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PSYCHOLOGY BOARD SEEKS TO SUSPEND PSYCHOLOGIST’S LICENSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2021

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CONTACT: Sandra Monterrubio
Sandra.monterrubio@dca.ca.gov

Vacaville Psychologist Accused of Sexual Misconduct with Inmate Patient

SACRAMENTO, Calif.– The California Board of Psychology (Board) is seeking the revocation of the license of Molly Malone, Psy.D. #PSY26735, of Vacaville for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with an inmate patient.

According to the Board’s December 2020, Accusation, Malone repeatedly engaged in inappropriate sexual misconduct over the course of several years with one inmate. The incidents allegedly occurred while she was employed as a clinical psychologist with the California Department of State Hospitals, Vacaville Psychiatric Program and again while functioning as the senior psychologist specialist at the California Medical Facility within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The Board alleges Malone was grossly negligent in the practice of her profession for her acts, and omissions, including but not limited to engaging in a sexual relationship with an inmate while serving as a staff psychologist in a prison setting and failing to abide by the rules and regulations governing the conduct of employees in an institutional setting.

This matter is set for hearing July 12-19, 2021.

The Accusation is available to view at https://search.dca.ca.gov.

The Board of Psychology would like to remind consumers that its brochure “Therapy Never Includes Sexual Behavior” is available online to view or download. For information on how to file a complaint or information about the Board of Psychology, visit www.psychology.ca.gov.

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ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA BOARD OF PSYCHOLOGY: The Board of Psychology’s mission is to advance quality psychological services for Californians by ensuring ethical and legal practice and supporting the evolution of the profession. For information on how to file a complaint, or for information about the Board of Psychology, visit us at www.psychology.ca.gov

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS: The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) promotes and protects the interests of California consumers while ensuring a competent and fair marketplace. DCA helps consumers learn how to protect themselves from unscrupulous and unqualified individuals. The department also protects professionals (licensees) from unfair competition by unlicensed practitioners. Consumers can file complaints against licensees by contacting DCA at (800) 952-5210. Consumers can also file a complaint online at www.dca.ca.gov.