All voters can access their ballot by visiting myAPA and using the link titled “2015 Division and SPTA Elections.”

The deadline to vote is May 29, 2015 at 11:59 p.m., EDT.

Statements for Division 12 President

(In alphabetical order)

ArnoldKevin Arnold, Ph.D.

Division 12/Society for Clinical Psychology (SCP) is the home for both researchers and practitioners in professional health service psychology. As a clinician with specializing in cognitive and behavioral psychology, Division 12/SCP serves as home in APA.

I believe my training and experience are a good fit with Division 12 and will help me strengthen our Division especially within the APA governance structure.. Trained as a scientist-practitioner, currently, I am in clinical practice, seeing both adults and children, while also managing a private practice of 35+ clinicians., Additionally, I have an appointment at Ohio State’s Department of Psychiatry. Another part of my professional work has been 20+ years of serving in different clinical leadership roles in APA, specialty organizations, and my state association. These leadership positions allow me to contribute to our profession in differently than private practice.

If I receive your vote and am elected as President of Division 12, my goals will include continued support of the Evidence-Based Practice Series, as well as efforts to attract, support and encourage more graduate students and early career clinical psychologists to be active in their profession by joining Division 12. With so many divisions in APA, it is critical that our Division continues as the home for those who view the integration of practice and research as important for clinical psychology.. Division 12 has led this integration in the past, and if elected president, we will lead it into the future.

It would be an honor to serve as Division 12’s president.


MWO current headshop frontMichael W. Otto, Ph.D.

In my career to date, I have had the benefit of working across several practice settings. I spent the first 17 years of my career in the context of a large medical center setting (Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School), and the last 11 years working in a traditional university setting (Boston University). Across most of these years I also kept an active private practice. Hence, my clinical and psychopathology research has never had the opportunity to stray far from the realities of ongoing clinical work, and likewise, my clinical work has not strayed far from the new insights provided by research. I have also had the chance for unusual breadth in my clinical research, having the opportunity to develop, test, or disseminate interventions across the anxiety disorders, in unipolar and bipolar depression, in substance use disorders and adult ADHD, and, most recently, in health-behavior promotion. This work, reflecting over 370 articles, chapters, and books, has helped me get a broad perspective on the issues facing psychologists across multiple disorders and settings.

In my career, I have also had the honor and pleasure of holding a number of service positions. I served on the board of ABCT for six years after being elected as a Representative At Large, and subsequently, President of the organization in 2005. I have also served ABCT as a Program Chair, a local arrangements Co-Chair, and recently, as Leader of the Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Primary Care special interest group. I have also served the field as Co-Organizer of the World Congress of Cognitive and Behavior Therapy meeting held in Boston, and, since 1998, I have served on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the ADAA. I am proud to say that I have been a fellow of APA for 15 years, and I am now especially pleased and excited to have been nominated for President of Division 12.

My overarching goal for my service to the APA membership is to increase the vibrancy of Division 12 – to increase the value of the division as a resource for new and established professionals. This work will continue the ongoing attention to providing cutting-edge information on treatment strategies that work. One challenge to the dissemination of empirically-supported psychosocial treatments has been the focus on full, manualized programs of treatment. These manualized protocols are often challenging to integrate within an established clinical practice. Instead, a focus on the principles behind treatment interventions (that allow multiple variations on the specific interventions used) offers greater clinical flexibility within the established principles of treatments that work. The Division 12 Clinician Toolkit provides a forum for some of these activities. I would like to expand this toolkit to include a focus on choice points in therapy and corresponding clinical outcomes, providing a “what can I do…and what can I expect from doing this” dialogue for clinicians in practice. I also want to make sure that Division 12 provides service to clinical-researchers, particularly in light of some of the dramatic changes in funding targets occurring at NIMH. Aiding clinical researchers in negotiating these changes is a valid and important role for Division 12. As a candidate for President of Division 12, I am eager to provide the leadership and continue service to making this Division a vibrant resource to the membership.


Statements for Council Representative Candidacy

(In alphabetical order)


NAT_8465-001 - NorfleetMary Ann Norfleet, Ph.D., ABPP

Mary Ann Norfleet, Ph.D., ABPP is a clinical psychologist with broad professional experience that would provide a beneficial perspective in serving as a Council Representative for the Society of Clinical Psychology. She has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient clinical service delivery settings treating individuals, couples and families. She has consulted to public schools, courts and currently trains psychology interns, postdoctoral fellows and psychiatry residents, in addition to her independent practice. She has served in leadership positions at the state and national level in continuing education and colleague assistance programs. She has written and presented on well-being of psychologists and related topics, and she has done research on utilization of medical services by psychology clinic outpatients. Dr. Norfleet serves as an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Oregon and she is board certified in clinical psychology (ABPP). She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association of Psychological Science. Dr. Norfleet currently serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and she is President of the clinical synarchy, which represents and supports the specialty of clinical psychology on APA’s Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology.



