Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

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Dr. Maheu is one of the leaders in mental health-related telehealth (telemental health). For more than 15 years, she's consulted with large health and mental health insurance companies, community clincs and centers, physician groups, universities, and independent practitioners.

She is the Executive Director of the TeleMental Health Institute, where professionals can earn continuing education units and certification in telehealth, including online counseling and online therapy.

She is the Founder of SelfhelpMagazine and has been its Editor-in-Chief  since 1994. This online portal is an award-winning,  peer reviewed publication. It holds contributions from thousands of professionals. It was selected by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) as the only recipient of funding to showcase mental health technology during President Clinton's 1997 inauguration. It has served over 30 million visitors from around the world since its inception. It is one of the largest consumer audiences online for psychology information translated into plain English. Featured in the Best 100 Website lists of magazines such as Web Magazine, SelfhelpMagazine has been highlighted in the Utne Reader, USA Today, US News and World Report, the Miami Herald, the LA Times, National Public Radio and many more print, radio and television media outlets.



Dr. Maheu is a Licensed Psychologist in San Diego, California (PSY#11921). She has served the American Psychological Association's Division 46 as Co-chairperson, Task Force for Media in 1995. She served as the Telehealth and the Telehealth Liaison for Women through APA Division 35 for several years starting in 1996. She served as a Content Expert to the APA's Telehealth Institute in 1997. She also completed a 3-year term as an appointed member of the APA Committee on Professional Practice Standards (COPPS) in 2000. She is now serving Division 35 of the APA as the New Media Task Force Chairperson.

Locally, she served the California Psychological Association as a member of the Division of Media and Technology, the Committee for Continuing Education, and the Task Force for Innovation in Psychology. She has been recognized by the California Psychological Association with the Division of Media, Technology and Communication, Jacqueline Bouhoustsos, Ph.D. Award For Contribution to Media Psychology, 1999.



Dr. Maheu is the lead author of E-Health, Telehealth & Telemedicine A Guide to Startup and Success. This academic/professional book was co-authored by Pamela Whitten, Ph.D. and Ace Allen, M.D.  This text is a hands-on resource that shows how communication technologies can be designed, implemented, and managed to help professionals expand and transform their professional roles. Step by step, the authors reveal how to introduce innovative communication tools to a wide range of settings. This indispensable book contains suggestionsfor program development, ethical, legal and regulatory solutions, and technical options. For more information, see this description and comments from leaders in healthcare, business and administration.


Her second book, Infidelity on the Internet is co-authored with Rona Subotnik, MA. This consumer- oriented book examines online cheating. Based on an extensive survey of visitors to SelfhelpMagazine, this self-help manual reflects dozens of poignant stories from dozens of people who experienced the roller-coaster of infidelity on the Internet. The book defines "emotional cheating." It draws brings sanity to an otherwise crazy-making experience. It serves as a survival guide, and gives a detailed glimpse into the repair work required by several couples in therapy.


Dr. Maheu's third book,  The Mental Health Professional and the New Technologies: A Handbook for Practice Today was co-authored with Myron Pulier, M.D., Joseph McMenamin, M.D., Esq., Frank Wilhelm, Ph.D, and Nancy Brown-Connolly, RN, MSN. It serves as a how-to manual for both the beginner as well as seasoned telehealth professional. It  gives a wide range of examples for how email chat rooms, telephones and video are already being used to deliver remote service. It details how to build a professional presence through websites and communities. It guides the reader through an easy-to-understand oultine of risk management from the perspective of legal/ethical solutions.



