Dr. Richard Zumwalt, PhD


Dr. Zumwalt’s involvement in Hired Power includes co-creating, with his wife Nanette, the transition care model which Hired Power is currently based on. He has written papers and conducted workshops on bringing recovery home through a professionally developed program such as Hired Power’s. A conversation with Dr. Zumwalt will inevitably lead to how important it is to support the transition from a treatment setting to a supported recovery plan in an individual’s natural environment. He believes, as a whole, the field of substance abuse treatment requires a transitional care model to bridge the gap between teaching recovery and living in recovery.

As a Community College Professor, he taught degree requirements for lifelong learning curriculum through life skills and career counseling courses. He also coached football for several seasons at community colleges, successfully leading his teams into championships. Dr. Zumwalt’s unique background helps bring a professional innovative approach to Hired Power. Through Dr. Zumwalt’s experience as a collegiate and professional athlete, police officer, professor, counselor, coach, and father, he has personally experienced close friends and family that have been dramatically affected by substance abuse. All individuals have the potential for lifelong recovery with the support of the transitional care model. Dr. Zumwalt’s education and professional background include PhD in Psychology, California Board of Psychology Registered Clinical Psychologist #31703, University of California Berkeley Neuropsychology Certificate, and Fielding Graduate University’s Neuropsychology track.

He completed post-doctoral training at Southern California Neuropsychology Group providing therapy and neuropsychological assessments including, Fitness for duty, TBI, workers compensation, and neurodegenerative diseases. He is listed as a California Police Officers Standards and Training pre-employment evaluator. Working as a first responder for over 16 years, Dr. Zumwalt experienced multiple high-risk, traumatic, and chaotic events. His experience and education combined to support a rare insight that sets him apart as a practitioner.

Dr. Zumwalt specializes in Cognitive Behavioral and Brief Therapy, adding neuropsychological perspectives. He sees adult patients for depression, anxiety, trauma, attention and concentration, sports, and executive performance enhancement. He completed his clinical training at Southern California Neuropsychology Group and College Hospital working with acute and chronic mentally ill children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations. Dr. Zumwalt’s career spans 30 years in the field of psychology. He is an avid researcher and always looking for the best way to approach mental health performance enhancement and assessments.