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Professional Practice Builder: Knowledge & Skills to Thrive in Private Practice

Position Yourself for Success in Private Practice

The National Register of Health Service Psychologists’ Professional Practice Builder: Knowledge & Skills to Thrive in Private Practice will provide attendees with knowledge, confidence, and specific advice for starting a private practice as a health service psychologist (HSP). For many HSPs, opportunities to learn about starting a private practice are limited during graduate school, internship, and postdoctoral training. The National Register aims to change the status quo by offering the course you never had on running your private practice. Through this free, ongoing series of 30-minute, conversational-style webinars, listeners will gain targeted tools to go from building to running to thriving in private practice. There will be a 30-minute Q&A session after the webinar.

Discussion Moderators

Daniel M. Elchert, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and statistician who completed his training at the University of Iowa. Dr. Elchert helps create new programs, including The Clinical Consult podcast series, facilitates strategic partnerships, and contributes to the Journal of Health Service Psychology along with the National Register’s consumer referral website, Previously, Dr. Elchert served as Health Policy Fellow in the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, where he helped advance critical legislation to address mental and behavioral health and substance use disorder priorities.


Image of Samuel LustgartenSamuel Lustgarten, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Over the last seven years, he has worked to examine the intersections between technology and psychology, publishing articles in American Psychologist, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. Dr. Lustgarten continues to work closely with clients and associates in practice and advocate for training needs when implementing telepsychology. A former assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), Sam and his spouse have relocated to Portland, OR, where he is involved in private practice and professional activities. As a professional consultant to the Register, he facilitates connection with Associates and explores ethical considerations for technology use in professional practice.

This program is not offered for continuing education.

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Discussion points:

  • Getting started in private practice
  • Thinking through important financial questions
  • Considering the role of privacy and confidentiality


photo of tiffany brownDr. Tiffany Brown earned her doctorate degree from Howard University and completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Penn Medicine: University of Pennsylvania Health System. She currently serves as a Staff Psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania Counseling and Psychological Services and as the embedded clinician to Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Brown has also held teaching appointments as an adjunct professor in the psychology departments of Temple University and Drexel University and as a part-time lecturer in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2019, Dr. Brown founded Dr. Tiffany N. Brown, PLLC where she works closely with businesses and organizations to provide mental health education, create opportunities for development in individuals and organizations, and facilitates healing via workshops, speaking engagements, and private consultations. Additionally, Dr. Brown maintains a private practice, where she provides individual and couple’s therapy aimed at helping clients grow through their experiences, develop healthier habits, improve relationships, and increase understanding to encourage healing.

Archived Video:

Discussion points:

  • Traditional marketing techniques to find your first clients
  • New approaches to fill your caseload
  • The role of insurance to expand your practice


photo of chris stultsDr. Christopher Stults is an Assistant Professor at Baruch College, City University of New York and in the Health Psychology and Clinical Science PhD Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is also a licensed psychologist in independent practice in New York City. Additionally, he is the Chair of APA Division 17’s Section for the Professional Practice of Counseling Psychology. His clinical and research interests are focused on the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority populations. More information can be found at:



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Discussion points:

  • Perks of having a home office (beyond the commute)
  • Professionalism and privacy with a virtual office
  • How a physical office location can build a caseload and community

photo of zixuan wangDr. Zixuan Wang is a clinical psychologist who is currently living and practicing in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She completed her graduate studies at the George Washington University’s Professional Psychology Program, and obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 2018. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute with a focus on child and family therapy. After working in a group practice setting for two years, she opened her own private practice, Encounter Psychotherapy, in September 2021, and is now working full-time as the practice owner and clinician. She works with adults and teenagers who experience a variety of emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal challenges, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, executive functioning difficulties, identity development and adjustment issues.


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