As a Psychologist, I am responsible for my patients’ total care and for assisting them to understand the importance of their health and wellness. Susan D. Gifford is a psychologist licensed by the State of Texas. I am both a State
of Texas and a National Health Service provider. My extensive training and experience has resulted in the achievement of four diplomates. I am also a licensed Marriage and Family therapist.
I became a psychologist after studying science for three years in college, both biology and chemistry, and falling in love with Psychology my fourth year in college because I was enthralled by the way people develop and grow. I
loved seeing the changes people can make if someone teaches them new skills on HOW to think and feel differently and to interact with others in a better way. I love the relationship I built with my patients, which over time
has maintained for several generations. I chose clinical Psychology because it allowed me to best integrate my scientific background with the newest most effective cognitive approaches to help others fulfill their desired potential.
I lived most of my young life in Abilene, Texas on a ranch my grandparents owned and in the DFW area. I am one of two children. I am blessed with a loving family. My grandparents and parents were married longer than fifty years.
My husband and I have acheved that goal as well! We have one daughter and two granddaughters. Though I worked in research and published during my graduate school years at Southern Methodist University and the University
of North Texas, my passion has always been clinical psychology and helping people change to meet their own goals. I also seek to serve the Lord with my faith. I have been published, been a public presenter at local and national
events, have appeared on radio and television. I live in Tarrant County – and enjoy time with family and friends. I enjoy scuba diving and swimming, china painting, and travel. I am active in community service and church with
sincere thankfulness for all that I have been given in life.
The International College of Professional Psychology and its affiliated academic training organization, Prescribing Psychologists’ Register, believe that it is the professional duty and responsibility of licensed, practicing
psychologists to become comprehensively educated, as well as ethically and psycho-therapeutically aware, of the synergistic benefits to be gained by their patients through the case-appropriate usage of psycho-pharmacology
medication together with psychotherapy treatment. When appropriate to the individual and his/her presenting problem, this combined, contextual treatment approach, far outweighs the benefits of psychotherapy or psychopharmacology alone.
Training for licensed, practicing psychologists in clinical psychopharmacology has been made available by Prescribing Psychologists’ Register (PPR), for more than a decade. PPR is the first, largest and independently certified training program in
Psychopharmacology for Professional Psychology. Your Board Certified Diplomate-Fellow Licensed Psychologist, whose name appears on this brochure, has completed PPR’s most rigorous and intensive training program enabling him/her to help you
understand the psychopharmacological medications your medical doctor may have prescribed, and your choices in using them. It is important that you feel free to ask your qualified psychologist about any lingering concerns or questions you
may have regarding your medications.
This specially trained psychologist has spent the equivalent of 2-3 years in training, beyond that of other, similar mental health professionals (including clinical psychologists) to learn how medication may best be used to
effectively relieve patient suffering from emotional or mental health problems This Psychopharmacology Board Certified, Diplomate psychologist has passed over 17 different examinations in many subjects, including but not
limited to Anatomy and Physiology of the Brain, Drug Effects and Drug Interactions of the Child, Adolescent, Adult, and the Geriatric Patient, and Ethics as well as training in a wide and comprehensive variety of other
academic and practicum subject areas. Such training helps qualify this psychologist – practitioner in understanding appropriate directions to take within the scope of practice of a licensed psychologist, with both the
patient and the prescribing medical doctor working on the case.
With the addition of this special training in Psychopharmacology and Related Sciences, the FICPP psychologist has acquired specialized knowledge of the efficacy and safety of various medicines,
and the inter-action that can exist between other medications that you may be taking. Such knowledge makes this psychologist a health care professional of the highest caliber with whom you wish
to talk over any concerns you may have about the medicines you may have been prescribed.
This psychologist is especially able to talk knowledgeably with your prescribing medical doctor, to help you to understand why you were given these particular medications, and what advantages and setbacks you
expect from their use. This practitioner, being trained extensively not only in pharmacology but in traditional psychotherapeutics, is in the unique position to most comprehensively understand the significance
of the interactions between psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, and how the benefits of these two approaches may best combine and complement one another for the most effective treatment.
THIS PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY TRAINED, BOARD CERTIFIED, DIPLOMATE-FELLOW PRACTICING PSYCHOLOGIST (FPPR/FICPP)
is someone who can answer these and many other questions about medications, and consult with your medical doctor.
Is this medication right for me?
How does the medication work?
What kind of side effects can I expect and for how long?
How long will it take to work?
How long will I have to take this medication?
Is it habit forming?
Will this hurt my child in any way?
How will I know if it is working?
Does my medication suit my lifestyle?
Certified and Licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychology
Certified Health Service Provider by Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
Certified Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Certified Health Service Provider by the National Register of Health Service Providers
Certified Health Service Provider by the National Registry and Board-Certified Pain Providers
Diplomate, American Academy of Behavioral Medicine
Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management
Diplomate, International Academy of Behavioral Medicine Counseling and Psychotherapy
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Examiners
Fellow, Prescribing Psychologists Register
FACAPP Diplomate, Board Certified, Founding Fellow of the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists
FICPP Diplomate, Board Certified, Fellow of the International College of Prescribing Psychologists
FICPPM Board Certified, Diplomate-Fellow of the International College of Professional Psychology and Prescribing Psychologists’ Register
American Psychological Association
Dallas Psychological Association
Ft Worth Psychological Association
Psi Chi National Honor Society
Texas Behavioral Medical Society
Academy of Psychologists in Marital, Sex & Family Therapy
American Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Diplomate
Texas Psychological Association
American Academy of Pain Management, Diplomate
Certified Domestic Mediator
Certified Commercial Mediator
Prescribing Psychologists' Register, Inc.
Academy of Medical Psychology
Dr. Susan D. Gifford is a licensed psychologist in full-time private practice. She has received the following degrees:
BS - SMU Dr. Gifford received her undergraduate education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas where she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology and in Psychology.
MS - SMU Dr. Gifford continued her education at SMU where she subsequently received a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology.
Ph.D.- UNT Dr. Gifford received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Texas.
FICPP- PPR Dr. Gifford received her Fellowship in the International College of Prescribing Psychologists in 2000.