Dr. Maheu offers consultation to help accomplish these goals:
  • Telehealth Systems Development
    • Identify and recruit mental health providers to staff your telehealth network
    • Technology service/product offerings
    • Evaluating computerized interfaces for mental health populations
    • Reimbursement strategies for Medicare, Medicaid and private payers
  • Risk Management, Training & Auditing
    • Develop a simple yet comprehensive legal/ethical risk management policy
    • Train your staff to deliver legal, ethical and reimbursable services to new consumer populations
    • Deliver a motivating and cutting-edge telehealth keynote to your professional group
    • Audit your web presence as a professional
  • Revenue Generation: Expand Your Service & Product Offerings
    • Unbundle your e-book into multiple products
    • Create a mobile phone application (iPhone app) or other software
    • Formulate and implement an online marketing plan 



Since 1995, Dr. Maheu has persoanlly delivered or helped organize over 150 professional programs related to telehealth at the American Psychological Association, American Telemedicine Association, the American Counseling Association, and numerous state professional associations. 

As an ethicist, her areas of expertise include risk management: legal/ethical, standard of care, clinical protocols, authentication, informed consent, community-building, malpractice insurance. Her consumer-oriented speaking topics include multi-media product development & online marketing. Her expertise also includes Internet-related addictive and overuse behaviors, such as online gambing, gaming, shopping, romance, dating, sexuality and infidelity. 

She has trained students and faculty at leading universities such as Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Alliant University and Johns Hopkins. She is the former Director of Telehealth and Ehealth for Alliant University. 

At the Institute, professionals of all mental health disciplines can obtain continuing education (CME & CEU) as well as certification for how to develop and maintain a thriving remote practice. 


Dr. Maheu's Speaking 2011 Schedule
Date and Time Presentations / Symposia Location

August 7, 2011

Sunday, 10 - 11:50 a.m.

American Psychological Association, Annual Convention

  • Title of Presentation: Telehealth and Telepsychology Licensure: Barriers and Possible Solutions as Psychology Adopts the Psychotechnologies
    • Chair  & Presenter: Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.
      • Telehealth Licensure for Practice via Internet & Smartphone: The Case for Telepsychology Education
    • Co-presenters: Dena Puskin, D. Sc., Stephen Demers, Ph.D,  Joe McMenamin, MD,  JD 
    • Disscussant: Pat Deleon, PhD, JD, MPH
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 151 B, Washington, DC

August 6, 2011

Saturday, 12-1:50 p.m.

American Psychological Association, Annual Convention

  • Title of Presentation: Healthcare and Psychology, The Challenge of Change
    • Moderator: Robert Ax, Ph.D.
    • Presenters: Katherine Nordal, Ph.D., Paul Craig, Ph.D., Pat Deleon, PhD, JD, MPH, Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D., James Bray, Ph.D.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 147 A, Washington, DC

August 6, 2011

Saturday,  8 - 9:50 a.m.

American Psychological Association, Annual Convention

  • Title of Presentation: The Future of Telehealth and Telepsychology in Psychological Research and Practice
    • Chair: Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.
    • Co-presenters: Skip Rizzo,  Ph.D., Les Posen, Myron Pulier, MD
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 150 B, Washington, DC

August 5, 2011

Friday, 11 - 11:50 a.m.

American Psychological Association, Annual Convention

  • Title of Presentation: Psychological Services in Australia and the United States
    • Chair & Presenter: Mindy Mueller, Psy.D.
    • Co-presenters: Les Posen
    • Disscussant: Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 147 A, Washington, DC

August 4, 2011

Thusday, 8 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.

7-hour CE Program

American Psychological Association, Annual Convention. Telehealth and Telepsychology Best Practices -- Successful Practice, Psychotechnologies and Reimbursement

  • Title of Presentation: Legal, Ethical, Practical and Technological Recommendations for Delivering Psychotherapy "Online" or Via Telehealth
    • Chair & Presenter: Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.
    • Co-presenters: Les Posen, Skip Rizzo, Ph.D., Mindy Mueller, Psy.D., Myron  Pulier, MD, Joseph McMenamin, MD, JD
    • Disscussant: Pat Deleon, PhD, JD, MPH

Lexington Room, Hyatt Regency Washington DC Hotel, Washington, DC.

