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Donald G. Hoppe, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Donald G. Hoppe, Psy.D., is a licenced psychologist who has practiced clinical and forensic psychology in Baton Rouge for 30 years. He did his undergraduate work at the University of New Orleans, and completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Baylor University, an Internship at Johns Hopkins, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital.

Dr. Hoppe has extensive experience working with adults, adolescents, children, and families. He has given numerous presentations on bullying, cyber-bullying and bullying prevention to parent groups, churches, and public private and parochial schools including the East Baton Rouge Parish Guidance Counselors.

Dr. Hoppe’s national presentations include a workshop on preventing Religious Bullying at the annual General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association; and LGBT bullying, at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s annual meeting.

He has been qualified as an expert in family, civil, and criminal courts in both Louisiana and Mississippi.

Dr.Hoppe is listed in the National Directory of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Louisiana Psychological Association, and is a past-president of the Baton Rouge Area Society of Psychologists.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Monday, February 20)

Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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