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PATRICIA FERGUSON, PSY.D. - Freelance Writer and Editor


Dr. Ferguson has been working as a psychologist since 1986. She is also a freelance writer and editor.

She is Editor-in-Chief of Apollo's Lyre, an award winning online magazine for writers and editors of all genres, which she co-founded. She is also a book reviewer for Metapsychology Online, AbsoluteWrite and The Writer's Room Magazine.

Dr. Ferguson is an Associate Web Editor and co-moderator for an online counseling group. She writes freelance articles for magazines and journals. Her complete list of publications can be found below.


"Bitter or Better" by Deborah Leporowski, PsyD, SelfHelpBooks (2002)

Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of award-winning zine Apollo's Lyre

Editor-reviewer for The Writer's Room Magazine

Associate Web-Editor for counseling group



Helped construct the new written test for Ethics and Law for new licensees in the state of California (2005)

Private Practice, specializing in all areas of psychology, working with families, children, couples, individuals of all ages. (1991-1998)

Regional Center for Developmentally Disabled, a center for people with certain disabilities. Job duties included diagnosing mental retardation and autism in 3-year-olds, and providing the nine-county area covered by the Center with options for treatment for those children with autism. (1993-1998)

Practicing psychologist, including two years specialization in family violence. (1989-1998)

Associate Clinical Professor of Family Practice at the University of California Davis (1994-1996)

Private practice in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (1987-1990)

Additional experience: worked at the Florida State Hospital with dual-diagnosis patients, including juvenile sex offenders, in a family clinic with both victims and offenders, and at community mental health centers in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale (1987-1990)



Presented "Psychology for Writers" at the Muse Online Writers Conference (October 9-13, 2006) 

"Contributed chapter 'Nuts and Bolts: Psychology for Writers,' in "The Muse on Writing," edited by Lea Schizas. Double Dragon: (2005)

Apollo's Lyre http://apollos-lyre.com/ Co-founder, Editor-in-Chief, book reviews editor, and contributing author of regular column on psychology for writers. Site won the Preditors and Editors Truly Useful Site Award and "Writer's Digest" 101 Best Websites For Writers for two years in a row, as well as taking first place in the poetry department from Preditors and Editors. Dr. Ferguson also contributes poetry to the ezine.

Contributor author to "Mean Girls Grow Up: Adult Women Who Are Still Queen Bees, Middle Bees, and Afraid-to-Bees" by Cheryl Dellasaga, Ph.D., Wiley & Sons, published in Hoboken, NJ, and simultaneously in Canada (2005)

Contributing author to "Girl Wars: Twelve Strategies That Will End Female Bullying," by Cheryl Dellasaga, Ph.D., and Clarisse Nixon, Ph.D, Simon & Schuster (2003)

Editor of "Bitter or Better: Your Choices After Divorce" by Deborah Kidd Leporowski, PsyD., published by SelfHelpBooks.com (August 2002) 

Muse It Up Club Member: former moderator of adult fiction critique group; currently member of museflashfiction critique group. Presenter at the first online writer's conference in October, 2006.

Book reviewer for Metapsychology Online, Absolute Write and The Writer's Room*Contributing writer for Absolute Write, MedioCom, The Reader's Guide to Social Sciences, ADVANCE for Radiation Technologists

Presented research paper at the Annual AABT Convention, New York (1988) on tourette's disorder

Contributed to "Attributions of Responsibility to Rapist and Victim: The Influence of Victim's Attractiveness and Rape-Related Information" by Ferguson, Duthie, and Graf. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Sage Publications (1987)

Above-referenced paper also presented at Western Psychological Association, Seattle, WA (1987)


Doctor of Psychology, Nova University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Nova Southeastern University) (1992)

Master of Science, Nova University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Nova Southeastern University) (1989)

Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Psychology, San Diego State University, Phi Beta Kappa, Dean's List (every semester) (1986)

Associate of Arts, Social Studies, with honors, Lake Tahoe Community College (1984)

National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals 2005-2006 Edition

Marquis Who's Who of American Women (2005-2006)

Psi Chi National Honor Society (2005 - 2006)

Who's Who of American Women In Business (2005)

101 Top Websites for Writers Award for Apollo's Lyre (2005)


Preditors and Editors Award for Best Zine for Apollo's Lyre (2004)


Who's Who of Women in the New Millennium (2000)


American Psychological Association (member since 1994)


American Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Responder (1994-1998)


Shasta County Psychological Association, member at large (1992-1998)


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