For Immediate Release - May 26, 2004

Psychologist Agrees to Temporary Surrender of License

Rickey B. Silverman, of Plaistow, New Hampshire has entered into a consent agreement with the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychology, voluntarily surrendering his license to practice as a psychologist in Massachusetts until he has complied with the requirements of the New Hampshire Board of Registration of Psychologists. Dr. Silverman acknowledges that the New Hampshire Board disciplined him for inadequate analysis and documentation in evaluations he performed. Dr. Silverman's admission of these charges brought forth by the New Hampshire Board is grounds for disciplinary action by the Massachusetts Board.

The New Hampshire Board imposed supervision, continuing education and other requirements on Dr. Silverman's license. After complying with those requirements and it is proven that he will practice in a safe and competent manner, Dr. Silverman may seek the reinstatement of his Massachusetts psychologist license.

Consumers are encouraged to exercise their rights and continually visit the Division's Web site at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The Division of Professional Licensure is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensure process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the continual updating of licenses for approximately 330,000 licensees, and the maintenance of the multiple databases related to licensing, enforcement, and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2003, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of professional discipline including 949 disciplinary actions and over $27,000 in fines and over $50,000 in refunds for consumers.