APA President

Nadine Kaslow, PhD

Welcome from the APA President

Initiatives

Nadine Kaslow, PhDThe theme for my APA presidential year (2014) is Uniting Psychology for the Future. I will focus on three main initiatives during the year: (1) Opening Doors Summit: Facilitating Transitions from Doctoral Education to First Job, (2) Translating Psychological Science for the Public, and (3) Patient-Centered Medical Homes: How Psychologists Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Costs. Each initiative will be co-chaired by a senior psychologist and an early career psychologist.

Opening Doors Summit: Facilitating Transitions from Doctoral Education to First Job

The “psychologist development pipeline” can be conceptualized as broadly encompassing all components of education and training that contribute to one’s development as a psychologist, from K-12 education to professional development until and beyond retirement. From doctoral education to first employment is a segment of the pipeline that poses multiple challenges and barriers for individuals interested in pursuing careers in psychology related to practice, science, education and the public interest. Commonly cited challenges include (1) responsiveness of educational/training institutions and workplaces to an increasingly diverse trainee population; (2) relevance of doctoral education to the job market, (3) internship imbalance/crisis; (4) postdoctoral experience (e.g., availability of postdoctoral positions, formal HSP postdoctoral positions versus supervised postdoctoral experience, length of research postdoctoral fellowships); (5) challenges for international students, including those who remain in the US after graduation and those who return to their home countries; (6) job opportunities for doctoral level graduates; (7) licensure (e.g., timing, mobility); and (8) economics of education/training, credentialing, and the job market including costs to students and availability of funds for education/training and for research.

Consistent with APA’s vision to be the premier innovator in the education, development and training of psychological scientists, practitioners and educators, a summit will be held with individuals representing relevant components of the pipeline who will be invited to collaboratively (1) secure relevant data in preparation for the meeting; (2) understand the barriers or limitations that prevent or slow students from moving through the doctoral pipeline to entering the profession; (3) think “outside the box” to formulate creative solutions to address the key transitions in this segment of the pipeline; and (4) craft recommendations for gathering additional relevant data (e.g., workforce analysis) that can guide efforts to improve transitions through this segment of the pipeline. Outcomes for the summit will include, at the least, resources for addressing transition barriers and challenges, publications in relevant journals and possibly a book. 

Translating Psychological Science for the Public

Psychologists produce a wealth of scientific findings of vital importance that merit translation and distribution to the public, including other psychologists, scholars and service providers from other disciplines, policy makers and interested youth and adults through public education materials. Such materials can be delivered through multiple channels using existing and novel communication technologies (e.g., blogs, webinairs, podcasts).  In keeping with APA’s strategic goal of and increasing the recognition of psychology as a science, a task force has been formed to serve as an advisory and strategic planning group to assist APA staff in creating and disseminating new public education materials that translate psychological science to the public.

Patient-Centered Medical Homes: How Psychologists Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Costs

The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act promotes patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) to provide comprehensive coordinated care to children, adults, older adults and families. PCMHs provide a unique and timely opportunity for integrating physical and behavioral health. Psychologists as health service providers bring essential clinical, research, training and organizational  competencies to improve interprofessional care; patient, family and cost outcomes; patient experience; and provider and staff satisfaction. Related to APA’s strategic goal of expanding psychology’s role in health, a task force will be formed to evaluate and communicate the data demonstrating the extent to which psychologists in PCMHs are “value added” vis-à-vis enhancing patient and family behavioral and physical health outcomes, enhancing patient and family satisfaction with care, ensuring more cost-effective services, improving quality of life, reducing health disparities and improving job satisfaction for health professionals.

The co-chairs for each initiative are: Debra Bangasser, PhD, and Steve McCutcheon, PhD, (Pipeline Summit: Doctoral Education to First Job), Susan T. Fiske, PhD, and Dawn W. Foster, PhD, MPH, (Translating Psychological Science for the Public), Kimberley E. Hiroto, PhD, and Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP, (Patient-Centered Medical Homes: How Psychologists Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Costs). Biographies for the Presidential Initiative Co-chairs can be found below. 

