Farewell to a Force of Nature


Judy Estes HallJudy E. Hall


The National Register of Health Service Psychologists regrets to announce the death of Dr. Judy Estes Hall, who passed away on November 24, 2015, after a lengthy struggle with pancreatic cancer.

An Oklahoma native, Dr. Hall received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and economics from Auburn University and her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) in 1969. She completed her predoctoral internship at Alabama’s Partlow State School and Hospital. Upon completion of her doctorate, she served as a staff psychologist in the Center for Developmental and Learning Disabilities at the University of Alabama, where she supervised psychology interns and medical residents. She held a faculty appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and had other faculty appointments at the University of Alabama’s School of Education and Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C.

In 1978, Dr. Hall was appointed as the Executive Secretary of the New York State Board of Psychology, advising the New York State Education Department and Board of Regents on matters pertaining to the practice of psychology and related professions.

In 1990, she succeeded Dr. Al Wellner as Executive Officer of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, a position she held until her retirement in December 2013.

Dr. Hall was an internationally recognized expert in the development of national and international practice and ethical standards for the profession of psychology. She lectured widely on issues pertaining to the professional practice of psychology, and gave congressional testimony on the appropriate use of psychological tests. She was a frequent media commentator on issues pertaining to psychological health. She served as a consulting editor for the American Psychological Association’s journal Professional Psychology Research and Practice and was Editor of the National Register’s Report.  She was the author of more than 60 journal articles, book chapters, and professional publications.

Dr. Hall served as President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and Chairperson of the American Psychological Association’s Board of Professional Affairs and Ethics Committee. She was elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and was a distinguished practitioner of the National Academy of Practice. Honors and professional awards include Phi Beta Kappa (Auburn University), the Roger C. Smith and Morton Berger awards (Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards), and the Karl F. Heiser award and a Presidential Citation (American Psychological Association).

Dr. Hall was preceded in death by her husband, William Mills, in 2001. Her son, Chadlee, passed away in July 2015. She leaves a daughter-in-law, Erin, and two grand-daughters, Meghan and Jenell.

Judy was a passionate advocate for the advancement of women in psychology and other healthcare professions, a devoted mother and grandmother, a connoisseur of wine, a bon vivant and international traveler extraordinaire. She touched the personal and professional lives of many and will be very much missed.

If you would like to make a contribution in Judy’s name to the American Psychological Foundation/ National Register Internship Partnership Fund, please contact the APF office at 202-336-5843.

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