Psychologist Mary O’Neill, license revoked for sex with patient, appeals ruling

In April 2010, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Psychology revoked the license of psychologist Mary O’Neill, who acknowledged beginning a sexual relationship with a patient just weeks after his therapy sessions with her ended. O’Neill has, of late, petitioned a single justice of the state’s Supreme Court to review her revocation, arguing that the Board failed to considering “mitigating evidence” to justify her behavior. Both O’Neill and the Board have asked the court to hear the case, which it agreed to do. Oral arguments begin in the fall.

Source: Colman M. Herman, “Psychologist seeks return of license,” Commonwealth magazine, June 22, 2011.

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