Biography

Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, is a professor with tenure, Emory University School of Medicine department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; chief psychologist, Grady Health System; vice chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; and director of the postdoctoral fellowship program in professional psychology at Emory University School of Medicine. She holds a joint appointment in the departments of psychology, pediatrics and emergency medicine, and in the Rollins School of Public Health. In 2012, she received an honorary degree (doctor of humane letters) from Pepperdine University, where she also gave the commencement address. At Emory, she is past president of the University Senate, past chair of the Faculty Council and former special assistant to the provost. Kaslow received her doctorate at the University of Houston and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship training at the University of Wisconsin. Before joining the faculty at Emory University in 1990, Kaslow was an assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry, Child Study Center and pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine.

President-elect of the American Psychological Association (APA), she serves as editor of the Journal of Family Psychology®. She is past president of APA’s Society of Clinical Psychology (Div. 12), Society of Family Psychology (Div. 43), and Division of Psychotherapy (Div. 29), as well as the American Board of Clinical Psychology, the American Board of Professional Psychology, Family Process Institute and the Wynne Center for Family Research. From 1998-2002, Kaslow was the chair of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers and she is now a board member emeritus of this organization. In 2002, she chaired the multinational 2002 Competencies Conference: Future Directions in Education and Credentialing in Professional Psychology. Kaslow was a fellow in the 2003-2004 class of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women, a fellow in the 2004 Woodruff Leadership Academy and a primary care public policy fellow through the U.S. Public Health Service - Department of Health and Human Services.

She has been a member of the National Institute of Mental Health Interventions and Treatment and Child Psychopathology and Treatment Institutional Review Groups. She is the recipient of grants from the (1) National Institute of Mental Health focused on the treatment of intimate partner violence and suicidal behavior in African-American women and the (2) National Institutes of Mental Health examining evidence-based interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder. Kaslow has more than 280 publications on the assessment and treatment of family violence (intimate partner violence, child maltreatment), assessment and treatment of depression and suicide in youth and adults, post-traumatic stress disorder and its treatment, couples and family therapy, women’s mental health, pediatric psychology, and a competency-based approach to psychology education and supervision.

Kaslow has received a number of awards including APA's Heiser Award for legislative advocacy, APA’s Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award, APA's Presidential Citation, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers Outstanding Teacher Award, Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Training, the Dr. Rosalee Weiss Lecturer Award from the American Psychological Foundation, the Educator of the Year Award from Emory’s department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, the Grady Health Foundation Inspiring Mentor Award and Emory University’s Thomas Jefferson Award.

A member of Rosalynn Carter’s Mental Health Advisory Board, she has served on a number of community boards. Kaslow is a frequent guest on local and national radio and television programs, and is often called upon by print media to comment on a broad array of mental health topics relevant to children, women, families, stress and coping during times of tragedy. Kaslow remains passionately involved in ballet, taking classes and teaching ballet, and serves as the psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet.

Cabinet

I am grateful to members of my presidential cabinet, a diverse group of psychologists who are providing invaluable input to me with regard to myriad decisions related to my presidency. Many of these individuals also served as my team during my presidential candidacy. I have turned to these trusted colleagues for their input related to my website, presidential themes and initiatives, and for selection of individuals for key roles and responsibilities.

Jeffrey Barnett, PsyD, ABPP

Loyola University Maryland

Jeffrey E. Barnett is a professor and associate department chair in the department of psychology at Loyola University Maryland. Additionally, he is a licensed psychologist who has been in practice for approximately 30 years. He is a distinguished practitioner of the National Academies of Practice and he is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in clinical psychology and in clinical child and adolescent psychology. His leadership experience includes being a past president of the Maryland Psychological Association and APA Divs. 29 (Psychotherapy), 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice) and 31 (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs). He has served two terms on APA’s Council of Representatives and has been chair of the APA Ethics Committee, APA Fellows Committee and APA Board of Convention Affairs. He currently serves as chair of the publications board for Div. 29 and he is the coordinator of the Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Awards for Advocacy. His professional and research interests include ethics and professional practice issues for psychologists and trainees to include self-care and psychological wellness, boundaries and multiple relationships, mentoring, integrating technology into practice, and integrating complementary and alternative medicine into practice.

Guillermo Bernal, PhD

University of Puerto Rico

Guillermo Bernal is a professor of psychology and director of the Institute for Psychological Research, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. His work has focused on research, training and the development of mental health services responsive to ethno-cultural populations. His team has generated evidence on the efficacy of culturally adapted cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy with Puerto Rican adolescents. His most recent book (with Domenech Rodríguez) is titled “Cultural Adaptations: Tools for Evidence-Based Practice with Diverse Populations.” For more than 20 years, Bernal and Kaslow have collaborated in National Institute of Mental Health review committees, APA divisions and convention programs, research consultations in support of diversity, systemic perspectives and culturally informed research.

