The current NCAPP leadership, Janet Heuring, Carol Williams, Tara Luellen, Pam Corbett, Flora Dunbar, Les Brinson, and others, have been working together beginning in 2015 toward improving the equitable practice of LPAs and to provide more mental health service options to the public
The North Carolina Association of Professional Psychologists organization is dedicated to the advancement of the profession of psychology and to improving the provision of psychological services to the public. Our goal is to provide the information, resources, and tools to make it easier for people to access mental health services, and for clinicians to provide services.
We provide information for master's level psychologists and future psychologists, including education requirements and information, licensing and supervision requirements, and any relevant legal proceedings.
BRIEF HISTORY OF NCAPP
In 1994, Licensed Psychological Associates (LPAs) across the state of North Carolina became concerned about their continued ability to maintain employment and provide services. Insurance companies had begun paying only independent practitioners for services rendered, and the rising expense for employers to pay for the supervision of LPAs was an increasingly pressing problem. Consequently, twenty or so LPAs met during the North Carolina Psychological Association’s annual convention to discuss their concerns. After much lively interaction it was decided that the LPAs were losing ground vis-a-vis other master-degreed providers—social workers, LPCs, etc.—and the ability to achieve independent practice was apparent. Subsequently, LPAs decided to form new organization to address these concerns.
A month later fifteen or so LPAs gathered to form strategy. It was eventually agreed that a state-wide convention was necessary to address the issue and allow everyone to express their opinions. This was arranged, and sixty or so participants from all over the state attended. It was decided that the LPAs should form an organization, temporarily called the LPA Advocates. Officers were nominated and voted upon. Henry Tonn was voted president, Tom Haifley, vice president, Nancy Webb, secretary, and Katherine Ridley (now Smith) treasurer. LPAs from various localities agreed to assume support positions and the first board meeting was arranged in Greensboro, because of its central location.
Shortly thereafter, twelve to twenty people met in Greensboro every month, during which time a constitution was created with the necessary bylaws. After much debate and numerous suggestions, it was decided to re-name the organization the North Carolina Association of Professional Psychologists, which won out by one vote over “the North Carolina Society of Psychologists.” Money was raised through generous contributions, Al Adams, a prominent lobbyist, was hired, and a bill for independence was drafted with considerable effort by Flora Dunbar, legislative representative. A legislative sponsor was found and the bill was introduced the following year.
Despite the dedicated efforts of many LPAs who canvassed the legislature in 1995, and contacted their personal legislators back home, the bill never reached the floor of the House to be voted upon. The bill was argued before a subcommittee and a full committee, passing on both occasions, however, it died in the Finance Committee without a vote. Two years later NCAPP launched another bill in the legislature, with the same results.
In the early 2000’s NCPA launched a Task Force to examine the question of independence for LPAs. Nine LP’s and nine LPAs across the state met regularly in Raleigh to discuss the issue and it was determined that the LPAs should be provided the opportunity to achieve independent practice in the state of North Carolina. Work began on a new bill, however, despite valiant efforts, the bill lacked sufficient support from all stakeholders to move forward to the legislature.
Over the years NCAPP continued as a group dedicated to the professional practice of psychology, with periodic attempts to develop a new direction. That new direction was reinvigorated in 2015, when a new approach began development, culminating in the current petition. NCAPP, which has existed now for twenty-five years, is continuing the work of advocating for, and assisting Licensed Psychological Associates to practice and compete fairly in the mental health field.
Thank you for your support.
Meet the Team
We are working to make psychological services more readily available to the public, less expensive, more readily covered by insurance and governmental programs, and reduce operational costs to LPAs.
Janet Heuring-Larsen, MA, LPA, LCAS
President - NCAPP
Carol E. Williams, MA, LPA, BCBA
Vice President - NCAPP
Working as a psychologist, I am clinically trained to evaluate skills, strengths, preferences, and functioning, to administer tests and assessments, and to help people learn to effectively work through issues. I have worked with children and adolescents, to change and improve behavior, and in my present position, I work primarily with adults who have developmental disabilities. Additionally, I have Board Certification in Behavior Analysis, and I am pursuing a doctoral degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis.
Tara Luellen, MA, LPA, HSP-PA
Secretary - NCAPP
Tara Luellen, MA, LPA, HSP-PA is currently a Licensed Psychological Associate and Health Services Provider - Psychological Associate in North Carolina, and she has also previously been licensed at the same level in the states of Kentucky and Alabama. She has seven total years of experience in providing direct psychological services to consumers and has an additional two-and-a-half years of consultation and volunteer work in the field. She is particularly well-versed in psychological evaluations, especially in the areas of cognitive decline, intellectual assessments, and psychoeducational interventions; she also has extensive experience in providing therapeutic interventions to those suffering from depression and mood disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, and psychotic symptoms.
