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NPA June, 2016 Member Spotlight

Dennis McNeilly, Psy.D.

Dennis P. McNeilly, S.J., PsyD is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychiatry in the University of Nebraska Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry in Omaha, NE. There he also serves as the  Assistant Dean for Continuing Education and Division Director of Geriatric Psychiatry.

His interest in geriatric patients began during his Predoctoral clinical internship at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Brentwood CA, where he trained in the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center and later completed a postdoctoral research fellowship under the direction of the late James E. Birren, PhD. , at the UCLA Center on Aging. Because late life is a time of transitions, with increased vulnerability to losses and illnesses that can lead to problems in memory and other cognitive abilities, emotion and behavior, Dr. McNeilly is pleased to work within a team at UNMC that provides a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment of older adults. 

While Dr. McNeilly’s clinical practice includes the psychotherapeutic treatment of mood disorders and assessment of Alzheimer’s and other dementias in older adults, his research interests include problem gambling in older adults and victimization of older adults. He is a nationally recognized scholar and authority on problem gambling among older adults, and a past President of the National Council on Problem Gambling and past Chair of the Nebraska State Committee on Problem Gambling. Dr. McNeilly recently began his third term on the Nebraska Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, on which he had previously served in 1999 and 2008.

In 2015 Dr. McNeilly was selected as a member of the newly established Nebraska Office of Public Guardian Advisory Council, which advises the Public Guardian on the administration of public guardianship and conservatorship and provides support to individuals serving as private guardians and conservators. Dr. McNeilly has previously served on the editorial board of Academic Psychiatry and the board of the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education. He is a member of the American Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, and the Creighton University Jesuit Community.

Previous NPA Member Spotlight

May, 2016 - Pamela Richardson

April, 2016 - Jerry VanWinkle

February, 2016 - Dave Hansen

January, 2016 - Debra Hope

December, 2015 - Mary Fran Flood

November, 2015 – Shannon Black

October, 2015 – John "Jay" Curran

September, 2015 – Nancy Bradford

July, 2015 – Alayna Schreier

June, 2015 – Joe Swoboda

May, 2015 – Mikel Merritt

January, 2015 — Lyndia Madison

December, 2014 — Mark Hald

October, 2014 — Sarah Schaffer

August, 2014 — Brenda Rohren

July, 2014 — Heath Hodges

June, 2014 — April Davis


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