Meet the tpi team

TPI was founded in 2011 by four psychologists, each with 30+ years of diverse experience. Collectively we have managed group and individual practices, specialized in various niches, and have expertise in the use of technology, marketing, ethics, practice administration and responsible entrepreneurship.

We have trained supervisors and mentors, and have written and edited books, chapters, articles, and even a journal on practice. We can help you put your clinical skills to good use!

We have served  as presidents and on boards of directors of professional societies dedicated to mental health and practice, and have taught in Universities.

We have conducted workshops, webinars and other presentations throughout the U.S. and internationally (Canada, South and Central America, China, and Europe).

You can count on us to guide you through an action plan to align your practice with your own unique values, interests and lifestyle.

Our TPI team

Jeff Zimmerman, PhD, ABPP

TPI Co-founder

With over 35 years of professional experience, Jeff has been in independent practice virtually his entire career. He began in solo practice, and was a founding and managing partner in a group practice that grew to 7 offices and 20 professional staff. He co-administered a managed care contract with over 200 affiliated professionals, and developed niche practices outside of managed care (divorce specialty and organizational consulting). Jeff consults on practice development and on management and building niche practices. He also provides training in divorce mediation and co-parenting with high conflict divorcing parents.

Jeff is active in many professional organizations. He is past president of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 29, Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. He has served on the Board of APA Division 42, Independent Practice. He has also co-authored or edited four books on practice (If You Build It They Will Come, The Handbook of Private Practice, The Ethics of Private Practice, and Financial Management for Your Mental Health Practice). He is also the Editor of Practice Innovations, the journal of APA Division 42. In 2019 Jeff received the Mentoring Award from Division 42.

Jeff can be reached at jeffzimmermanphd@thepracticeinstitute.com

Jeff Zimmerman, PhD, ABPP

TPI Co-founder

With over 35 years of professional experience, Jeff has been in independent practice virtually his entire career. He began in solo practice, and was a founding and managing partner in a group practice that grew to 7 offices and 20 professional staff. He co-administered a managed care contract with over 200 affiliated professionals, and developed niche practices outside of managed care (divorce specialty and organizational consulting). Jeff consults on practice development and on management and building niche practices. He also provides training in divorce mediation and co-parenting with high conflict divorcing parents.

Jeff is active in many professional organizations. He is past president of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 29, Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. He has served on the Board of APA Division 42, Independent Practice. He has also co-authored or edited four books on practice (If You Build It They Will Come, The Handbook of Private Practice, The Ethics of Private Practice, and Financial Management for Your Mental Health Practice). He is also the Editor of Practice Innovations, the journal of APA Division 42. In 2019 Jeff received the Mentoring Award from Division 42.

Jeff can be reached at jeffzimmermanphd@thepracticeinstitute.com

 

 

Pauline Wallin, PhD

TPI Co-founder

Pauline is a technology enthusiast and psychologist in private practice in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. She teaches and coaches other mental health professionals to earn a good living while doing what they love. She is also co-founder of The Center for Advanced Professional Education (CAPE) based at the University of Redlands.

Pauline is past-president of APA Division 42, Independent Practice and Division 46, Media Technology & Psychology. She has also chaired or served on numerous committees within APA and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

In addition to writing and teaching about the business of practice, Pauline has written a self-help book (Taming Your Inner Brat: A Guide for Transforming Self-defeating Behavior), was a magazine columnist for several years, and has frequently appeared in or been quoted in the media, including CBS news, the Associated Press, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Huffpost, Buzzfeed News and others.

She is a two-time recipient of the "Psychologist in the Media" award from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

Since 1997 Pauline has taught workshops  on using the internet for research and for marketing. She has conducted practice development workshops and webinars in the US and Canada, and is a frequent invited speaker for professional conferences.

Pauline can be reached at paulinewallinphd@thepracticeinstitute.com

Lauren Behrman, PhD

TPI Co-founder

Lauren is a licensed psychologist who has been solely in independent practice in New York City and Westchester.  Lauren brings over 30 years of postdoctoral experience to The Practice Institute as a clinician, independent practitioner and mother of 3. Her perspective on mothers in practice is a valuable contribution to the TPI community. Lauren has reinvented her practice several times, and built a thriving practice that is free of managed care.  In 2001, she was responsible for creating the New York Chapter of Association for Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). Lauren is also a current board member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals (NYACP).  Having trained as a mediator, parent coordinator and collaborative professional, Lauren is well versed in helping build systems of care that utilize the diverse skill sets of mental health clinicians outside of the insurance network while collaborating with other professionals. She has years of experience as a clinical supervisor and is available as a mentor and trainer to clinicians and practice groups. Lauren can be reached at laurenbehrmanphd@thepracticeinstitute.com

Lauren Behrman, PhD

TPI Co-founder

Lauren is a licensed psychologist who has been solely in independent practice in New York City and Westchester.  Lauren brings over 30 years of postdoctoral experience to The Practice Institute as a clinician, independent practitioner and mother of 3. Her perspective on mothers in practice is a valuable contribution to the TPI community. Lauren has reinvented her practice several times, and built a thriving practice that is free of managed care.  In 2001, she was responsible for creating the New York Chapter of Association for Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). Lauren is also a current board member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals (NYACP).  Having trained as a mediator, parent coordinator and collaborative professional, Lauren is well versed in helping build systems of care that utilize the diverse skill sets of mental health clinicians outside of the insurance network while collaborating with other professionals. She has years of experience as a clinical supervisor and is available as a mentor and trainer to clinicians and practice groups. Lauren can be reached at laurenbehrmanphd@thepracticeinstitute.com

 

 

Rod Goodyear, PhD

Rod is a Professor at the University of Redlands, as well as Emeritus Professor of Counseling Psychology, University of Southern California and was the 2015 President of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. A major theme of his scholarship has been supervision and training of counselors and psychologists:  His book with Janine Bernard (Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision) is in its fifth edition and arguably the most used supervision book in world; he was a member of the American Psychological Associations’ task group that developed the Association’s clinical supervision guidelines; and he received the American Psychological Association's 2015 award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Education and Training. Rod can be reached at rodgoodyearphd@thepracticeinstitute.com

Steven Walfish, Ph.D. (1953-2016)

TPI Co-founder

Steve was a psychologist in independent practice in Atlanta. He brought a wealth of experience to The Practice Institute as a clinician, practice owner, and entrepreneur.

In addition to his lecturing and consulting work, he recorded almost 200 interviews with authors and experts on various aspects of practice. These are available in the Steve Walfish Memorial Recording Library.

Steve was past president of APA Division 42 (Independent Practice) and also former editor of the division's quarterly magazine,  Independent Practitioner. In 2009 he received the Division 42 Award for Mentoring.

He was co-author (with Jeff Barnett) of Financial Success in Mental Health Practice:  Essential Tools and Strategies for Practitioners (APA Books, 2008) and Editor of Earning a Living Outside of Managed Mental Health Care: 50 Ways to Expand Your Practice (APA Books, 2010) and (co-authored with Jeffrey Barnett) Billing and Collecting for Your Mental Health practice: Effective Strategies and Ethical Practice, (APA Books in 2011). He presented workshops at national and regional meetings on the topics of “Financial Success in Independent Practice: Practical Strategies and Ethical Practice” and “Using Science and Entrepreneurship to Identify Practice Markets and Opportunities.”

He is remembered warmly by colleagues, many of whom had never met him in person, but were touched by his generosity. Read some of their comments here: https://thepracticeinstitute.com/in-memoriam-steve-walfish-1953-2016/.