Dr. Rom-Rymer received her Bachelor of Arts degree (A.B.) from Princeton University (1973) and her Master’s and doctoral degrees (Ph.D.) in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1981, 1986). Dr. Rom-Rymer completed her predoctoral clinical internship at The Vanderbilt University Medical Center (1977). Dr. Rom-Rymer has worked extensively with law enforcement particularly in their work with sexual assault victims; had been the Director of Victim-Witness Assistance in the State Attorney’s Office, Tallahassee, Florida (1977-1979); had established a network of Directors of Victim-Witness Assistance Units in Florida (1978-1979); and co-created a refuge house in Tallahassee, Florida, for battered women and their children in 1978, which recently celebrated its 33rd anniversary.
Dr. Rom-Rymer was integrally involved with the Ted Bundy case in Florida in 1978 and 1979 and, in the 1990s, Dr. Rom-Rymer appeared several times on the Oprah Winfrey Show as an expert guest. Dr. Rom-Rymer has had broad clinical experience during her 35+ year career. Dr. Rom-Rymer was chief psychologist at the Chicago private psychiatric hospital, Charter Barclay Hospital (1992- 1993), and had been co-director of the children’s unit of Chicago Lakeshore Hospital (1990). Dr. Rom-Rymer earned a certificate in the treatment of alcohol and other psychoactive substance use disorders from the American Psychological Association College of Professional Psychology (1998) and she serves as a member of the board of advisors of the National Institute for the Study, Prevention, and Treatment of Sexual Trauma. Dr. Rom-Rymer had been co-chair of the American Psychological Association Division 56 (The Society for the Study and Treatment of Trauma) Task Force on Ethical Practice with Traumatized Populations and was co-chair, Mini-Conference Celebrating the Partnership between Psychology and the Indian Health Service (IHS) at the APA Annual Convention, San Diego, August 14, 2010. Dr. Rom-Rymer is currently president of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA) (2011 – 2012), having previously served as IPA president-elect (2010 – 2011), IPA membership chair (2009 – 2011), and IPA governing council member (2007 – 2010).
Dr. Rom-Rymer is also a Fellow of the Illinois Psychological Association. Dr. Rom-Rymer has been a president (2004) of Division 55 (American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy) of the American Psychological Association and is currently the Division 55 Representative to the Governing Council of the American Psychological Association (2007 – 2009, 2010 - 2012). Dr. Rom-Rymer is also the Treasurer of Division 56 (2008 – 2010, 2011 - 2013) of the American Psychological Association; a member of the Finance Committee of the American Psychological Association (2011 – 2013); Secretary of the Women’s Caucus (2011 – 2012); Chair-elect of the Public Interest Caucus (2012); Secretary/Treasurer of the Education and Training Caucus (2012); Secretary/Treasurer of the Health Science Caucus (2011-2012); all of the Governing Council of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Rom-Rymer is an Executive Committee member of the Board of Trustees of Alliant International University (2009 – 2012), a member of the Finance Committee, and Chair of the Law School Integration Committee. Dr. Rom-Rymer is an Executive Committee member, National Board, The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (2008 – 2011). Dr. Rom-Rymer has been adjunct faculty at The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine (1988 – 2002), where she lectured on clinical issues and provided clinical supervision to psychology graduate students and psychology interns. Dr. Rom-Rymer has also been a lecturer (“Posttraumatic Stress Disorder”) at The Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (1999) and a lecturer on the faculty of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (“The Ethics of the Prescribing Psychologist”) (2004 – 2007). Dr. Rom-Rymer currently lectures at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine on the ethics of the forensic psychologist and the ethics of the prescribing psychologist. On May 30th, 2012, Dr. Rom-Rymer will be giving an invited keynote address to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, entitled, “How We are Advancing the Practice of Psychology.” On July 27th, 2012, Dr. Rom-Rymer will be speaking on “Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists:
Working with State Legislators in 2012,” at the International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Rom-Rymer wrote the chapter, “Demonstrating Trauma: Effects of Sexual Abuse on the Elderly,” in the 2001 book, Nursing Home Litigation: Pretrial Practice and Trials and the chapter, “Evaluating the Psychological Sequelae of Elder Abuse,” in the 2007 book, Forensic Psychology: Emerging Topics and Expanding Roles. Dr. Rom-Rymer is a co-author of the APA “Practice Guidelines Regarding Psychologists’ Involvement in Pharmacological Issues,” published in The American Psychologist, December 2011. Dr. Rom-Rymer is currently co-authoring a book, with Eric Hickey, Ph.D., Men, Sex, and Power: Why Powerful Men Play with Fire and Self-Destruct and she is co-editing a book, with Arthur Freeman, Ph.D., The Clinical Psychologist as Consultant, Mentor, and Guide: Out of the Therapy Room and into the World. Both books’ expected publication dates are in 2013. Dr. Rom-Rymer has been an editorial board member of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma since 2007. She has also given numerous lectures throughout the United States and in Canada on forensic issues.
Dr. Rom-Rymer received two national awards for outstanding leadership from Division 55 of the American Psychological Association at the annual conventions of the American Psychological Association in August 2005 and 2007. At the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in August 2008, Dr. Rom-Rymer received a presidential citation of outstanding support for the Division 18 (Public Service)-Alliant International University Partnership in the RxP Training of Public Service Psychologists from the president of Division 18 as well as an award in recognition for outstanding contributions to professional psychology from Alliant International University. In 2010, Dr. Rom-Rymer received an advocacy award for outstanding support of professional psychology from the American Psychological Foundation and was recognized for outstanding leadership from the Board of Trustees, Alliant International University. In 2011, the Illinois Psychological Association, under Dr. Rom-Rymer’s leadership, was awarded the State, Provincial, and Territorial Association (SPTA) Diversity Award at the American Psychological Association (APA) State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. This award recognizes innovation, accomplishment, and ongoing activities related to diversity in membership, governance and leadership, and programming.