Massachusetts Board of Psychologists Announces Enforcement Actions
BOSTON - The Board of Registration of Psychologists today announced disciplinary action against the following individuals:
Caroline Marvin, Littleton: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Marvin, resolving allegations that she held herself out as a psychologist and continued practicing psychology following the expiration of her license. The Board also found that she failed to complete continuing education required for the renewal of her license in a timely manner. Under the terms of the agreement, Marvin agreed to pay a $500 fine and complete additional continuing education hours.
Paula M. Morrissette, Worcester: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Morrissette, resolving allegations that she identified herself as a psychologist on a clinical supervision document submitted to the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals by individual applying for licensure. A review by the Board found that Morrissette had never been issued a valid psychologist license by Board. Under the terms of the agreement, Morrissette agreed to pay a $500 fine.
Sheldon H. Wagner, Lexington: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Wagner, resolving allegations that he engaged in the unlicensed practice of psychology. Wagner admitted that the Board could find that, while serving as Clinical Director of Behavioral Development and Educational Services, LLC (BDES), Wagner engaged in the practice of psychology when BDES provided special education services to the New Bedford Public Schools. Wagner also admitted that the Board could find that, during this time, he failed to become certified as a Health Service Provider with the Board and failed to renew his psychology license following its expiration in 1996. Under the terms of the agreement, Wagner agreed to pay a $24,000 fine. The case was referred to the Board by the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General.
The Board of Registration of Psychologists licenses qualified individuals to practice psychology and regulates that practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as defined by the statutes and described in the regulations. The Board protects the public health and welfare through regulation of the practice of psychology. It receives, investigates, and adjudicates complaints against licensed practitioners. The Board also investigates and takes disciplinary action against the unlicensed practice of psychology, which is prohibited by law. The Board currently licenses approximately 5,506 individuals in the psychology profession.
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