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Robert McPherson Legislative Action 2016 - Bray
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Robert McPherson Award for Legislative Action

James H. Bray, Ph.D.

The Robert McPherson Award for Legislative Action recognizes and celebrates Dr. McPherson’s passion for the profession of psychology and his ability to translate that passion into legislative action that works to improve the lives of all Texans. This award recognizes a psychologist whose legislative action betters the profession and practice of psychology in Texas. 

Dr. James H. Bray served as President of TPA in 2015 and led the legislative efforts for the association during a very successful legislative year. During the 2015 Legislative session two TPA bills were passed that are of critical importance to the future of psychology in Texas.  The intern bill (HB 1924) allows licensed psychologists to delegate psychological services to psychology interns and be reimbursed for them.  As a result of this bill it is likely that psychology interns will also be reimbursed for services by the Texas Medicaid program.  

In addition, he led the efforts in the revision of the Texas Family Code that protected psychologists’ roles in family law matters and efforts to stop several bills that threatened the practice of psychology (e.g., HB 1889).  While he was president-elect and continuing during his presidency, Dr. Bray was a critical component of the renewed impetus in TPA for the RxP movement.  He encouraged those in the RxP Division to revitalize the RxP movement after years of diminished activity.  Now the RxP task force and division are very active and there are strategic efforts aimed at obtaining passage of an RxP bill in Texas.  



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