopharmacology is an international best-seller. Another of the women who recently graduated from PSP will be uniquely combining her degree and license as a nurse practitioner with her license as a psychologist. One of our current students is a very successful physician, who will be combining her medical experience and license with a degree and license as a clinical psychologist. Another is the first African-Canadian vice president of a Canadian university A third PSP student has been appointed Chief of Police in a major California city. There are very few (if any) Chiefs of Police with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in Organizational Psychology.
Two of our graduates are pastors who have integrated their work in the church with clinical psychological services. Another graduate is a full Professor of Literature at a major Midwest university who wishes to work with men with prostate cancer; yet another of our graduates is integrating her work in California prisons with her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology. Many of our other students and graduates own their own consulting firms and are working with organizations throughout the world.
A Featured Alumnus: Marcia Reynolds, Psy.D.
Marcia Reynolds, PsyD, MCC, is considered an expert on how the brain works by her clients world-wide. In addition to coaching executives in multi-national companies, she travels around the world speaking and teaching classes in leadership, emotional intelligence and communications. Excerpts from her book Outsmart Your Brain have appeared in many places including Fortune magazine, Harvard Communications Newsletter, Cosmopolitan, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. Dr. Reynolds has appeared on ABC World News, National Public Radio, and Japan Nightly News.
Marcia is a pioneer in the coaching profession and a past president of the International Coach Federation (ICF). She was one of the first one hundred people to earn the designation of Master Certified Coach (MCC). Marcia’s doctoral degree at PSP was in Organizational Psychology and her dissertation concerned needs of the current generation of high-achieving women in the workplace. She recently completed a book for these women, called Wander Women, which was released by Berrett-Koehler in 2010.
A Featured Alumnus: Daniel Weishut, Psy.D.
Daniel J.N. Weishut is a professional with a diverse background and twenty five years of experience in consultation and therapy with a wide variety of clients and issues. Taking a world-view that people are diverse but equal, he offers his services as a “Partner on the Way”. He is a licensed clinical psychologist living in Jerusalem with more than twelve year of experience in governance and management in various organizations and more than twenty years of group facilitation and provision of psychotherapy to individual clients.
Daniel Weishut works with a variety of clients. However, his special interest is in work with those who have found themselves persecuted or otherwise in conflict with their social environment, because of their culture, identity or belief system. For example: migrants, expats, refugees, Holocaust survivors, soldiers, pacifists, and individuals from religious, cultural or sexual minorities. Dr. Weishut serves as a Board Member of the Israeli Association of Group Psychotherapy. is active in Amnesty International as Chairperson of the Control Committee (Israel Section), and is part of a project for raising awareness about the situation of Bedouins around Jerusalem.
A Featured Alumnus: Jan Bouch, Psy.D.
Jan Bouch is an organizational and educational consultant who has gained a well-deserved reputation as a major figure in the promotion of reform in judicial systems throughout the world — working in court systems throughout North America and the Mid-East. Along with President Bergquist, Ms. Bouch conducts a cutting-edge program in the Massachusetts Judicial System and the Judicial system of the District of Columbia that involves the training of judges from throughout the system in the art and science of skillful peer mentoring.
Jan Bouch earned her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York – Albany and her MHS from Keene State College. Dr. Bouch completed her doctoral program in Organizational Psychology at PSP in 2013. She is a 1994 graduate of the Court Executive Development Program and has over twenty years of administrative, consulting, and education experience with courts and other organizations, and is certified to teach educational courses about the brain.
Ms. Bouch is the primary author of the National Association for Court Management’s Education, Training and Development Core Competency Guideline, and the Education, Training and Development & Leadership courses for the Michigan State University Judicial Administration program. She is also a certified executive coach.
A Featured Alumnus: Gail Johnson Vaughan, Psy. D.
Gail has served as the Director Emerita and Chief Permanency Officer of Families NOW, a nonprofit advocacy organization achieving breakthrough impact for child welfare organizations to increase placement stability and improve permanency outcomes for children in foster care. Gail’s leadership in advocacy includes her previous work as Executive Director of Sierra Forever Families and as founder of Families NOW. Among her achievements are California’s longest sustained specialized youth permanency services (Destination Family in Sacramento County) and the nation’s first legislation to address the lack of mental health professionals with specialized training and expertise in adoption/permanency issues. Her analysis of savings resulting from implementation of proven specialized permanency services resulted in improved permanency practice in California and other states.
Gail has been recognized with numerous honors, including an Adoption Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an Angel in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, A Purpose Prize Fellowship from Encore.org, California’s Change a Lifetime Award, the Sacramento Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” award, and an Adoption Advocate award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children, among others. Her ability to successfully manage ambitious, innovative model programs and influence transformative improvements in child welfare policy and practice and form successful public/private collaborations to increase the permanency for children of all ages in foster care are widely respected, leading California’s Senate President Pro Tempore to say “”Renowned for her superb ability to forge solutions to the challenges that face the child welfare community, Gail Johnson refused to passively participate in a system that allowed California’s most fragile and vulnerable children to languish in a broken foster care system.”
Gail has chaired the California 94 Youth Permanence Policy Task Force and participated in child welfare improvement initiatives at the local, regional, state and national levels. Her recognitions include the Health & Human Services Adoption Excellence Award, 2008; CA Foster Care Month Coalition “Change a Lifetime Award” 2008; and The Sacramento Business Journal “Women Who Mean Business” Award, 2005. Gail was featured in Positively M.A.D., Making a Difference in Your Organizations, Communities and the World, published by Berrett-Koehler in 2004.