UbbenMatthew A. Ubben, PsyD, MBA, ABPP

I am the Senior Clinical Psychologist of the Diplomatic Security Support Program at the U.S. Department of State, serving as a consultant to the Diplomatic Security Service regarding Special Agents’ fitness for duty and other matters of national security. My involvement within the U.S. Intelligence Community began as a civilian psychologist at the Defense Intelligence Agency, performing deployment-related assessments and selections. This followed my own military service, first as a psychology intern at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, then as First Armored Division Psychologist in Baumholder, Germany, and Baghdad, Iraq. I received my BA in Religious Studies from Yale University, my MBA in Consulting and Management from Georgetown University, and my PsyD in Clinical Psychology (and my MA in Theology, coincidentally) from Biola University. My ABPP certification is in Organizational and Business Consulting Psychology. I am also the only Department of State psychologist certified by the Department of Defense in Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Psychology.

As my career to date has blended the specialties of clinical psychology, forensic psychology, organizational and business consulting psychology, and police and public safety psychology, so, too, are my professional affiliations an eclectic blend. In addition to being a Member of the Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12) and its Assessment Section, I am a Member of the Society of Consulting Psychology (APA Division 13) and its National Security SIG, Psychologists in Public Service (APA Division 18) and its Police and Public Safety Section, the Society for Military Psychologists (APA Division 19), the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (APA Division 36), the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Division 41), and Exercise and Sport Psychology (APA Division 47). I am also an Associate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and a Member of its Police Psychological Services Section (PPSS). Additionally, as the Commonwealth of Virginia is my state of licensure, I am a Member of the Virginia Psychological Association and the Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists.

In the post-9/11 world in which we live, few topics influence our politics, our worldviews, our news, our entertainment, and even our (or at least my) private thoughts more than does our national security. Certainly it has been the focus of my work as a clinical psychologist. My dear colleagues, our understanding of human behavior uniquely positions us to positively shape truly countless decisions made on both macro and micro levels, ones that will have lasting impact for generations. I would be honored to represent Division 12 on the APA Council of Representatives, where I will passionately advocate on your behalf as fellow clinical psychologists for the continued pursuit of scientifically-evidenced, legally-defensible, and irreproachably-ethical teachings and practices of clinical psychology as regards matters of national security. I humbly thank you for your consideration for this important position.


Danny Wedding - Great WallDanny Wedding, PhD, MPH

I trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Hawaii in a scientist-practitioner program, and then completed a postdoctoral year of training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. This was followed by 8 years teaching in medical schools at East Tennessee State University and Marshall University. I then became the first psychologist ever selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship program, sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, and I spent a subsequent year working as a health policy advisor for Senator Tom Daschle. This was followed by an APA Congressional Science Fellowship during which I worked for Congressman John Conyers in the House of Representatives.

Following two years working for Congress, I spent two decades teaching in the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri where I directed the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, a health policy and research center serving the clients of the Missouri Department of Mental Health – i.e., anyone in Missouri with a mental illness, addiction or developmental disability. CDC, NIMH, and NIDA funded my research, and I was able to complete two Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowships (one in Thailand and one in South Korea).

After taking early retirement from the University of Missouri, I spent four years in San Francisco as an Associate Dean directing three psychology training programs for Alliant International University (Tokyo, Hong Kong and Mexico City). For the past year I have chaired the Behavioral Science Department for the American University of Antigua, a Caribbean medical school.

I have published widely, and my books include the 10th edition of Current Psychotherapies and the 7th edition of Case Studies in Psychotherapy (both with Raymond Corsini), Movies and Mental Illness, and Positive Psychology at the Movies (both with Ryan Niemiec), and the Handbook of International Psychology (with Michael Stevens).   I’ll be giving a plenary address on the portrayal of psychopathology in films at the 2015 APA convention in Toronto.

I believe the next three years will be critical as APA reinvents itself in response to the recommendations of the Good Governance Project. I want to make sure that clinical psychology is represented in the debates that will shape the future direction of both the Association and the profession.

I am deeply concerned, like so many of my colleagues, by allegations of APA complicity in supporting torture. I believe the profession has been hurt by these allegations and the widespread perception that the Association was not as responsible as other health professions in asserting its role as a helping profession.

Another issue I worry about is APA’s failure to adequately address the internship crisis. Other professions have managed to provide a seamless pipeline to professional practice, but we have been ineffectual in securing necessary internship and postdoctoral fellowship opportunities for our students. I supported APA’s $3 million infusion of funds to support new internship programs, but I believe this investment is too little and it came too late.

Membership is another critical issue for both the Society of Clinical Psychology and the American Psychological Association. Membership in both organizations is dwindling as our members age out or elect to transfer their allegiance to specialty organizations like the Society for Neuroscience. We have to identify creative ways to staunch these losses.