Rosie Phillips Bingham, PhD, ABPP

University of Memphis

Rosie Phillips Bingham is vice president for student affairs and a tenured professor at the University of Memphis. She earned her doctorate at The Ohio State University. Her primary practical and scholarly passions are: the power of inclusion; multicultural vocational psychology; and ethics and living well in a diverse society. She is past president of Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and previously served on the APA Board of Directors with Kaslow. 

She has been on the editorial boards of several journals, including currently the Journal of Career Assessment, and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on career counseling. She is a founding board member of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Her awards include the Charles and Shirley Thomas Award, the Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship, and the Dalmas A. Taylor Award.

Michelle Braun, PhD, ABPP

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Michelle Braun is the former practice representative on APA's Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP), and is a board-certified neuropsychologist and geropsychologist at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare (headquarters in Glendale, Wisc.). She serves on the boards of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology and the Wisconsin Psychological Association, and was selected as a 2013 “40 Under 40” award recipient by the Milwaukee Business Journal. Braun and other CECP members have enjoyed working with Kaslow to enhance leadership opportunities for early career psychologists within APA.

Erika Carr, PhD

Memphis VA Medical Center 

Erika Carr, PhD, specializes in the treatment of severe mental illness (SMI) in a specialty SMI primary care clinic at the Memphis VA Medical Center. Carr completed her doctoral training at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in counseling psychology. She attended internship at Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Hospital and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine where she specialized in the treatment of SMI for individuals who experience dual diagnosis and homelessness. Carr is passionate about the delivery of recovery-oriented care for individuals who experience SMI, as well as leadership within mental health systems to foster recovery-oriented environments. Carr holds an elected position as the associate affiliate representative on the Executive Committee of Div. 35, Psychology of Women. Her research interests include sexual objectification, recovery-oriented care, severe mental illness and substance use.

Rachel N. Casas, PhD

UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior

Rachel N. Casas is the former chair of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). She is a postdoctoral fellow with joint appointments at the University of California Los Angeles Semel Institute for Neuroscience and the University of Southern California department of psychology, where her work focuses on interdisciplinary studies of culture and neuroscience. Casas and Kaslow worked together as members of APA's Board of Directors and were both strong advocates for increasing student and early career psychologist representation and visibility within APA.

Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP

Women’s Mental Health Associates

Helen L. Coons is a board certified clinical health psychologist through the ABPP in Philadelphia where her evidence-based practice rotates to women’s primary care, ob/gyn and oncology settings. She is also a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Drexel College of Medicine; represents Div. 38 (Health) on the APA Council of Representatives; and routinely brings the science and practice of psychology to the public through advocacy, presentations to health care providers and the community, and as an expert source for the media. Kaslow and Coons have worked together for more than seven years as faculty for the APA Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Institute for Women and Psychology and on health related issues important to APA and to psychologists.

Nancy K. Dess, PhD

Occidental College

Nancy K. Dess is professor of psychology at Occidental College. She earned her doctorate in experimental psychology at the University of Minnesota in 1984. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and senior scientist at the APA in Washington, D.C. She is president-elect of Div. 3 (Experimental) and has been chair of the Committee on Animal Research and Ethics, a member of the Board of Convention Affairs and secretary-treasurer and president of Div. 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative). Her primary research concerns the relationship between eating and emotion, with a focus on omnivores such as humans and rats. In other professional activities, she advocates for a fuller understanding of non-human animals and human nature, for science education (including philosophy of science and ethics), and for use of empirical research in the formulation of effective and humane public policy bearing on health and peace.

