Dr. Matthew Holcomb and Dr. Jesse Lambert will be running for a July 2022 opening on the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. The election will be held December 15 to January 15, conducted online by the Board of Examiners. Votes are to be cast by Louisiana licensed psychologists.
Dr. Holcomb is from New Orleans and was originally licensed in 2015. His specialty is clinical neuropsychology and he works with the Jefferson Neurobehavioral group. he is also a Consulting Clinical Psychologist Pine Grove Behavioral Health Assessment Clinic. He earned his degree in 2012 from Ball State University in school psychology.
On his candidate statement Dr. Holcomb said, “The main function of our licensing board is to protect the people of Louisiana from the “unqualified and improper application” of psychology.
“That’s a broad mission statement, which often puts our board in a position to affect change within the field of psychology. There can be no doubt that the next few years will see additional and potentially major changes in our field. Affecting change and having a voice when those changes are discussed are a motivation for serving on the LSBEP.
“Nationally, organizations like ABPP often push agendas that may not benefit psychologists or the public in Louisiana. Issues such as the EPPP-2 and PsyPACT could harm the practice of psychology in Louisiana. LSBEP has a history of standing against efforts which would not benefit our state, and I wish to continue that legacy. Locally, our board faces financial issues and concerns of over-reach. I want to serve on the LSBEP to be a positive force for change.
“I have served on LPA’s legislative affairs committee for several years and am currently the Treasurer of the Louisiana Psychological Association (LPA) and a member of the Executive Committee. I was heavily involved as a member of the ad-hoc committee which met with the LSBEP and other stakeholders to craft House Bill 477. I believe I am prepared to sit in the LSBEP.
“In my approximately 7 years in the state, I have taught and supervised future Louisiana psychologists, maintained an active research lab, and built a busy clinical and forensic neuropsychological practice. In addition to my state involvement, I have also served in national organizations such as the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN). I believe I am well prepared to take on a role with LSBEP, and that I should serve at this time.”
Dr. Jesse Lambert is from Gonzales and originally licensed in 2009. His specialty is clinical. He is a medical psychologist as well. His current position is Clinical Lead, Rural Mental and Behavioral Health Outreach at Our Lady of the Lake, and private practice. He earned his degree from Argosy University in Dallas in clinical psychology.
Dr. Lambert previously served on the psychology board from August 2015 to September 2019.
In his statement he said, “Psychology is such a fabulous discipline and the contributions we offer as clinicians, scientists, and to industry are on the same scale as chemistry, physics, and medicine,”Dr. Lambert said.
“Yet, this gift is predicated on the tenant that such services be delivered in an ethical and fair manner. In the absence of such, people will be damaged and the profession suffers a catastrophic lack of credibility. The consumers of our services are vulnerable and to truly have an impact, the public must be protected from the improper and unethical practice of psychology.
Yet, this obligation is a two-pronged. “Psychologists are also consumers and discipline must be well investigated and fair, as the consequences of such can be far-reaching. If elected/appointed to the Board, I offer my solemn word that I will adhere to these scared duties,” Dr. Lambert said.