(p. xvii) About the Editors
Steven Walfish, PhD, was a licensed psychologist and had been in independent practice in Atlanta since 2002. He was also a founding partner of the Practice Institute, LLC. He received his PhD in clinical/community psychology from the University of South Florida in 1981. He had previously been in independent practice in Tampa, Florida, and Edmonds and Everett, Washington. He had been the editor of the Independent Practitioner and served on the editorial boards of several journals. He was the first editor of the journal Practice Innovations. He published in the areas of substance abuse, weight loss surgery, and professional training and practice. He was a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, where he supervised postdoctoral fellows.
Dr. Walfish was the recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA)’s Division of Consulting Psychology Award for Outstanding Research in Consulting Psychology, the Walter Barton Award for Outstanding Research in Mental Health Administration from the American College of Mental Health Administration, and the APA Division of Independent Practice Award for Mentoring. He was a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 42) and the Georgia Psychological Association. He was past president of the APA Division of Psychologists in Independent Practice.
His first book (co-edited with Allen Hess) was Succeeding in Graduate School: The Career Guide for Psychology Students. His recent books include Financial Success in Mental Health Practice: Essential Tools and Strategies for Practitioners (with Jeff Barnett), Earning a Living Outside of Managed Mental Health Care: 50 Ways to Expand Your Practice, Billing and Collecting for Your Mental Health Practice: Effective Strategies and Ethical Practice (with Jeff Barnett), and Translating Psychological Research into Practice (co-edited with Lisa Grossman).
In 2016 Dr. Walfish posthumously received presidential citations from the APA and from the APA’s Division of Independent Practice.
Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist as well as a professor of psychology and associate dean at Loyola University Maryland. For over 30 years he has been actively engaged in contributing to and advancing the mental health professions. He has served as president of (p. xviii) the Maryland Psychological Association and of three APA divisions, he has been chair of three APA boards or committees, and he has served in numerous volunteer governance and leadership positions on the state and national level. As a scholar in ethics, legal, and professional practice issues, he has published nine books and more than 200 articles and chapters, has given over 300 conference presentations and workshops, and has mentored hundreds of students and junior colleagues in the business of private practice. Recent books by Dr. Barnett include The Ethics of Private Practice (2014, with Jeff Zimmerman and Steve Walfish), Billing and Collecting for Your Mental Health Practice (2011, with Steve Walfish), and Financial Success in Mental Health Practice (2008, with Steve Walfish). He is a past journal editor and currently serves on the editorial boards of 10 peer-reviewed journals. In recognition of his many contributions to the mental health professions, Dr. Barnett has received numerous awards. These include the APA’s Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice, its Award for Outstanding Leaders in Psychology, and its Outstanding Ethics Educator Award.
Jeffrey Zimmerman, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist in Connecticut and New York and has been in independent practice for approximately 35 years. He returned to solo practice in 2007 after serving as founding and managing partner of a group practice for 22 years. He has a niche specialty practices in alternative dispute resolution for divorce, in addition to a general practice where he specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and couples issues. He has also co-authored The Ethics of Private Practice: A Practical Guide for Mental Health Clinicians, Financial Management for Your Mental Health Practice: Key Concepts Made Simple, and two books on divorce. Dr. Zimmerman is also a founding partner of the Practice Institute, LLC. Since 1988 he has been an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Connecticut, Farmington, Connecticut.
Dr. Zimmerman received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Mississippi (1980). Dr. Zimmerman is a past president of the Connecticut Psychological Association (1993–1994). In 1997 he became a fellow of the Connecticut Psychological Association. In 2004 he received the award for Distinguished Contributions to the Practice of Psychology from the Connecticut Psychological Association. In 2009 Dr. Zimmerman received American Board of Professional Psychology specialty board certification in clinical psychology. In 2010 Dr. Zimmerman was made a fellow of the APA in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession of psychology. In 2016 he was awarded distinguished fellowship in the National Academies of Practice and the Psychology Academy as a distinguished practitioner and fellow. He was also elected to serve as president (2017) of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, Division 29 of the APA.