Laura Quinn, MA, LPA
I have been practicing psychology as an LPA in North Carolina since 1982 (apart from a 2 year period when my husband and I lived in Atlanta), primarily in the field of developmental disabilities. I started and will likely end my career working in state developmental centers as a staff psychologist. In the many years between those bookends, I worked as a behavioral consultant and contracted evaluator in schools across the state for students with intellectual disabilities, autism, behavioral and emotional disabilities, and learning disabilities. I worked in child protective services as a consultant/ evaluator/ teacher/ trainer for parents with cognitive limitations and their families.
After starting our own consulting business, my husband and I have contracted with MCO's to provide behavioral consultation for individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings including family homes and group homes. I am guardian for my sister with intellectual disabilities and have been guardian for another individual with severe and persistent mental illness, who, among others, have inspired the passion I feel for the work I have done and continue to do.
I so admire the previous work the NCAPP leadership has done to advance the interests of LPA's in North Carolina. Their dedication has been amazing. I believe that they and NCAPP are deserving of all North Carolina LPA's unqualified support.
Licia Rogers, MS, LPA
NCAPP Board Member
Licia Rogers is trained in Clinical Psychology and has been licensed in NC since 1996. She grew up in Wilmington, NC, and has worked there for most of her career. UNC-W is where she received her BA for psychology, and Augusta University, Ga., is where she obtained her MS for Clinical Psychology. The majority of her work has focused on children and adolescents, providing psychological evaluation and therapy through cognitive behavioral interventions. Working with families, couples, and young women is also a career focus to help them improve relationships and mental health issues. In the last few years, Mrs. Rogers has worked in private practice after being in different mental health positions such as therapeutic foster care, inpatient treatment, and clinical director for community mental health services. Diagnoses frequently identified and treated include depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and trauma. An interest in providing tele-mental health therapy is also presently being pursued. Mrs. Rogers has a special interest in working with others to discuss the impact of neonatal drug exposure, making schools better, and the importance of fathers being actively engaged in their children’s lives.
Joseph H. Bunch (Joe), MA, LPA
NCAPP Board member
I earned the BA in psychology and MA in school psychology & clinical counseling (completed requirements for both MA tracts) from Wake Forest University; completed additional coursework at Western Carolina University to upgrade my initial school psychology license in NC very early in my career; and, more recently (2010), earned a Post Master’s Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Administration from the George Washington University to add several areas of school administration to my current license per the NC Dept. of Public Instruction (special education program administration, advanced principal, & superintendent). I am currently ABD towards a PhD in Leadership Studies with a research focus upon school psychology leadership development. I have been licensed as a school psychologist in NC since 1980 at the EdS level and licensed by the NC Psychology Board since 1992 as a LPA-HSP. I have worked most of my career in public school settings but have also worked as the director of counseling services in a youth services bureau and an executive/clinical director in a child advocacy center in community/clinical settings. Over my career, I have developed additional specializations in the following areas: crisis intervention/postvention; child sexual abuse; traumatic brain injury; and school mental health. In the early 2000s, I was selected as a member of a group of school psychologists selected by NC DPI & NCSPA who revised/rewrote DPI’s standards of practice & performance evaluation procedures for school psychologists in NC (previous revisions occurred in mid-1980s). For most of the past 15 years, I have worked in student services administrative positions and am currently the director of school mental health and psychological services in a rural public school setting. Over the past twenty-five or so years, I have also (1) had a limited private psychology practice and (2) periodically taught a range of psychology courses at the community college and university levels as an adjunct. I am also a past executive board member of the NC School Psychology Association and have served on/chaired various boards related to mental health in the local areas of my current and past employment.
Jack Clement, MA, LPA, HSP-PA
NCAPP Board Member
I was licensed as a psychological associate in 1976. I have been actively practicing psychology since then. I have worked in many settings including mental health centers, inpatient psychiatric settings and outpatient private practice. I have also taught at Mars Hill University and Western Carolina University. In addition, I have done workshops for mental health professional at various AHECs. For the past 12 years, my practice has been devoted exclusively to psychological evaluations.
I have been involved with the NCAPP since the early days of the organization in the mid 1990s, and I look forward to continuing to advocate for LPAs and the clients we serve.
Les Brinson, PhD, LP
NCAPP Board Member
Flora Dunbar, MA, LPC, LPA
NCAPP Board Consultant
We need your help to keep moving forward with the quest to end career-long supervision of LPAs and to promote the profession of psychology