Who’s who on APA’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP)

Biographical information for the chair and members of the committee

Kim Gorgens, PhD, ABPPKim Gorgens, PhD, ABPP (2012 Chair)
University of Denver
Graduate School of Professional Psychology 

Kim Gorgens is a clinical associate professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver and teaches the psychophysiology and clinical neuropsychology sequence at the doctoral level and several courses in the Forensic Psychology and International Disaster Psychology Master’s Degree programs. She has been a member of the faculty at the University of Denver since 2001. She also has a faculty appointment to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Gorgens earned her PhD in clinical psychology at Southern Illinois University, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in rehabilitation psychology and clinical neuropsychology and is board-certified in rehabilitation psychology. Dr. Gorgens' professional interests include community outreach, education and legislative advocacy. She is the chair of APA’s CDIP, the former chair of the State of Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board, and the past-president of the Colorado Neuropsychological Society. Dr. Gorgens has most recently published on the development of culturally competent clinical practice with persons with disabilities and she received the University of Denver Disability Student Services Excellence in Education award in 2007 and the APA CDIP Mentor Award in 2008. 

Bruce Walker, PhDBruce Walker, PhD
School of Psychology
Georgia Institute of Technology   

Dr. Bruce Walker holds appointments in psychology and computing at Georgia Tech. His Sonification Lab studies nontraditional interfaces for mobile devices, auditory displays and assistive technologies. His Sonification Sandbox software creates auditory graphs for the blind. His System for Wearable Audio Navigation enables people with vision impairments to move through their environment. His Accessible Aquarium Project is developing ways to make dynamic informal learning environments such as zoos and aquariums more accessible to visually impaired visitors. Dr. Walker holds a PhD in psychology from Rice University, and has authored over 100 peer reviewed journal articles and conference papers. He has also worked for NASA, governments, private companies and the military. Originally from Canada, Bruce now makes his home in Atlanta with his wife and two young children.

Lawrence Pick, PhDLawrence Pick, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Gallaudet University

Lawrence Pick, PhD, obtained his doctoral degree in psychology (specialization in clinical neuropsychology) from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He completed his clinical internship training in the joint Neurology and Psychiatry Program at the North Shore University Hospital and completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Mill Neck Organization. Currently, Dr. Pick is an Associate Professor in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Gallaudet University. His primary program of research explores the development of cognitive functioning in individuals with hearing and/or vision loss. Additionally, he is involved in research examining the provision of equitable mental health services for people with disabilities. As a clinician, Dr. Pick provides evaluation and psychotherapy to youth and adults with developmental and neurological conditions. 

Erin E. Andrews, PsyD, ABPP Erin E. Andrews, PsyD, ABPP
Board Certified in Rehabilitation Psychology
Central Texas VA Health Care System

Erin Andrews, PsyD, ABPP received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and completed her internship and postdoctoral training at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, Fla. She is board certified in rehabilitation psychology. She is on staff at the Central Texas VA Health Care System and holds a clinical faculty appointment as assistant professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Andrews is on the APA Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) Board of Directors as a Member at Large, and is the chair of the Division 22 Psychologists with Disabilities Special Interest Group. Dr. Andrews is in her second year on APA's Committee on Disability Issues. She is interested in issues related to disability as a form of diversity, reproductive and sexual health of women with disabilities, and wellness and health promotion for people with a wide range of cognitive and physical disabilities.

Joseph Rath, PhD Joseph Rath, PhD
Senior Psychologist, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine

Joseph Rath received his PhD in counseling psychology from Fordham University in 2000. After completing a National Institutes of Health Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Rehabilitation Research, he completed his clinical internship and postdoctoral training at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University Medical Center. He currently is a senior psychologist at Rusk and a clinical assistant professor at NYU School of Medicine.

