Division News

Evidence-Based Practices for Ethnic Minorities: Challenges and Solutions

Board of Directors Election Results

The 2007 Board of Directors and Treasurer election ballots were mailed to members of the 2006 Council on July 2. The election closed Thursday, August 2. The ballots have been counted by Veris Consulting, LLC, and the election has been certified by the Election Committee. On behalf of the Election Committee I am happy to report that Armand R. Cerbone, PhD, and Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, were elected as members-at-large of the Board of Directors and Paul L. Craig, PhD, was elected as Treasurer. Their terms begin January 1, 2008 and will be completed December 31, 2010. I am attaching the tally sheet for your information.

Evidence-Based Practices for Ethnic Minorities: Challenges and Solutions - UPDATE as of August 2007

Eduardo Morales, PhD, CSPP-SF of Alliant International University
Nolan Zane, PhD, University of California, Davis

This conference is being organized by representatives of five APA Divisions. They are Divisions 45, 17, 42, 12, and 37. This group lead by Division 45 was convened as a Task Force on April 28, 2006 to plan such a conference and seek out resources for funding. To date we have received a grant from SAMSHA for $78,000 and from NIMH for $17,000. We are approaching APA for addition support as well as APA Divisions to be official sponsors of the conference who have collectively pledged $7,000.

The five Divisions who are member of the Task Force are the Organizing Sponsors of the conference. In addition to these five Division 15 APA Divisions have officially communicated their sponsorship of this conference make a total of 20 APA Divisions sponsoring this event. The additional APA Divisions sponsoring are: Divisions 13, 15, 20, 27, 28, 29, 35, 38, 39, 40, 48, 50, 51, 53, and 56. Divisions 18 and 22 are considering being sponsors.

This conference will be held in Washington D.C. on March 13 and 14, 2008 following the APA State Leadership Conference. We are currently planning the program and identifying keynote speakers for this event.

Purpose of this Conference
The following are the purpose, objectives and themes planned for this conference.

The purpose of this two-day conference is to inform and stimulate interest and activity in generating research and evaluation efforts in the development of evidence-based practices for ethnic minority populations. The target audience is researchers and program evaluators who are interested and active in conducting intervention research with ethnic minorities.

The conference has the following objectives:

  • to review the current state of evidence based practices designed for ethnic minority populations and for children and adults within these populations;

  • to examine the methodological issues faced when conducting intervention research with ethnic minority groups;

  • to examine the strengths and weaknesses of adaptations of existing evidence based practices for ethnic minorities;

  • to make recommendations for increasing the pace and activity of generating research in this area;

  • to identify mental health system, community, family and other extra-therapeutic factors that affect the extent to which evidence based practices are applied and adopted in the treatment of ethnic minority clientele.

The focus of the conference has five themes.

  • Asking the right question in research and practice - How do we know evidence based practices apply to various ethnic minority groups? What are the complications involved in generating evidence for ethnic minority groups and within these groups across the age span?

  • Transfer of Training Models: Do adaptations work? What are the strengths and weaknesses in using this approach? Are the assumptions generalizable to different cultural/age groups?

  • Proper Assessments: Are current assessment strategies valid and appropriate for ethnic minorities? How do we match treatment with diagnosis?

  • From Practice-Based Evidence to Evidence-Based Practice: How do we best capture and investigate interventions that were created from the ground up? How do researchers and service providers link up to empirically test practices that appear qualitatively effective? What procedures and strategies are needed to maintain fidelity when conducting interventions that are generated from the ground up? What theories and conceptual models can be generated to capture and elucidate the change processes that are operant in the new, effective approaches that may be developed?

