David Andrew Maxwell, Ph.D.

North Carolina Licensed Psychologist #4413

Ascend Psychological Services, PLLC

Street address: 110A East Main Street

Mailing address: P.O. Box 271

Rockwell, NC 28138

Office: (704) 279-0626

Fax: (704) 279-0344

Email: [email protected]


 Academic History


 The University of Memphis: Memphis, Tennessee (August 2006-August 2010)

Doctorate in Counseling Psychology (awarded August 2010)

Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research Department

  • GPA: 3.95
  • Dissertation: The Measurement of Adolescent Purpose in Life
  • Dissertation Chair: Owen Richard Lightsey, Jr. Ph.D.

Western Carolina University: Cullowhee, North Carolina (August 1996-August 1998)

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (awarded August 1998)

Psychology Department

  • GPA: 3.51
  • Thesis: Humor and Affective Consequences of a Stressful Task
  • Thesis Chair: Millicent Abel, Ph.D.

Appalachian State University: Boone, North Carolina (August 1987-May 1991)

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology and Minor in French (May 1991)

Psychology Department

  • GPA: 3.54
  • Cum Laude
  • Dean’s List all semesters

Academic Clinical Experience


Appalachian State University (August 2009-July 2010)

Counseling and Psychological Services

(An APA-approved internship training site)

Pre-Doctoral Intern

  • Provided individual, group, couples, career, crisis, and family counseling to ASU students and their spouses, partners, and/or families.
  • Conducted 2 to 7 intake interviews per week.
  • Administered various psychological assessment instruments and wrote integrated psychological reports
  • Provided clinical supervision to masters-level trainees
  • Participated in campus-wide outreach programming about topics including suicide prevention, substance use, depression, diversity issues, and various other mental health concerns.
  • Consulted with Residence Life personnel to promote students’ wellbeing.
  • Participated on the Diversity Outreach Team, planning and sponsoring events designed to promote understanding and tolerance of diversity.
  • Shared in the responsibility of providing emergency on-call, 24-hour-a-day services to ASU students.

The University of Memphis (August 2007-August 2008)

Center for Counseling, Learning, and Testing

(An APA-approved internship training site)

Doctoral Practicum Intern

  • Provided individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, and career counseling for University of Memphis students.
  • Conducted intake evaluations for University of Memphis students.
  • Conducted substance abuse assessments of students referred by Judicial Affairs for substance-related infractions.
  • Conducted standardized psychological assessment of mood disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders, personality characteristics, career interests, etc. and wrote integrated reports.
  • Participated in multicultural outreach programs conducted by the Center for Counseling, Learning, and Testing.
  • Site Supervisor: Dr. Jane Clement
  • Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Sara Bridges

The University of Memphis (January 2007-May 2007; June 2008-August 2008)

  • Co-led weekly process-oriented growth groups for Masters-level trainees.
  • Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Sara Bridges
  • Solo-led twice weekly process-oriented growth groups for Masters-level trainees.
  • Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Owen Richard Lightsey, Jr.

Daybreak Treatment Center (May 2007-August 2007)

Doctoral Practicum Intern

  • Co-led group therapy for children ages 5 to 8.
  • Co-led psychoeducational group for developmentally delayed clients ages 8-12.
  • Co-led interpersonal process groups for adolescents ages 13 to 19.
  • Provided individual and family counseling to clients aged 5 to 18.
  • Provided career counseling for adolescents.
  • Co-led psychoeducational parenting groups.
  • Implemented and evaluated home-based behavior modification plans.
  • Conducted psychological assessments and wrote integrated reports.
  • Participated in weekly multidisciplinary treatment team planning meetings.
  • Site Supervisor: Dr. Gary Del Conte
  • Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Owen Richard Lightsey, Jr.

Thoms Rehabilitation Hospital (January 1998-May 1998)

Masters Practicum Intern

  • Conducted intake interviews of stroke patients, head-injured patients, and spinal cord patients.
  • Conducted psychological assessments of stroke patients, head-injured patients, and spinal cord patients and wrote integrated reports.
  • Co-led psychoeducational groups for stroke patients, head-injured patients, spinal cord patients. Co-led modified psychoeducational/

interpersonal process group for longer-term patients in an independent living


  • Conducted individual counseling with stroke patients, head-injured patients, and spinal cord patients.
  • Conducted family counseling with patients’ caregivers.
  • Participated in multidisciplinary team meetings to discuss clients’ treatment progress.
  • Site Supervisor: Dr. Robin Smith
  • Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Scott Minor

Blue Ridge Mental Health (January 1997-May 1997)

Masters Practicum Intern

  • Wrote integrated psychological reports based on clinical interviewing, archival review, and the administration of various psychological tests.
  • Site Supervisor: Marsha Ring, M.A.
  • Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Scott Minor

Related Professional Work Experience


Ascend Psychological Services, PLLC

(September 2013 – present)

  • Self-employed in private practice
  • Conducting psychological assessments
  • Individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Family counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Since 2013, Ascend Psychological Services has grown from 1 practicing clinician and no support staff to 5 practicing clinicians, and 2 support staff.

