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March 2017 Member Spotlight

Suzanne Mouton-Odum, Ph.D.



  

  1. What do you currently do for a living? I am a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice for almost 20 years. Last year I started a group practice, "Psychology Houston, PC: The Center for Cognitive Behavioral Treatment." Our clinic has four, full-time staff psychologists and each year we host a practicum student from a local university. In addition to my work as a clinician, I also am President of PsycTech, Ltd., a privately held company that develops and markets evidence-based, self-guided programs for behavioral disorders that are available on the internet. PsycTech, Ltd. has been developing programs since 2001 and is about to launch the fifth program to be available worldwide. I am also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine.

  2. What would you want your colleagues to know about the role of a psychologist in specialized areas and/or psychologists who practice in a specific specialization? I have always been a strong advocate for developing areas of specialization and believe that this approach has contributed to my success as a psychologist. I have specific training and expertise in the treatment of people with anxiety disorders (OCD, phobias, GAD, and Panic Disorder), Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (hair pulling and skin picking), and Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. In addition to these content areas, I also specialize in conducting evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy. I believe that one can specialize in either a content area or a type of therapy, i.e., CBT. Being a specialist has helped me to develop a strong referral base and ensures that I am always practicing within my area of expertise. I present at national and international conferences on these topics and have developed a diverse network of colleagues worldwide with whom to collaborate.

  3. What was your first job in psychology? My first job after graduation from the University of Houston Counseling Psychology doctoral program was with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, PA in the Department of Behavioral Medicine. At that job I treated many patients with a variety of different issues. After three years, the department was downsized and I was able to successfully transition to private practice.

  4. What publication/book/blog do you recommend others read if they want to learn more about integrated healthcare? The TLC Foundation for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (www.bfrb.org) is the best resource for people with a bfrb. I have written a book for parents of children with trichotillomania "A Parent Guide to Hair Pulling Disorder", and well as several other books: "Out of the Rabbit Hole: A Roadmap to Freedom from OCD" and "Psychological Interventions for Children with Sensory Dysregulation." My company has developed and sold interactive, web-based applications for specific behavioral disorders that have helped sufferers in over 40 countries around the world: www.StopPulling.com, www.StopPicking.com, DaretoQuit.com, and TicHelper.com as well as an iPhone application- PullFree. We are about to launch our latest product, www.TicHelper.com, a family based interactive intervention for children with Tourette Syndrome or Tic Disorders.

  5.  What is an area where you see the profession of psychology growing in the near future? I believe that psychology is moving toward using evidence-based treatments as the primary choice for clinicians and that the use of these empirically validated interventions is the future for our profession. 

  6.  How has TPA contributed to your development as a psychologist? Being involved with TPA has helped me to understand the importance of advocating for our profession and the issues that we, as psychologists, support. 

  7. What is your most memorable experience as a TPA member? Years ago I had the honor of having dinner at a TPA convention with Irvin D. Yalom. Dr. Walter Cubberly had invited Dr. Yalom to present at a conference and, because I was a TPA financial contributor, I was able to attend a private dinner with Dr. Yalom and several prominent psychologists from Texas. Being a long time admirer of Dr. Yalom, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to dine at this illustrious table. It is a memory I will never forget!
 
              

This year's TPA member spotlight series will be highlighting . If you would like to recommend yourself or a colleague to be featured, please email Lauren Witt at tpa_lwitt@att.net. 

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