  • Is Policy Jumping the Gun: What are the consequences of establishing policy without evidence of effectiveness with ethnic minority populations? What are the current problems and struggles in implementing evidence-based practices and current policies? What are the needs for moving ahead in creating more evidence based practices for ethnic minorities? For example, targeting funding for increasing research in this area, providing technical assistance to existing programs to develop the ground up efforts, having clinical trial studies with ethnic minority populations, and addressing the issues of retention with hard-to-reach populations when conducting longitudinal designs may be some of the priorities needed in the field.

Conference Locations and Dates:
In order to allow federal workers to attend the conference, e.g. NIH, SAMSHA, NIMH the conference will be held in Washington, D.C.

We are having the conference on March 13 and 14, 2008 following the APA statewide leadership conference in D.C.

How to be a Co-sponsor of the conference
We have received inquiries from various APA Divisions of wanting to participate as co-sponsors. We currently have 20 APA Divisions sponsoring this event along with funding by SAMSHA. To be a co-sponsor of the conference co-sponsors need to promote the conference through their networks, such as websites and newsletters, and list-serves, and do at least one of the following:

  • have representatives at the conference;

  • provide volunteers; and

  • contribute financially to the conference at different levels.

Underwriting: For those wanting to contribute financially to the conference there are underwriters at three different levels:
Founding Underwriter - Are those giving $10,000 or more for the conference
Millennium Underwriter - Are those giving $1,000 to $10,000
Centennial Underwriter - Are those giving $500 to $1,000

As a co-sponsor you will be recognized as a co-sponsor in the program, and participate in a town hall panel during the conference.

Please make your checks to Division 45 and Mail them to the conference Co-chair:
Eduardo Morales, PhD
3129 Mission Street 1
San Francisco, CA 94110

For more information and further inquiries you can contact Eduardo Morales, Ph.D. via Email or call (+1/415) 519-4086 (cellular).

Convention Session on Membership Reports

The Division Services Office sponsored a session on division membership reports at the 2007 APA Convention. Materials from that session are now posted at the Division Services Office. The session was for membership chairs, administrative officers, and other interested parties and covered how to read the monthly membership reports. Materials on the web include instructions on how to read the reports and sample reports. In addition, participants brought up many questions and suggestions, including setting up a listserv for membership chairs, improving recruitment and retention, and creating a handbook for membership chairs. The listserv is in the works and should be available soon. If you’d like more information, please contact Keith Cooke via Email .

Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) Approves Voting ECP Representative to Executive Board

Mary G. Brownsberger, PsyD

Committee on Early Career Psychologists continues to feature a division who has been committed and successful at engaging early career psychologists. We hope that division leaders can look to these divisions for ideas of how to integrate some of these initiatives in their own divisions. Please continue to submit “best practices” and “success stories” pertaining to early career involvement. If you feel that your division has been successful at engaging the early careers members of your division, please contact us via Email to be featured in an upcoming issue of division dialogues.

Division 22 is riding the wave of increased Early Career Psychologist (ECP) involvement and participation. Long recognized as a division that provides outstanding mentoring and participation opportunities for students, as well as active mentoring for its members across the career span, its leadership recognized a need to do more to leverage ECP participation.

Following the APA 2006 Convention, Dr. Janet Farmer, then Division 22 President, requested that a task force be formed to explore ways that Division 22 could improve its support of ECPs, increase the number of students transitioning to full membership, and attract ECPs interested in rehabilitation to the division. Dr. Mary Brownsberger, then immediate past student representative, recruited seven additional ECP members of Division 22 to comprise the task force. Members included: Aubree Okun Alexander, Tom Martin, Mary Brownsberger, Rhonda Siegel, Erica Johnson, Claire Sira, Monica Kurylo, and Kathy Zebracki.

The following conclusions were presented at the 2007 Rehabilitation Psychology Mid-Winter Conference, held in Charlotte, NC:

  • The Division will benefit from the creation of a voting position on the Executive Board to represent Early Career Psychologist (ECP) interests.

  • It is strongly recommended that the position be fully funded, as most ECPs, particularly during post-doctoral fellowship years, are not in a position to be independently funded.

