John Courtney, PsyD (Prescribing Psychologist)



Dr. Courtney completed his Doctor of Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and later received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.


Before joining the team at Presbyterian Medical Services – Socorro Mental Health, Dr. Courtney provided tele-psychiatry services for behavioral health programs operated by La Frontera and Agave in Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Ruidoso and Santa Fe.

Asked what made him decide to enter the psychiatric field, Dr. Courtney explained, “I spent most of my early career as a pediatric neuropsychologist. Many patients were in need of a psychiatric evaluation and medication. I found myself wanting to better understand the regimens they were following. I decided to obtain another graduate degree, this time in pharmacology. I thought it would make me a better neuropsychologist. After Hurricane Katrina, I took a position at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans as a medical psychologist and worked there for seven years, then I relocated to New Mexico.”

“One of my colleagues referred me to this position at Presbyterian Medical Services. She thought that I would be a good fit with Presbyterian Medical Services due to its commitment to rural mental health. I visited Socorro and agreed - it was a perfect fit. I’m really looking forward to providing psychiatric care for the Socorro area for many years.”

Dr. Courtney is an avid photographer, hiker and guitar player.”

John Courtney, PsyD