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Foreseeing the critical need for comprehensive mental health prescribers, Dr. Rom-Rymer undertook training in Clinical Psychopharmacology during the 1990's and became a national leader in the advocacy for psychologists' prescriptive authority, when she was elected the fourth president of the fledgling APA Division 55 (Pharmacotherapy) in 2004.  As President of the Illinois Psychological Association from 2011-2012 and from 2013-2014, Dr. Rom-Rymer led the Prescriptive Authority Movement toward successful passage of its legislation in May 2014, earning the Governor's signature in June of 2014.  Dr. Rom-Rymer has held many administrative positions in psychiatric hospitals throughout the Chicago metropolitan region.  She has also lectured extensively in the Departments of Psychiatry, at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, and Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and in the Departments of Psychology, at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Rom-Rymer has a clinical practice in Chicago and a national forensic consulting practice.  She has given numerous lectures on clinical and forensic issues (sexual trauma, PTSD, domestic violence, child abuse, child custody litigation, substance abuse and trauma, sexual harassment in the workplace, the role of the forensic psychologist in the courtroom) throughout the United States and Canada.  Dr. Rom-Rymer has received several awards for her work, including: "Distinguished Illinois Psychologist" from the Illinois Psychological Association (2012, 2014), "Outstanding Service to the Community" from the Princeton University Club of Chicago (2013); "Outstanding Psychologist of the Year" from the APA's Division 31 (2014);  APA Presidential Citation for Outstanding Leadership (2015); APA Karl Heiser award for Legislative Advocacy (2015); Alfred M. Wellner, Ph.D. Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Register of Health Service Providers (2016); Outstanding Psychologist Award from the Illinois Psychological Association (2016 and 2017); Social Impact Leaders Award from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (2018); and, most recently, "Outstanding Leadership" Award from AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital CEO, Clayton Ciha (2019).  Dr. Rom-Rymer is the Immediate Past Chair of the APA Council Leadership Team (2020); just completed her term as a member of the APA Board of Directors (2018-2019); is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists (2019-2022); and is a member of the newly-formed APA Healthcare Financing Task Force.  As President and CEO of the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists, she is implementing the Prescriptive Authority legislation in Illinois; consulting with State Psychological Associations, nationwide, in the lobbying for Prescriptive Authority; and writing a book on the impact of the Prescribing Psychologist Movement on the national healthcare crisis, "The Revolution in Healthcare:  How Prescribing Psychologists are Changing the Healthcare Delivery System."

Biography

Beth N. Rom-Rymer, Ph.D. has been a pioneer throughout her life.  She was in the first class of women at Princeton University, graduating in 1973.  Dr. Rom-Rymer created the Victim-Witness Assistance Unit in the State Attorney's Office, Tallahassee, Florida, in 1977, where she worked on the Ted Bundy serial murder case, 1978-1979.  During that time, she also co-founded and was the first Board president of Refuge House, a shelter for battered women and their children in Tallahassee, Florida.  Refuge House celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018.  Dr. Rom-Rymer is one of the psychologists who created the field of forensic geriatrics in 2000, testifying, nationally, in cases concerning the sexual abuse of older adults in nursing homes and writing book chapters about the role of the forensic psychologist in geriatric settings.