To All Maryland Licensed Psychologists:

The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists (BoE) consists of seven licensed psychologists and two consumer members. The role of the Board is partly adjudicatory, partly administrative and supervisory, and partly advisory to executive and legislative branches of government. The current psychologist members of the Board are: Crystal L. Barksdale, Ph.D., MPH, Chair; Samantha Rukert, Psy.D., Vice-Chair; Stephen F. Bono, Ph.D., Shelley M. McDermott, Ph.D.​, ​Reginald Nettles, Ph.D., CGP, Kimberly A. Sanschagrin, J.D., Ph.D., and ​Brenda L. Terry-Leonard, Ph.D.

During their four-year terms, Board members:
1) Attend monthly daylong meetings and special meetings as necessary
2) Interact with local organizations
3) Participate in drafting of legislation and regulations
4) Review credentials of applicants for licensure
5) Participate in the examination process
6) Act as Board liaison in investigation of complaints

When requested, the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA) conducts a balloting process of candidates for vacancies on the Board of Examiners. After balloting, a rank-ordered list of candidates will be submitted to the Governor’s office and the Department of Health. They are responsible for the vetting and final selection of candidates for the BoE. Candidates approved by the Governor must be confirmed by the Maryland State Senate. 

For this balloting, the Board is looking to fill two (2) vacancies: one (1) clinical psychologist position and one (1) research/academic psychologist position.

Candidates for the BoE are psychologists who:
  • Are U.S. citizens licensed in and residents of the state of MD.
  • Have practiced, taught and/or engaged in psychological research for at least 5 years. Candidates cannot be registered as a lobbyist. Terms for the appointed Board members will begin in July 2022.
Please read the candidate information and make your selections accordingly. Ballots must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

Thank you for your participation in this very important balloting process. If you have any questions, please contact MPA at 

Esther Finglass, Ph.D.
MPA Immediate Past President
Chair, MPA Elections and Awards Committee

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* 1. This affirms that I am a psychologist licensed in the state of Maryland. I understand that I can only vote once, my vote is anonymous, and I cannot change my vote once I have voted.