Scott C. Stacy, PsyD

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Dr. Stacy is the co-founder of Acumen Assessments and Acumen Institute. He is an internationally recognized provider of psychological assessment, treatment, and consultation services to licensed professionals. Dr. Stacy has worked in the medical field for over 20 years.  He is a clinical and forensic psychologist. The focus of his work centers on helping his clients, mostly physicians, understand and resolve the complex emotional and ethical issues associated with boundary problems, sexual misconduct, distress and resulting disruptive behavior, professional burnout, and substance abuse/dependence. In his work with Acumen Assessments, he also provides organizational consultation services to medical facilities regarding problematic interpersonal dynamics and conflicts that can ultimately lead to deficiencies in the delivery of patient care.

Dr. Stacy completed his doctoral training at the California School of Professional Psychology and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Menninger Clinic. While at the Menninger Clinic, he served as a faculty member and consultant with the Menninger Leadership Center, providing consultation to executives within Fortune 500 companies. He has pursued further forensic assessment training through the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

Dr. Stacy has been a faculty member of the Federation of State Medical Boards and consultant regarding its policy on sexual misconduct. He has also served as a faculty member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

Dr. Stacy has been a presenter for a wide variety of audiences, including the Federation of State Physician Health Programs, the Federation of State Medical Boards, and the Kansas Bar Association.  All presentations have been on subjects related to professional mental health, clinical disorders, professionalism, sexual misconduct, well-being/self-regulation, substance abuse, ethics, and clinical-legal methods.

Dr. Stacy has been involved in over 3,500 evaluation/treatment processes with licensed professionals – mostly physicians that encompass a wide range of subspecialties. His expertise on the negative byproducts of professional burnout and its effect on judgment and behavior has been cited in periodicals such as the New York Times, Fortune, Business Week, Washington Post, Business Ledger of Chicago and Physician’s Personal Advisory. Dr. Stacy speaks throughout the United States and Canada on topics associated with physician health related matters.

 

Peter Graham, PhD

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Dr. Graham is the co-founder of Acumen Assessments and Acumen Institute. Since 2002, Dr. Graham has focused his work full-time on consulting with, evaluating, and treating licensed professionals and executives and their families, as well as on consulting with the teams and organizations in which they work. He has presented widely on the challenges and pitfalls of professional careers, including boundary problems, professional sexual misconduct, harassment, distress and disruption in the workplace, ethical-professional judgment, leadership, and strategic decision making. Dr. Graham is a specialist at assessing and treating professionals with disruptive behavior patterns, misconduct problems, mood and anxiety disorders, career burnout, compulsive behavior, and substance abuse. He has assessed, treated, and consulted with over 2,000 physicians, licensed professionals, and executives since 1992. Using an approach that extends from the internal dynamics of the individual to the level of organizational culture and leadership, Dr. Graham helps clients understand how their various roles and relationships, public and private, interface with one another and occasionally collide.

Dr. Graham graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego before completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology and further training in psychoanalysis at the Menninger Clinic. He served for a decade in numerous clinical, research, teaching faculty, and clinical program leadership positions at Menninger. He has also received additional orientation in management and leadership psychology and executive assessment with RHR International in Toronto and further training in forensic methods with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

Dr. Graham has been a faculty member, keynote speaker, or presenter for a wide variety of audiences, including the Federation of State Medical Boards, the Kansas Bar Association, the College of Psychologists of Alberta, and the Ontario Medical Association, various State Medical Boards, and the Federation of State Physician Health Programs, presenting on subjects related to professional mental health, professionalism, sexual misconduct, well-being, substance abuse, and ethics and clinical-legal methods.

 

John R. Whipple, MD

John AA Bio IMG_7570Dr. Whipple is the Medical Director of Acumen Institute and a clinical consultant to Acumen Assessments. He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of professionals. His areas of expertise are in evaluating and treating individuals who struggle with midlife burnout, have engaged in sexual misconduct or disruptive behavior, or struggle with the disease of addiction. As a psychoanalyst and Board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Whipple integrates a diverse skill-set of context-based psychotherapeutic techniques with evidence-based psychopharmacology. He has helped a vast number of professionals gain insight into their difficulties, resolve complex behavioral problems, and create more balance in their lives. Dr. Whipple brings his experience in psychodynamic psychiatry, psychoanalysis, positive psychology, and present moment consciousness to each consultation.

Following his medical education at the University of Virginia, Dr. Whipple completed an internship at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine and his residency training at the Menninger Clinic, where he received a Seeley Fellowship for distinguished performance. Over the course of seven years, Dr. Whipple functioned as a staff psychiatrist at the Menninger Clinic. Dr. Whipple began his psychoanalytic training at the Menninger Institute for Psychoanalysis and finished his training at the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute.

Dr. Whipple has presented internationally on matters related to professional functioning, identity formation, gender issues, late life planning and self-development in later life maturation. He is particularly interested in the use of narrative psychotherapy processes to foster reflection and behavioral change in the workplace.

 

Michael Seely, PsyD

Dr. Seely is a staff psychologist at Acumen Assessments, specializing in the evaluation of physicians and other licensed professionals, with a particular focus on the assessment of clinical, neurocognitive, and personality factors that contribute to physician impairment.  He has over 10 years of experience in psychological assessment methodologies and psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational treatment.  Dr. Seely is a graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology, involving community-based clinical and court-ordered forensic psychological services.  He has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, and severe mental illness.  Dr. Seely also brings an area of specialty in assessing and treating matters related to sexuality and gender dynamics.  Dr. Seely is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Kansas Psychological Association.

