Chuck Ruby, Ph.D.
Dr. Ruby earned his Ph.D. in 1995 at Florida State University. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of military service as a criminal and counterintelligence special agent and investigative psychologist in many capacities across the globe.
He is currently the Director and General Manager of the Pinnacle Center for Mental Health and Human Relations, a private group practice in southern Maryland that offers a variety of evaluation and therapy services. He is also a psychotherapist and coach, addressing emotional and behavioral problems as natural human reactions in life, rather than as dysfunction or disease. He helps people use their inherent abilities in reorganizing and reconstructing their lives in order to help them find a sense of contentment.
Dr. Ruby rejects the idea of "mental illness" as it is a misleading metaphor that creates diseases and disabilities out of basic human struggles. He likewise disagrees with, and strongly cautions against, the use of psychiatric drugs as they do not correct any so-called chemical imbalances of the brain, and they have many harmful effects and lead to dependency. Dr. Ruby recognizes that as humans we all share the difficult challenges of finding meaning, accepting our limitations, connecting with others, and taking responsibility for the ultimate direction of our lives.
Dr. Ruby is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Humanistic Psychology, and Psychologists for Social Responsibility. He is the past Chairperson of the Board for ISEPP and has been the Executive Director since 2015.
Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Dominick Riccio, Ph.D.
Dr. Riccio is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He has been a supervisor and training analyst at various psychoanalytic institutes. He is past co-founder and clinical director of Encounter, Inc., a prototype drug rehabilitation for teenagers. He has previously served as both president and vice-president of the Association for Modern Psychoanalysis, as well as founder and executive director of the Institute for the Treatment and Research of Psychosomatic Disorder. Dr. Riccio served as Executive Director of our organization from 2002 to 2008.
A Harvard Law School graduate, Mr. Gottstein has been practicing law in Alaska for over 30 years. Since it's founding in late 2002, he has devoted the bulk of his time pro bono to the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) whose mission is to mount a strategic litigation campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States. He has won reversal of four trial court decisions running roughshod over people's rights in these proceedings through appeals to the Alaska Supreme Court, including three on constitutional grounds. These decisions substantially limit the State's legal right to lock up and drug people labeled as mentally ill against their will. Mr. Gottstein is the author of several publications (available here, here, and here). Mr. Gottstein is best known for subpoenaing and releasing the "Zyprexa Papers" which documented Eli Lilly's suppression of information regarding the tendency of their antipsychotic drug to cause diabetes and metabolic disorders; Eli Lilly eventually paid $1.4 billion dollars in criminal and civil penalties. Currently, Mr. Gottstein is spending most of his time on Psychrights' Medicaid Fraud Initiative Against Psychiatric Drugging of Children and Youth.
Michael Gilbert, Psy.D.
Dr. Gilbert has worked in human services for the past 25 years, including foster care, group home, and hospital settings. In addition, he has worked as a school psychologist within the Syracuse City Schools for the past 17 years as well as an adjunct professor at local colleges. In 2000, Dr. Gilbert founded It's About Childhood & Family, Inc., a not-for-profit clinic and resource center. Recently, he launched the Inner Wealth Initiative in Central New York as a grassroots movement designed to provide families an alternative to the traditional mental health system. In addition to lecturing extensively, he advocates for non-labeling and non-medication approaches for families and teachers with children exhibiting challenging behaviors, commonly diagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or Bipolar Disorder.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Cacciatore has worked with people who are affected by traumatic death, particularly the death of a child, for nearly 20 years. She uses non-traditional, mindfulness-based approaches such as trauma focused psychoeducation, fully present narration, emotion-focused imaginal dialogue, symbols-metaphor-and-rituals, bibliotherapy, ecotherapy, meditation, yoga, and shinrin-yoku. She is also a professor & researcher at Arizona State University and the founder of the MISS Foundation, an international nonprofit organization with 75 chapters around the world aiding parents whose children have died or are dying. Dr. Cacciatore is the author of Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief.
Dr. Colbert is a clinical psychologist and director of the Center of Psychological Alternatives to Biopsychiatry. The center is dedicated to educating both the professional and the public about the fallacies behind the inheritance and the chemical imbalance models of mental illness. Dr. Colbert is also the author of several books including his internationally acclaimed Broken Brains or Wounded Hearts: What Causes Mental Illness.
