On August 1, 2011, psychiatrist Catherine L. Munson surrendered her license to the New York Department of Health State Board for Professional Medical Conduct.
This action was based on disciplinary action taken against her in the state of South Carolina for actions which, if they had occurred in the state of New York would constituted misconduct and grounds for disciplinary action. Specifically, on August 6, 2010, the South Carolina State Board of Medical Examiners reprimanded and suspended Munson, based on findings that she began a sexual relationship with a female patient (“R.W.”).
The Order states that Munson “engaged in sexual relations with R.W. in various venues, wherein she became the subject of written, audio, and video recordings, with dissemination of the same by R.W.’s domestic partner.”
Further, the document states that Munson became the subject of a purported blackmail scheme by R.W. and her domestic partner (a person Munson was familiar with, who was herself one of R.W.’s former therapists).
Munson did not seek police assistance with regard to the blackmail but instead attempted to cease communication with the patient and her partner, resulting in an escalation of circumstances in which the partner appeared at Munson’s residence and assaulted her.
Source: Final Order in the Matter of Catherine L. Munson, M.D., License No. MMD 16094, Case 2009-218, South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Before the South Carolina State Board of Medical Examiners and Surrender Order in the Matter of Catherine Laura Munson, M.D., CO-10-10-6350-A, BPMC No. 11-189, New York Department of Health State Board for Professional Medical Conduct.