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While agency staff attempt to be responsive to telephone calls and inquires, due to a heavy call volume and limited time and resources, the best method for contacting agency staff is via email.  Thus, licensees and members of the public are encouraged to contact agency staff via email for matters which are routine or not time sensitive, but are welcome to contact the Board via telephone for matters requiring immediate attention.

Please keep in mind that the Board has limited voicemail capabilities.  In the event you encounter a full voicemail box when attempting to contact staff, you are encouraged to email your question or concern instead.  When emailing, please be sure to include your telephone number and indicate in the subject line of the email whether your communication is urgent in nature.

Our goal is to respond to urgent or time sensitive matters as quickly as possible, and to respond to routine or non-urgent calls and emails within 3 business days.  Response times may vary however due to such things as the volume of calls and emails received, the nature of the inquiry, the need for further research or review, employee absences, and other agency priorities.

Many answers to questions received by the Board are found within the Psychologists’ Licensing Act, Board rules, and licensing information accessible through this website. Please refer to these laws and resources before contacting the Board.

Name

Title

Email*

Duties

Executive

Darrel Spinks

Executive Director

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Responsible for overall agency operations, including the implementation and enforcement of the Board's rules. The Executive Director also assists the Board with tasks such as rulemaking and responding to numerous reporting requirements mandated by law, as well as testifying on agency related matters before the Legislature.

Brian Creath

Deputy Executive Director

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Responsible for assisting the Executive Director, as well as coordinating the Board's Written Exam Committee, Vignette Writing Workshop, and Oral Exam Workgroup. The Deputy Executive Director is also responsible for processing applications for temporary licensure, and responding to questions from the public and licensees.

Financial

Jennifer Noack

Chief Financial Officer

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Responsible for agency accounting and financial matters, as well as technology issues related to online renewals and profiles.

Legal

Patrick Hyde

General Counsel

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Responsible for providing legal advice to the Board and staff, as well as reviewing and prosecuting disciplinary actions. The General Counsel is also tasked with coordinating with the Office of the Attorney General regarding agency litigation, and responding to inquiries regarding the agency's rules and enabling legislation, as well as certain public information requests.

In accordance with §2001.007 of the Administrative Procedure Act, please send all email inquiries regarding the Board’s rules to the General Counsel.

Open Records

Brenda Skiff

Public Information Officer

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Responsible for responding to all public information requests received by the agency, as well as requests for written verification of licenses.

Licensing

Maricela Ramirez

Licensing Manager/LP Licensing Coordinator

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Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Licensing Division, as well as processing all applications for licensure as a psychologist and applications to take the Oral Exam. The Licensing Manager is also tasked with organizing the Board's Oral Examination twice per year.

Kelly Espeseth

Renewal Coordinator

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Responsible for handling license renewals and professional development reporting for all licensees. The Renewal Coordinator is also tasked with conducting professional development audits and monitoring compliance for those licensees required to undergo a fingerprint background check in connection with their renewal.

Monica Fiero

PLP/LPA Licensing Coordinator

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Responsible for processing all applications for provisional licensure and licensure as a psychological associate. The PLP/LPA Licensing Coordinator is also tasked with processing requests to take the EPPP and Jurisprudence Exams, as well as sending notification of exam results for both exams. The PLP/LPA Licensing Coordinator also assists with the preparation for the Oral Exam.

Alfonso Fernandez

LSSP Licensing Coordinator

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Responsible for processing all applications for licensure as specialists in school psychology. The LSSP Coordinator is also tasked with processing all requests for inactive or retirement status, as well as assisting licensees with extending their inactive status or reactivating their license.

Joe Ramos

Receptionist

 

Responsible for telephone licensure verifications, directing incoming calls, assisting visitors, and mailing out non-resident fingerprint criminal history check packets.

Enforcement

Cynthia Barber

Enforcement Manager/Investigator

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Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Enforcement Division, as well as conducting investigations on complaints received involving licensees.

 

Investigator

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Responsible for conducting investigations on complaints received involving licensees, and processing the fingerprint criminal history checks submitted by licensees pursuant to Board rule 463.7.

Tracy De Bont

Compliance/Investigator

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Responsible for processing complaints against those licensees who fail to timely report their professional development hours, and responsible for monitoring licensee compliance with Board orders.

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*While agency staff attempt to provide clear and accurate guidance, please note that statements or emails from agency staff are not binding on the Board.  See 22 Tex. Admin. Code, Pt. 21, §461.2.