Laura Delano is a psychiatric liberation activist, writer, and community organizer. She entered the “mental health” system as a thirteen-year old and escaped it fourteen years later, after accidentally stumbling upon Robert Whitaker’s book, Anatomy of an Epidemic. Today, Laura works with individuals looking to free themselves from psychiatric labels and drugs, and communities seeking to build alternatives to the “mental health” system. She is an editor, consultant, and film festival organizer at www.MadinAmerica.com, and she lives near Boston, Massachusetts, where she’s founded a mutual support group for people coming off psychiatric drugs. She serves on the boards of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry and Mad in America, Inc., and on the advisory board of It’s All About Childhood and Family, Inc. Laura can be found at her website, www.RecoveringfromPsychiatry.com.
Al Galves, Ph.D.
Dr. Galves is a clinical psychologist in New Mexico and Colorado. He has worked as a psychotherapist in community mental health centers, in health clinics, and as a school psychologist in public schools. He is a board member of MindFreedom International and the author of Harness Your Dark Side: Mastering Jealousy, Rage, Frustration and Other Negative Emotions. Dr. Galves was our Executive Director from 2011 to 2013.
Noel is a clinical psychologist with over 40 publications and presentations on the topic of trauma and psychosis, barriers to humanistic approaches to suffering, and the need for major systemic change in all areas of mental health. Recently, she completed her dissertation of first-person perspectives on what is helpful and harmful in the treatment of severe dissociative states. Noel is also on the Board of Directors for Hearing Voices Network-USA, was previously the "experts-by-experience" Chair for ISPS, and is a blogger at madinamerica.com. Her own personal experiences and her passion for social justice fuel her outspoken nature and drive for change. To keep it real, however, she spends much of her time performing improv comedy in NYC.
Jake Johnson, Ed.D.
Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor in and past department chair of the Department of Counseling in the College of Education at Bowie State University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, trainer, consultant, educator, and author. He teachers graduate courses in school counseling, mental health counseling, and counseling psychology and supervises the practicum and internship in school counseling. Professionally, he is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). In ACA, Dr. Johnson has chaired, participated and presented in sessions and workshops on creating a healthy workplace, stress management, rage, diversity, multiculturalism, existentialism, and existential cross-cultural counseling at national and international conferences. He is also an active member of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD): Past-Chair, Association Development; Co-chair, Twentieth Anniversary Committee; and Past-Chair, Twenty Fifth Anniversary. He is a Past-President of the Maryland Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (MAMCD), and a Past-President, Maryland Association for Counseling and Development (MACD) and currently serving as a board member.
Lloyd Ross, Ph.D.
Dr. Ross received his doctorate in 1976 from New York University, and completed postdoctoral training in Psychodynamic Ego-Developmental Theory & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with specialization in child & adolescent areas, and received two years of direct supervision from Margaret Mahler, M.D. Dr. Ross is also certified as a school psychologist. He is a Founding Fellow, American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists and was a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association Program Committee. Dr. Ross has been in full time private practice for the past 32 years with specialization in child-adolescent-and family psychotherapy, therapist supervision, and forensics. He has been a consultant to several adolescent and child treatment centers, and has taught at several psychoanalytic training programs in the New Jersey metropolitan area. Dr. Ross has provided numerous seminars and workshops in areas such as ADHD, Depression, Suicide, the sexually and physically abused child, The DSM, Psychotherapy with difficult patients, the aggressive, acting-out patient, and treatment without medication.
Burton Seitler, Ph.D.
Dr. Seitler is trained as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. He is the Director of Counseling and Psychotherapy Services, with offices in Ridgewood and Oakland, NJ; the Director of the Child and Adolescence Psychotherapy Studies program of the New Jersey Institute for training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; has worked at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and Neurological Institute and in residential treatment centers; has been a consultant for the public schools in his area; and has taught psychology at the Undergraduate and Graduate school level. Dr. Seitler has developed and run conferences on ADHD; Trauma; Schizophrenia; Autism; Resilience; and Neuro-Science, and has lectured across the United States and presented papers in Lugano, Baden Baden, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires.
Jeanne Seitler, Psy.D.
Dr. Seitler is a clinical psychologist, a graduate of Widener University in Chester, PA, and has a Masters degree in Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Seitler is in private practice in Ridgewood, NJ, and is the past-President of the Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, PSPP (APA Division 39, local chapter).
Robert Sliclen, Ph.D.