In both his clinical work and research, Dr. Rath’s career has focused on promoting the optimal adjustment, well-being and inclusion of people with disabilities. He has worked on a series of NIH-funded clinical research projects that focused on developing and evaluating novel rehabilitation methods for improving emotional self-regulation and real-life problem-solving skills in individuals with cognitive disabilities secondary to brain injury, stroke and other medical conditions that affect the brain. 

His interests include reducing disparities in access to health care for people with cognitive disabilities, integrating cognitive and emotional interventions in cognitive rehabilitation, combat-related TBI, socio-cultural diversity issues rehabilitation, and the training and supervision of psychologists with disabilities.

James L. Werth, PhD, ABPP James L. Werth, PhD, ABPP
Professor and Program Director
Radford University

James L. Werth, Jr., PhD, ABPP, received his doctoral degree from Auburn University and a Master of Legal Studies degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is a professor of psychology and director of the PsyD Program in Counseling Psychology at Radford University. The Program has emphases on rural mental health, cultural diversity, social justice and evidence-based practice.

Dr. Werth has been a licensed psychologist since 1995 and, until moving to Radford in 2007, he specialized in providing services to persons with HIV disease and people with other chronic and terminal illnesses. Currently, he provides free counseling services to individuals with physical illnesses. He has written extensively on working with people who are ill and dying.

In terms of APA involvement, Dr. Werth served on all of APA’s groups focusing on end-of-life issues. He also was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Legal Issues and recently completed a three-year term on the Committee on Rural Health. He was an APA Congressional Fellow in 1999-2000, where he worked in the office of Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) on HIV and on end-of-life issues.

Liaisons to CDIP

Ann Marie Warren, PhD, ABPP 
Baylor University Medical Center-Trauma
Clinical Psychologist/Associate Investigator of Trauma Research

Ann Marie Warren, PhD, ABPP (Rp), is the Division 22 liaison to the Committee. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate investigator of trauma research in the Division of Trauma at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Her clinical and research interests over the years have been focused on individuals who sustain trauma and subsequent disability and the impact of this on both the individual and their families. Of particular interest she has been working with individuals who sustain spinal cord injury (SCI). She is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology with a specialty area in Rehabilitation Psychology. Dr. Warren is the site principal investigator at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (BIR) for the Controlled Trial of Venlafaxine XR for Depression after SCI: A Multi-site study funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Dr. Warren has published primarily in the areas of resilience and traumatic SCI and has other publications related to traumatic injury.

Dr. Warren is also a member of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, and serves on the Research Committee for the Psychologists and Social Workers Section. She obtained a BS in psychology at Texas Christian University, her MS at Nova Southeastern University in mental health counseling and her PhD at the University of North Texas in clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine. She completed her predoctoral internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., and her postdoctoral requirement at BIR.

Melissa Anderson, MA Melissa Anderson, MA
Gallaudet University
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Melissa L. Anderson, APAGS’s liaison to CDIP, is a fifth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Gallaudet University, focusing her clinical and research work on issues of intimate partner violence and women’s trauma in the Deaf community. Melissa became involved in this subfield as an undergraduate student at Boston University, where she earned degrees in psychology and deaf studies.

In her graduate student career, Melissa has published in journals such as the Journal of Family Violence, Violence Against Women, and the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, exploring the prevalence and predictors of intimate partner violence in the deaf community. Melissa is a member of the Public Awareness Task Force of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV). She is also the recipient of numerous awards including the 2011 APAGS Disabilities Grant. She will be the recipient of the 2012 APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology at this year’s APA Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Melissa is currently a 2011-2012 predoctoral psychology intern at the University of Massachusetts Medical School/Worcester State Hospital. She will receive her doctoral degree from Gallaudet University in August 2012, and continue with UMass Medical School as a postdoctoral fellow for the 2012-2013 year, focusing her training on the treatment of trauma and substance abuse within the Deaf community. Melissa’s primary professional aspiration is to establish a culturally- and linguistically accessible agency for deaf survivors of violence, trauma and abuse.