Psychologist loses revocation

September 16, 1990

Well-known Columbia psychologist Dennis M. Harrison, 43, lost court appeals last week to block the revocation of his state license for unethical conduct.

After the state Board of Examiners of Psychologists revoked Harrison's license Monday, Harrison's attorney attempted to have the order blocked and the file sealed in Howard County Circuit Court Monday afternoon.

Circuit Court Judge J. Thomas Nissel refused to seal the file. A full hearing to determine whether the revocation order should be blocked is scheduled for Tuesday in Howard County Circuit Court.

Jeffrey W. Thompson, Harrison's lawyer, then took his client's plight to the Court of Special Appeals - Maryland's intermediate appellate court - seeking the same injunctive relief. Harrison ultimately lost that appeal.

Judges returned the case to Howard County Circuit Court. Meanwhile, Harrison is barred from practicing in the state of Maryland.

Thompson said that Harrison "categorically denies" the charges made in the board's decision.

In its decision, the board stated that Harrison lied about his credentials, stating that he had a doctorate in psychology from the University of Maryland when his doctorate is in human development.

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