  • The position should initially be appointed, but quickly transition to an elected position once it is established.

  • Recommended term of service is two years.

  • A key role of this position will be to liaison with APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) and the newly formed Early Career Psychologist Network (ECPN).

The motion to create an Early Career Representative position, as recommended by the task force, passed unanimously, with a friendly amendment that the Division will provide funding only when the ECP Representative’s institution does not.

Dr. Brownsberger was appointed as the first ECP representative and is currently part of the task force mandated to develop and promote passage of the necessary bylaws amendments to establish the new voting position. It is expected that bylaws will be ready for membership approval by the Spring 2008 Rehabilitation Psychology Mid-Winter Conference. A section of the Division 22 Leadership Manual that more fully describes the roles and responsibilities of the position has been drafted and is available upon request by contacting Dr. Mary Brownsberger via Email.

New Editors Appointed, 2009–2014

The Publications and Communications Board of the American Psychological Association announces the appointment of six new editors for 6-year terms beginning in 2009. As of January 1, 2008, manuscripts should be directed as follows:

  • (www.apa.org/pubs/journals/apl), Steve W. J. Kozlowski, PhD, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

  • Journal of Educational Psychology (www.apa.org/pubs/journals/edu), Arthur C. Graesser, PhD,Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, 202 Psychology Building, Memphis, TN 38152.

  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes (www.apa.org/pubs/journals/psp), Jeffry A. Simpson, PhD,Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, 75 East River Road, N394 Elliott Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

  • Psychology of Addictive Behaviors (www.apa.org/pubs/journals/adb), Stephen A. Maisto, PhD,Department of Psychology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244.

  • Behavioral Neuroscience (www.apa.org/pubs/journals/bne), Mark S. Blumberg, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, E11 Seashore Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242.

  • Psychological Bulletin (www.apa.org/pubs/journals/bul),Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Tolman Hall #1650, Berkeley, CA 94720. (Manuscripts will not be directed to Dr. Hinshaw until July 1, 2008, as Harris Cooper will continue as editor until June 30, 2008.)

Electronic manuscript submission: As of January 1, 2008, manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the journal’s Manuscript Submission Portal (see the website listed above with each journal title).

Manuscript submission patterns make the precise date of completion of the 2008 volumes uncertain. Current editors, Sheldon Zedeck, PhD, Karen R. Harris, EdD, John F. Dovidio, PhD, Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, and John F. Disterhoft, PhD, will receive and consider manuscripts through December 31, 2007. Harris Cooper, PhD, will continue to receive manuscripts until June 30, 2008. Should 2008 volumes be completed before that date, manuscripts will be redirected to the new editors for consideration in 2009 volumes.

P&C Board - Call for Nominations

The Publications and Communications (P&C) Board of the American Psychological Association has opened nominations for the editorships of Psychological Assessment, Journal of Family Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences (PPID), for the years 2010–2015. Milton E. Strauss, PhD, Anne E. Kazak, PhD, Nicholas Mackintosh, PhD, and Charles S. Carver, PhD, respectively, are the incumbent editors.

Candidates should be members of APA and should be available to start receiving manuscripts in early 2009 to prepare for issues published in 2010. Please note that the P&C Board encourages participation by members of underrepresented groups in the publication process and would particularly welcome such nominees. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

Search chairs have been appointed as follows:
Psychological Assessment,William C. Howell, PhD, and J Gilbert Benedict, PhD
Journal of Family Psychology, Lillian Comas-Diaz, PhD, and Robert G. Frank, PhD
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, Peter A. Ornstein, PhD, and Linda Porrino, PhD
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: PPID,David C. Funder, PhD, and Leah L. Light, PhD

Candidates should be nominated by accessing APA’s EditorQuest site on the Web. Using your Web browser, go to http://editorquest.apa.org. On the Home menu on the left, find “Guests.” Next, click on the link “Submit a Nomination,” enter your nominee’s information, and click “Submit.”

Prepared statements of one page or less in support of a nominee can also be submitted by e-mail to Emnet Tesfaye, P&C Board Search Liaison.

Deadline for accepting nominations is January 10, 2008, when reviews will begin.

Council New Business Items – August 2007

The Committee on Division/APA Relations (CODAPAR) provides the following information to division officers to increase the awareness of and opportunity for division input to governance issues that are on the current agendas of APA boards and committees. What follows is a summary of new business items submitted between the close of the February 2007 and August 2007 sessions of Council. The Agenda Planning Group, which is made up of the chairs of APA standing boards, CSFC, CODAPAR (representing division interests), CAPP (representing state/provincial interests) and APAGS reviewed the items and referred them to APA groups for consideration. Divisions are invited to comment on these items. Summary statements for each item appear below, along with a list of the APA boards and committees to which the item was referred. The board or committee appearing in bold has been designated lead group for the item. Division comments on each item should be directed to the lead board or committee at the APA address.

The board/committee acronyms used in the listing are:
BAPPI – Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest
BPA – Board of Professional Affairs
CODAPAR – Committee on Division/APA Relations
P&P – Policy and Planning Board

Item 33A: Call to shut down the illegal prison at Guantanamo Bay and all other facilities for “enemy combatants.”
This item is a resolution proposed for adoption as APA policy that asks for the immediate closure of Guantanamo Bay prison and all other sites where enemy combatants are held without due process and calls for the extension of the protections of the Geneva Conventions and U.S. Constitution to all captured individuals.

Referred to: BAPPI, Ethics Committee, and BPA

Item 33C: Increasing Funding for Interdivisional Grants
This item asks that APA increase the level of funding for the Interdivisional Grants Program from $12,500 to $50,000.

Referred to: CODAPAR and P&P

2007 Call for Interdivisional Grant Proposals

The Committee on Division / APA Relations (CODAPAR) announces the 2007 Interdivisional Grant Program (IGP) “Call for Proposals”.

The IGP is a grant program run by CODAPAR that awards funding to proposals for collaborative projects sponsored by two or more APA divisions. The purpose of the IGP is to support joint activities that enhance the work, interests or goals of these divisions and the Association (please see the Call for Proposals for details). These are small grants, ranging from $500 up to a maximum of $2500. They are designed as seed money to help in the initial stages of getting projects up and running. They are not designed to fully fund many proposals.

All APA divisions are invited and encouraged to participate in the IGP. Divisions are also welcomed to partner on more than one proposal. Division sections/chapters are also eligible to submit projects to the grant program. Please remember that all collaborations must be approved by the presidents of the participating divisions.

The deadline to receive proposals is Friday, September 14, 2007. CODAPAR will make its recommendations to the Board of Directors for its December meeting and funding for these collaborative projects will be announced and made available at the beginning of 2008.

Proposals have ranged from supporting conferences and workshops to publishing manuals and training materials to identifying specialties in the field of psychology. Here is a brief list of some of the diverse proposals that have been submitted and awarded funding :

  • Website Development: Instructional Resources for Courses on Violence & Trauma
    Divisions: 35 and 56

  • Psychological Care of Returning Military Service Members From Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom
    Divisions: 19, 22, 38 and 40

  • Prescription Authority Sourcebook: A Guide for States and Divisions
    Divisions: 18, 31, 42 and 55

  • Community Psychology Task Force on Disaster, Community Readiness and Recovery
    Divisions: 9, 18, 37, 45 and 56

  • Developing GLBT-Affirmative Psychoanalytic Curricula
    Divisions: 39 & 44

  • Voices of Feminist Diversity: Preserving Psychology’s Pat and Enriching its Future
    Divisions: 26 & 35

In order to streamline this process, CODAPAR encourages identifying a lead division to submit the proposal and having the presidents of other collaborating divisions submit the Sponsorship Form via mail, fax or email stating their involvement and support of the project.

