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Examining Board of Psychology Information

Board members

Members Term Expires
Timothy Cahn, Ph.D., chair January 16, 2016            
Janet Look, Ed D., vice chair January 6, 2020
Ruby Takushi, Ph. D.          January 6, 2020
Leslie Cohn, Ph.D. January 6, 2019
Elizabeth Kunchandy, Ph.D. January 6, 2018
Rachaud Smith, Psy. D. January 6, 2018
Shari Roberts, public member January 6, 2017
Brendon Patrick Scholtz, Ph.D.             January 6, 2019
Vacant, public member


The Examining Board of Psychology's mandate is to protect the public's health and safety and to promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers in Washington. The board accomplishes this through a variety of activities working with the Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance division.

Board duties:

  • Establish qualifications for minimal competency to grant or deny licensure of psychologists.
  • Regulate the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers in Washington by establishing, monitoring and enforcing qualifications for licensure.
  • Establish and monitor compliance with continuing education requirements.
  • Ensure consistent standards of practice.
  • Develop continuing competency mechanisms.
  • Assess, investigate and make recommendations related to complaints against psychologists which may range from a Notice of Correction to a license revocation.
  • Serve as reviewing board members on disciplinary cases and serve on disciplinary hearing panels.
  • Serve as members of standing committees, when appointed.
  • Develop rules, policies and procedures that promote the delivery of quality healthcare to state residents.


The board is made up of two public members and seven psychologists. Professional members:

  • Must be U.S citizens who have actively practiced psychology in the state of Washington for at least three years immediately preceding appointment.
  • Must be licensed as a psychologist in Washington State.

Public members:

  • Cannot be a psychologist or in training to be a psychologist.
  • May not have any household member who is a psychologist or is in training to be a psychologist.
  • May not participate or ever participated in a commercial or professional field related to psychology nor have a household member who has participated.
  • May not have had, within two years before appointment, a substantial financial interest in a person regulated by the board.

Board participation expectation guidelines

Expectation guidelines are intended to serve as a reference for current members and for prospective appointees of the board:

  • Attend regular board meetings, scheduled for one day during business hours on Friday. The board typically meets six times a year. The board sets its meeting schedule each fall for the following calendar year.
  • Attend the annual Department of Health one-day Board, Commission, Committee conference, as necessary.
  • Participate in the development of a strategic plan each biennium.
  • Actively participate in subcommittees.
  • Prepare for meetings by reading materials sent in advance of the scheduled meeting date. In addition, time may be spent reviewing complaint files prior to each meeting.
  • Participate on disciplinary panels that meet by telephone every other week. Sometimes panels meet with short advance notice in order to respond to emergent situations to protect the public.
  • Assist and mentor newly appointed board members.

Total annual time commitment

Meetings/Conferences Six to 10 days per year, plus travel time
Meeting Preparation One to three hours per meeting
Complaint file review One to eight hours per complaint assigned
Case disposition/hearing panels Five to 12 days per year

Performance guidelines for newly appointed board members

Attend initial orientation presented by Department of Health staff. This day-long training takes place at the Tumwater office.

Initial orientation outlines:

  • Legal authority of the board
  • Roles and responsibilities of board members
  • Ethics
  • Legal liability of board members and the Department of Health,
  • Organizational structure of the Department of Health
  • Roles and responsibilities of Department of Health staff
  • Roles and responsibilities of staff attorneys and Assistant Attorney General advisors (AAGs)
  • Disciplinary processes
  • Rule making and other issues

Current Meeting Schedule

The board meets six times per year on Fridays. Meetings are primarily held in Tumwater, Kent or Seattle.


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