The ballots for the annual election of officers will be sent by APA to all full members of SCP on April 15, 2014. Balloting will be open for six weeks. The Society will be electing a President, a Treasurer, and two members of the APA Council of Representatives. The 2014 candidates are as follows:
I am honored to be nominated to serve as Division 12’s APA Council Representative. I am a Full Professor and former Director of Clinical Training in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at the University of Notre Dame. I also serve as Director of the Marital Therapy and Research Clinic, where I conduct research on psychopathology and marital discord in addition to training and supervising doctoral students in evidence-based therapies. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, I was at Ohio State University, in psychology and psychiatry, and prior to that I was at Bellevue Hospital (NYC), as a pre-doctoral intern. My PhD is in clinical psychology from SUNY Stony Brook.
I am a Fellow of Division 12 and am one of the current Division 12 Council Representatives, completing the final year of another representative’s term. I am also currently a commissioner on the APA Commission on Accreditation and the former Secretary-Treasurer for Section 3 of Division 12, the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. In 2010 I represented Division 12 at the APA Science Leadership Conference on advancing Psychology as a STEM discipline. I am a licensed and board-certified psychologist.
My background, training, and experience have prepared me to manage the many issues associated with Council’s simultaneous concern for education, research, practice, and public policy. Among the many issues needing APA attention, I am particularly eager to see progress on the internship crisis, continuing education, enhanced access to Federal research funding, and generally greater influence for the Division.
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.