Diana Diamond, PhD

City University of New York and Weill Medical Center of Cornell University

Diana Diamond is professor in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the City University of New York, and adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at the Weill Medical Center of Cornell University. Diamond’s primary interest is the development, investigation, teaching and practice of psychotherapy for personality disorders. Together with her colleagues at the Personality Disorders Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College, she has participated in developing a psychodynamic treatment for patients with personality disorders, transference focused psychotherapy (TFP) and has been involved in a series of studies on changes in attachment, mentalization and symptomatology in the course of TFP. She has participated in establishing training programs for psychodynamic therapy of personality disorders in numerous sites in North America and Europe. She has published extensively on applying concepts of attachment theory to investigating therapeutic process and outcome with patients with personality disorders, on mental representation and the ways they change over the course of psychodynamic therapy and on the application of psychoanalytic theory to the understanding of narrative and symbolism in cinema. She has co-authored and edited several books, including "Borderline Patients:  Extending the Limits of Treatability" (with Koenigsberg, Kernberg, Stone, Appelbaum and Yeomans, Basic Books, 2000), and most recently, "Attachment and Sexuality." Her current work involves refining TFP for patients with narcissistic personality disorders, and investigating how attachment patterns of narcissistic patients affects therapeutic process, outcome and relationship. She is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychological Issues, the Journal of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalytic Inquiry. Diamond is a graduate of the New York University postdoctoral program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, and is in private practice in New York. She is a also member at large of the board of directors of APA Div. 39 (Psychoanalysis).

Nancy Elman, PhD, ABPP

University of Pittsburgh (Emeritus)

Nancy Elman was the training coordinator in the doctoral program in counseling psychology at the University of Pittsburgh for more than 20 years, in independent practice focused on couples and families for 30 years, is a past chair of the APA Commission on Accreditation and currently serves on the Ethics Committee. Elman and Kaslow first worked together on the Div. 43 (Society for Family Psychology) Board of Directors. Over the past decade they have addressed the competency movement in psychology, beginning with the 2002 Competencies Conference and developing the Ad Hoc Working Group on Trainees with Competence Problems. This group has presented and published seminal work on addressing problems of competence at the training and professional levels. All of this work has shared a deep grounding in a systemic approach to problem-solving that looks at individuals in their ecology/dynamic system to find effective interventions.

Carol Falender, PhD

Pepperdine University; University of California, Los Angeles

Carol Falender directed APA accredited internship programs in southern California for more than 20 years and is adjunct professor at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and clinical professor at UCLA department of psychology. She currently serves on APA's Council of Representatives, representing Div. 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice). She is chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee and chair of continuing education for the California Psychological Association. She has written extensively on competency-based clinical supervision and has worked on projects related to this perspective with Kaslow since the competencies conference. In addition, she has invited Kaslow to speak at the California Psychological Association Division II conferences on supervision.

Linda Forrest, PhD

University of Oregon

Linda Forrest is a professor and associate director for faculty outreach at the Center on Diversity and Community at the University of Oregon. Forrest has served as the training director of the counseling psychology program and assistant chair of the department of educational psychology at Michigan State University for many years, before serving as the department chair and associate dean at the University of Oregon. Forrest has served the chair of the APA Ethics Committee, as a member of APA Council of Representatives, chair of the Committee on Women in Psychology, president of Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), conference chair for the 2008 International Counseling Psychology Conference and the associate editor of The Counseling Psychologist. Forrest and Kaslow first worked together as members of the Board of Educational Affairs and later served together on the steering committee for the 2002 Competency Conference. Also, Kaslow and Forrest along with Nancy Elman established the Ad Hoc Working Group on Trainees with Competence Problems, a group that has been conducting research and publishing on this topic ever since the competency conference. Forrest also serves on the APA Good Governance Project.

Martin Y. Iguchi, PhD

Georgetown University

Martin Y. Iguchi is dean and professor at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University. He received his doctorate in experimental psychology from Boston University. Recent positions: chair and professor, department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health, and director, Drug Policy Research Center, RAND Corp. Iguchi is a member of the APA Board of Scientific Affairs, as well as the APA Health Disparities Steering Committee. He is a former member of APA’s Board of Professional Affairs, as well as the Div. 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) Board of Directors. He is a fellow in Divs. 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative), 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse) and 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology). He is a senior editor for Addiction, and serves on the editorial boards of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Journal of Drug Issues and Journal of Drug Policy Analysis.

M. Victoria (Vicki) Ingram, PsyD, ABPP

Womack Army Medical Center

M. Victoria Ingram served 10 years as an active-duty Army clinical psychologist, during which time she completed the APA-accredited Walter Reed Neuropsychology fellowship program, and later served as the program director of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Clinical Psychology Internship Program. She is an active-duty public health service psychologist serving as chief of Psychology and Neuropsychology Services at Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC). She also serves as the program director of the WAMC APA-accredited post-doctoral residency program. Ingram is in her second term as president of the American Board of Clinical Psychology (ABCP), having been elected to that position after Kaslow’s tenure there, and is the ABCP representative to the ABPP Board of Trustees. Ingram and Kaslow have worked together though ABCP and ABPP for the past seven years and Kaslow has given presentations at WAMC since Ingram became the chief and program director.