May 3, 2011  

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

American Telemedicine Association

  • Title of Panel Presentation: Internet-Based Telemental Health: Are We Facing a New "Wild West?"
    • Moderator: Joseph Ternullo, JD, MPH, Partners Healthcare
    • Panelists: Dena Puskin, D. Sc., Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D., Joseph McMenamin, MD, JD, Kenneth Drude, Ph.D.
Tampa, Florida
May 1, 2011

American Telemedicine Association

  • Title of Presentation: Internet Telemental Health - Legal/Ethical Issues
Tampa, Florida
April, 9, 2011

California Psychological Association Annual Convention

  • Title of Panel Presentation: Legal/Ethical Telepsychology Opportunities through Internet Websites, Podcasts, eBooks, Continuity Programs and iPhone Apps
San Diego, California

Dr. Maheu's Completed Presentations 2010
Date and Time Presentations / Symposia Location
November 11, 2010 Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Informatics Bethesda, Maryland
October 21, 2010 The Guidance Center, Clinical Awareness: CyberCulture Long Beach, California
October 21, 2010 American Psychological Association, Telehealth Retreat, Content Expert Washington, DC (remote presentation)
October 14, 2010 Arizona State University, Telepsychology: Legal/Ethical Issues
Phoenix, Arizona
June 28, 2010 Arizona State University, Telepsychology: An Introduction Webinar
Friday, October 8, 2010 San Diego Psychological Association, Legal & Ethical Issues in Telepsychology: Expanding Your Practice San Diego, California
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 American Telemedicine Association,  2010 15th Annual International Meeting and Exposition, Internet Telemental Health: Legal, Ethical and Best Practice Considerations San Antonio, Texas
April 29, 2010. Mental Health Pros, Online Counseling & Psychotherapy: A Cautious Practitioner's Keys to Success Webinar
April 22 – 25, 2010 American Association of State and Provincial Licensing Boards: Invited Keynote Address Seattle, Washington
April 2010 California Psychological Association, Telehealth Challenges & Ethics in Clinical Practice, California Psychological Association, 2010 Convention Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa, CA
February 27, 2010 American Psychological Association, Division 35, Society for Psychology of Women, Social Media-based Communication Tools Dallas, TX
February 24 – 26, 2010 National Summit on Interpersonal Violence & Abuse Across the Lifespan: Forging A Shared Agenda Hosted by the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV), Ethical and Legal Issues on the Growing Edge of Treatment: Expand Your Practice Safely, Dallas, TX Dallas, TX

Thursday, August 12, 2010
from 9:00 AM - 10:50 PM

118th American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Division 38 & 21: New Techniques and Technologies for Graduate and Medical Education, Legal and Ethical Issues: Psychologist' Offering of Psycho-education Online

San Diego Convention Center: Room 31A

Thursday, August 12, 2010
from 2:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Symposium Chair:
118th American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Division 22, Telehealth and Telepsychology Come of Age: Research, Practice & Reimbursement Solutions

Presenters: Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D., Robert Glueckauf, Ph.D., Pamela Forducey, Ph.D., Thomas Bergquist, Ph.D., LP.

San Diego Convention Center, Room 7A
Saturday, August 14, 2010
from 12:00 -1:50 PM

Symposium Chair:

118th American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Division 31, Legal, Ethical & Reimbursement Solutions for the Immediate Implementation of Telehealth & Telepsychology in Defined Settings

Presenters: Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D., Thomas Nagy, Ph.D. & Joseph McMenamin, M.D., J.D.
Discussant: Pat DeLeon, Ph.D.

San Diego Convention Center: Room 30C
Sunday, August 15, 2010
from 8:00AM – 3:50PM
7-hour CE Program Download Flyer Here

118th American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Continuing Education Workshop, Legal, Ethical, Practical and Technological Suggestions for Delivering Psychotherapy Online

Presenters: Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D, Myron Pulier, M.D. & Joseph McMenamin, M.D., J.D.
Discussant: Pat DeLeon, Ph.D., J.D.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA, 92101, Aqua Room, 306A