Hello world. My name is Dr. Berney J Wilkinson, though you can call me Dr. Berney. I am a clinical psychologist, practicing in central Florida. I began my career in the mid 90's, working on the psychiatric floor of a local hospital while finishing my undergraduate degree in Psychology. Working as a Mental Health Associate (MHA) was interesting, as I had the opportunity to work with adolescents, geriatrics, addicts, and adults with serious mental illnesses. Although I had very little training at the time, I remember being fascinated with the effects of mental illness of people's lives. While working at the hospital and trying to finish my degree, I began working as a research assistant at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. I had the opportunity to work with world renowned researchers. I remember my first research project involved the use of nicotine as a therapeutic treatment for ADHD and Tourette's Disorder. It was doing this research that really sparked my interest in working with children and families. In 1999, I began graduate school in the USF School Psychology program. Although I left my job at the hospital, I continued to work as a graduate researcher in the USF College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. My interests continued to gel, and I found myself becoming more and more interested in pediatric and neuropsychology. Over the subsequent six years, I completed my doctorate, conducting research in the areas of ADHD, Tourette's Disorder, developmental delays, and pediatric psychology. In 2005, I graduated with my Ph.D. and was immediately hired as faculty in the USF College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Within my first year as faculty, I gained a joint appointment in the USF Department of Pediatrics. I had the opportunity to evaluate and treat infants, children, adolescents, and parents, as well as train medical students and pediatric and psychiatry residents. In 2007-2008 I completed two additional training programs, one in Forensic Psychiatry and the other in School Neuropsychology. It was a busy year, but I was finally starting to meet my professional goals. In 2008, I made the difficult decision to leave USF and began working in a private practice. Though I was worried that I would be losing two aspects of my work (teaching college and graduate students and presenting at workshops), I joined the faculty of Webster University as an Adjunct Professor and have continued to present to audiences across the country. In 2012, my first book, co-authored with Dr. Richard Marshall, was self-published. The book, entitled Handbook for Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child, is a parenting book for the modern ages, providing parents with everything that they need to know from birth through adolescence. Since then we have written an update to the Handbook (available on Amazon as a kindle e-book), as well as several other books also available on Amazon. In addition, I have been a weekly columnist for The Ledger for almost six years. In 2014, I took the next step and started my own practice - Psychological Associates of Central Florida. I stay busy and love all the work that I do. We post almost daily podcasts (The Mental Breakdown) on iTunes and YouTube to offer information and support regarding various concepts related to psychology, mental health, parenting, and healthy living. We have plans for more books as well as community workshops and conferences. There is much to do, so follow all that we do on Facebook (/PsychologicalAssociatesOfCentralFlorida).
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Dr. Berney focus is to help his patients find happiness and success in life. Though he often utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques, Dr. Berney will draw upon various therapeutic perspectives to meet the patient's needs. He helps patients develop healthier lifestyles to reduce stress and live a healthier life. So whether you are looking for individual cognitive-behavioral therapy, parenting skills, couples or family therapy, group therapy, nutritional support, or sport psychological coaching, Dr. Berney can help.
Dr. Wilkinson does not have any board certifications listed.
Why It Matters: Dr. Wilkinson's Board Certifications
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Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
ADHD and-or ADD
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Pediatric Behavior Disorders
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Independent Forensic Evaluation
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Florida.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of South Florida
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1998
University Of South Florida
Other Education | Completed 2005
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Awards & Honors
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Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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