Jonathan S. Comer, Ph.D.
Dr. Comer is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Florida International University, where he directs the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Program, an interdisciplinary clinical research program devoted to expanding the quality, scope and accessibility of quality mental health care. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Society of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Comer received his B.A. from the University of Rochester, and went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Concentration in Developmental Psychopathology from Temple University. Dr. Comer completed his clinical psychology internship training in the Child and Adolescent Track of the NYU-Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship Program and the NYU Child Study Center, after which he completed an NIH-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Columbia University, where he also served as Chief Research Fellow in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Comer’s program of work examines four areas of overlapping inquiry. First, his research evaluates mental health treatments and services, with particular focus on the development of innovative methods to reduce systematic barriers to effective care. To this end he conducts research examining the role of new technologies—such as videoconferencing and mobile platforms—for meaningfully expanding the reach of mental health care. He also uses epidemiologic datasets to document problems in the quality of mental health services and geographic disparities in care. Second, his work examines the assessment, phenomenology, and course of anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, and traumatic stress disorders, with particular focus on early-onset problems. Third, his work examines the psychological impact of disasters and terrorism on children and families. He has published extensively on children affected by the 9/11 terror attacks and on children affected by the Boston Marathon bombing, and he served as a consultant throughout the federal trial of United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Fourth, in recent years, Dr. Comer’s work has expanded to also consider biological markers of child psychopathology and neurocircuitry patterns associated with the intergenerational transmission of internalizing problems.
Dr. Comer has published over 120 scholarly articles, chapters, and handbooks, and his research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, as well as by several private foundations and non-profit organizations. His work has been recognized through the receipt of several early career awards, including early career awards from the Society of Clinical Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Association for Psychological Science. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Behavior Therapy as well as Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Psychologist, and is an elected Officer in the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology where he serves on the Board of Directors.
I am tremendously honored to be nominated for President-Elect of Division 12. Despite the staggering public health burden of mental illness, the Society and its membership has been at the forefront of leading efforts to identify quality treatment practices for a diverse range of individuals and to promote the uptake of evidence-based care in practice settings. Yet the majority of work is still ahead.
If elected, I would relish the opportunity to help lead the Society in its continued pursuit to improve the accessibility and acceptability of quality mental health care. I’ve devoted my career to leveraging technology to meaningfully expand the scope and reach of evidence-based practices. As a Division 12 Fellow, I bring years of leadership experience and service to the profession, including key governance positions in ABCT, Division 12, and Division 53, and I currently serve as Associate Editor of Behavior Therapy and Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Psychologist. I’ve held faculty positions in both psychology and psychiatry departments, supervised countless trainees, collaborated with colleagues in VA and military settings, and maintained a private practice—thus, I’m intimately familiar with the diverse settings in which psychologists work and with what’s needed to support professional advancement in each of them.
I’ve spent my career working to promote the discipline and profession of clinical psychology, and I’m excited to bring my passion and creativity to work with and support our members, to sustain our firm commitment to a science-practice integration, and to support public policies in the public interest.
Elizabeth A. Yeater, Ph.D.
Elizabeth A. Yeater is an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. Her research program investigates cognitive and behavioral factors that increase college women’s risk for sexual victimization. Dr. Yeater’s work uses a Social Information Processing Model (SIP) and methods borrowed from cognitive science to examine women’s ability to detect and respond to risky situations, as well as to explore whether aspects of alcohol use (i.e., intoxication, alcohol problems, and alcohol expectancies) and sexual attitudes (i.e., sociosexuality, rape myth acceptance) influence these processes. Dr. Yeater’s work is currently funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Her clinical expertise is in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
I am Director of Clinical Training and Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of New Mexico (UNM). I serve in multiple roles in my current position – clinical supervisor, researcher, teacher, mentor, and Head of our APA Accredited Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. In my research role, I investigate cognitive and behavioral factors that increase college women’s risk for sexual victimization. Specifically, I use methods translated from cognitive science to examine women’s ability to detect and respond to risky situations, as well as to explore whether aspects of alcohol use (i.e., intoxication, alcohol problems, and alcohol expectancies) and sexual attitudes (i.e., sociosexuality, rape myth acceptance) influence these processes. Broadly, then, my programmatic line of research uses basic cognitive science and behavioral assessment methods to test potential etiological factors related to women’s risk for victimization. My work is currently funded by National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a unique program, known for its attention to ethnic diversity issues, including those that arise in our richly multicultural region of the United States. I have served membership in the Society of Clinical Psychology (SCP, Division 12, APA) through my role on the Diversity Subcommittee for Division 12. I am also pleased to have served as a faculty presenter for our SCP 2017 Graduate Student Summit. I am now seeking to extend my service to SCP as a candidate for division President. I will bring to this role my expertise with and perspectives from our youngest members – my job at UNM is quite simply to launch clinical psychologists into the field by preparing students for internship, arranging practicum experiences, and developing and evaluating our program content. I want to increase the value of SCP for these future lifetime members, while also retaining and enhancing value for the seasoned clinical psychologists that make up our ranks. As a trainee of Dick McFall at Indiana University, I have pursued my entire career with a devotion to the science of clinical psychology. I now want to take my turn serving the membership of Division 12 to further its mission to: “encourage and support the integration of psychological science and practice in education, research, application, advocacy and public policy, attending to the importance of diversity.” Through proper dissemination and training, I believe we can obtain our mutual goal of reducing human suffering.
