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Kelly Moreno

Dr. Kelly Moreno received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah in 1988.  Since 1981, he has worked at the Dominion Psychiatric Treatment Center of Virginia, Salt Lake City VA Medical Center, University of Utah Counseling Center, University of California—Santa Barbara Counseling and Career Services, Camarillo State Hospital, and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Currently, he is Professor of Psychology at Cal Poly State University—San Luis Obispo, Training Coordinator for Cal Poly’s MS in Psychology, Director of the Cal Poly Community Counseling Clinic, and Staff Psychologist for Windhorse Integrative Mental Health. He also conducts Mentally Disordered Offender Evaluations for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He speaks regularly at regional and national psychology conferences and has over two-dozen publications on psychopathology and its treatment. He lives with his wife and daughter in San Luis Obispo, CA.  A Duty to Betray is his first novel.

A Note From Kelly Moreno

I began A Duty to Betray over 20 years ago.  I rewrote it a dozen times, collected over 80 rejection letters, burned through three literary agents, and then mothballed it for nearly ten years.  Earlier drafts were criticized for being aimless, shallow, and gratuitous, while later ones were dubbed too experimental, too dark, or too intense.  Agents considered the topic (a psychologist’s ethical dilemma when his patient refuses to tell his lovers he has HIV) either too controversial or "passé" (I told the author of the latter comment to tell that to someone who has the virus). The project has been supernaturally expensive if one considers not only direct costs (e.g., conferences, book doctors, contest fees, publicists, copying, mailing) but indirect ones too (e.g., foregone income).  Originally, the novel was titled, A Duty to Warn, an apt one given the content—and process—of the work.  In retrospect, I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Mental health professionals are required by law to keep patient disclosures confidential, yet the law also requires them to “warn and protect” anyone their patient is likely to harm. A Duty to Betray plunges Dr. Ricardo Ruiz, a young psyc...
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