Assessment and Treatment
Together, we have over 70 years of clinical experience. Before private practice, we worked in other settings, such as:
a VA Medical Center
state psychiatric facility
community mental health
pro bono local mental health clinic
university counseling center
Teaching and Supervision
Dr. Pam Tessnear held faculty positions at Indiana University-South Bend and at West Virginia State. She taught courses in abnormal psychology, introductory psychology, statistics for the behavioral sciences and experimental research design. She has provided clinical supervision for psychology interns.
Dr. Marshall Tessnear supervised graduate students, psychology interns and candidates for licensure at Virginia Tech and also through the Mental Health Association of the New River Valley.
Volunteering in the Community
Dr. Pam Tessnear has served appointments to the New River Valley Local Human Rights Committee, charged with assisting state-supported facilities and programs to assure protection of the human rights of their clients.
When the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) conducted Studies on Sexuality, we participated as invited panelists in Chicago.
We have both served as medical experts and have conducted evaluations within the Social Security Disability system. Many of our clients live in rural areas in far southwest Virginia and share our Appalachian heritage.
In recent years, Dr. Pam Tessnear has conducted comprehensive psychological evaluations of mental impairments in people who seek disability benefits. She receives referrals from state agencies and private attorneys.
Dr. Marshall Tessnear has provided medical expert witness testimony at hearings for disability claimants for 30 years.
Following the 9/11 terror attacks, the American Red Cross recruited psychologists to provide disaster mental health relief. We were trained in disaster mental health and served in New York.
Dr. Marshall Tessnear has also worked with the American Red Cross on local and regional disasters like house fires and floods.
Following the shootings at Virginia Tech, we worked through the Mental Health Association of the New River Valley and the American Red Cross to support families, assist returning students, and provide educational and supportive programming in the community.