Welcome to the Division of Independent Professional Practice, better known as DIPP.

DIPP was established in 1983 as the NC Association for the Advancement of Psychology, and became a Division of NCPA in 1989. The Division’s primary purpose is to promote and enhance the professional practice of psychology in private and public settings, and encourage excellence in the field of psychology. Membership is open to any NCPA member who is also licensed by the NC Psychology Board.

2019 – 2020 DIPP Board of Directors

Your Division Member Benefits Include:

  • A listing in the new DIPP Find a Psychologist on the NCPA website – Open Only to DIPP members
  • A listing in the Online Referral Service & NCPA office DIPP phone referral service
  • DIPP E-News – a new feature of your DIPP membership
  • Insurance Team to answer questions
  • Advocacy for mental health benefits and psychological services in third party payment,
  • Continued work on the State Health Plan – recently achieved getting psychologists co-pay to the level of the primary care physician
  • HIPAA implementation information
  • Yearly Online Membership/Referral Directory
  • Annual practice conference 
  • Regular features in The North Carolina Psychologist

Join the Division of Independent Professional Practice! 


“As an early career psychologist in private practice, membership in DIPP allows me access to a vast amount of experience and knowledge from people who know! Inclusion in the membership directory has already paid off in referrals!”
– Rita L. Christensen, PhD, Psychology for Living, PLLC, Asheville

“I often feel as though I’m groping in the dark to find good sources of information specific to the independent practice of psychology. DIPP has helped to illuminate the path for me and provide valuable support in the process. The insurance team has answered many of my questions about enrollment and reimbursement, and the referral directory is both a source of referrals and a resource for my clients as well. Last, but certainly not least, I am very grateful that DIPP is working closely with policy makers to ensure that my profession is protected and that our consumers continue to receive the mental health services they need.”
– Mary Anne Etheridge, Ph.D., Private Practice, Raleigh