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Friday, October 22 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Becoming a Specialist: Paths to Board Certification for Psychological Service Providers

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A specialty is a defined area in the practice of psychology that connotes special competency acquired through an organized sequence of formal education, training and experience. Since 1947, the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) is the primary organization for specialty board certification in psychology, encompassing 15 recognized specialty areas. Despite numerous benefits to board certification for both providers and consumers of psychological services, only 4% of licensed psychologists in the United States are board-certified with some states (such as Hawaii) being underrepresented in the regional distribution of certified specialists. Understanding the requirements, examination process, and value of board certification is imperative for growing the field’s population of certified specialists.
This roundtable discussion will overview the process, benefits, and challenges of board certification for psychologists and trainees at any stage of their professional development. Five locally-based board-certified psychologists in various specialty areas will share their background, how their current roles relate to their professional interests, and advice for professionals interested in pursuing board certification.

Learning objectives:
• Describe the process for obtaining specialty board certification through ABPP
• List the unique benefits conferred by board certification for providers of psychological services
• List the various areas of specialization recognized by ABPP
• Learn methods for initiating the board certification process at various stages of professional development

The evaluation/CE request form for this program can be found HERE.

Speakers
avatar for Alexander Malik Khaddouma, PhD, ABPP

Alexander Malik Khaddouma, PhD, ABPP

Staff Psychologist, Counseling and Student Development Center, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Alexander Malik Khaddouma, PhD, ABPP is a licensed, board-certified staff psychologist at the Counseling and Student Development Center at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa in Honolulu, Hawai'i, where he also serves as the Coordinator of Outreach Services. He received his PhD in... Read More →
avatar for Shiloh Jordan, PhD, ABPP

Shiloh Jordan, PhD, ABPP

Psychology Training Director, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
Name: Shiloh Jordan, PhD, ABPPBoard Certification: Counseling PsychologyAffiliation: VA Pacific Islands Healthcare SystemEmail: shiloh.jordan@va.govBio: Shiloh E. Jordan, PhD, ABPP is the Director of Training for Psychology at the VA Pacific Islands HealthCare System (VAPIHCS) and... Read More →
avatar for Tanya D'Avanzo, PhD, ABPP-Cn

Tanya D'Avanzo, PhD, ABPP-Cn

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Private Practice
Name: Tanya D’Avanzo, PhD, ABPP-CnBoard Certification: Clinical NeuropsychologyAffiliation: Private PracticeEmail: drtanya@hawaii.rr.comBio: Tanya J. D’Avanzo, PhD, ABPP-Cn is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist. She attained a B.S.degree in biopsychology with a minor... Read More →
avatar for Marvin Acklin, PhD, ABPP, ABFP, ABAP

Marvin Acklin, PhD, ABPP, ABFP, ABAP

Clinical, Assessment & Forensic Psychology, Independent Practice
Name: Marvin Acklin, PhD, ABPP, ABFP, ABAPBoard Certification: Clinical and Forensic PsychologyAffiliation: Pacific Forensic Associates, Inc.Email: acklin@hawaii.eduBio: Dr. Acklin is a clinical, assessment and forensic psychologist practicing in Hawaii since 1989. Dr.Acklin is board... Read More →
avatar for Tanecia Blue

Tanecia Blue

Whole Health Program Manager, VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System
Tanecia Blue, PhD, ABPP is a board-certified clinical health psychologist who has mentored several others in the board-certification process, as well as encourages others to engage in the board certification process. Dr. Blue currently manages a cultural transformation program focused... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 2:45pm - 4:15pm HST
Room 2
  Roundtable Session