James H. Bray, Ph.D.
James H. Bray, Ph.D. is a psychologist and an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine. He was the 2015 President of the Texas Psychological Association and the 2009 President of the American Psychological Association. His presidential themes were the Future of Psychology Practice and Science and Psychology’s Contribution to Ending Homelessness. He is also president of the Division of Professional Practice of the International Association of Applied Psychology. Dr. Bray’s NIH funded research focuses on adolescent substance use, divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies. He has published over 200 articles in major journal and books. He is the director of a federal HRSA faculty development program for physicians and was the director of the SAMSHA funded project on screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) project. He is a pioneer in collaborative healthcare and primary care psychology. He has presented his work in 20 countries. He also maintains an active clinical practice focusing on health psychology, children and families.
It is an honor to stand for election as treasurer of the Society of Clinical Psychology. I am eager to contribute my knowledge and passion for clinical psychology to help the division accomplish its goals and objectives. Division 12 plays a critical role within APA by standing for the integration of psychological science into the practice of psychology. I have the experience and established working relationships to get things done for Division 12.
Unlike other candidates, there will be no learning curve for me. I have been treasurer of five other APA Divisions (34, 37, 43, 46, 55) and on the APA Board of Directors budget subcommittee (2008-2010). In addition, I have managed budgets on large NIH grants.
James H. Bray, Ph.D. (University of Houston, 1980) is Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine and the 2009 APA President. Dr. Bray was previously on the faculty at Texas Woman’s University. He teaches psychology students, resident physicians, and medical students and directs faculty development. Dr. Bray’s NIH funded research focuses on adolescent substance use, divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies. He is a pioneer in collaborative healthcare and primary care psychology. He maintains an active clinical practice specializing in children and families and behavioral medicine. He has been active in APA governance for over 20 years involved in practice, science, education, and state issues. He is a fellow of 12 APA Divisions (5, 7, 12, 29, 31, 34, 37, 38, 42, 43, 46, 55).
Internationally Recognized Scholar and Researcher: Over 200 publications (Multivariate Analysis of Variance with Scott Maxwell, SAGE; Handbook of Family Psychology with Mark Stanton, Blackwell Publishing). Editorial board member and reviewer for 13 journals. Four NIH grants: Alcohol, Psychosocial Factors and Adolescent Development (two RO1s from National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse); SAMHSA grants on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).
Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D.
Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, earned a Ph.D. clinical psychology at the University of Missouri. He serves as Professor and Dean of the College of Science and Health at DePaul University in Chicago. Prior to moving to Chicago in 2013, he was Professor of Psychology and Associate Provost at Simmons College, Boston. He previously served as Chief of Psychology at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Judge Baker Children’s Center, and as Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Linda Pollin Institute at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Koocher served as founding editor of the journal Ethics & Behavior and editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. He has published more than 350 articles and book chapters and authored or edited 17 books including Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions, the Psychologists’ Desk Reference, and The Parent’s Guide to Psychological First Aid. Elected a Fellow of twelve divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Koocher earned five specialty diplomas from the American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical, Clinical Child /Adolescent, Family, Forensic, and Health Psychology). He holds active psychology licenses in Illinois, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He served as Treasurer (1995 – 2005) and as President of the APA (2006). He currently serves as Chair of the Board of the American Insurance Trust.
I feel honored to be considered as a candidate for treasurer. I served in that capacity once before (1991 – 1993), followed by ten years as treasurer of APA. Both the division and APA have changed a great deal since then, but it remains important to have an attentive eye monitoring fiscal operations. If elected, I promise transparency in division finances and attentive collaborative participation in helping the Society to achieve continued success.
Jonathan Weinand, Ph.D.
Jonathan Weinand, Ph.D. received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and completed his internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center/VA Consortium. He has been in clinical practice for over 25 years, centering on child and adolescent psychology. He is currently in practice at the Family Behavioral HealthCare of Iowa. He also is associate editor of “Evidence-Based Practice in Child & Adolescent Mental Healthcare”. Jon currently serves as Treasurer of the Society of Clinical Psychology. He has presented and published his work centering on family assessment and continuing educational issues at numerous conferences, including ABCT and APA.
