Dr. Hohnecker received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clarke College (now University) in Iowa. Following her graduation, she worked at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia where she was a behavior technician working with special needs children. Dr. Hohnecker received an award from the Association of Retarded Citizens for her work.
She received her first master’s degree in clinical/school psychology at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky where she was named as the Outstanding Graduate Student in Psychology. Her master’s thesis was entitled “The Development of a Perceptual-Motor Screening Battery for Children. Dr. Hohnecker completed her master’s level internship at the Eastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Center where she provided psychotherapy to young adults who were newly physically handicapped.
For over 10 years, Dr. Hohnecker was an Associate Director at Shawnee Mental Health Center in southern Ohio where she was responsible for the administration and supervision of staff and the provision of services to people of all ages. She and her colleagues developed a team approach dealing with child abuse reporting, prosecution, and treatment of children suspected of being victims of abuse. She was also heavily involved in working with issues related to domestic violence . While working at Shawnee Mental Health Center; Dr. Hohnecker earned her second master’s degree from Ohio University in Political Science with a Certificate in Public Administration.
In 1985, Dr. Hohnecker re-located to northwest Florida where she was employed as an Area Director for Life Management Center. She was responsible for administrative and clinical matters for Holmes and Washington Counties. Dr. Hohnecker also became licensed a marriage and family therapist and continued her interest in working with children and families.
Dr. Hohnecker came to Fort Lauderdale to pursue her PhD in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She graduated in 1994 and received her license in 1995. Her dissertation studied the traumatic effects among battered women who killed their abusive partners. Her clinical internship was completed at Miami Children’s Hospital where she provided evaluation and treatment services to children and their families. After completing her training, she remained to provide supervision and consultation to graduate students, interns, and staff in the area of trauma and violence.
In private practice for over 20 years in South Florida, Dr. Hohnecker has continued her work with individuals, families, and children as a clinician and more recently as a forensic psychologist. Besides her clinical work, Dr. Hohnecker is a Florida Supreme Court Family Court Mediator, a Guardian ad Litem both in Dependency and Family Courts, a psychological evaluator and a reconciliation specialist working with families in which estrangement or alienation has taken place. She serves as a consultant to attorneys in providing services to their clients, conducting relocation investigation, and serving as an expert witness.