William L. Buchanan, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist in Georgia and is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). As an undergraduate, he attended the University of Georgia for two years and then transferred to Emory University where he graduated with Honors. He got his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Buchanan earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Georgia State University, with an emphasis in Clinical Child and Family Psychology and interned at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine. Both his doctoral program and his internship are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Dr. Buchanan is an Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). He is a Nationally Certified Custody Evaluator (NCCE) and a Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator (NCPC) in the Professional Academy of Custody Experts (PACE).
Dr. Buchanan specializes in clinical psychology, child psychology, family therapy, neuropsychology, adoption, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He has served on the Editorial Board of The American Journal of Family Therapy, co-authored The Dictionary of Family Psychology and Family Therapy, has written chapters in professional textbooks on eating disorders, weight control, and children's mental health services and published research in professional journals. Dr. Buchanan has conducted numerous workshops and presentations at national and state conferences on family therapy, ADHD, attachment disorders, neuropsychology, psychotherapy, health care reform, ethics, mental health law and legislative issues.
For 14 years, Dr. Buchanan practiced psychology in Gainesville, Georgia. After graduate school he served as the Assistant Director of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology at Northeast Georgia Medical Center for three years and served for six years as the psychologist consultant to the Weight Management Program of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Dr. Buchanan was a partner of Affiliated Psychological and Medical Consultants in Gainesville before he founded North Point Psychology, LLC, in 2001.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Buchanan is a consultant and supervisor to Eagle Ranch, a residential program for children in Chestnut Mountain, Georgia. He has also served as a consultant and supervisor to the Family Relations Program (a program for sexually abused children and their families now known as the Center for Hope and Healing), Chair of the Legal and Legislative Committee of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA), Chair of the Hospital Practice Committee of GPA, and the GPA representative to the Psychology Licensing Board in Georgia.
Dr. Buchanan has served on the Board of Gateway House, a shelter for abused women and their children, the Advisory Boards to the Georgia 9th District Head Start program, and the Psychology program of the Georgia Department of Medical Assistance (Medicaid). In 1995, he received the Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy from the American Psychological Association. In 1996, and again in 1998, Dr. Buchanan received the President's Award from the Georgia Psychological Association.
For over 30 years, Dr. Buchanan has been married to Dr. Linda Buchanan. Dr. Linda was the Founder and Co-Director of the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders (ACE) which was acquired by Walden Behavioral Care in 2017. She continues to serve there as the Senior Director of Clinical Services.
The Buchanans have two sons, both of whom were adopted at birth. They have an Open Adoption with both birth mothers, meaning they have ongoing relationships with them. The oldest son was the first child adopted through Beacon of Hope, an adoption agency in Johns Creek, Georgia, that offers comprehensive care. The video at the bottom of this page was shown at the agency’s 20th Anniversary Gala held at the Avalon Hotel. Less than four minutes long, it is very personal and worth viewing.
As a family the Buchanans enjoy camping, hiking, snow skiing and have watched six Star Trek series. Bill served as an assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts and completed Wood Badge, a Scouting program for adult leaders. Their oldest son is an Eagle Scout, and their youngest son has a Black Belt in Taekwondo. Bill started taking Taekwondo when his son moved to the adult class. In 2020, Dr. Buchanan earned his First Degree Black Belt from the American Taekwondo Association (ATA).
The Buchanan family has also been active in their church, Pleasant Hill Presbyterian. Bill has known his pastor for 40 years, going back to his Young Life days, when Bill was a high school member and the pastor was a Young Life leader. While in college and for a couple of years after college, Bill served as a Young Life leader prior to attending graduate school in psychology. The family has recently been attending North Point Community Church.
Below are downloadable copies of Dr. Buchanan's full vita, one-page vita and graduate curriculum: