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Mark Rohde, Ph.D.


Dr. Rohde graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State and did additional training at NAU  and Oxford University before finishing a Ph.D. at the Union Institute and University.  He held administrative positions in community mental and residential treatment before entering private practice.   


Dr. Rohde has held leadership positions in AzPA dating to the mid-1990's.  Twice he’s been honored for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology by AzPA.  He holds Diplomate status with the American Board of Assessment Psychology and has specialty certification in addictions from the APA’s College of Professional Psychology.  In 2000 he co-founded notMYkid and is currently a commissioner on a board within the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family.


602 494-1515


Gary Perrin, Ph.D.

Dr. Perrin is in independent practice in Tucson where I provide mostly forensic examinations and consultation. I decided to run for this position because of my longstanding belief in the importance of AzPA as a professional home for psychologists in Arizona, as an advocate for psychology and psychologists, and as a leader in enhancing the profession of psychology throughout the state. I currently serve as AzPA’s Liaison to the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners.

520 797-6691

Rene McGovern, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. McGovern is a professor of Clinical Psychology at Argosy University and adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Prior to coming to Arizona in 2009, she was a professor of neurobehavioral sciences at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in rural Missouri. She is a clinical health psychologist and is on medical staff at Scottsdale Healthcare. She has served in leadership positions in the National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARM) and the Society for Behavioral Medicine (SBM) and since coming to Arizona, the AzPA Committee for Rural Psychology.

660 341-5030     


Rosalie Hydock, Ph.D.

Dr. Hydock joined AzPA in 2006 after returning to Arizona from a post-doctoral residency in Texas. Although her original goal for joining was to become part of the professional psychology community in the state, the sense of positive energy and development she found when participating in the association’s various programs led her to seek out additional ways to become involved. She served on the Continuing Education Committee for two years, Dr Hydock is in private practice in Scottsdale.

480 292-7435  

John Blattner, Ph.D.


Dr. Blattner holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Fielding Graduate University and served in several leadership roles in AzPA after being President & Treasurer of the Illinois Psychological Association and on the Executive Board for the Society of Consulting Psychology. He has been a frequent speaker, author, and television commentator.


Dr. Blattner is an experienced organizational consultant and licensed clinical psychologist, with decades of experience helping individuals and organizations to manage change and further develop their unique strengths. He specializes in executive coaching, organizational culture assessment, executive performance assessment, and team development.  Dr. Blattner led his own management consulting practice in the Chicago area prior to relocated to Arizona on a full-time basis.

Academic Representative
Linda Caterino, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Caterino, has had a varied career from school psychologist, to private practice, to hospital consultant, to professor of Clinical Psychology and School Psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology to Training Director of the School Psychology Program at Arizona State University. She has  also served  on the Executive Board of the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium.

480 998-2303

APA Council Representative
Christopher J. Nicholls, Ph.D., ABPP, ABPdN

Dr. Nicholls is in private practice with 35+ years of experience.  He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical) as well as the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology.  Dr. Nicholls has been on the faculties of several institutions, currently including Arizona State University. He has written or contributed to several articles, book reviews, and has presented extensively at the state, national and international level. Additional information regarding Dr. Nicholls is available at


480 998-2303

Communications Representative 
Sandra Klar, LLB, Psy.D.

Dr. Klar is a clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety disorders and stress. She enjoys combining cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing, and Socratic questioning techniques in providing psychoeducation and therapy to individuals and groups. Dr. Klar is a member of AzPA's Ethics Committee and serves as Chair of the APA-affiliated Public Education Committee. Her background in law and business, along with clinical training in a variety of psychology inpatient and outpatient settings, provides her with a pragmatic, practical perspective among psychologists. On a personal level, she values kindness, gentleness, and compassion for all.

480 760-3081  


Diversity Representative

Michelle Melton, Psy.D. 

Dr. Michelle Melton received her Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She is independent licensed to practice in Arizona and Virginia. Dr. Melton is a psychologist in the outpatient general mental health clinic at the Phoenix VA Healthcare System. She has served as the Director of Clinical Training and Associate Professor in the masters and doctoral clinical psychology programs at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She currently  serves as the Assistant Training Director for the PVAHCS Psychology Fellowship Programs, with administrative responsibilities for all eight multiple practice program Fellows.  Dr. Melton facilitates the monthly Supervision of Supervision Clinic for supervisors involved in the training program. She  is also a member of the Phoenix  VA Diversity Training Committee and Diversity Action Committee.


Dr. Melton has worked in private practice and inpatient psychiatric hospitals providing individual and group therapy, crisis intervention services, as well as a variety of consultation services including workshops and program development. She is skilled in working within short-term, cognitive-behavorial and solution-focused framework, as well as intensive, insight-oriented approaches in treating a variety of human problems. Dr. Melton also conducts psychological assessments including intelligence testing, achievement testing, neuropsychological screening, personality assessment, and diagnostic assessment. Her research interests include professional identity development, racial identity, and training and supervision in psychology. Dr. Melton is committed to mentoring students studying psychology and enriching them with knowledge on systemic issues affecting the field, training, and the treatment of clients.


