Board of Directors July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023

Past President:
President Elect:

Jes Leonard, Ph.D.
Celia Oliver, Ph.D., Psy.D
Brittany St. Jean, Psy.D.
Sheila Gaphardt, Psy.D.
Cerissa Desrosiers, Psy.D.

President & NHPA Liaison to the Board of Psychologists: Jes Leonard, Ph.D.
I am a strong proponent of collegiality and professional relationships as well as a promoter of high quality and ethical treatment to our clients. I appreciate NHPA's long-standing tradition in both of these areas; therefore I joined to assist in promoting NHPA's mission for our current providers and their clients.

Years on Board: 5
Practice Location: 
Lifestance Health (formally known as The Counseling Center of Nashua/New England), offices in Londonderry and Exeter, NH.

Professional Interest Areas: I work with adults providing both individual and group therapy. I am trained as a generalist, but specialize in trauma work, specifically in the area of sexual trauma. I am trained in ACT, CBT, CPT, PE, IFS, and DBT skills. Though my clinical hours have shifted a bit, I am currently the Training Director for post-doc and practicum students as well as the Regional Clinical Assessment Director for NH/ME at Lifestance Health.

Committee Work: Board of Psychologist Liaison, Early Career Psychologists Committee interim co-chair

Past President, Ethics Committee Chair, NHPA Liaison to the Board of Psychologists: Celia Oliver, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Years on board: 15
Practice Location: Retired from Private Practice in Peterborough, NH
Professional Interest Areas: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, specializing in the treatment of anxiety and autism spectrum disorders  in children, teens, and adults; ethics in clinical practice
Committee Work: Chair of the Ethics Committee (on committee since 2005)

President-Elect 2022-2023: Brittany St. Jean, Psy.D.                                                                    
One of my favorite things about being a psychologist is having the opportunity to connect with others who share  the common goal of providing quality psychological care and advocating for the individuals we serve. I joined the  board  to be  apart of something greater than myself, and to be an agent of change. I’m deeply committed to  strengthening New Hampshire communities and improving access to mental health care across the state, which aligns with NHPA’s value of practicing psychology to promote human welfare. It’s an honor to be part of the NHPA’s  dedicated group of psychologists working together to better our profession and our state.

Years on board: 3
Practice Location: Currently practicing across the Merrimack School District and southern NH region; adjunct faculty member at Rivier University
Professional Interest Areas: Consultation, psychological assessment for children and adolescents, trauma-informed care (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and school psychology
Committee Work: Behavioral Healthcare Advocacy Committee (BHAC) Member

 Secretary: Sheila Gaphardt, Psy.D.
 It's fun and fulfilling to be connected with other energetic and caring psychologists, all working to enhance the welfare of our  profession and improve services to clients in NH.

 Years on board: 3
 Practice Location: 
The Counseling Center of New England, a LifeStance Health Company, office in Nashua, NH
 Professional Interest Areas: 
Although I am trained as a generalist, I most frequently work with clients who are seeking to  address anxiety, anger, trauma, and/or phase of life challenges. I practice primarily from an ACT perspective, but am also  trained in CBT, CPT, PE, IFS, and DBT skills. 
 Committee Work: Continuing Education

 Treasurer: Cerissa Desrosiers, Psy.D.
 I am deeply grateful for the privilege that my upbringing and education have afforded me, and community  service is  a value that I hold dear. I choose to participate in NHPA governance as a way to invest my time and  energy into  supporting and connecting with psychologists and mental health practitioners in an effort to team-  up to secure  additional high-quality therapeutic resources for families.

Years on board: 5
Practice Location: Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program for Adolescents - Seabrook, NH
Professional Interest Areas: Adolescent and emerging adult diagnostic clarification, crisis stabilization, and short-term treatment.
Committee Work: Ethics committee

Member-At-Large 2022-2024: John Cabibi, Ph.D.
I have been involved in NHPA at some level since moving to NH 46 years ago and continuously for the last 10 years. Most recently, I was the Chair of the Professional Affairs and Professional Wills Committees and am presently a member of the Behavioral Health Advocacy Committee. Membership and participation in NHPA is part of my identity and supports the role of a professional in psychology. My goal is, and has been, to enhance the awareness of the profession in the community at large and in the insurance industry to enable career psychologists to provide their services to the public; and for the value of their service to be recognized and fairly compensated. 
Years on board: 10+ years
Practice Location: Retired from private therapeutic and evaluative practice. Now available for consultation and supervision.  Former experience at NH State Hospital, Clinical evaluation and consultation to public schools, placement in private schools and treatment facilities, consultation to courts and police departments
Professional Interest Areas: CBT, Mindfulness, adolescence and non-verbal communication
Personal Interests: Photography, Fly Fishing, Kayaking, Bird Watching, Good Food, Etymology of Words
Committee Work: Currently member of BHAC. Past: Chair of Professional Affairs, Professional Wills, Board Secretary, Grass-roots Liaison to APA, Liaison to NH Mental Health Coalition. Over the years I have participated on numerous other committees and have frequently testified before the NH Legislature.

