George M. Kapalka holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology. He is board certified in clinical psychology and psychopharmacology, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. For over 20 years he led a private mental health clinic in New Jersey that primarily focused on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with learning and emotional disorders. As a certified school psychologist he also led a state-listed independent Child Study Team that provided assessment and consultation services for various school districts in New Jersey. Trained in psychopharmacology since the early 2000’s, Dr. Kapalka frequently consulted with pediatricians about the use of medications in the treatment of children and adolescents, and he was a member of medical staff at a primary care hospital. Since moving to New Mexico and becoming a prescribing psychologist, Dr. Kapalka is based at the Children’s Treatment Center in Albuquerque.
Dr. Kapalka has been teaching at the graduate level for over three decades. He spearheaded the development Master’s programs at the New York Institute of Technology, and then led Master’s programs and served as Department Chair at Monmouth University. He retired at the rank of Professor, but returned to academia as Distinguished Professor at Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology, where he is the Program Director of the MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology.
Dr. Kapalka has authored six books and dozens of publications and research presentations. His book “Parenting Your Out-of-Control Child” (New Harbinger, 2007) has been translated into ten foreign languages. His research has focused on the psychological, pharmacological and combined treatments of pediatric disorders (particularly ADHD), collaborating with primary care (particularly pediatricians), behavior management training for parents and teachers, and nutritional and herbal interventions for children/adolescents. Dr. Kapalka is active in professional and community education and has held dozens of workshops for medical and mental health professionals, teachers, and parents. He has been interviewed in newspapers, Internet publications, and on television.