RxPP Faculty Bio’s

Dr. Elaine LeVine became New Mexico’s first prescribing psychologist in 2005 (License No. 001).  She created the Post-Doctoral Psychopharmacology Training for Psychologists Program at NMSU/SIAP, and is now Co-Director of and Adjunct Professor in the program at NMSU. In addition, she is the Director of the Southwest Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (SIAP), and maintains an active private practice. Dr. Levine has obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Missouri back in 1973. As a member of various professional task forces, she has had a direct influence on the field of prescribing psychology in the U.S.  As one of psychology’s preeminent pioneers in prescriptive authority she has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, US News and World Report, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” with Robert Segal.  



Dr. Marlin Hoover is a prescribing psychologist in New Mexico and a licensed psychologist in Illinois. He earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago and Postdoctoral Masters in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is board certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and in Medical Psychology by the American Board of Medical Psychology.  He is a member of the faculty of the Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency. Additionally he sees patients for psychotherapy and medication at the Center Through the Looking Glass in Las Cruces and Hoover and Associates in Chicago. He was a Faculty member and Psychology Department Chair at Saint Xavier University in Chicago for twenty years.  



Dr. Mitchell Simson is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine.  He received a BA cum laude at Pomona College and then attended the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine for his M.D. He received his MPH from the Medical College of Wisconsin and is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. His medical practice experiences includes 19 years of solo Internal Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico,  5 years as the staff physician at Turquoise Lodge ( a New Mexico Department of Health drug and alcohol detox and rehab facility),  6 years as the medical director of a methadone maintenance clinic,  and presently over 10 years as faculty at the University of New Mexico medical school.  He has been an instructor for the NMSU Masters of Psychopharmacology course since its inception.



Dr. Elaine Foster was one of the original 10 psychologists trained to prescribe medicine in the United States. As a successful graduate of the Department of Defense Psychopharmacology Demonstration Project (PDP) she became the first psychologist to be named Chief of an Inpatient Psychiatry Unit for the U.S. Air Force. Her efforts proved that appropriately trained psychologists could prescribe medications safely and effectively.  She has continuously served as a subject matter expert for the APA’s College of Professional Psychology and was one of the original developers of the Psychopharmacology Examination for Psychologist (PEP). 



Dr. Luis A. Vázquez is the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity, Regents Professor, and holds an Endowed Chair position at New Mexico State University.  Dr. Vázquez earned his Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from The University of Iowa in 1990. He has been elected as President for the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minorities Division 45 of the American Psychological Association.  He also serves as a member of the Commission on Accreditation for the American Psychological Association, along with being the Past-Chair of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. Dr. Vázquez has been active member of the Advisory Board of the NMSU Post-Doctoral Training Program for Prescribing Psychologists and has always been committed to the progression and improvement of the program.




Dr. Bob Rinaldi is a licensed prescribing psychologist in New Mexico and clinical psychologist in Illinois.  He received his PhD from Loyola University Chicago and his MA in clinical psychopharmacology from New Mexico State University.  He has worked as Acting Vice President for Science, Technology and Public Health for American Medical Association(AMA) and retired in 1997. Following his work at AMA Dr. Rinaldi became Executive Director of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) in Rosemont, IL. Currently, Dr. Rinaldi is a Prescribing Psychologist at Christus St. Vincent Hospital, Pojoaque Primary Care Clinic, Santa Fe, NM.  He practices in a primary care medical clinic with three family medicine physicians and provides psychotherapy and psychotropic medication and management to pediatric, adolescent and adult patients.



Dr. Robert E. McGrath has been a Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a senior scientist for the VIA Institute on Character. He has obtained his PhD in clinical psychology from Auburn University. He has been an active researcher throughout his career, he has authored over 200 publications and presentations, including the books Quantitative Models in Psychology and Pharmacotherapy for Psychologists: Prescribing and Collaborative Roles, both published by the American Psychological Association.





