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2020-2021 Board of Directors

Co-Presidents - Laurence Abrams, Ph.D. and Barbara Abrams, Ed.D.

Dr. Barbara C. Abrams received her doctorate from the University of Houston. She has taken post-doctoral work at the University of Houston and acquired both her HSP (Health Service Provider), her HSD (Hospital Staff Designation), and was certified as a Life Professional School Psychologist.

Professionally, she has done crisis counseling for HISD before joining the psychological staff at what was then Spring Shadows Glen Psychiatric Hospital. She eventually became Director of Psychological Services at Spring Shadows. She also became an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Educational Psychology/Counseling Dept.

Since 1988, she has had a full-time private practice, initially specializing in hospital work with children and adults. Eventually, she reduced her hospital work but maintained a broad private practice.

She has served on the Mental Health Association Board of Directors and spent fifteen years as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for her home city of Hedwig Village, been trained as a mediator, and also won Breeder of Merit recognition from the American Kennel Club for her work with Doberman Pinchers.

Laurence Abrams is the Past President of the Houston Psychological Association. His experiences with TPA include service as President,  Chair of Ethics Committee, Chair of the Peer Standards Review Committee, Professional Affairs Officer, Liaison Officer for the States Area Societies, Parliamentarian, and Editorial Advisory Board member. He was then appointed to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Dr. Abrams served six years and was Chair of the Board for two years.

He maintains an active private practice at this time in the areas of clinical psychology, diagnosis, and therapy, psychodrama, divorce, and child custody counseling. He is active with the court system in forensic psychology, mediation, and arbitration.

Dr. Abrams has donated his time and services to many community programs such as the Students in Mental Health Program, Rice University Youth Program, and the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, along with his community’s Board of Adjustment.

Dr. Abrams's accomplishments have been recognized at the national level as well. The American Psychological Association (APA) appointed him to their Peer Review Board. APA’s Division of Psychotherapy also named him one of the “Twelve foremost Leaders of Psychodrama Today”. In 1996, APA presented him with the Karl F. Heiser Award for Advocacy on Behalf of Professional Psychology. Additionally, the Texas Psychological Association presented him with their Distinguished Lifetime Award in 2007.

President-Elect 2020- 2021- Charlotte Parrott, Ph.D

Dr. Charlotte Parrott is a licensed psychologist in private practice who provides evidence-based treatments to adults, adolescents, and couples. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Houston and completed her internship with Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her postdoctoral training at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center where she provided therapy to address smoking cessation, other health behavior changes, and psychological issues for both clinical research studies and with MDACC patients.

Dr. Parrott is passionate about evidence-based practice and has received extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. When not helping her clients, she enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family, knitting, and reading.

President-Elect 2021- 2022- Ivy Ruths, Ph.D

Ivy Ruths. Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology who specializes in evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, body-focused repetitive behaviors (BRFBs), depressive disorders, and parenting difficulties. Dr. Ruths received a B.A. in Psychology and English from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston. She completed her pre-doctoral internship within the Psychological Services Department in the Houston Independent School District and her postdoctoral fellowship at DePelchin’s Children’s Center. She has gained her expertise working in a variety of clinical treatment settings including a hospital, community clinic, an inpatient residential facility for severe anxiety disorders, in the school setting, and in private practice.

Dr. Ruths works with children, adolescents, adults, and parents in her private practice utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions). Dr. Ruths has been on the board of OCD Texas, an International OCD Foundation affiliate, since 2017, and is currently serving as Vice President. 

Dr. Ruths is also the middle school counselor at a Houston area private school and consults with educators, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, learning specialists and parents regularly to ensure student social-emotional and academic success. 

Dr. Ruths has been featured on several podcasts and enjoys presenting and leading workshops at local and national conferences. She is passionate about destigmatizing mental health, educating the public, and advocating for awareness. 

Past President - Tyson Reuter, Ph.D
Dr. Reuter is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides empirically-supported treatments for anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), tic disorders, and body-focused repetitive behaviors (e.g. hair pulling, skin picking). He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston and completed his residency in Clinical Psychology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Reuter is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch, President of the Houston Psychological Association, and co-founder of the Houston Area Behavioral Institute for Tourette (HABIT Clinic). Dr. Reuter works with patients across the developmental lifespan (childhood through adulthood) and has interest and expertise in adolescence, anxiety, OCD, tic disorders, and LGBT health. He specializes in providing solution-focused, evidenced-based treatments, primarily Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and has enjoyed working in a variety of treatment settings including hospitals, medical schools, inpatient psychiatric facilities, community clinics, and private practice. Dr. Reuter is trained as a scientist-practitioner and is published widely in top peer-reviewed scientific journals on various health behaviors. He continues to present at national conferences and his work has been featured on major media outlets such as CNN, USA Today, Newsweek, and US News and World Report.

Treasurer - Stacey Bourland, Ph.D.
Dr. Bourland received her Bachelor's Degree in psychology from Rice University in 1992, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville in 1998.  Stacey is Past-President of the Houston Psychological Association, and she served on the Executive Committee from 2000 through 2009. She is also a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Stacey currently serves on the medical advisory board of PURE HOPE, a chronic pelvic pain association.

Secretary - Laura Spiller, Ph.D.
Dr. Laura Spiller is a psychologist who specializes in helping individuals and couples strengthen relationships and connect with those they care about. She completed her doctoral training in psychology at the University of Houston and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. For over 10 years, she was a professor who trained clinical psychology graduate students and conducted research on relationships. She is the owner of Heights Couples Therapy and co-owner of Wellness Collaborative, psychology practices in the Heights area of Houston.



  Director at Large - Marilu (Lu) Berry,  Ph.D.
Dr. Berry has practiced psychology in the Houston area for over 20 years and helps adults of all ages to cope      more adaptively with their struggles. She received her Master's of Counseling at the University of Houston and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Texas A&M University. Her internship was completed at the Seattle VAMC and her post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at the UT-Houston Medical School. She worked as faculty for UT-H in their multidisciplinary pain center, teaching residents and fellows and treating patients with pain and medical problems. Dr. Berry started a private practice in 2005 and likes running, hiking, and fishing in her free time. She enjoys working with clients with complicated backgrounds and utilizes CBT and other research-based models to treat depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and medical problems.

Director at Large - Robin Burks, Ph.D.
Dr. Robin J. Burks is an esteemed clinical psychologist who resides in Houston, Texas with her husband and they have twins in college. She is a talented and dedicated therapist and inspirational consultant and has been in private practice for over 25 years.Dr. Burks received her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and completed her Internship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Burks has been actively involved in local and national service initiatives. She is past President of the Houston Psychological Association (HPA). She has twice been awarded the “Psychologist of the Year” by the Houston Psychological Association. Most recently the award was for her dedication to the Houston Psychological Association and the prior award was for co-chairing a national conference and local initiative on violence prevention. She also received the “President’s Award” from the 2014-2015 HPA President. Dr. Burks is an avid runner and continues to motivate and inspire educators, clients, colleagues, and friends to live their lives more fully.

Director at Large - Hannah Garza, Ph.D.
Dr. Hannah Garza received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Houston, and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston. She completed her residency in Clinical Psychology at The University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Track. She has trained extensively under the supervision of Dr. Suzanne Mouton-Odum, a leading BFRB expert and member of the TLC Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Garza received the 2018 TLC Foundation for BFRBs Clinical Early Career Award Program. Dr. Garza enjoys providing psychological assessments and evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. She has interest and expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy for adolescents, anxiety, trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder), excoriation (skin-picking disorder), OCD, tic disorders, and interpersonal effectiveness. She has enjoyed working in a variety of treatment settings including community clinics, university counseling centers, academic medical centers, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and private practice. Dr. Garza has a special interest in decreasing the stigma associated with mental health and its treatment, and she uses research-informed treatments flexible to meet the needs of each client.

Director at Large - Suzanne Mouton-Odum, Ph.D.
Dr. Mouton-Odum is the  Director of Psychology Houston, PC, The Center for Cognitive Behavioral Treatment. Dr. Mouton-Odum is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and President of PsycTech, Ltd., Technology for Psychology. Dr. Mouton-Odum has practiced psychology for over 20 years in the Houston area and has extensive experience conducting cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) for children, adolescents, and adults, psychological assessment, and evidence-based psychological treatments. Dr. Mouton-Odum is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviorsmand past president of both the Texas Psychological Foundation and the Houston Psychological Association. She has published numerous scientific journal articles, presents both internationally and at national conferences, and is a co-author of three books for the general public: A Parent Guide to Hair Pulling Disorder, Out of the Rabbit Hole: A Road Map to Freedom from OCD, and Psychological Interventions for Children with Sensory Dysregulation.


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