 

Thomas Janousek, PsyD

Dr. Janousek is a staff psychologist at Acumen Assessments, specializing in the clinical and forensic evaluation of licensed professionals. He has specialty training in comprehensive psychological and cognitive testing; violence risk assessment; evaluating relational/interpersonal functioning; and conducting assessments aimed at identifying personality factors that impede individual performance.

Dr. Janousek is a graduate of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri where he completed his Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. He completed his internship and post-doctoral fellowship specializing in the clinical assessment and treatment of high-risk populations and completing forensic evaluations for the Missouri Department of Family Services. In his practice, he has worked with multiple state and private institutions conducting assessments on individuals at risk for violence, substance abuse, misconduct, and pathological relationship functioning. Additionally, he has conducted focal consultant evaluations for individuals in inpatient treatment. Dr. Janousek has extensive experience in providing psychoeducation and treatment for individuals having difficulties managing relationships, coping with trauma, experiencing familial discord and negotiating impact of personality on personal functioning.

Dr. Janousek has been a presenter at the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Missouri Association of Marriage and Family Therapy for his research on establishing new methods on relational assessment as well as the impact of risk factors on relationships. He has also served as the Early Career Professional’s chair for the Missouri Psychological Association.

 

Kathleen J. Keenan, PhD

Dr. Keenan has been working with physicians and physician health programs for 20 years.  She is has extensive experience and expertise in helping physicians recognize and modify the underlying emotional and psychological patterns that can contribute to problems with mood, behavior, and addiction.  She provides consultation for physician training programs and medical groups aimed at supporting the well-being and recovery of their physician members.  She is often an invited speaker for medical society meetings, medical schools orientation, and residency programs on such topics as physician burnout, boundary problems, and the unique challenges facing medical marriages and families.  She is passionate about helping physicians provide for their own physical and emotional health because she strongly believes that healthy physicians provide the best patient care.

Dr. Keenan is also an expert in psychological assessment.  She has extensive experience in conducting fitness-to-practice evaluations of physicians and other licensed professionals, as well as independent medical evaluations for medical-legal cases.  She functions as an expert witness in forensic settings and is certified as a forensic consultant by the American Academy of Forensic Examiners.

Dr. Keenan received her doctoral degree from the University of Kansas and completed her internship training at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Long Beach, California.   She has received additional training in EMDR and forensic psychology.  She is certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  She has worked in hospital-based programs, in private medical practice, and in private practice.

 

Kipp Low, MCJ

Mr. Low is a certified forensic polygraph examiner and consultant to Acumen Assessments and Acumen Institute. Mr. Low is a highly valued consultant to the clinical team, as he has performed hundreds of polygraph examinations on physicians and is adept at helping to put them at ease. In addition to his work as a detective for the Topeka Police department, Mr. Low conducts a variety of polygraph examinations, including pre-employment and sex offender monitoring. Mr. Low approaches the data produced from a polygraph examination in a conservative and scientific manner. He works very closely with Drs. Graham, Stacy, and Whipple to provide valid data that fit into the comprehensive assessment process.

 

Monica Söderberg, LSCSW, DSW, LCMFT

Monica AA Bio IMG_7362Ms. Söderberg is the Director of Education and senior clinical staff member of Acumen Institute. She is also a consultant to Acumen Assessments.  She completed her post-masters fellowship at the Menninger Clinic and has worked in private practice since her graduation. Her areas of specialty include the assessment of family systems and dynamics to aid in understanding a client’s current difficulties and the treatment of trauma. She is a certified EMDR therapist, EMDR instructor, and diplomate in clinical social work. Ms. Söderberg is noted for her ability to help clients who have a history of strain and/or event-related trauma recover and reduce their vulnerability to re-enact self-defeating patterns of interpersonal disruption and isolation. In addition to her work with individuals struggling with trauma, Ms. Söderberg is also a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist, and ethics committee member of the Kansas Division of the National Association of Social Workers.

 

Sue Beckley, LSCSW

Ms. Beckley is a clinical consultant to Acumen Assessments and Acumen Institute. Her involvements with Drs. Stacy, Graham, and Whipple span over a decade. She has been actively involved in well over 1,500 assessment and treatment processes of physicians and their families. She completed her post-masters fellowship at the Menninger Clinic and went on to serve as a senior staff member of the Menninger Clinic for 15 years, working predominantly with professionals in both assessment and treatment contexts. While at the Menninger Clinic, Ms. Beckley also served as a faculty member of the Menninger Leadership Center and functioned as a regular facilitator of medical marriage retreats. She is a certified EMDR therapist and ethics committee member of the Kansas Division of the National Association of Social Workers.

 

Carleen Franz, PhD

Dr. Franz is an educational psychologist and consultant to Acumen Assessments.  She completed her Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Research at the University of Kansas.  During her 18 years at the Menninger Clinic, Dr. Franz worked with the Center for Learning Disabilities, Preschool Day Treatment Center, and was Director of the School Psychology Doctoral Internship Program.  She has been on the faculty of the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences and served as an adjunct professor and interim director of the Center for Psychoeducational Services at the University of Kansas.
Dr. Franz regularly presents workshops in the United States and Canada for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry focusing on the complex interaction of learning disorders and psychological issues, with an emphasis on understanding the implications for psychiatric treatment.

Dr. Franz specializes in an educational diagnostic process that seeks to understand the difficulties in learning and performance and integrate these findings into the comprehensive understanding of the individual undergoing assessment.  It is this expertise that she brings to the assessment team when the evaluation team suspects an underlying learning disability or deficit.

Dr. Franz is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists and the Kansas Association of School Psychologists.