Dr. Marshall Thompson has a varied background in molecular biology and biochemistry as well as applied computer science. His Ph.D. research, performed at Duke University in the University Program in Genetics & Genomics, explored the global relationships between RNA binding proteins and their mRNA targets, both experimentally and through computational and statistical modelling. Marshall also maintains a passion for science and engineering education and continues to deliver coursework in Genetics, Chemistry, and Biochemistry as an affiliate faculty member at the New Mexico State University College of Education. Recently, Dr. Thompson has been working as a technical liaison and product manager for Cognitect Inc. in Durham, NC, with the Datomic database product.


Dr. Traci White is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy and Assistant Director of the UNM/NMSU Cooperative Pharmacy Program.  Dr.  White received a BS in biology from New Mexico State University in 2002 and a PharmD from the University of New Mexico in 2006. Following graduation, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.  Dr. White is a board-certified geriatric pharmacist and as a clinician in the state of New Mexico, she provides comprehensive pain and palliative pharmacologic management for hospice patients.  She serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students and medical residents in the hospice setting.  Dr. White’s areas of interest include interdisciplinary teamwork, advancing pharmacy practice and the evolving role of the pharmacist in hospice/palliative care. 



Dr. Caroline Williams, the first graduate from New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) psychopharmacology graduate degree program, has been a clinical psychologist for 20 years, and a prescribing psychologist for 7 years.  She has served as faculty at both the University of New Mexico (UNM), and NMSU, and has taught psychopharmacology around the United States through PESI continuing education programs. She currently provides integrated psychopharmacology services through her private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico.





Dr. Lia Billington is the Behavioral Science Faculty for the Family Medicine Residency of the Santa Fe Rural Program of University of New Mexico School of Medicine.  This is affiliated with Christus St. Vincent Medical Center, where she teaches and practices integrated behavioral health and prescribing psychology in primary care.  She has been licensed as a prescribing psychologist since 2010.  Dr. Billington lectures for state and national professional associations.  She previously served at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM, from 2009-2013.  Professional interests include pain management, obesity, mood disorders, and Alzheimer’s Disease.



Dr. Brant Hager completed his medical education at the University of Rochester, and his psychiatric residency and psychosomatic fellowship training at the University of New Mexico.  He specializes in patient centered psychiatric treatment of people living with HIV, as well as provision of direct and tele-consultation models of primary care behavioral health integration.  He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico.






Dr. John Courtney is a licensed Medical Psychologist in Louisiana (Prescribing Psychologist – Advanced Practice) and New Mexico (Prescriptive Authority Certified). Dr. Courtney has obtained his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology through the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Chicago in 1988. Afterward he obtained his Post- Doctoral Master’s degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Nova Southeastern University. Currently Dr. Courtney maintains his practice as a Clinical Psychologist Specialist in Socorro, New Mexico. 





Dr. Tony Kreuch is a Clinical Psychologist with almost three decades of experience in the areas of clinical and occupational psychology, health psychology and neuropsychology. Dr. Kreuch obtained his doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology with specialties in brain injury and dementia. Afterward, he completed his Post-Doctoral Master’s degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology from New Mexico State University. Presently, he is the Coordinator of Sandia’s HBE Behavioral Health and serves on the NM Board of Psychologist Examiners. Dr. Tony has an active private practice in the Albuquerque area of New Mexico.






Dr. Paul Feil is a Sleep Medicine Specialist who specializes in Internal Medicine and is currently practicing in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He graduated with honors from Washington University School of Medicine in 1977 and has more than 40 years of diverse experience in sleep medicine and pulmonary disease. Dr. Paul Feil cooperates and is affiliated with many doctors, specialists, and hospitals in the Las Cruces, New Mexico area including Memorial Medical Center and Mountain View Regional Medical Center.







Dr. Felts Frank completed his medical education at the Texas A&M College of Medicine , and his postgraduate General Surgery Residency at the Scott and White Hospital ,Temple, Texas. He is currently serving as the  Medical Director, Bariatrics at Memorial Medical Center, where he works on developing new bariatric program and active bariatric surgery practice with an integrated Medical Wellness Program. Before the current position, Dr. Frank has also served as a Medical Director, Bariatrics at Mountain View Hospital in Las Cruces, NM and has been involved in private practice for almost 25 years in various locations in Texas.