Dr. Sliclen is a licensed psychologist in full-time private practice. Initially trained as a school psychologist with a doctoral degree from St. John's University, he completed post-doctoral training in a psychoanalytic program that focused on short-term intensive psychotherapy. His orientation is psychodynamic/developmental. Dr. Sliclen works in individual sessions with children, adolescents, and adults, and sees couples and families. He is also a consultant to local school districts. He lives and practices in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Jacqueline Sparks, Ph.D.
Dr. Sparks is Associate Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Rhode Island. She is co-author of The Heroic Client and Heroic Clients, Heroic Agencies: Partners for Change, co-founder of the HeroicAgencies Listserv, Heart & Soul of Change Project Leader, and Scientific Advisory Board Member, Mindfreedom International. She has spoken internationally and authored numerous works challenging the dominance of medical intervention in therapeutic services, particularly pediatric psychiatric drug prescriptions.
Joe Tarantolo, M.D.
Dr. Tarantolo is a graduate of Mt. Sinai Medical School and a board-certified psychiatrist. He has been in practice for 33 years on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where his practice is dedicated to psychotherapy and helping patients withdraw from psychiatric drugs. Dr. Tarantolo has helped hundreds of patients come off psychiatric drugs through individual and group psychotherapy, herbal remedies, meditation, nutrition, and spiritual counseling.
James Tucker, Ph.D.
Dr. Tucker holds the McKee Chair of Excellence in Learning at the University of Tennessee at Chatanooga. Previously, he was Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of the Graduate Program in Leadership at Andrews University. Dr. Tucker has served as Director of the Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and, prior to that, Director of Federal Programs for the Department of Special Education, Texas Education Agency. Dr. Tucker is one of the leading authorities in America on the subject of integrated educational program development for at-risk students, including students with disabilities. He has served as a consultant/trainer to hundreds of school systems, both public and private, in more than 40 states and provinces in North America, as well as to school systems in Brazil, England, Japan, Lithuania, Norway and the West Indies.
Dr. Vieten is a psychologist and U.S. Navy Commander with the Select Reserves. She has a private practice in southern Maryland where she serves clients who are military, paramilitary, veterans, and civilians who are exposed to high risk environments like police work and combat situations. She encourages clients to pursue trauma recovery work outside the medical model and educates them on the dangers and ineffectiveness of psychiatric drug treatment.
Dr. Vieten is ISEPP's Director of Operation Speak Up, an effort to critique and challenge the government's medical model treatment of those who suffer from traumatic experiences. In furtherance of this, she recently developed the Warfighter Advance program. This program offers a free, weeklong retreat to veterans and military members who suffer from the traumas of war, using a non-medical, non-clinical, non-defect, and non-drug model.
Noelene Weatherby-Fell, Ph.D.
Dr. Weatherby-Fell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Wollongong, Australia. Her current role is Education Coordinator at UOW Shoalhaven, with responsibility for providing leadership in curriculum and pedagogy within the graduate teacher education programs and across the School. She represents the School and the University on State and National bodies that govern the standards for teacher education courses and their accreditation. A practitioner with 22 years in schools, Dr. Weatherby-Fell’s research interests include pre-service teacher preparation, epilepsy education and recognition of the individual including self-esteem/pastoral care of students and teachers. In 2011 the Australian College of Educators and UOW Faculty of Education presented her with an Outstanding Achievement in Education award. Internationally, her work with the International Society of Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry was recognised in 2012 with an award for Intercultural Research Contributions. Dr. Weatherby-Fell is a founding member of the Teacher Education Advisory Board for the Response Ability Project, an Australian Commonwealth initiative with the Hunter Institute of Mental Health focusing on pre-service teacher education and social and emotional wellbeing/mental health. She has presented and written both nationally and internationally on her work in this area. Dr. Weatherby-Fell is a project team member on the OLT project BRiTE (Building Resilience in Teacher Education).
CONFERENCE CHAIR: Michael Gilbert, Psy.D.
MEMBERSHIP CHAIR: Robert Sliclen, Ph.D.
RESEARCH & PUBLIC EDUCATION CHAIR: Chuck Ruby, Ph.D.
EDITORIAL STAFF: ETHICAL HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY & PSYCHIATRY:
Editor-in-Chief: Jacqueline Sparks, Ph.D.
James Tucker, Ph.D.
EDITORIAL STAFF: ISEPP BULLETIN:
Editor-in-Chief Editor: Dominick Riccio, Ph.D.
Robert Sliclen, Ph.D.
Andrew Levine, M.S.W.
Lloyd Ross, Ph.D.