602 462-1116

Education Representative
Lisa Merrin, Ph.D.

Dr. Merrin is lead psychologist for the Tempe Union High School District and is both an Arizona licensed psychologist, and a certified school psychologist. Her  training is in clinical, developmental, and school psychology  While her career thus far has offered  rich opportunities in many professional areas, she is  most passionate about supervising, mentoring, and teaching future and current colleagues in the field.   

480 215-0424

Graduate Student Representative
Jeffrey Mintert, MS

Jeff Mintert is a third year doctoral student in counseling psychology at Arizona State University. He is a co-founder of the Social Justice League at ASU, a former co-chair of his program’s Doctoral Student Organization, and has presented multiple papers at local and national conferences.


847 507-1551

Legislative Representative
Patricia I. Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Johnson is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Scottsdale. Her practice focuses on labor and employment issues, corporate consultation, forensic and independent psychological evaluations, and treatment of workplace injury/trauma and adult populations. She has served in multiple volunteer positions within AzPA including as President. She represented Arizona on the APA Council of Representatives and has served as Federal Advocacy Coordinator since 1990. In that role she serves as liaison to Arizona’s Congressional offices. She has also been actively involved with State legislative issues, served as Chair of the RxP subcommittee for two years, and is a current active member of the Legislative Committee. She has been the elected Legislative Representative to the AzPA Governing Council continuously since 2005.

480 315-9565

Professional Practice Representative
Deborah Partington, MA, MFA, Psy.D.


Deborah Partington, PsyD earned both a masters and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology. For the past 12 years she has maintained a private practice in Phoenix, AZ and since 2015 has been in private practice full time. From 2006 through January 2015 she directed the psychology training and internship program at Southwest Behavioral Health Services.  She developed he program which achieved APA accreditation in 2015.  She has been a member of the Arizona Psychological Association Ethics Committee for the past seven years. Between 2013 and April 2017, she served as chair of the committee. She also currently coordinates the AzPA mentorship program matching psychology trainees and early career psychologists with mentors.  For the past several years, she has been on the planning committee for the ASU/AzPA consortium yearly training conference for psychology interns/post docs and supervisors. Dr. Partington is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Mentor Award from the Arizona Psychological Association. She lectures on professional ethics for the AzPA consortium, and self-care for clinicians Early Bird trainings at Southwest Behavioral Health Services. She has been adjunct faculty at Ottawa University/Phoenix campus. Classes taught include ethics, history of psychology, family theory and therapy, theories of counseling, psychological assessment and testing, and health psychology. Dr. Partington completed training in humanistic-existential psychology through the International Institute of Humanistic Studies, and has a chapter included in Unearthing the Moment: Mindful Applications of Existential-Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychotherapy, edited by Myrtle Heery, PhD. She is also member at large for the Arizona Psychoanalytic Society. Dr. Partington holds a Master’s Degree from Goddard College, VT, and a Master’s of Fine Arts/Creative Writing from ASU. Her first novel, Telling Stories, was published in 2015.  


(602) 954-9185

Membership Representative
Leonardo J. Caraballo, Psy.D.

Dr. Leonardo J. Caraballo is an inpatient mental health psychologist for the Phoenix VA Health Care System and works as part of an interprofessional team to serve Veterans with serious mental illness. He received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University (Philadelphia, PA) in 2013. Dr. Caraballo completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System with a focus in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery (PSR&R) and Serious Mental Illness. In addition to providing recovery-oriented services, Dr. Caraballo has an interest in PSR&R research, training, and dissemination. His primary goal as co-chair of the AzPA membership committee is to increase collaboration between AzPA committees, such as the LGBTQ committee, to enhance educational opportunities and foster inclusivity across mental health disciplines.

602 277-5551

Northern Arizona Representative           
Joseph Stewart, Ed.D.

In addition to his private practice, focusing on forensic psychological services, Dr. Stewart serves as  the Program Director at Yavapai Restoration to Competency, serving Yavapai County and other contract counties in the State of Arizona. He is also affiliate staff at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center.


928 778-2180

Southern Arizona Representative
Jennifer Dvoskin, Psy. D.


Dr. Dvoskin earned her Psy.D. at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology in 2009. She is currently in private practice in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Dvoskin has previously served on the Arizona Psychological Association Governing Council as the Southern Arizona Representative for two terms beginning in 2011. In addition, she recently co-chaired the 2016 Annual AZPA convention. Dr. Dvoskin is also an active member and board member of the Southern Arizona Psychological Association.  She is currently active in the Tucson Teen Pregnancy Prevention Community Advisory Board and volunteers with the Dream Street program for young adults diagnosed with chronic and terminal illnesses. Dr. Dvoskin won both the Tucson 40 under 40 business professional award and the Arizona Psychological Association Foundation’s Early Career Psychologist award in 2014.


520 260-4554

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