James E. Byassee, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has worked with a broad range of individuals, groups, parents, children, adults, and social systems for over 35 years. He has published two book chapters in behavioral medicine, and multiple articles in refereed journals and professional publications. Topics have included autism, ADHD (Attention Deficit) children, juvenile delinquency, clinical hypnosis, and articles on the use of psychotropic medications.

Over the years, Jim has provided consultation to a variety of programs and services, including the NC Commission of Indian Affairs, the NC Division of Mental Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Christian Counseling Center in Burlington, NC. He the Assistant Director of the Halifax County Mental Health Center before taking a position as a psychologist in the Division of Medical Psychology at Duke University Medical Center. Jim began his private practice with Counseling Services, Inc. in 1983. On occasion, he has appeared on local television to provide psychological insights regarding news events and has given seminars on ADHD and the use of psychotropic medications around the state of North Carolina.

Board Certification was awarded to Jim from the International College of Prescribing Psychologists. He also passed the American Psychological Association’s psychopharmacology examination. 

Jim has three adult children and he lives in Carrboro, NC with his wife, Jean, a clinical social worker and the Assistant Director of Field Education at the UNC School of Social Work.



Ph.D., University of Louisville,
1975 - Clinical Psychology

M.A., University of Louisville,
1973 - Clinical Psychology

B.A., Vanderbilt University,
1970 - Major: Psychology, 
Minor: Political Science


Licensure & Certifications 

Member, National Register of Health Service
Providers in Psychology

NC Licensed Psychologist since 1978

NC Disability and Vocational Rehabilitation Panels

Parent Coordinator, The Center for Cooperative Parenting

FSMI, Diplomate-Fellow in Serious Mental Illness, 1999

FICPP, Diplomate-Fellow in Psychopharmacology, 1999

FCICPP, Diplomate-Fellow in Child & Adolescent Psychology, 2004



Clinical Psychologist in Private Group Practice, Counseling Services, Inc., Durham, NC
September 1983 to Present

Clinical Supervisor
Christian Counseling Center, Burlington, NC
September 1990 to Present

Clinical Psychologist
Duke University Medical Center:
Dept. of Psychiatry– Division of Medical Psychology,
Dept. of Pediatrics,
Developmental Evaluation Center, Durham, NC
September 1981 to September 1984

Duke University Medical Center:
Division of Medical Psychology,
Department of Psychiatry, Durham, NC
September 1982 to September 1984

Assistant Director
Halifax County Mental Health Center,
Roanoke Rapids, NC
May 1980 to August 1981

Clinical Associate
Duke University Medical Center:
Division of Medical Psychology,
Department of Psychiatry, Durham, NC
August 1976 to September. 1982

Clinical Psychologist
Halifax County Mental Health Center,
Roanoke Rapids, NC
August 1975 to August 1981

Predoctoral Intern in Clinical Psychology
Dede Wallace Center– APA Approved Program,
Nashville, TN
August 1974 to August 1975



Byassee, J.E., & Nyden, R.M. (2004). Strattera:
A Contribution, but not the “Magic Bullet”.
NCPA Update, May 2004, 4-5. 

Byassee, J.E. (2003). ADHD Across The Life Span: A Summary for Primary Care Physicians. The Blue Link, 8, 3, 22-24.

Byassee, J.E. (2001). We were given the wrong prescription. The North Carolinian Psychologist,
November–December  2001, 53, 6, 1.

Byassee, J.E. (1996). Ritalin: Personal and              Professional perspectives. Hill Highlights, 2, 2, 1.

Byassee, J.E. (1977). Self-control interventions for essential hypertension. In W.D. Gentry & R.B. Williams, Jr. (Eds.) Behavioral Approaches to Medical Practice.
New York: Ballinger.

Byassee, J. Recall and catharsis of repressed trauma. (1986). NC Society of Clinical Hypnosis Newsletter17, 1.

Byassee, J., & Farr, S. (1983). Hypertension. In Reid Daitzman (Ed.), Clinical Behavior Therapy & Behavior Modification. New York: Springer.

Byassee, J., & Murrell, S. (1975). Interaction patterns of autistic, disturbed, and normal families. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 45, 473-478.

Byassee, J. & Tamberino, E. (1975). Individually
tailored behavioral goals and therapeutic summer camping: A preliminary evaluation. Goal Attainment Review, 2, 179-186.

Sumerel, S. & Byassee, J. (1986). Banishing fire. NC Society of Clinical Hypnosis Newsletter, 17, 1.

Wayne, J., Byassee, J., Bard, E., Drehmel, G., & Westerfield, T. (1972). A systems analysis of a police department youth bureau. Journal of Community Psychology, 2, 179-186.


To contact Dr. Byassee call (919) 493-2674 extension 102 and leave a confidential message clearly stating your name and phone number. He will return your call as soon as possible. 


Many insurance companies cover Jim’s services as an “out-of-network” provider and Jim participates on a number of insurance panels. Contact the mental health benefit number on the back of your insurance card prior to your first appointment to determine if any “pre-authorization” of service is needed, and bring this with you when you come. Counseling Services, Inc. accepts cash, check, Visa, and Mastercard and will file insurance for you. Although the list changes from time to time, these are some of the third party plans that will readily reimburse for Jim’s services, if properly pre-authorized:

Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina (all plans), Health Design Plus, Magellan, Managed Health Network, Matrix, Medicaid, Medicare, NC Healthchoice, Piedmont Health Care, State Health Plan, Tricare, United Behavioral Health, United Healthcare, ValueOptions