Psychologist John DeVincent placed on probation; meth problem, awoke in department store afterhours

January 5, 2011

On September 25, 2010, the California Board of Psychology placed John DeVincent, Psy.D. on probation for five years with terms and conditions.

According to the Board’s Accusation, on or about May 3, 2010, DeVincent fell asleep inside a Macy’s Department store before the store had closed and became locked inside.  Upon awakening, he searched for an exit and tripped an alarm inside the store that brought the police to the scene.  The police searched DeVincent after arriving at the store and found crystal amphetamine in his pocket along with a straw for snorting it.

DeVincent admitted to the Board that he has an addiction to methamphetamine and has used used the substance since 2008, snorting it on a frequency that gradually increased to daily use by May 2010.

Terms and conditions of his probation include monitoring of his practice by a Board-approved practice monitor, successful completion of a Board-approved substance abuse treatment program and reimburse of the Board’s investigation costs of $2,665, among other things.

Source: Accusation and Stipulated Settlement and Disciplinary Order in the Matter of the Accusation Against John DeVincent, Psy.D., Psychologist License No. PSY 21016, Case No. 1F-2010-206758, Board of Psychology, Department of Consumer Affairs, State of California.


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