Disciplinary Action

TRACKED BY FISCAL YEAR

2017-2018

DISCIPLINARY ACTION REPORT 7/1/17 – 6/30/18
  • Total number of Request for Investigations received (to date): 4
  • Total number of Open Investigations: 4
  • Total number of cases closed: 0
  • Total number of Non-Psychologist Cases: 1
  • Total number of IPPA: 0
  • Disciplinary Actions: 2
Disciplined Psychologists:

In the matter P16-17-13C: On November 16, 2017, Cary Nelson Mack, Ph.D., License #1035, entered into a Consent Agreement with the LSBEP to voluntarily and permanently relinquish his license to practice psychology in Louisiana, and waived his rights to contest the charges which are the basis of this disciplinary action and include: RS 37: 2359 A and B(1),B(2)(b), B(2)(c), B(8), B(12), B(13), and B(14), and the following specific Ethical Standards: 2.04 Bases for Scientific and Professional Judgments, 2.06 Personal Problems and Conflicts, 3.02 Sexual Harassment, 3.04 Avoiding Harm, 3.05 Multiple Relationships, 3.08 Exploitative Relationships, 3.10 Informed Consent, 10.01 Informed Consent to Therapy, and 10.05 Sexual Intimacies with Current Therapy Clients/Patients.

2015-2016

In the matter P16-17-06C: On July 28, 2017, Carrie E. Watkins-Emonet, Ph.D.,, License No. 1162 received a formal REPRIMAND and entered into a Consent Order with the LSBEP for violations of La. Rev. Statute 37:2359. B(2) and APA Ethical Standards 3.12 Interruption of Psychological Services and 10.10 Terminating Therapy.

2016-2017

DISCIPLINARY ACTION REPORT 7/1/16 – 6/30/17
  • Total number of Request for Investigations received: 23
  • Total number of Open Investigations: 3
  • Total number of cases closed: 20
  • Total number of Non-Psychologist Cases: 10
  • Total number of IPPA: 0
  • Disciplinary Actions: 3
Disciplined Psychologists:

On November 10, 2016, Marianne Walsh, Psy.D.,, License No. 1166 received a formal REPRIMAND and entered into a Consent Order with the LSBEP for violations of La. Rev. Statute 37:2359. A, B(2), B(12), B(14) and (15); The La. Administrative Code  § 1301; and APA Ethical Standards 9.01 Bases for Assessments.

On January 20, 2017, Beverly A. Stubblefield, Ph.D., License #524, entered into a Consent Agreement with the LSBEP to voluntarily surrender and relinquish her license to practice psychology in Louisiana and waived her rights to contest the charges which are the basis of this disciplinary action and include: RS 37: 2359 A and B(1),B(2)(c), B(3), B(4), B(5), B(7), B(8), B(12) and B(14), and the following specific Ethical Standards: 1.01 Misuse of Psychologists’ Work, 1.03 Conflicts Between Ethics and Organizational Demands, 2.04 Bases for Scientific and Professional Judgments, 2.05 Delegation of Work to Others, 3.05 Avoiding Harm, 3.06 Conflict of Interest, 3.08 Exploitative Relationships, 6.04 Fees and Financial Arrangements, 6.06 Accuracy in Reports to Payors and Funding Sources, 9.01 Bases for Assessments, 9.02 Use of Assessments, 9.07 Assessment by Unqualified Persons.

2015-2016

DISCIPLINARY ACTION REPORT 7/1/15 – 6/30/16

  • Total number of Request for Investigations received: 18
  • Total number of Open Investigations: 1
  • Total number of cases closed: 17
  • Total number of Non-Psychologist Cases: 4
  • Total number of IPPA: 0
  • Disciplinary Actions: There were two hearings in 2015-16, one case was dismissed and one resulted in disciplinary action.  The case resulting in disciplinary action is on appeal.
Disciplined Psychologists:

2014-2015

DISCIPLINARY ACTION REPORT 7/1/14 – 6/30/15
  • Total number of Request for Investigations received: 22
  • Total number of Open Investigations: 0
  • Total number of Cases Closed: 22
  • Total number of Non-Psychologist Cases: 5
  • Total number of IPPA: 0
  • Disciplinary Actions: 1
Disciplined Psychologists:

On June 26, 2015, Susan B. Vigen, Ph.D., License #324, entered into a Consent Order with the LSBEP for violations of LA. R.S. 37:2359(A), (B)(2), B(12), B(14) and APA Ethical Principals of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002) 9.01 Bases for Assessments.

