Tom Merrill, Ph.D., ABPP, DPNAP, is an author, consultant, and professional speaker with a private practice centering on individual, couples and family therapy and intra-organizational relationships.
Tom, who is past president of the Hawaii Psychological Association and past Chairman of the Hawaii State Psychology Licensing Board, is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist licensed to practice in Washington and Hawaii. In his role as a forensic psychologist he has served as an expert witness in state and federal courts, testified in capital murder cases and advised the U.S. Dept. of Justice on conditions of confinement, assessment and treatment of incarcerated adolescents. He is a trained mediator experienced in alternate dispute resolution.
He has co-authored several books on how to be loving with his professional and life partner Bobbie Sandoz Merrill, an experienced relationship therapist and parenting expert.
Tom is one of a select number of psychologists elected to the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Practitioner in Psychology. Among his other career accomplishments, he co-developed Kids First, a program for Family Court designed to reduce the detrimental effects of divorce on children. He also created and served as Chairman of the Hawaii Mental Health Center, Inc., a system to deliver pro-bono mental health services to families in need.
Tom received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, his M.Ed. in counseling psychology from the University of Hawaii, and a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He served as affiliate faculty at Argosy University-Hawaii Campus and as an Adjunct Professor in clinical psychology at the University of Hawaii. He has been published in various trade publications and professional journals, including the American Psychological Association’s Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.
A father, grandfather, and musician, Tom currently lives with his wife Bobbie and consults in person and by phone in multiple states with individuals, couples and families as well as with schools, corporations, community programs, and churches.