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H.D. Kirkpatrick Head ShotDr. H.D. Kirkpatrick was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He entered Harvard College in 1966, where he majored in the study of Italian Baroque art, and was graduated cum laude with a B. A. in Fine Arts in 1970. After college, he and several others started two non-profit public agencies in Charlotte, NC, both aimed at helping disenfranchised youth either involved already with drugs and alcohol, or considering such a path. Between 1972 and 1974, he obtained a M. Ed. In Guidance and Counseling from the College of Human Development and Learning at UNC-Charlotte.

Interested in Jungian and humanistic philosophies, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where he organized a third non-profit youth and family oriented agency, while simultaneously obtaining his doctorate in psychology from the Humanistic Psychology Institute (now named Saybrook University) in San Francisco in 1978. He also studied various family therapy systems theories and was licensed as a marriage and family therapist (MFCC) in 1976 in California. He obtained his license as a Clinical Psychologist in California in 1983 and is licensed as a psychologist in North Carolina.

Between 1982-1984, he completed a 550 hour post-doctorate training program in forensic psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Berkeley.

In 1987, Dr. Kirkpatrick returned to his native North Carolina, moving to Chapel Hill, where he practiced clinical and forensic psychology until 1992. He then married Katherine S. Holliday, a family law attorney with the firm of James, McElroy & Diehl, and moved to Charlotte, where he operates a clinical and forensic practice.

In 1995, he applied for and obtained a diploma in forensic psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is one of approximately 270 psychologists in the United States who holds this diploma.

Dr. Kirkpatrick was chairman of the committee of the North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA) that drafted the NCPA Child Custody Guidelines, published by NCPA in 1994. In 2007 he was a member of the task force of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) that drafted the 2nd Edition of the AFCC Model Standards for Child Custody Evaluations.

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