Awards & Accomplishments

2018 Book Local Community Choice Award (

Top Counceling & Mental Health in Chicago, IL

Professional Awards2015 Presidential Citation Awarded by American Psychological Association President Barry Anton, February 22, 2015

2014 Distinguished Psychologist, Illinois Psychological Association

2014 Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy at the National Level
Division 55, American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy
American Psychological Association

2014 Outstanding Advocacy Award in Professional Psychology
Alliant International University

2014 Outstanding Psychologist Award in a State, Provincial or Territorial Psychological Association
Division 31, Division of State, Provincial, and Territorial Affairs
American Psychological Association

2014 Mentor Award
American Psychological Foundation

Certificate for Meritorious Service as President of the Illinois Psychological Association
June 30, 2014

Distinguished Community Service Award 2013
Princeton Club of Chicago
Awarded May 8, 2013

Distinguished Illinois Psychologist 2012
Illinois Psychological Association
Awarded November 2, 2012

Presidential Citation in Recognition of Outstanding Support for the Division 18 – Alliant International University Partnership in the RxP Training of Public Service Psychologists
Division 18, Psychologists in Public Service
Annual Convention, American Psychological Association
August 2008

Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Psychology
Alliant International University
Annual Convention, American Psychological Association
August 2008

Recipient of National Outstanding Leadership Award
 Division 55, American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy (ASAP)
Annual Convention, American Psychological Association
August 2007

Recipient, National Leadership Award, Presidential Citation
 Division 55
Annual Convention, American Psychological Association
August 2005

Principal Recipient of Research Grant
 for the Study of Underserved Urban Populations
and their Attitudes toward Health Providers and Prescribing Psychologists
Division 55
August 2007

Distinguished Practitioner
National Academies of Practice in Psychology
Elected August 2007

Dr. Rom-Rymer currently has a national consulting practice in forensics, working as a forensic expert witness in civil litigation in which there are allegations of sexual abuse and physical abuse, sexual and physical harassment, and other forms of violence:  in nursing homes, in the context of child custody litigation, in the workplace, and on pleasure cruises.  She has helped to create the field of forensic geriatrics and has published articles in this area, including: "Evaluating the Psychological Sequelae of Elder Abuse," in Alan Goldstein's 2007 Forensic Psychology:  Emerging Tops and Expanding Roles, published by Wiley, and "Demonstrating Trauma:  Effects of Sexual Abuse on the Elderly" in Nursing Home Litigation:  Pretrial Practice and Trials edited by Ruben Krisztal, Esq., 2001.  Dr. Rom-Rymer is on the editorial board of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.  She has recently been appointed co-chair of the Division 56 (Trauma) Interdivisional Task Force on Ethical Practice with Traumatized Populations in Forensic Cases.

Dr. Rom-Rymer is President-elect of the Illinois Psychological Association.  Dr. Rom-Rymer's presidential initiatives include:  broadeing diversity training for psychologists and increasingly diversifying Association membership; greater involvement with community LGBT issues; greater involvement with community anti-violence initiatives; working to achieve prescriptive authority privileges for Illinois psychologists.  Dr. Rom-Rymer is also a past president of the Americal Psychological Associations' (APA) Division 55 (American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy), Council Representative  from Division 55 on the APA governing council, Treasurer of APA Division 56 (Division of Trauma), a Member-at-Large for Division 12, Section IV (Clinical Psychology, Women's Section), a member of APA's Finance Committee and Secretary of APA's Women's Caucus.  Dr. Rom-Rymer is a candidate for President of APA's Division 56 and a candidate for Treasurer of APA's Division 42 (Independent Practice).  Dr. Rom-Rymer had been Chief Psychologist (1990 - 1992) at the private psychiatric hospital, Charter Barclay Hospital (in Chicago), and co-Director of the Child Unit (1990 - 1991) at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital (a private psychiatric hospital).  Dr. Rom-Rymer had been adjunct faculty at The University of Chicago Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry (1988 - 2001) and the Chicago Medical School (1999) and a faculty lecturer at The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (2002 - 2007).  Dr. Rom-Rymer currently guest lectures at the Northwestern University Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry.

One of Dr. Rom-Rymer's passions is expanding the scope of practice for psychologists.  She is currently, working, nationally, to create training and practice opportunities for prescribing psychologists in public service venues:  state hospital systems, federal and state prisons, military bases, and Indian reservations.  Dr. Rom-Rymer was co-chair of a mini-conference at APA San Diego 2010 on August 14th in which the partnership between Prescribing Medical Psychologists and the Indian Health Service was celebrated with symposia and a cultural hour of tribal performance.  Dr. Rom-Rymer continues to work with Indian tribal representatives and the Federal Indian Health Service (IHS) to expand mental health services for Native Americans and to provide broader opportunities for practice for psychologists.Type your paragraph here.

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