James Bentley, J.D., LL.M
Staff Attorney
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
Education: J.D. University of Georgia, LL.M the National Law Center of The George Washington University
Interests: Mental health law, civil commitment, assisting attorneys with mental health legal issues, and torts.  

Daniel J. Neller, Psy.D., ABPP
Board Certified in Forensic Psychology
Forensic Consultant, East Central Regional Hospital.
Education: M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with Forensic Concentration, from Forest Institute in Springfield, MO.
Internship: Arkansas State Hospital in Little Rock, AR. Postdoctoral
Fellowship: Forensic Psychology at Minnesota State Operated Forensic Services in St. Peter, MN.
Research and Clinical Interests: Violence risk assessment, competency to proceed to trial, and criminal responsibility. 

Valerie J. Ross, Ph.D.
Outpatient Psychologist, East Central Regional Hospital
Education: M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.
Internship: Missouri Health Sciences Consortium. Columbia, MO.
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Emory University in Atlanta, GA. 
Clinical Interests: Pretrial outpatient forensic evaluations of competency to proceed to trial and criminal responsibility 

Other East Central Regional Hospital Psychology Faculty

Jeremy Hertza, Psy.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Health Behavior
Psychologist, East Central Regional Hospital
Education: M.S. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, with Neuropsychology Concentration, American School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC
Internship: Central Alabama VA Health Care System
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Indiana Neuroscience Institute in Indianapolis, IN
Research and Clinical interests include: Neuropsychological issues, TBI, stroke, and addiction. 

Michael Rollock, Ph.D., HSP
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior
Psychologist, East Central Regional Hospital
Education: M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Multicultural Psychology focus, University of Massachusetts Boston in Boston, MA.
Internship: APA accredited internship at The Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP), at Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA.
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Health Psychology: Department of Psychiatry & Health Behavior, Augusta University in Augusta, GA.
Research and Clinical interests include:  Identification and enhancement of strength-based and resilience processes in socio-economically underserved populations.

Lori Welch-Sigmon, Ph.D., HSP
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior
Psychologist and Psychological Testing Coordinator, East Central Regional Hospital
Education: M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with Health Psychology Concentration, from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. M.S. in Applied Psychology from Augusta University.
Internship: APA accredited internship in Health Psychology, Ball Memorial Hospital at Ball State University, Muncie, IN.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Community Practice/Christian Counseling at AlphaCare, Inc., in Atlanta, GA.
Research and Clinical interests include:  Assessment and psychopathology; personality disorders; attachment and relationships; mentoring and professional development.

Linda Vitacco, Psy.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior
Psychologist and Mental Health Program Director at ECRH
Education:  Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University
Internship:  United States Department of Justice (FCI Butner)
Research and Clinical Interests include: Serious and persistent mental illness, sex offender treatment, clinical supervision, and administration and supervision.