W. Brad Johnson, PhD

U.S. Naval Academy

W. Brad Johnson is professor of psychology in the department of leadership, ethics and law at the U.S. Naval Academy and a faculty associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. A clinical psychologist and former lieutenant commander in the Navy’s Medical Service Corps, Johnson served as a psychologist at Bethesda Naval Hospital and the Naval Medical Clinic Pearl Harbor where he was the division head for psychology. He is a fellow of the APA and recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Teaching Excellence Award. He has served as chair of the APA Ethics Committee and as president of Div. 19 (Society for Military Psychology). Johnson is the author of numerous publications including 12 books in the areas of mentoring, professional ethics and counseling.

Greg Keilin, PhD

The University of Texas at Austin

Greg Keilin received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Colorado State University. He is the internship training director at the University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center. He served with Kaslow on the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Board of Directors, was the APPIC chair from 2004-2005 and has coordinated the APPIC match since 1999. Keilin and Kaslow have worked together on numerous initiatives in education and training, including the implementation of the APPIC match, the development of an "informal problem resolution" service for trainers and trainees, and addressing the internship imbalance.

Frederick Leong, PhD

Michigan State University

Frederick Leong is professor of psychology and psychiatry at Michigan State University in the industrial/organizational and clinical psychology programs. He is also director of the Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research at MSU. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 journal articles and book chapters and edited or co-edited 12 books. He is editor-in-chief of the "Encyclopedia of Counseling" (Sage Publications) and the “APA Handbook of Multicultural Psychology” (APA Books), and also editor of the Div. 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) book series on cultural, racial and ethnic psychology. He is the founding editor of the Asian American Journal of Psychology® and associate editor of the American Psychologist®. Leong is a fellow of the APA Divs. 1 (Society for General Psychology), 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), 5 (Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics), 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 29 (Psychotherapy), 45 and 52 (International); Association for Psychological Science; Asian-American Psychological Association and the International Academy for Intercultural Research. His major research interests center around culture and mental health, cross-cultural psychotherapy (especially with Asians and Asian-Americans), cultural and personality factors related to career choice and work stress. He is past president of APA’s Divs. 45 and 12-Section VI, the Asian-American Psychological Association and the Division of Counseling Psychology of the International Association of Applied Psychology.

Ali M. Mattu, PhD

New York University Langone Medical Center

Ali M. Mattu earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is a post-doctoral fellow at the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Child Study Center. Clinically, Mattu treats anxiety, depression and body-focused repetitive behaviors using cognitive-behavioral therapy. Mattu’s research focuses on development, affect regulation and hair-pulling disorder (trichotillomania). Mattu serves as the past chair of APAGS, is a member of the APA Good Governance Project and is consultant to the president of the New York State Psychological Association.

Steve McCutcheon, PhD

Veterans Affairs, Puget Sound Healthcare System

Steve McCutcheon received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. He is director of internship and fellowship training at VA Puget Sound, Seattle. McCutcheon chaired APPIC from 2005-2009, the Council of Chairs of Training Councils from 2007-2009 and 2011-2013, and the VA Psychology Training Council from 2011-2012. McCutcheon and Kaslow have forged a strong collaboration over the past decade, first coming to know each other on the APPIC Board. Building on this foundation, McCutcheon and Kaslow have worked together in profession-wide efforts to improve quality in internship and fellowship training, to foster a culture of competencies in professional training, and most important, to identify and implement actions that address the internship imbalance.

Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, ABPP

Drexel University and Nezu Psychological Associates

Christine Maguth Nezu has been at Drexel University (originally MCP Hahnemann) in Philadelphia for more than 20 years. Her appointments as a professor in both the psychology department, College of Arts and Sciences and the department of medicine, Drexel College of Medicine, reflect her clinical and research interests on how the mind and body interact in ways that impact the types of psychological and medical symptoms people experience. She also focuses on how coping with stress, adjustment and interpersonal relationships impact both types of symptoms. Her research centers on problem-solving therapy as an evidence-based psychotherapy for a wide range of psychological problems and populations. She is clinical director of Nezu Psychological Associates, and maintains an active practice as a licensed and board-certified (American Board of Professional Psychology) psychologist in the specialties of clinical psychology and cognitive and behavioral psychology. She also holds a position as a health sciences specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs and serves as a program consultant for the VA’s Office of Mental Health. Although she has followed Kaslow’s work for many years, she has worked most closely with her over the past decade as a past president of ABPP and member of the ABPP executive committee for the board of trustees.

