Ralph Eugene (Gene) Cash is a Florida licensed and board-certified psychologist (ABPP), and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). After graduating from the University of Tennessee with high honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, he received a full fellowship to attend graduate school at New York University (NYU). He earned both his master’s degree and Ph.D. in school psychology from NYU after serving two years in the US Army, a one-year externship at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, and a year’s internship as well as a subsequent year of supervised experience in a community mental health center and parochial schools in Brooklyn. Gene moved to Florida in 1976, where he worked for the Broward County Public Schools as a school psychologist for three years and as an administrator for a year. He was in private practice full-time from 1980 until 2003, when he became a faculty member at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and continued a part-time private practice until 2015.
He is currently a professor in the NSU College of Psychology and is the director of the school psychology doctoral (Psy.D.) program. He is a past president, past Public Policy and Professional Relations Committee chair, and current Ethics and Standards of Practice Committee chair of the Florida Association of School Psychologists (FASP) and has served on the FASP Executive Board continuously for more than 40 years. He is co-founder, past president, and current treasurer of the FASP Children’s Services Fund, Inc., FASP’s charity arm; FASP’s representative to the Florida Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council; a past president of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the American Academy of School Psychology (AASP), and the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP); a former Florida representative to the NASP Delegate Assembly; and a former Southeast Regional Delegate Representative to the NASP Executive Council. He was recently elected treasurer of the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP).
Gene is a two-time recipient of the NASP Government and Professional Relations Committee Certificate of Appreciation for his public policy advocacy work and is one of the few recipients of FASP’s Willard Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also honored with the Jack Bardon Distinguished Service Award from Division 16 of the American Psychological Association. Recently, he was the first non-physician to chair a committee (the Psychosocial Aspects of Allergy Committee) of the World Allergy Organization (WAO).