2014 Election Results
Brad Karlin, Ph.D.
I am honored and very happy to be nominated for President of Division 12. I have dedicated my career to improving mental health care and bridging treatment gaps at macro and micro levels. I would be honored to serve as your President and advance the Society at an unprecedented time of opportunity for clinical psychology.
For the past 7+ years, I served as National Mental Health Director for Psychotherapy and Psychogeriatrics for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Central Office. In this role, I oversaw the national dissemination of 15+ evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs) for a range of mental and behavioral health conditions, as part of the transformation of the VA mental health care system. As part of this process, I led the development, implementation, and evaluation of competency-based EBP training programs that have now trained 8,000+ VA staff. Despite some doubts about broad implementation of EBPs into real-world settings, EBP training and implementation have resulted in, overall, large increases in therapist competencies and large clinical improvements among Veterans reported in top-tier psychology journals. I am honored to have received a Commendation from the Secretary of VA for my work to disseminate EBPs.
In addition to EBP dissemination, I oversaw the expansion and innovation of geriatric mental health programs and the establishment of new models of integrated mental health practice, including national initiatives to integrate psychologists in all 130+ VA Home-Based Primary Care teams and VA nursing homes. I also led the adaptation of Linda Teri’s STAR program into an interdisciplinary intervention (STAR-VA) for managing challenging dementia-related behaviors of Veterans that was implemented in 40+ VA nursing homes and shown to be effective. As a gerospsychologist and a past-Secretary of the Society of Clinical Geropsychology, I am passionate about reducing enduring and profound undertreatment of mental illness among older adults. This passion and commitment is rooted in my past relationship with my grandfather, who was my closest friend and remains my role model and inspiration.
With VA having shown that broad dissemination of EBPs and transformation of geriatric mental health services are possible, I have a strong interest in promoting mental health care in other systems. I believe this is a pivotal time with mental health in the national discourse and unprecedented policy developments (e.g., ACA implementation, full mental health parity under Medicare as of January 1). With passion to promote further change, I decided in February to take on an exciting new challenge and joined the leadership team of the Education Development Center, a global nonprofit health and education organization. As Chief of Mental Health and Aging and Distinguished Scholar at EDC, I will lead initiatives to improve mental health care and aging services in public and private systems. I also remain engaged in academia and research as adjunct associate professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. I am also a Fellow of APA.
If elected President, I would expand the work of the Division to promote evidence-based practices utilizing push and pull strategies, including training and public education initiatives. This includes enhancing the Division’s website and disseminating print and technology-based resources, as we have done in VA. I would also work to promote innovative and interdisciplinary models of psychological practice, building on my past work in this area. At the same time, I would focus internally on the organization and bring fresh eyes, creativity, and vision to promote membership diversity, recruitment, and the value of the Society for a broader range of engaged members and leaders. Together, we can further realize the potential of psychological science and practice at a time of great need.
Jonathan Weinand, Ph.D.
As a long time member of the Society of Clinical Psychology, I am grateful for this opportunity to continue my activity with the division as I run for the position of SCP Treasurer. I received my undergraduate training at DePaul University, my doctoral training at Illinois Tech, and completed my residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center/VA Consortium. I am strong adherent to empirically based assessment and treatment models, and am currently a Fellow of SCP and APA.
I have served in several leadership positions at the state (IPA- Ethics, Membership), Divisional (SCP- Education & Training) and National (ABCT- Professional Issues; APA -CESA) organizational levels.
In my professional roles as a director of a hospital based psychology department and regional director of a community mental health consortium, and current role heading up an independent practice, I have been responsible for the development and implementation of moderate to large budgets. These experiences have assisted me in developing a strong skill set in the area of complex organizational budgeting. I am well aware of the need to understand the current and future financial needs of an organization; and the importance of continual assessment and management of an organization’s financial status, and have become proficient in the area of developing positive responses to financial stressors at the organizational level.