William D. Parham, PhD, ABPP

University of California, Irvine

William D. Parham has devoted more than 28 years of professional service to clinical, educational, training, administrative and organizational consultation venues. Currently, he serves as the assistant director/director of clinical services of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of California, Irvine. The interplay between sport psychology, multiculturalism/diversity and health psychology represents the three areas of professional emphasis with which he has been most associated. He is a licensed psychologist, board certified in counseling psychology by the ABPP and past president of APA's Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), and he also is recognized as a fellow in Divs. 17, 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) and 47 (Exercise and Sport). He represents Div. 45 on the APA Council of Representatives. Parham and Kaslow have both served on the council together and collaborated on shared initiatives within ABPP.

Richard Petty, PhD

Ohio State University

Richard Petty is distinguished university professor and chair of the department of psychology at The Ohio State University. He received his BA from the University of Virginia and his PhD from Ohio State. Petty's research focuses on the situational and individual factors responsible for changes in attitudes and behaviors. He has published eight books and more than 300 research articles and chapters. Petty is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, APA Divs. 1 (Society for General Psychology), 3 (Experimental), 8 (Society for Personality and Social Psychology), 23 (Society for Consumer Psychology) and 38 (Health Psychology), and four other societies. His honors include the Scientific Impact Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Awards from the Societies for Personality and Social Psychology and Consumer Psychology. He is past editor of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and former president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Midwestern Psychological Association.

Donna Rasin-Waters, PhD

Private Practice and VA New York Harbor Healthcare Systems – Brooklyn Campus

Donna Rasin-Waters is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who practices integrated health care. She is also past president of the New York State Psychological Association and federal advocacy coordinator for APA's Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology). Raisin-Waters was appointed to the APA Practice Organization Advisory Group on State Implementation of Health Care Reform.

Kenneth J. Sher, PhD

University of Missouri – Columbia

Kenneth Sher is curators’ distinguished professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri where he has been on the faculty for more than 30 years. A clinical psychologist, Sher’s major areas of research are on the etiology of alcohol dependence, nosology and classification, comorbidity and the behavioral pharmacology of alcohol. He has been a member of initial review groups at the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration and National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as a member of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. He directs a predoctoral and postdoctoral NIH training grant at Missouri and co-directs an NIH National Research Center (P60) and has an extensive history of mentoring trainees and faculty at all levels of career development. Within APA, he has served as president of Div.12, Section III (Society of Clinical Psychology); member of the Commission on Accreditation; member of the Council of Representatives; co-chair of the Board of Scientific Affairs; and member of the Good Governance Project. He has been active in peer-review, including serving as associate editor of Psychological Bulletin®, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology®, and the new American Psychological Society journal, Clinical Psychological Science. Like Kaslow, he is strongly committed to the quality of training in clinical psychology and ensuring a strong science base for professional practice. They have served together on the APA Council of Representatives.

Linda Carter Sobell, PhD, ABPP

Nova Southeastern University

Linda Carter Sobell is a professor and associate director of clinical training at the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She is nationally and internationally known for her research in the addictions field, particularly brief motivational interventions, the process of self-change and the Timeline Followback method for assessing substance abuse. She is an APA fellow, a motivational interviewing trainer and holds a diploma in cognitive and behavioral psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has given more than 300 invited presentations/workshops, published more than 275 articles and book chapters, serves on nine editorial boards, and authored eight books. Her most recent book, published in 2011, is titled “Group Therapy with Substance use Disorders: A Motivational Cognitive-Behavioral Approach” (Guilford Press, N.Y.). She has received several awards, including the Betty Ford Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, the Norman E. Zinberg Memorial Award from Harvard University, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association and the 2008 Charles C. Shepard Science Award for the most outstanding peer-reviewed research paper on prevention and control published by the Centers for Disease Control/Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry scientists.