I am grateful for the opportunity to run for a second term as the Treasurer for the Society of Clinical Psychology. I received my graduate training at Illinois Tech and completed my internship at University of Mississippi/VA Consortium. I am currently in Independent Practice, and serve as an associate editor of the Division 53 clinical journal, Evidence-Based Practice in Child & Adolescent Mental Health”. I am a member of ABCT, SCCAP, SSCP and am a Fellow of SCP and APA.
Throughout the years, I have served in several positions within SCP including chairing the presidential task force on education and training, the education & training committee, and serving as co-chair on SCP’s recent CE committee.
As current Treasurer of SCP, I have had an opportunity to develop a wide range of budget and finance associated initiatives. These include re-working the SCP budget to meet APA accounting guidelines while increasing transparency, developing the accounts related to special projects, presidential initiatives, and continuing education. In addition, we continue to work on developing processes to increase the working value of our general fund via financially sound investment fund growth.
Our membership continues to be pressed by significant funding challenges at the education, science and practice levels of our profession. The Society of Clinical Psychology will be well-served by continuing to develop financially sound, integrated processes as we work towards providing high-quality, science-based education and training to our membership. I look forward to your consideration of my candidacy for this position.
Patricia Hillis-Clark, PsyD
Dr. Patricia Hillis-Clark has worked in the child and adolescent behavioral health care field for over 20 years. She has a history of partnering with state and local policy makers to address issues affecting the mental health field and understands the complexities facing psychologists today. Throughout her entire career, she has served in the private non-profit sector. She has held various positions ranging from clinician to clinical director. Additionally, Dr. Hillis-Clark has held teaching faculty positions, been engaged in grant funded work and has overseen an APA approved internship program. She specializes in working with a highly-traumatized population; including sexually exploited and trafficked youth. Dr. Hillis-Clark’s areas of research and development include program evaluation and outcomes monitoring of evidenced based practices. She is a Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapist and has her Diplomate from the Academy of Cognitive Therapists. She has served as a past Division 12 reviewer for the Annual Convention Submissions for Presentation. Dr. Hillis-Clark received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College, her Master’s degree from Temple University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is actively involved in her community, is a triathlete, and a mother of three.
I have worked in the child and adolescent behavioral health care field for over 20 years; currently serving as the Clinical Director for Children’s Behavioral Health Services in Pennsylvania at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. I specialize in working with a highly-traumatized population; including sexually exploited and trafficked youth. I have a long history of partnering with state and local policy makers and working with national subject matter experts to implement clinical best practice models. My areas of research and development include program evaluation and outcomes monitoring of evidenced based practices. I have held teaching faculty positions, been engaged in grant funded work and have overseen an APA approved internship program. I received my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College and my Master’s degree from Temple University.
I have gained experience in APA governance by serving as a past Society of Clinical Psychology (SCP) reviewer for the Annual Convention Submissions for Presentation and presently as a member of the Mentorship Work Group. My experience in APA and with the SCP places me in a unique position to advocate for initiatives that not only strengthen the science and profession of clinical psychology, but also help to advance psychology’s advocacy agenda. I want to make sure that the voice of clinical psychology is well represented by policy makers at the state and national levels. I humbly ask for your support.
Barry A. Hong, Ph.D.
Dr. Barry Hong is a Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Medicine and in the Department of Psychology. He is the Vice-Chairman for Clinical Affairs in Psychiatry and the Chief Psychologist for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Hong has been a consultant with the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the Division of Transplantation (HRSA). His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concerning living organ donors, hepatitis C treatments and the study of interstitial cystitis (functional pain). He has been one of a team of NIH investigators who have conducted medical and psychological follow-up studies of over 2,500 living kidney donors and several hundred living lung donors from multiple transplant centers. Presently, he is working with the National Living Donor Assistance Program (NLDAC), a federally sponsored project which has facilitated over 3,500 living kidney transplants and developing a proposal to reimburse lost wages to living donors.
He has his PhD from Saint Louis University and is a Diplomate in clinical psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.
I am asking for your vote to serve on the APA Council. I am at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where I am the Vice-Chairman of Clinical Affairs in Psychiatry and the Chief Psychologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In my career I have served in many capacities, occupying positions which before were held by physicians. I have been an active clinician seeing patients in medicine and surgery and an active researcher with grants presently in pain and organ donors. Recently I began a religious foundation grant to reduce violence and homicide. All of these experiences have opened up unusual opportunities for a clinical psychologist. I was the Consultation Director for the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at Washington University, the Director of the Missouri AIDS Training Center, the Director of the Missouri Kidney Program and a consultant to the New York Department of Health post-911 on disaster mental health training. I served on the revision committee of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) which resulted in more emphasis given to psychology.
These experiences provided a perspective which will be helpful in discussion of integrated care, relations with medicine, health care and the place of psychology in biomedical research. I believe that I can be a bridge “representative” who can span research, practice, professional and pressing social issues.