Finally, I am an enthusiastic proponent of the contributions clinical psychologists can make in integrated care. I have spent most of my life teaching in medical schools, and I have enjoyed and benefited from close collaboration with physicians, nurses, and other health practitioners. We have much to teach our colleagues, but there is much we can learn from them as well.


Statements for Chair of Diversity Committee/Member at Large

(In alphabetical order)

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Cheryl Anne Boyce, Ph.D.

Cheryl Anne Boyce, Ph.D. is currently the Chief of the Behavioral and Brain Development Branch and Associate Director for Child and Adolescent Research within the Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) since 2009. She completed her doctoral studies in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellow. After clinical and research fellowships at the Children’s National Medical Center and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland, she began her federal career as a Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Executive Branch Policy Fellow assigned to the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, DHHS and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to work on joint agency national studies on young children’s mental health in Head Start and child welfare issues. Before joining NIDA, she spend over a decade of service at NIMH as a program chief focused on traumatic stress and health disparities, as well as the Associate Director for Research Training within pediatric and developmental divisions. For almost two decades, she has collaborated and consulted on issues of research and policy for child abuse and neglect, trauma and violence, early childhood, minority health and health disparities, mental health and substance use as a federal health scientist administrator. As an expert in child maltreatment, trauma and health disparities, she has testified before Congress and led an expert consultation to South Africa in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State. Her current research expertise and focus areas include: child development, neurodevelopment, pediatric clinical research, substance abuse, trauma and child maltreatment, minority health and health disparities. She has been awarded a Special Recognition Award for Exemplary Professionalism and Commitment to Excellence, Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Office of the Deputy Director and NIH Health Office of the Director Merit Award in recognition of special detail work assignments. After years serving as the Associate Director for Research Training at NIMH and as an expert on career and research training issues, she co-authored the popular revised edition of the book on grant writing entitled, “How to write a successful research grant application: A guide for social and behavioral scientists (2nd edition)” (Pequegnat, Stover, & Boyce, 2011).

Her credentials include status as an APA Fellow in Clinical Psychology in Division 12 and licensure as a psychologist in the State of Maryland and DC. She was one of the members of the original APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Recruitment Retention and Training (CEMRRAT) and APA Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12) inaugural Committee on Diversity. In 2008, she was presented with the Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities’ (APA Division 12, Section VI) Lifetime Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology (Public Service). The APA Board of Science Affairs honored her with the APA Meritorious Research Service Commendation in 2009 for her “leadership role in developing research programs in early childhood mental health, trauma and health disparities; and for being a strong advocate for the advancement of new investigators, especially those from underrepresented groups.”


jkpenberthy- official picJ. Kim Penberthy, Ph.D.

My name is J. Kim Penberthy, Ph.D. and I would like to ask for your vote for the position of APA Division 12 Chair of Diversity Committee/Member at Large. I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine, where I have been on faculty since 2000 and where I completed my Fellowship. As an attending clinical psychologist in the UVA Health System and School of Medicine, I provide clinical care, teach medical student, residents, and fellows (both psychology and medical) and conduct clinical research as well as educational research. I am a long-standing member of APA and of Division 12 and present my work regularly at the APA Annual Convention and the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, among other venues. I have been fortunate to be able to weave my interest in promoting diversity throughout my work and service. I serve on my School of Medicine Diversity Consortium as well as the School of Medicine Admissions Committee and on a Diversity Committee at a local K -12 school. I am active in the UVA Continuing Medical Education Committee and also on the APA CE Committee, am the Research Director for the Contemplative Sciences Center at UVA and president of the International CBASP Society. I have participated in various leadership programs including the UVA Leadership in Academic Matters Fellowship, the Humanism in Medicine Fellowship, and the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. I have been involved in recently organized committees to explore and correct issues regarding sexual violence and discrimination on our campus. As such, I have firsthand knowledge regarding issues of diversity with respect to psychology, policy, medicine, and education. I am particularly invested in exploring diversity issues regarding sexual and romantic identity and identification, as well as, physical and emotional limitations and differences as disability issues. I have mentored students regarding these issues and developed lectures focused on the hidden diversity issue of disability – in fact my student was appointed to the American Psychological Association’s Women with Disabilities in STEM Education Research Agenda Development (WWDSE) Project. The goal of the WWDSE is to establish a five-year research agenda for APA to identify barriers and promote successful outcomes for women with disabilities in STEM education. I work closely with patients transitioning genders and have completed the Safe Space training and work to provide a safe and respectful environment for all with whom I work – patients, colleagues, students and peers. I would like to serve as the Chair of Diversity/Member at Large for APA Division 12 and bring increased awareness to issues of diversity in multiple realms. As chair, I can help facilitate realistic and attainable goals of identifying barriers and promoting successful outcomes for members of Division 12 and all whom they serve. I am dedicated to promoting diversity in all forms and would be honored to serve Division 12 in such a capacity.