Tri-County Phychological Services, Inc.

Our Staff

Who Are We?


Ward M. Lawson, PhD, ABPP, ABMP

Owner/Director Ward M. Lawson, PhD, ABPP, ABMP, is board certified in Medical Psychology by the American Board of Medical Psychology, has ABPP status in Couples and Family Psychology, is certified in substance use disorders, psychopharmacology, and has completed post-doctoral fellowships in neuropsychology and forensic psychology.

He is a member of Academy of Medical Psychology, National Association of Practicing Professional Psychologists (NAPPP), National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), and The Academy of Couples and Family Psychology. He has served on multiple professional boards.  


Dave Gooden, M.S.W. L.C.S.W.

Dave has been  a licensed social worker for 20 years and has worked  in the field of mental health for 31 years. He holds a Masters of Social Work from University of Missouri at Columbia and received a bachelors degree in psychology  from Missouri State University in 1981. He has worked with children in an inpatient setting while employed at Lakeland Regional Hospital and worked with court committed youth through Division of Youth Services. He has worked with families and  children in private practice and worked at Burrell Mental Health with the CMI and homeless populations as a program director for over 11 years.  Prior to coming to Tri-County he provided assessments and worked as director of Carol Jones Recovery Center  providing inpatient and outpatient services to women with substance issues. He is a member of the NASW and  is actively involved in services reaching those most in need.


Ann D. Rost, Ph.D

Ann D. Rost, Ph.D, received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2001 from the University of Kansas. She then completed an internship at the University of Illinois-Chicago Medical Center with special training in Psycho-Oncology and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Rost worked at Washington University Medical School and Barnes-Jewish Hospital managing the Gynecological Oncology Psychology Service for two years. In this role she provided psychological services to women with advanced cancer diagnoses, as well as continued her research program. In 2008 she accepted a position at Missouri State University in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Rost has specialized training in Cognitive-Behavioral approaches to therapy, as well as expertise and training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has authored several clinical research papers and presented at numerous professional national and international conferences, including Association of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Association of Contextual Behavior Science (ACBS), and Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT). Dr. Rost is an associate professor at Missouri State University and teaches in the Applied Behavior Analysis program at Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. She has specialty experience and training in mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, pain, and health behaviors.