Lastly, I will be a strong advocate for Clinical Psychology and the Society upholding the traditional emphases of practice, research and scholarship. I would like to be a strong voice about this within the APA.
Kenneth J. Sher, Ph.D.
Kenneth J. Sher received his Ph.D. in psychology (clinical) from Indiana University in 1980 and completed his internship in clinical psychology from Brown University in 1981. He’s been a faculty member in the clinical psychology training program at the University of Missouri since then and currently holds the title of Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences. He has a long history of service to professional societies including serving on the Board of Scientific Affairs, the Policy and Planning Board, and the Commission on Accreditation of APA as well as providing professional service to APA as Associate Editor of Psychological Bulletin and the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. His research on the etiology and diagnosis of alcohol use disorders has been funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism throughout his career. His research and scholarly contributions have been recognized for its excellence and impact by funding agencies (e.g., a MERIT award from NIH), professional societies (i.e., distinguished research awards from APA’s Division 50 and the Research Society on Alcoholism), and the University of Missouri Campus and system. He currently directs an NIH-funded predoctoral and postdoctoral training program for alcohol research and a summer research program for undergraduates from across the United States.
My name is Ken Sher and I am finishing my first term as one of your Division 12 representatives. I hope to be reelected for a second term in order to continue my work representing the Division on Council, addressing a number of key issues confronting the Association and the field of psychology. These include: (1) keeping APA relevant in an era of more specialized professional societies, (2) promoting the quality of training across the discipline, (3) increasing recognition of our discipline’s critical roles in health care, research, education, and policy, and (4) Association governance reform. Despite the Association’s challenges in recent years (e.g., the Hoffman Report findings, the APA-APAPO class-action suit), APA remains the primary professional association representing the breadth of our discipline and holds a key place in promoting psychological research and practice and informing policy for the benefit of Society. It is especially important to insure our discipline remains strong and valued in the current political environment where funding for research and affordable health care is increasingly threatened and the role of scientific evidence in decision-making is increasingly questioned. I bring to my role as Council Representative considerable experience in Association governance (including membership on APA’s Board of Scientific Affairs and Policy and Planning Board), scientific peer review (e.g., former Associate Editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Psychological Bulletin; membership on NIH and private foundation review committees), quality assurance (Commissioner on APA’s Commission on Accreditation), and education from the undergraduate level to mentoring mid-career scientists.
Mark B. Sobell, Ph.D.
Mark B. Sobell, Ph.D., is a Professor at Nova Southeastern University (FL). He is nationally and internationally known for his research in the addictions field. He is a Fellow in American Psychological Association (APA) Divisions 1, 3, 12, 25, 28, 38, and 50, and is Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology. He has given over 200 invited presentations/workshops, published over 270 articles and book chapters, and authored 9 books. He is a past editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and serves on 8 peer-review journal editorial boards. He is a Council Representative for Division 12 to the APA.
Dr. Sobell is past president of the Society of Clinical Psychology. He is also on the APA Publications and Communications Board and currently is the Chair of that Board (7/16-6/17). For over four decades he has been the recipient of grants from several federal agencies. In recognition of his research accomplishments, he has received several awards including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from Society of Clinical Psychology, APA; the 2008 Charles C. Shepard Science Award (most outstanding peer-reviewed research paper on prevention and control published by Centers for Disease Control/ATSDR scientists 2007); Lifetime Achievement Award from Addictions Special Interest Group, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive and Therapies; Jellinek Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to knowledge in the field of alcohol studies; Distinguished Scientific Contributions to the Application of Psychology Award. American Psychological Associations (APA) Division 50; and Brady/Schuster Award for Outstanding Behavioral Science Research in Psychopharmacology and substance abuse, Division 28, APA.
I was President of the Society of Clinical Psychology (SCP, Division 12) in 2013, and I have been one of the Society’s Council Representatives to APA since 2014. I am seeking re-election to the Council of Representatives. When I was President of the SCP I felt that our 8 sections were a great strength, but it also was very challenging to govern such a diverse organization. After being elected to the Council of Representatives of APA, I found that leading the SCP was relatively simple compared to the APA where the Council of Representatives has more than 170 members reflecting all the divisions, and state and territorial associations including some from Canada. My point in mentioning this is that it takes some time, certainly more than a year, to understand how APA governance works and the nature of the numerous constituencies and issues. I would very much appreciate being re-elected to Council so I can continue to put this acquired knowledge to work in representing the Society of Clinical Psychology. Clinical psychology, especially, is changing in important ways, ranging from psychologists being part of integrated healthcare services to continuing concerns about how to define evidence-based practice. It is important that psychology have a major influence on how these and other serious matters evolve, and Council is an important forum for policy discussions and formulation. I believe that having been involved in SCP governance for several years provides me an informed perspective on APA matters important to our division.