Mary Anne Etheridge, Ph.D.
Dr. Etheridge specializes in psychological testing and assessment, conducting both clinical and forensic psychological evaluations. She administers a wide variety of psychological tests, including clinical and personality tests, forensic psychological tests, risk assessment instruments, neuropsychological tests, IQ and academic achievement tests, and behavioral assessments. She also has a small therapy caseload.
Clinical Assessment Services:
Dr. Etheridge performs evaluations for individuals struggling with emotional, behavioral, or cognitive symptoms who need an evaluation to determine the correct diagnosis. Her evaluations help identify mental health problems, render diagnoses, and make treatment recommendations.
Forensic Evaluation Services:
Dr. Etheridge provides forensic psychological evaluation services to assist the Court in answering questions regarding psychological matters. She has conducted forensic psychological evaluations in divorce, child custody, guardianship, competency, abuse, violence, homicide, and sex offense cases. She has qualified and testified as an expert witness in dozens of cases in Florida and North Carolina in areas such as sex offending, guardianship, competency, and child custody. She uses only evidence-based, valid and reliable psychological assessment instruments and is adept at their use and interpretation. Dr. Etheridge’s forensic evaluation reports are thorough, objective, and written in language that juries, judges, and attorneys understand.
Education and Experience:
Dr. Etheridge gained her earliest clinical experience in the early 1990s at a large telephone crisis hotline agency while completing a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She then worked in a community mental health setting with adults with major mental illness before transitioning to a crisis stabilization hospital and detoxification unit. Upon attaining her Master of Science and Educational Specialist degrees, she held a clinical position assisting in the evaluation of sex offenders for the Sexually Violent Predators Program, part of the Florida Department of Children and Families. This position sparked her interest in forensic psychology, and she has since attained extensive pre- and post-doctoral training on the evaluation and treatment of sexual offenders.
During her doctoral studies, Dr. Etheridge completed practica in forensic psychiatric hospital, outpatient mental health, and career counseling center settings. She also conducted research on the actuarial assessment of sexual offenders. She completed her doctoral internship in a federal prison setting where she performed psychological evaluations, crisis intervention, individual psychotherapy, and group therapy. Her neuropsychological training was completed in a doctoral internship outplacement at a psychiatric hospital. Dr. Etheridge's doctoral dissertation involved creating an assessment instrument for female prison inmates. She attained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling Psychology and Human Systems from Florida State University in 2005.
Dr. Etheridge completed her post-doctoral residency at a forensic psychological practice where she conducted forensic evaluations and provided individual psychotherapy in an outpatient setting with federal probation clients as well as in a juvenile detention center setting with teen offenders. She has completed many hours of pre- and post-doctoral continuing education on various forensic and clinical topics.
Upon licensure as a psychologist in Florida and Illinois in 2007, Dr. Etheridge held several contracted positions while her husband, also a psychologist, completed his doctoral internship in a suburb of Chicago. She commuted from Illinois to Florida several times a month for over a year conducting psychosexual and risk assessment evaluations of sex offenders in state prisons throughout Florida. She has since testified as an expert witness in several dozen sex offender civil commitment cases. During that year, she also conducted clinical and forensic psychological evaluations for two private practices in the Chicago suburbs before settling permanently in the Triangle area of North Carolina.
Dr. Etheridge has been licensed to practice psychology in North Carolina since 2008. She opened Etheridge Psychology in Raleigh in 2009, and she began providing individual therapy, clinical assessment, and forensic evaluation to residents of the Triangle. She has since worked with many patients in the community, criminal offenders, and individuals involved in civil proceedings. She has worked with attorneys, bariatric surgeons, psychiatrists, and other medical doctors to provide quality psychological evaluations to Triangle residents. Her husband, Dr. Roy Etheridge, joined the practice full time in 2012. Etheridge Psychology outgrew its space in January 2015 and moved to Cary, NC. In late December 2019, the practice will again increase in size and move a short distance down the road into a new space. Etheridge Psychology has grown from a staff of one to a full-service mental health practice with multiple clinicians and staff offering a wide range of mental health services.
Dr. Etheridge is a member of the following professional associations:
American Psychological Association
American Psychology-Law Society
North Carolina Psychological Association
Dr. Etheridge proudly served on the board of directors for the Division of Independent Professional Practice, part of the North Carolina Psychological Association, from 2009 to 2019.
On a more personal note, Dr. Etheridge grew up on the west coast of Florida in the Tampa Bay area. She is the youngest of three daughters of a pharmacist who owned a corner drug store. Growing up in a family-owned business taught her a lot about professionalism, personalized service, and compassion. She played the violin, rode her horses, and enjoyed boating and beach-going with her parents, sisters, and friends during her childhood and teen years. She was still in high school when she decided to become a psychologist. She spent the first sixteen years of her adulthood in Tallahassee, FL attending college, gaining experience in mental health, and starting her family. In 2007, she and her family moved to a Chicago suburb for a year and then to North Carolina in 2008. She is proud to call North Carolina her home. These days, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and three dogs. She enjoys various creative outlets, particularly woodworking. She is also, of course, a Florida State Seminole football fan.