Jean Mercer: Afraid of Truth!

Jean Mercer holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Brandeis University, a respected academic institution.

She has, however, never held a license to practice. This means she has never seen a single patient!

This does not stop her from speaking out on matters she may not be qualified to address.

Recently, she has started a blog on Psychology Today.

People have come to this blog, seeking honest answers about the following:

  1. Her lack of professional credentials
  2. Her association with Larry Sarner, who has, among other things, been involved in a voting machine scandal and is, himself, somewhat of a “pseudoscientist” advocating nontraditional, or even “fringe” ideas about medicine, science, and mathematics.
  3. Her association with Linda Rosa, who, with her husband, Larry Sarner, writes a blog on the reprehensible topic of “child torture!”
  4. Her association with Monica Pignotti, who was both a Scientologist and practitioner of Roger Callahan‘s “Thought Field Therapy” and “Voice Technology.” Pignotti has walked away from both, but spends a lot of time and effort attacking them.
  5. Her association with Charly D. Miller, who plans to write (but has not yet written!) a series of Harry Potter travel guides. When she is (not?) writing these guides, she maintains a website full of copyrighted material. The owners of this material are often compelled to resort to legal means to protect their copyrights!

Mercer, Sarner, Rosa, Pignotti, and Miller appear to be working with conservative (maybe “neocon” is more accurate?) organizations in their promulgation of quackery and attacks on free speech. When too many questions are asked, they disappear from the blog!

Monica Pignotti has been involved in litigation against Ileana Rosenthal. One of Rosenthal’s main opponents has been Andrew Langer. Langer, despite portraying himself as an “advocate of rights” has attacked anonymous free speech!

Langer has been affiliated with the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), funded almost exclusively by the oil and tobacco industries. CEI is staffed by “non scientists” such as Myron Ebell and John Berlau. Andrew Langer was at CEI before establishing the oddly-named Institute for Liberty (how can it be called that when Langer opposes free speech?).

Another CEI “non scientist” is Brooke Oberwetter. She is currently with a firm called “DC Signal” and there is speculation that this communications consultancy is assisting Mercer and her colleagues in their efforts to suppress any discussion of matters that would reflect poorly upon them.


Filed under andrew langer, brooke oberwetter, charly d. miller, competitive enterprise institute, dc signal, institute for liberty, jean mercer, john berlau, larry sarner, linda rosa, monica pignotti, myron ebell, pseudoscience, quackery

2 responses to “Jean Mercer: Afraid of Truth!

  1. David Sinclair, Psy.D.

    Mercer’s CV clearly reflects her degree, which is fine. However, her claim, on the PsychologyToday Blog that she is a Psychologist is false, unethical, and illegal. Dr. Mercer resides in NJ and under NJ law she cannot claim to be a Psychologist without being licensed. The term, Psychologist, is a “protected” term that may only be used by those licensed. In addition, Mercer is not a member of the American Psychological Association, nor could she be as she does not meet their criteria for membership. Furthermore, Dr. Mercer does not belong to any professional organization that requires more than the payment of dues as it’s acceptance criteria.

    She has not basis to call herself a Psychologist; to do so is unethical and illegal. In addition, her claims to be an expert and to post as such on the PT blog is outright fraud as she is not an expert.

    Dr. Mercer’s response to these valid and responsible questions has been to delete all questions regarding her training, competency, expertise, or professional status and to block her blog from comments.

  2. Jon

    Monica Pignotti uses the tactics of Scientology to attack people… and it seems by searching her name, that she has a lot of time on her hands.

    If she is working for the Florida State University, they should look into how she spends her time.

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