Listee Features — Psychology

ROSEMARY C. CIULLO

Interested in health care since she was a child, Rosemary C. Ciullo began her professional journey with the goal of becoming a nurse. Upon taking some psychology classes in college, however, she fell in love with the subject and knew it was what she was meant to do. Dr. Ciullo particularly wanted to help children, so she got a job at St. Ann’s Hospital, a state mental institution for kids. She found the work to be very rewarding and stayed until the hospital closed more than a decade later. This experience propelled her to the Henry Horner Children’s Center, where she worked from 1987 to 1993, and to her own private practice, which she ran out of her home from

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ALICE G. MOORE POUNCEY

Although Alice G. Moore Pouncey was always attracted to the idea of pursuing education professionally, it wasn’t until high school that she was introduced to home economics. Her teacher encouraged her to pursue the field further, and the idea stuck in her mind. When the opportunity to enter the field arose a few years later, Ms. Pouncey jumped at the opportunity. She had been teaching psychology, but then the home economics teacher at the school passed away and Ms. Pouncey was asked to take over. She loved the work, and quickly knew she had made the right decision. Her favorite part of the job was seeing her students achieve their goals and achieve great things. She always strove to make

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BARBARA ELOISA MAI

Growing up, Barbara Eloisa Mai was always told how approachable she was and how comfortable she made people. This inspired her to pursue psychology and nursing; she felt it was only natural to expand upon her affable nature for the benefit of others. Dr. Mai proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Georgetown University in 1978, a Master of Science in nursing from Catholic University of America in 1982, and a PhD in transpersonal psychology from the Dove Center at Howard University in 2006. She also became a certified Reiki master and obtained certifications in bio-energy, therapeutic touch, clinical hypnosis, and behavioral medicine. Since the start of her professional journey, Dr. Mai has worked hard to build

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CATHERINE GRUENER

Driven by the belief that positive discipline is the best way to aid child development, Catherine Gruener continues to thrive at the head of Gruener Consulting and Counseling and its subsidiary, Encouragement Parenting. The former offers counseling for people of all ages, and the latter focuses on helping parents improve their relationships with their kids. Other services include individual counseling and assessments, case management, couples counseling, and assistance for parents with gifted children, special needs children, and children with behavioral issues. Ms. Gruener’s interest in the niche stems from her psychosocial-based scientific research and her eight-year involvement with the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Her desire to implement the knowledge she acquired led her to open her businesses. The main

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FRANCES JANE WIRTH

Renowned as a teacher and psychologist, Frances Jane Wirth is proud of the impact she had on the students she worked with. Her goal was to help the children build the courage to improve and grow, so seeing their successes was a true joy. Ms. Wirth’s first job in the field was as an elementary education teacher at Decatur Public Schools, followed by an elementary education teacher at River Trails District 26, a teacher and research assistant at the Purdue Kephert Clinic for Autism, the director of the graduate women’s residence hall at Purdue University, a guidance counselor at School District 218, and a dance teacher in Orland Park and Oak Forest, Illinois. She then became a school psychologist at

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JUDY SOBCZAK

Backed by expertise in Christian therapy, adoption, narcissism, PTSD, depression, and anxiety, Judy Sobczak continues to thrive as a licensed psychologist. She has worked out of her own private practice since 2002 and loves the fact that her job offers her the opportunity to work with clients from all walks of life. Dr. Sobczak has even treated clients who were key media figures, and although she can’t reveal their names, she takes pride in knowing that she’s part of the fabric of what’s going on in the world. Dr. Sobczak considers the highlight of her career, however, to be meeting Dr. George Kates, the director and owner of a clinic she worked in early on. He has been a key

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NENA M. NERA

Inspired by people’s ability to change and learn, Nena M. Nera has dedicated herself to health care and psychology. She is currently the president and chief executive officer of The “N” Company, through which she offers both one-on-one and group mentoring for healthcare practitioners and other professionals, workshop presentations, education, and public speaking. Ms. Nera founded the health policy consultancy in 2000 with the goal of expanding her reach, and she is thrilled with her ongoing success. She recently conducted a series on communication and spoke on leadership. One of Ms. Nera’s positions prior to this was senior health policy analyst for Health Canada. The job gave her an opportunity she now considers a professional highlight: working with HIV/AIDS patients

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SUSAN B. PARKER

Seeing a lack of justice in society, particularly for people who are different, Susan B. Parker knew she had to do something to set things right. She researched and considered a variety of options, and ultimately decided to focus on psychology and social work. Ms. Parker knew almost immediately that she had found what she was meant to do. She accepted her first position in the field, psychiatric social worker at Orange County Mental Health, in 1974, and the rest is history. Ms. Parker quickly garnered a reputation for excellence, which propelled her to roles like executive director of the Grafton County Planning Council and the New Hampshire Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, commissioner of the Department of Mental Health in

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JACQUELINE RUTH JOHNSON

Passionate and hardworking, Jacqueline Ruth Johnson has dedicated her life to bettering the lives of others. She started her career as a staff nurse at Beth Israel Medical Center in 1970, and quickly garnered a reputation for excellence, particularly in psychiatry and psychology. This led her to advance rapidly through the institution, moving through roles like charge nurse, assistant head nurse, clinic nurse, alcohol outpatient coordinator, and alcohol rehabilitation nurse. Ms. Johnson then decided to step out on her own, using everything she learned to open a private practice. There, she focused on working with recovering alcoholics and their families. One of the things that enabled her to last for 14 years in this capacity was the fact that she

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SUE ELLEN MALTBY

Inspired by her sister, who had Down syndrome, Sue Ellen Maltby has dedicated her life to psychology and special education. She started her professional journey as a psychology technician and psychologist at Central State Hospital in Georgia, and as a psychologist at the Georgia War Veterans Home. She then advanced to become a mental retardation specialist at the Albany Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center in Georgia, the director of the residential program at the Colin Anderson Center in West Virginia, and a special education teacher in the West Virginia Department of Education. Now, Ms. Maltby is parlaying her decades of experience into her role as the lead teacher in the West Virginia Department of Education, which she has held since 1991.

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