Dr. Ford – accuser of Kavanaugh – flunks basic decency standards including APA guidelines for psychologists

Psychologist  Blasey Ford  flunks basic professional  APA standards

Dr. Ford  — accuser of   Kavanaugh — flunks  basic  decency standards  including  APA guidelines for  psychologists.   That is, don’t exploit or harm others & avoid relationships that could reasonably impair their professional performance.

What about the legal standards of presumption of innocence and preponderance of evidence?   A research Ph.D. psychologist knows how to add up the overall picture of “facts” of her case. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s facts — best we know — are weak.

Ford, a  registered Democrat who signed a letter opposing Trump’s immigration  policies, joins other   Democrats & progressives  who turn  American due process upside down. See Presumption of Guilt published in the Wall Street Journal 9/22/18.

American Psychological Standards (APA)  standards for psychologists  are not put on  akin to a business suit for   the 8 to 5 day.

For many professionals what they do – whether  doctor, lawyer, psychologist  becomes interweaved with the essence of who they are as a person  and  how they interact  in general  with people.

Read in their entirety, APA ethical guidelines and standards  expect psychologists  to show care towards all persons equally  and to  provide options and ways for persons to  respond back.  The  thinking  that underlines guidelines for  psychologists and  doctors:    do no harm

Concerning  the APA  ethical guidelines:

  • Psychologist Ford failed to treat persons equally by a)  failing to notify  all parties  e., President Trump, Republicans, the Judiciary Committee.   Dr. Ford is a registered  Democrat who  only notified other Democrats.
  • Psychologist  Ford failed to provide the entirety of  her Therapist Notes for general inspection by neutral parties.  Her therapist notes state 4 boys   and Dr. Ford opines fewer.    No  names are included in the therapist notes.
  • No highly specific identifiable information is provided   i.e., what the boys looked like,  their clothing,  the color of  room, how Dr. Ford   got there or got home (as she did not drive)

Self-care by Psychologists is   is part and parcel to providing care towards others:

Dr. Ford states in her publications that mentoring future psychologists is her primary goal.  Dr. Ford presumably has professional /  clinical interactions with her students.    For trauma Dr. Ford states that  she  incurred sometime in 1983-85, Dr. Ford first  sought professional help roughly six years ago.

What were  the  Therapist  Treatment Goals related to the trauma Dr. Ford  says she  experienced 36  years ago?   Diagnosis is the flip side of treatment.     If you go to a MD and he/she determines that you have a torn ligament and not a broken leg then there’s one treatment and not another.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may have been the diagnosis?   If that was the diagnosis, what were the treatment goals and are they in the clinical notes  of the therapist Dr. Ford and husband  saw in 2012 or so  for couple’s therapy?   Those clinical  notes could and should be released by Dr.Ford.

Aptos Psychologist opines:

Dr. Ford  fails to meet basic  decency standards as well as  general APA  guidelines for  psychologists.   Do no harm, take care in all your interactions with people and provide multiple means for feedback are part and parcel of  APA guidelines and standards.

Dr. Ford is a research/ clinical  psychologist.  Psychologists measure — carefully –small differences  using standardized tests in conjunction with  behavioral observations and  other information.    Finding commonality  in all of  the information (standardized test data,   reports from different sources and  behavioral observations)   is the hallmark of what clinical / research psychologists do best.   It’s what psychologist  are particularly trained to do.

What  psychologists are trained to do best — fit together the “big picture” from all  available information — Dr. Ford fails to do.     I give Ford an F.

written by Cameron Jackson, Ph.D.   Monterey Bay Forum 

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Follow the money: $126 K for HR boss, low pay for Psychologist SARC

Follow the money
Follow the money

Follow the money.

Money matters. Pay your   staff  the going rate  and you’re   more likely to retain staff.

And if you want to  encourage turnover?  Then pay your  staff  less than the going rate.


Looks like Golden Gate Regional Center and San Andreas Regional Center   want to retain their Human Resource (HR)  Directors.

Both regional centers  (Golden Gate and San Andreas)  pay $126 K for their Human Resource  Directors.  The Human Resource top  job requires a Master’s degree.  The   job does not require a license.

The San Andreas Human Resource  Director has had the job for five years.  That HR Director is well paid.

$126 K for Human Resource Directors
$126 K for Human Resource Director  & only $72 K for Psychologist at San Andreas Regional Center


In contrast, it  looks like   San Andreas  Regional Center does not want to retain Psychologists.  And —  Golden Gate wants to retain their Psychologists.

Top pay for a Psychologist is only  $72 K at  San Andreas Regional Center.   In contrast,  top pay at Golden Gate is  $93K – a difference of  $21 K.  That’s nothing to sneeze at.

What is the going pay  rate for Psychologists?    It varies. The County of Santa Cruz pays $93 K for their Psychologists.  Kaiser Permanente in San Jose pays $133 K.


Currently, San  Andreas Regional Center has 2 jobs available for Psychologists.  One Psychologist  position  for San Andreas Regional Center has been advertised more than a year.  Perhaps there are no takers  because San Andreas pays low and does not want to retain Psychologists?

At San Andreas Regional Center, where can a Psychologist go up from Psychologist?  San Andreas Regional Center hires an  Autistic Spectrum Disorder Clinical Coordinator for   $110 K.  That position is filled  and the  person filling the job has been around many years.   $110K for the  highest paid Psychologist at San Andreas   is  within the range between  $93 K for a County  government job   and $133 K paid by the private sector (Kaiser).


Recently in 2015  the overall chain of command structure at San Andreas Regional Center  structure changed substantially.   The #3 top management job went to  someone closely associated with the current top executive Javier Zaldivar.    This person used to be  a district manager for a branch office.   This  person may  a Master’s degree.  After the top executive and the second in command (both men), currently  two women hold top management positions #3 and #4.  All those top management positions (#1, #2, #3 and #4) are highly paid  positions which do not require a license or a Ph.D.

San Andreas Regional Center  describes itself as a community oriented,  private non-profit corporation.  NOTE:  Non-profit does not mean that management is paid lowly wages. Far from it.   San  Andreas Regional Center top management are quite well paid.     And it looks like $126 K for a  Human Resource Director is the going rate.

Why does San Andreas Regional  Center  choose to pay so low for Psychologists?  Does the agency deliberately encourage turn over? Comparing the numbers of Golden Gate Regional Center with those for San Andreas Regional Center  — the answer is YES.

The current head of  the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS)  is Santi Rodgers.  For more than 15 years Santi Rodgers was the top executive for San Andreas Regional  Center.  Mr. Rodgers moved to Sacramento and was replaced by  Mr. Javier Zaldivar.

Mr. Javier Zaldivar  continues the policy of  very low pay for licensed Ph.D.  Psychologists.  The very low pay policy  was the policy of  predecessor  Santi Rodgers,  now  the top executive for  California Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

Follow the money.  There are reasons for very low pay for Psychologists hired by San Andreas  Regional Center. YES  — always follow the money.  written by Cameron Jackson  drcameronjackson@gmail.com