TTP #90: Dr. Rob McNamara – Decision Making and Capacity Assessment in the Hospital

Dr. Jeremy Sharp Uncategorized Leave a Comment

I’ve known Dr. Rob McNamara longer than any other psychologist friends. We met a few days before starting grad school together, and he has remained one of my closest friends over all the years since. Rob is here today talking with us all about his role as a hospital-based psychologist, which allows him to conduct capacity evals and evaluate medical decision-making. This is an area of assessment that was largely unfamiliar to me before our podcast. Rob does a great job walking us through the ins and outs of this position. I hope you enjoy this deep dive into a somewhat obscure niche of assessment!

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About Dr. Rob McNamara

Robert McNamara, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He completed his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Colorado State University, and his Predoctoral Internship in Psychology at the Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center at Virginia Tech. Dr. McNamara practices with the Carilion Clinic, and is an Assistant Professor with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. Dr. McNamara provides assessment and psychotherapy for patients in Pain Management and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, as well as medical decision making capacity evaluations for Carilion Clinic. Dr. McNamara has clinical and research expertise in the areas of substance use prevention and treatment. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists, and National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include nine licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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