Knoxville Area Psychological Association

Meet the KAPA Board

KAPA Board of Directors for 2020

D. Malcolm Spica, PhD


Psychology is at the forefront of both the advancements and crises of modern society; patients, students, and communities look to us for guidance. It is KAPA’s ambition and intention to offer members a wealth of opportunities to stay informed, educated, and supported in their role of scientist-practitioner. Together, we can bring intelligent compassion when it’s needed most: now.

Malcolm Spica, PhD, serves as neuropsychologist at the University of Tennessee Pat Summit Dementia Clinic and is the founder of Tennessee Neuropsychology at Fort Sanders West. He has served as President of KAPA for two terms and as East Tennessee Vice President of the Tennessee Psychological Association (TPA). He is currently on the TPA Strategic Planning Committee and was appointed TPA Ethics Committee Chair in January of this year.

Ted Jones, PhD


Ted Jones, PhD, is in private practice in the area of pain psychology through Behavioral Medicine Institute. In addition to clinical practice, he is interested in research and has published over a dozen research studies. His current research interests include predicting the misuse of prescribed opioid medications and the use of virtual reality for chronic pain conditions. He has been a licensed psychologist in Tennessee since 1982. He has held several KAPA offices in the past, and hopes to someday hit for the cycle in KAPA positions. 

Jennifer Bishop, PhD


Jenn Bishop, PhD, earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tennessee. She has worked in community mental health, addiction medicine, and integrated primary and specialty care settings. She is now in full-time private practice at The Northshore Group. Jenn is experienced in treating children, adolescents, and adults, and specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, grief, trauma-related and adjustment disorders, psychoeducational and psychodiagnostic testing, and women’s health. She has specialty training in trauma-informed care, personality assessment, and reproductive mental health (infertility, pregnancy and infant loss, birth trauma, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders).

Michael Hawthorne, PhD


Michael Hawthorne, PhD, has conducted a general outpatient psychotherapy practice at The Northshore Group since its inception in 1989. His practice is evenly split between adolescent, young adult, and adult populations. Over those years, he has also worked and consulted in inpatient, residential, and outpatient programs in both public and private settings. He has been a Clinical Assistant Professor in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at UT since 2001 and has consulted with the UT Athletic Department since 1994, meeting with athletes in all sports for concerns ranging from on-field performance to adjustment and emotional challenges unique to student-athletes. He previously served as both Treasurer and the Business of Practice representative for Tennessee Psychological Association and as President for KAPA.

Michael Maples, PhD


Michael Maples, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with Catholic Charities of East Tennessee in Knoxville. He currently also works part-time at the Student Counseling Center at the University of Tennessee. After graduating from UTK, he completed a PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa. He maintains special interests in psychotherapy to young adults and college students and in issues pertaining to masculinity/men's psychological health and to the intersection of spirituality and psychology.

Jeanine Powers, PhD

Continuing Education Coordinator

Jeanine Powers, PhD, moved to Oak Ridge from Richmond, Virginia in 2006. She has not practiced in Tennessee and recently dropped her clinical psychology license, but she remains active in Nashville with a group that supports practitioner well-being and facilitates peace-making circles for the Healing Trust in Nashville. She works full-time as a construction estimator at Turner Homes in Farragut. She tries to maintain a consistent mindfulness meditation practice. Jeanine has a 19 year-old son, Matthew, and a 22 year-old daughter, Samantha.

Kristie Giordano, MA
Continuing Education


Kristie Giordano is a Senior Psychological Examiner who is currently retired after 32 years of service at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. She received her M.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University. At Lakeshore, Kristie held numerous positions, including lead Teacher/Counselor charged with developing a residential treatment program for older autistic children in conjunction with the Knoxville Adaptive Education Center. At the time the hospital was closed, she was the Director of the Quality Services Department, responsible for all aspects of hospital compliance with Joint Commission accreditation, state licensure, Medicare, and TennCare requirements. Kristie is married to Larry, a local attorney, and has 2 sons and 3 grandchildren who occupy much of her retired time.

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