Dr. Stacy is the co-founder of Acumen Assessments and Acumen Institute. He is an internationally recognized provider of forensic and clinical psychological assessment, treatment, and consultation services to licensed professionals. Dr. Stacy has worked in the medical field for over 25 years. 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 consulting 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 a 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, medical board retreats, 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 4,000 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
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 3,500 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
Dr. 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 senior staff psychologist at Acumen Assessments, specializing in the evaluation of licensed professionals and other professionals in safety-sensitive occupations. His specialty includes a particular focus on the assessment of the clinical, neurocognitive, and personality factors that contribute to professional impairment. Dr. Seely possesses specialized training and knowledge in the evaluation of physicians and other healthcare professionals, lawyers, judges, corporate executives, and performing artists, and he has been involved in hundreds of clinical and forensic professional/fitness-for-duty evaluation processes. Additionally, Dr. Seely has undergone extensive training and supervision in the clinical and neurocognitive evaluation of pilots, and he has been approved by the FAA to conduct pilot psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. Dr. Seely has also undergone specialized training to assess pilots in the FAA’s HIMS program for addiction recovery.
Dr. Seely has over 13 years of experience in psychological assessment methodologies and psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational treatment in clinical and forensic settings. A graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco, Dr. Seely 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, including identity struggles, problematic patterns of sexual behavior, and professional sexual misconduct.
Dr. Seely relies on the scientifically-backed multidisciplinary assessment process developed by Acumen Assessments to inform his clients and referral sources of the critical information needed to make determinations relevant to public safety and trust. His approach to understanding the factors that threaten professional well-being is founded in cognitive-behavioral and positive psychological theory, but also draws from psychodynamic perspectives and biopsychosocial models of human development and behavior.
Josh Hypse, PsyD
Dr. Hypse is a staff psychologist at Acumen Assessments, specializing in the assessment of personality functioning related to professional misconduct. His primary focus is on the underlying characteristics that contribute to disruptions in the workplace, unethical behavior, or professional impairment. Dr. Hypse is a published author with over 9 years of experience conducting psychological assessments in a variety of contexts and settings ranging from disability evaluations, university settings, community mental health centers, detention centers, and private institutions. He enjoys working with licensed professionals to help identify aspects of their personality that may be inhibiting their work performance.
Dr. Hypse is a graduate from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, and has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of personality disorders, trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, severe mental illness, and substance abuse related issues. He conducted his post-doctoral work at a community mental health center in rural Kansas, and brings a galvanized understanding of personality functioning to the Acumen team. While adorning a psychodynamic perspective, Dr. Hypse will also utilize interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral approaches when necessary. He enjoys working with professionals and helping them understand how their personality characteristics contributed to both their vocational success, as well as their difficulties.
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 thousands of polygraph examinations on physicians and is adept at helping to put them at ease. Mr. Low is a retired homicide detective for the Topeka Police department. Mr. Low approaches the data produced from a polygraph examination in a conservative and scientific manner. He works very closely with Drs. Graham, Stacy, Seely, and Whipple to provide valid data that fits into the comprehensive assessment process.
Monica Söderberg, LSCSW, DSW, LCMFT
Ms. 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.