A state appeals court on Tuesday placed psychologists onnotice that they can be sued for monetary damages if they violatepatient confidentiality without consent or court approval.

“[W]e are satisfied our Supreme Court would extend the samejudicial recognition to a patient seeking damages against apsychologist as a patient seeking damages against a physician forunauthorized disclosure of confidential information,” AppellateDivision Judge John Wallace Jr. wrote in Runyon v. Smith, A-1533-97T1.