Carolina Counseling and Consultation, LLC

(November 2011 – September 2013)

  • Conducted initial interviews
  • Conducted individual psychotherapy for individuals aged 4 to late adulthood.
  • Conducted group psychotherapy for adolescents.
  • Conducted couples and family counseling.
  • Provided groups for substance abuse
  • Administered standardized psychological assessments and wrote integrated psychological reports.
  • Site Supervisor: Greg Yousey, M.A.

North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

(March 2001-March 2006)

Staff Psychologist II

  • Conducted individual, group, and family counseling for adolescents committed to the Swannanoa Valley Youth Development Center.
  • Participated in release planning for incarcerated youth.
  • Conducted psychological assessments and wrote integrated psychological reports.
  • Testified in court regarding adolescents’ readiness for release.
  • Shared on-call and crisis intervention responsibilities.
  • Initiated, organized, and supervised creative programming for incarcerated adolescents (e.g., touring Job Corps, therapeutic ropes courses, hiking, fishing, and community service projects).
  • Site Supervisor: Patricia Sutherland, Ph.D.

North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

(November 1999-March 2001)

Juvenile Court Counselor

  • Balancing the treatment needs of adjudicated youth with the safety of their surrounding communities.
  • Proposing treatment recommendations to district court judges.
  • Providing juveniles’ progress reports to district court judges.
  • Encouraging the treatment compliance of adjudicated youth and their families.
  • Shared on-call and crisis intervention responsibilities.
  • Site Supervisor: Brenda Logan, M.A. Chief Court Counselor

North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

(May 1999-November 1999)

Counselor Technician

  • Monitored, counseled, and enforced rules to promote the physical and emotional wellbeing of young men committed to the Swannanoa Valley Youth Development Center for violent offenses.
  • Site Supervisor: Ron Lytle, BA Campus Duty Officer

Camp Elliott Therapeutic Wilderness Program (April 1994-June 1996)

Senior Counselor

  • Supervised 8 therapeutic wilderness camp counselors (see counselors’ job description below).
  • Oversaw the planning, preparation, and execution of extended therapeutic wilderness-based activities for behaviorally challenged adolescents.
  • Site supervisor: Catherine Jennings, Director

Camp Elliott Therapeutic Wilderness Program (April 1992-April 1994)

  • Provided year-round, 24-hour-a-day supervision and counseling to emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth in a therapeutic wilderness setting.
  • Site supervisor: Catherine Jennings, Director

Appalachian State University (August 1988-May 1990)

Resident Assistant

  • Encouraged the healthy learning environment in the dormitories of Appalachian State University
  • Assisted with the development and implementation of programs fostering a sense of community in the residence halls.
  • Site supervisor: Gary Hartz, BA Resident Director


Publications and Presentations



Abel, M. H., & Maxwell, D. (2002). Humor and affective consequences of a stressful

     task. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 21, 165-190.


Levitt, H. M., Horne, S. G., Herbitter, C., Ippolito, M., Reeves, T., Baggett, L. R.,

     Maxwell, D., Dunnavant, B., & Geiss, M. (2016). Resilience in the face of sexual   

     minority stress: “Choices” between authenticity and self-determination. Journal of 

     Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 28, 67-91.


Lightsey, O. R., Jr., Boyraz, G., Ervin, A., Rarey, E. B., Gharibian Gharghani, G., & Maxwell, D. (2014). Generalized self-efficacy, positive cognitions, and negative cognitions as mediators of the relationship between conscientiousness and meaning in life. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science / Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement, 46, 436-445. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0034022


Lightsey, O. R. Jr., Maxwell, D. A., Nash, T. M., Rarey, E. B., & McKinney, V. A. (2011). Self-control and self-efficacy for affect regulation as moderators of the negative affect-life satisfaction relationship. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 25, 142-154. doi: 10.1891/0889-8391.25.2.142


Maxwell, D. A., Lightsey, O. R. Jr., & Berkes, P. M. (2008, April). Creating the Measure

     of Adolescent Purpose in Life: Phase one. Poster session presented at the University

     of Memphis 20th Annual Student Research Forum, Memphis, TN.


Maxwell, D. A., Lightsey, O. R. Jr., & Berkes, P. M. (2009, August). The Measurement

     of Adolescent Purpose in Life. Poster session presented at the 117th Annual

     Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.


Research Experience



ASU Counseling Center Research Team (August 2009-July 2010)

  • Evaluated the effectiveness of counseling center interventions, included self-guided biofeedback, group psychotherapy, and a group for trauma survivors.


University of Memphis (August 2008-May 2009)

Wellness and Resilience Research Team

  • Worked on Dr. Lightsey’s research team with 4 other graduate students – brainstorming, conducting literature reviews, collecting data, etc. – to develop research about self-efficacy and self-help interventions.


University of Memphis (August 2006-July 2008)

Graduate Research Assistant

  • Conducted literature reviews, entered and transcribed data with two University of Memphis faculty members.
  • Assessed the effectiveness of a computer-based learning program.
  • Researched ways to decrease rehabilitation counselor burnout and increase counselor employment longevity.
  • Investigated the reliability and validity of vocational and psychological assessment instruments when used with non-college, minority, mentally and physically disabled clientele.



Service Experience



Deacon at Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church (2012 – 2016, 2018 – present)


ASU Counseling Center Diversity Committee (August 2009-July 2010)


Project Give-Back Discussion Group Facilitator (August 13, 2008)

  • Led a discussion group during a community-based workshop about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and vicarious traumatization in disadvantaged neighborhoods. This workshop was held in Boston and sponsored by Division 17 of the American Psychological Association.


Crisis Intervention Training (November 1, 2007, November 20, 2008)

  • Assisted University of Memphis faculty member, Dr. Richard James, in training police forces from Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee about intervening with mentally ill persons in crisis. This training was held at Memphis Police Headquarters.


Counseling Psychology Multicultural Committee (March 2007-May 2009)

  • Development and implementation of programming to enhance students’ multicultural experiences at the University of Memphis.


Camp Eckerd Screening and Referral Committee Member (2003-2006)

  • Participated in interdisciplinary team meetings to evaluate adolescent applicants’ readiness to attend a year-round therapeutic wilderness program. My primary responsibility was the interpretation of psychological reports.


Teaching/Training Experience



Rowan Cabarrus Community College (Fall 2011 & Spring 2012)

  • Taught Introduction to Psychology classes at RCCC.


University of Memphis (Spring 2009)

  • Co-taught Clinical Techniques for masters-level counseling students in the Spring 2009 semester.


North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (2004-2006)

  • Provided training to employees at Swannanoa Valley Youth Development about Suicide Assessment, the Therapeutic Environment, and Positive Behavior Support


Western Carolina University (1996-1998)

  • Teaching assistantship with Dr. Kowalski’s undergraduate research methods class.


Volunteer Experience



MANNA Food Bank (2004-2006)

  • Twice monthly, I organized and transported a group of adjudicated youth to the local food bank, where we assisted with various chores.


American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services (2001-2002)

  • I was trained and certified to respond to crisis situations by the American Red Cross.


Trout Unlimited (1997- present)

  • I support the environmental conservation efforts of Trout Unlimited by participating in stream bank restoration, stream clean-up, and monitoring the health of coldwater fisheries.



Membership in Professional Associations



American Group Psychotherapy Association (2007-2010)


American Psychological Association (2007-present)


            Division 17 Counseling Psychology (2007-2010)


            Division 32 Humanistic Psychology (2008-present)



Awards and Honors



Outstanding Public Servant in Asheville and Buncombe County Award (2003)


Swannanoa Valley Youth Development Center Employee of the Month (2003)


Camp Elliott Above-and-Beyond Award (1994)






Assessment Experience



Achenbach Child Behavior Checklists

Adaptive Behavior Assessment System

Adult Attention Deficit Disorders Evaluation Scales

Autism Rating Scales

Beck Depression Inventory – Second Edition

Beck Youth Inventory – Second Edition


Career Thoughts Inventory

Conners Rating Scales

Dementia Rating Scale

Gilliam Autism Rating Scales

House-Tree-Person Projective Drawings

Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory – Third Addition

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory – Second Addition

Minnesota Multiphasis Personality Inventory – Adolescent

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator



Personality Assessment Inventory

Personality Assessment Inventory – Adolescent

Rorschach Inkblots – Exner Scoring

Self Directed Search

Sentence Completion Tests

Strong Interest Inventory

Thematic Apperception Test

Trauma Symptom Inventory

Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – Fourth Edition

Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Third Edition

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition

Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – Fourth Edition

Wechsler Memory Scale

Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement – Third Edition

Woodcock-Johnson Test of Cognitive Ability