HR Chair 2022-2023: Cynthia Whitaker, Psy.D. MLADC
I was the only psychologist within my work setting for many years. Being part of the NHPA Ethics Committee and now the Board of NHPA has given me the opportunity to continue to be challenged and grow as a psychologist. I appreciate all that others have shared with me as a member of NHPA.

Years on Board: 6
Practice Location: 
President & CEO, Greater Nashua Mental Health (GNMH)
Professional Interest Areas: Working with individuals who are Deaf or Hard-Of-Hearing, Community Psychology, Wholistic Treatment, Treatment Courts, Public Health, Consultation, and Teaching
Committee Work: Ethics Committee since 2014

 Member-At-Large 2021-2023: Stefanie Griffin, Ph.D.
 When I first moved to NH over 15 years ago, I wasn’t certain whether NHPA was a good fit for  me, given  my focus in  neuropsychological evaluation.  As a member, I have come to understand  the importance that  NHPA plays in advocating for  all psychologists and for individuals seeking  psychological services of all forms  in New Hampshire. I’ve enjoyed serving on  the Behavioral  Healthcare Advocacy Committee over the last  couple of years and look forward to continuing to  bring the  perspective of a clinical neuropsychologist to  bear on the work of NHPA as a Member-At-Large.

Years on board: New this year

Practice Location: Northeast Evaluation Specialists, Dover, NH

Professional Interest Areas: neuropsychological assessment of adults; dementia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and neurodevelopmental disorders

Committee Work: Behavioral Healthcare Advocacy Committee (BHAC)

APA Council Representative 2019-2021 & HR Committee Chair: Sheila H. Gardner,  Ph.D.
I have been actively engaged in NHPA for a variety of reasons over the past decade but ultimately, I remain involved  because of an essential wish for and valuing of professional collaboration/relationship and productivity/growth. Working  alongside colleagues to support each other, to grow our profession, and to learn has been a remarkable gift.

Years on board: 14
Practice Location: Private practice Durham, NH
Professional Interest Areas: Individual therapy for adults, mind-body connections in circumstances of health and illness, psychological health in the workplace, advocacy/public education/professional growth
Committee Work: Current: Human Resources Chair  Past: Membership, Legislative, Liaison to Board of Psychologists, Ad Hoc Committee on Rules Revisions for the Board of Psychologists, Behavioral Healthcare Advocacy, Psychologically Healthy Workplace, Nominations & Awards, Ad Hoc Committee on Board of Mental Health Practice Rules Revisions, Ad Hoc Committee for an Independent Board of Psychologists

Behavioral Healthcare Advocacy Committee Chair: Julie Wolter, Psy.D.
I enjoy advocating for the future of psychologists in a fast-changing healthcare system.  As systems change and  research advances, we must continue to prioritize the importance of the therapeutic relationship in healing.  It’s an  honor to be a part of a dedicated group of psychologists who care about both the health of the profession and the  health of the New Hampshire community.

Inclusion & Equity Committee Co-Chair: Natasha Haughton, Ph.D.

Membership Committee Chair, Inclusion & Equity Committee Co-Chair, Interim Early Career Psychologist Committee Co-Chair: Sue H. Kim, Ph.D.
As a clinician in solo private practice, I appreciate how NHPA has given me connections with talented and dedicated clinicians  from all over the state. I like being part of a hard-working team of people who want to improve mental health services for  the citizens of NH, who want to support clinicians to be successful, and who want to apply psychological knowledge and  skills to tackle systemic injustices like racism. 

 Years on board: 8
 Practice Location: Private Practice Wilton, NH
 Professional Interest Areas: 
Providing individual and family therapy for adolescents and adults; treating  depression, anxiety, trauma, identity exploration.
 Committee Work: Continuing Education, BHAC, Early Career, Membership, Inclusion & Equity

Legislative Committee Chair: James Bomersbach, Ph.D.

Years on board: 2
Practice Location: State Government Agency in Concord, NH
Professional Interest Areas: Forensic psychology, measurement and assessment, legislative advocacy
Committee Work: Legislative Committee

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