Our membership continues to be pressed by significant funding challenges at the educational, science, and clinical levels of our profession. The Society will be well-served by continuing to lean forward while developing a financial sound, integrated plan regarding our mission of providing high quality, science-based education and training to our membership. Through quality education, research, advocacy and practice, we can work together to assure a brighter future for clinical psychology. I welcome your consideration of my candidacy for the position of Treasurer of the Society for Clinical Psychology.
Council Representative Statements
Kenneth J. Sher, Ph.D.
I’d be honored to serve as Division 12’s Representative to the Council of Representatives (CoR). CoR is in the process of being restructured and repurposed with the goals of making it both more focused on strategic planning and more timely in addressing current issues. I believe I’d represent a strong voice for scientific clinical psychology, evidenced-based practice, and education in psychology and bring a wealth of relevant background experiences. This includes recently serving as co-chair of APA’s Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA), serving on the Commission on Accreditation (CoA), and as a member of the Good Governance Project (GGP). GGP was the group responsible for conducting a multi-year, in-depth evaluation of APA’s governance structure and making recommendations to improve its efficiency and relevance for addressing the needs of APA members, the discipline, and society. So I would bring to my position the knowledge gained from thinking about what APA does well, what it does not-so-well, and a resolve to be part of a constructive process that addresses the needs of APA’s multiple constituencies. I see my greatest relevant attribute for serving on Council is my ability to “reach across the aisle” and establish good working relationships with colleagues from other groups who may have different priorities and/or perspectives. I believe an effective Council member brings both principles and pragmatism to governance and strive to be guided by both.
Although most of my service to APA has been to APA as a whole (BSA, CoA), I have served as President of Section III of Division 12 (the Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology), and served on CoR as a representative of Division 28 (Psychopharmacology) and thus understand working closely with Divisional leadership. I believe I’ve learned from all of these governance experiences as well as those in my “day job,” at the University of Missouri where I am a professor in a doctoral program in clinical psychology and heavily involved in training and research. I’ve also held a number of editorial positions (e.g., Associate Editor at Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychological Science), been a member on NIH study sections, and served on important NIH advisory groups. These and other experiences form a foundation for appreciating the diversity of our own discipline and our relation to other disciplines, a foundation that I draw upon to inform my work in governance.
Mark B. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP
I would be honored to serve the Society of Clinical Psychology on the APA Council of Representatives (COR). This year I am completing my term as Past-President of the Society, and I feel well prepared to represent the Society during this critical period when APA is changing its governance structure. During my presidency I initiated an operational review of the Society, similar but on a smaller scale than the Good Governance initiative undertaken by the APA. The operational review was started when I was president, and it is continuing because matters such as streamlining governance while preserving essential functions should be well reasoned and vetted before adoption. An early decision to come out of this process has been to initiate Special Interest Groups so there can be interactions between members on topics of interest without being encumbered with a formal section. We are also starting new initiatives to welcome students and early career psychologists and better integrate them into the Society. Our goal is that this operational review will result in a renewed and more unified Society of Clinical Psychology. As APA’s governance structure changes it is important that our COR representative understand the impact on our division. We need to continue to lead a meaningful and realistic integration of science and practice, particularly as it relates to the recent emphasis on integrated health care and the involvement of psychologists in population level approaches to prevention and treatment of mental disorders. My recent three years on the division’s Board provides me with the experience needed to represent our Society at the COR.
I am a Professor at the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University where I also co-direct the Guided Self-Change Clinic where we train clinical psychology doctoral students. Previously I was at the Addiction Research Foundation and University of Toronto, and prior to that I was at Vanderbilt University where I also served as the Director of Clinical Training. I have received several awards (e.g., Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology, Jellinek Memorial Award), am a fellow in 6 APA divisions, am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, American Psychologist, and Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, and have published over 300 articles, chapters, and books. My career has continuously blended science and practice, and that is the clinical psychology for which I will be an outspoken advocate on the APA Council of Representatives.