Professors Receive Board Certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology

Release Date: Thursday, July 19, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Cheryll Rothery, Psy.D, ABPP, associate professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Professional Psychology and Susan McGroarty, Ph.D., ABPP, assistant professor of psychology have both earned the distinction of diplomate status (ABPP) in the field of clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. The American Board of Professional Psychology is the primary organization for specialty board certification in psychology. 


The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) serves the public’s need by providing oversight certifying psychologists competent to deliver high quality services in various specialty areas of psychology. Board certification (awarding of a diploma in a specialty) assures the public that specialists designated by the ABPP have successfully completed the educational, training, and experience requirements of the specialty, including an examination designed to assess the competencies required to provide quality services in that specialty.


The American Board of Professional Psychology was incorporated in 1947 with the support of the American Psychological Association. The ABPP is a unitary governing body of separately incorporated specialty examining boards which assures the establishment, implementation, and maintenance of specialty standards and examinations by its member boards.


Dr. Rothery has taught classes at the master’s and doctoral level at Chestnut Hill for 14 years. A resident of Fort Washington, Pa., she received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College and her Doctor of Psychology from Rutgers University. Her scholarly interests include cross cultural therapy and supervision, women of color in therapy, racial identity formation, college counseling, clinical training and adolescent development. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association of Black Psychologists, Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. She has held leadership positions in local, state, and national psychology associations, most recently serving as secretary of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (2008-2012).


Dr. McGroarty has taught courses in the School of Undergraduate Studies, the School of Graduate Studies and the doctoral program at the College for the past eight years. A resident of Moorestown, New Jersey, she received her undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in individual child, adolescent and adult (including older adult) and family therapy. Dr. McGroarty is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, and a member of American Psychological Association, New Jersey Psychological Association, and the Pennsylvania Psychology Association. She is the co-chair of NJPA Diversity Committee (2012-2013), and serves on the APA PSYClink Advisory Council.


Dr. Rothery and Dr. McGroarty join their colleague and previous chair of the Division of Professional Psychology, Joseph Micucci, Ph.D., ABPP, professor of psychology, in this accomplishment of professional distinction; Dr. Micucci earned his diplomate in clinical psychology in 2008.