If you have any questions about participation in the program or completing the proposal process, please contact Troy Booker. Materials may be mailed to the Division Services Office, attention “Interdivisional Grants Program” at the APA address; faxed to (+1/202) 218-3599 or emailed to Troy.

For your added convenience, you can access this information and the forms on the web at the Division Services Office

Raymond D. Fowler Award Nominations

APA boards and committee are invited to submit their nominations for the 2008 Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to APA – Member. The Fowler award was established in 2003 to recognize Dr. Fowler’s service to the association. The Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to APA recognizes an APA member who has had a significant and enduring impact on APA as an organization and who has shown a clear dedication to advancing APA’s mission.

Prospective nominees for the Raymond D. Fowler Award will demonstrate one or more of the following: 1) a clear dedication to advancing APA’s mission; 2) outstanding effort in advancing APA as a professional organization; 3) consensus-building among constituent groups within the organization; 4) contributions that have a significant and enduring impact on the association and 5) contributions that have a significant impact on the financial health of the organization.

APA Members may be nominated by another APA member or constituent APA group (i.e., APA boards, committees, divisions, state/provincial psychological associations). Members of the Board of Directors are not eligible to be nominated for the award during their term of service on the Board.

Nomination Materials
A complete nominations package is required for consideration. That includes: 1) a nominations statement of up to 500 words, 2) no more than 3 letters of support and 3) a current vita. The deadline for receipt of nominations is October 1, 2007.

A citation will be read at the August meeting of the Council of Representatives and the recipient’s name will be added to a wall plaque that will be placed prominently in the APA headquarters building. A $1,000 honorarium and up to $1,500 in expenses associated with travel to the APA annual convention will accompany the award.

Implementation Plan
Nominations for the 2007 Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to APA should be sent to Casey Reever by October 1, 2007.

2007 CODAPAR Members

Chana K. Akins, PhD (01/06-12/08)
University of Kentucky
Department of Psychology
219 Kastle Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0001
Phone: (+1/859) 257-1103
Fax: (+1/859) 323-1979
Divisions: 6, 18, 24, 25, 28, 38, 45, 48 and 50

Wayne J. Camara, PhD (01/05-12/07)
The College Board
45 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (+1/212) 713-8069
Fax: (+1/212) 649-8427
Divisions: 5, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 32 and 41

Jaine L. Darwin, PsyD (07/07-12/09)
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, #25
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (+1/617) 354-7480
Divisions: 7, 12, 22, 37, 40, 46, 49, 53 and 55

Kate F. Hays, PhD (01/05-12/07)
The Performing Edge
730 Yonge Street
Suite 226
Toronto, ON M4Y 2B7
Phone: (+1/416) 961-0487
Fax: (+1/416) 599-8287
Division: 10, 13, 17, 29, 30, 31, 39, 42 and 47

Richard S. Velayo, PhD (06/05-12/06)
Pace University
Psychology Department
41 Park Row
Room 1324
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (+1/212) 346-1506
Fax: (+1/212) 346-1618
Divisions: 1, 3, 23, 26, 27, 36, 43, 52 and 54

Janice D. Yoder, PhD (01/06-12/08)
University of Akron
Department of Psychology
Akron, OH 44325-4301
Phone: (+1/330) 972-8371
Fax: (+1/330) 972-5174
Divisions: 2, 8, 9, 33, 34, 35, 44, 51 and 56

Division Services Staff

Troy Booker, Division Services Officer
Keith Cooke, Division Services Manager
Sarah Jordan, Director, Divisions Services
Micheline Meyers, Division Services Coordinator
Julian Slaughter, Division Services Associate
Wendy Williams, Division Services Specialist

2007 Deadlines for Articles for the APA/Division Dialogue

Please submit copy on diskette or via email to Troy Booker.

November/December: October 22, 2007