Vicki V. Vandaveer, PhD

The Vandaveer Group Inc. – Houston

Vicki V. Vandaveer is an industrial and organizational consulting and coaching psychologist. Her 31 years of experience include 12 years inside two large U.S. global companies and the past 19 years in national and international consulting in different cultures on five continents. She specializes in individual leader coaching, multi-cultural leadership team development and advising senior management on behavioral aspects of organizational performance and change. A fellow of APA and Divs. 14 (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology) and 13 (Society for Consulting Psychology); Vandaveer is president-elect of Div. 13, and has served as a member of APA’s Board of Professional Affairs, council representative for Div.14, past chair of APA’s College of Professional Psychology and adjunct professor of psychology at University of Houston and Rice University. She currently co-chairs Div.13 coaching psychology credentialing committee, working to develop the practice and science of coaching psychology — a multi-disciplinary practice area within psychology.

Carol Webb, PhD, ABPP

Emory University School of Medicine

Carol Webb has been the director of the APA-accredited predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Health Services for the last 25 years. In this capacity, she and Kaslow have worked closely to build and enhance a first-rate psychology training program that includes a work environment of respect, collegiality, shared purpose, commitment to service and appreciation for diversity.

Antonette M. Zeiss, PhD

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office (retired)

Antonette M. Zeiss retired at the end of 2012, after serving as the chief consultant for Mental Health Services at the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office (VACO). She was the first psychologist and first woman to be selected to lead that office, which guides VA mental health policy nationally. She completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Oregon in 1977 and internship at Central Louisiana State Hospital. She worked in the VA from 1982 to 2012, after serving as a faculty member at Arizona State and Stanford universities. Her previous VA positions were at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, until coming to the central office in September 2005 as the deputy chief consultant for the Office of Mental Health Services. She has received numerous awards throughout her career, and is slated to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the APA at the convention in July 2013. She has known Kaslow since 1992 and has worked with her on numerous initiatives related to psychology training, as well as serving as her program chair for Div.12 when Kaslow served as president in 2004.

Presentations
  • Creating a Competent Community of Psychologists (PDF, 4.8MB)
    Talk delivered at the International Congress of Applied Psychology in Paris. Addresses breaking down barriers to competency by using a communitarian perspective, and by recommending changes to community norms, accreditation, the APA Ethics Code and credentialing.

  • Future of Psychology Talk to State Psychological Association (PDF, 3.07MB)
    Trends in psychology, including: an emphasis on inter-professionalism, bridging the science-practice gap, health care reform, integrated care, growing populations of older adults and diverse racial and ethnic groups, making psychology education real-world oriented and ensuring that professional activities focus on the public good.

  • Why I Care About Mental Health and So Should You
    The Why I Care About Mental Health and So Should You series of video and audio portraits were captured at the Opening Closed Doors Conference in Philadelphia, June 2013. The principal goal of the conference and its continued work is to establish a forceful, vocal coalition of consumers, family members, advocates and professionals to pursue clear goals and plans that can 'open closed doors' and improve the lives of people with mental illness, their families and their communities. The Opening Closed Doors Conference and working groups are part of an initiative sponsored by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. Nadine Kaslow, PhD, attended this conference in her role as President-elect of the American Psychological Association (APA) and presented one of the keynote addresses on privacy.

  • Privacy: Tensions and Challenges (PDF, 347KB)  
    Balancing patient/consumer needs with protecting privacy, interdisciplinary collaboration and improving safety of electronic health records are among the main challenges to providing care. Kaslow provided further insight on privacy issues in mental health care and the Health Insurance Portability and Privacy Act in an interview with NewsWorks. 
  • Speak Up for Kids: Suicidal Youth and Their Families: Overcoming Barriers to Receiving Help 
    Kaslow was a lead presenter in APA’s partnership with the national Speak Up For Kids campaign.

  • APA President-elect, Nadine Kaslow, PhD, on helping suicidal youth and their families
    Kaslow addresses the barriers to receiving care for suicidal youth and their families.

  • Suicidal Behavior in Children and Adolescents (PDF, 443KB)
    Common myths about suicide and youth, what to do if you suspect your child is feeling suicidal and how schools and communities can help with prevention.

Presidential Citations

Each year, the APA President awards Presidential Citations to outstanding psychologists. The Presidential Citation Committee works closely with the president to select nominees.