2013-2014

DISCIPLINARY ACTION REPORT 7/1/13 – 6/30/14
  • Total number of Request for Investigations received: 11
  • Total number of Open Investigations: 1
  • Total number of cases closed: 10
  • Total number of Non-Psychologist Cases: 2
  • Total number of IPPA: 0
  • Disciplinary Actions: 3
Disciplined Psychologists:

The disciplinary hearing of LSBEP v. John Boutte, Ph.D. was held on September 24, 2013. The hearing was held due to Dr. Boutte’s violation of a previous Consent Order. On November 12, 2013, the LSBEP ordered that John Boutte, Ph.D., License #734, be SUSPENDED from practice of psychology in the State of Louisiana for a period of 6 months. Said suspension is to be followed immediately by PROBATION for a period of 18 months which shall consist of direct supervision of Boutte’s psychological practice. A fine was ordered in the amount of $500. Boutte was also ordered to pay the administrative costs associated with the investigation and hearing process.

On December 13, 2013, Lynn R. Schechter, Ph.D., License #940, received a formal REPRIMAND and entered into a Consent Order with the LSBEP for violations of La. Rev. Statute 37:2359(A), B(12), b(14), and Ethical Standard 2.01(a), Boundaries of Competence, of the APA Ethical Principals of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002).

On June 23, 2014, a formal disciplinary hearing was held In Re: Edwina Frank, Ph.D., License# 588. On July 9, 2014, the Board issued a final Opinion and Order which REVOKED Dr. Frank’s license to practice psychology in the State of Louisiana. Dr. Frank was also ordered to pay all costs of the proceedings, which totaled $4,343.25.

2012-2013

DISCIPLINARY ACTION REPORT 7/1/12 – 6/30/13
  • Total number of Request for Investigations received: 22
  • Total number of Open Investigations: 0
  • Total number of cases closed: 22
  • Total number of Non-Psychologist Cases: 5
  • Total number of IPPA: 1
  • Disciplinary Actions: 2
Disciplined Psychologists:

On September 7, 2012, Glenn W. Ahava, Ph.D., License #1070, received a formal REPRIMAND and entered into a Consent Order with the LSBEP for violations of La.Rev. Statute 37:2359(B)(2)(c), B(12) and 3.04 Avoiding Harm of the APA Ethical Principals of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002).

On April 19, 2013, Lynn Guidry, License #543, entered into a Consent Order for failing to act within the scope of his qualifications and licensed competencies which were violations of La.Rev. Statute 37:2359(A),B(12), B(14) and 2.01(a) and (b) Boundaries of Competencies, 2.04 Bases for Scientific Professional Judgment, 9.01(a) and (b) Bases for Assessment and 9.02(b) Use of Assessment of the APA Ethical Principals of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002). Dr. Guidry’s license has been RESTRICTED from performing forensic services.

2011-2012

DISCIPLINARY ACTION REPORT 7/1/11 – 6/30/12
  • Total number of Request for Investigations received: 16
  • Total number of Open Investigations: 0
  • Total number of cases closed: 16
  • Total number of Non-Psychologist cases: 6
  • Total Number of IPPA: 1
  • Disciplinary Actions: 2

 

Disciplined Psychologists:

On February 3, 2012, Daniel Lonowski, Ph.D., License #299, received a formal Reprimand and entered into a Consent Order with the LSBEP for violations of LA.Rev.Statute 37:2359(B)(2)(c), B(12), Ethical Standards 2.01(f) and 3.04 Avoiding Harm, of the APA Ethical Principals of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002).

On April 23, 2012, Sally E. Thigpen, Ph.D., License #476, received a formal REPRIMAND and entered into a Consent Order with the LSBEP for violations of La. Rev. Statute 37:2359(A), B(12), B(14), LAC. LXIII: Chapter 7, Supervision Leading to Licensure, and Ethical Standard 2.05 Delegation of Work to Others, of the APA Ethical Principals of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002). The Board also required Dr. Thigpen to obtain supervision of all forensic cases and contract with a practice monitor.

2010-2011

DISCIPLINARY ACTION REPORT 2010-2011
  • Total number of Request for Investigations received: 24
  • Total number of Open Investigations: 10
  • Total number of cases closed: 24
  • Total number of psychologists participating in IPPA: 1
  • Disciplinary Actions: 0
Disciplined Psychologists: None

2009-2010

DISCIPLINARY ACTION REPORT 2009-2010
  • Total number of Request for Investigations received: 23
  • Total number of Open Investigations: 0
  • Total number of cases closed: 23
  • Disciplinary Actions: 2
Disciplined Psychologists:

Donald Hoppe, Ph.D., License No. 430 P09-10-08C On December 10, 2010, Donald Hoppe, Ph.D. entered into a Consent Order with the LSBEP following an investigation of a complaint alleging a violaion of R.S. 37:2359(B)(2) and Ethical Standard 3.04 of the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct (2002).

John M. Boutte, Ph.D., License No. P08-09-13B On February 12, 2010, John M. Boutte, Ph.D. entered into a Consent Order with the LSBEP following an investigation of a complaint alleging violations of Ethical Standards 10.08(a) of the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct (2002); La. Rev. Stat. §§ 37:2359A, B(12) and (14) and Title 46 of the LAC LXIII: 1301.