2014 Presidential Initiatives Co-chairs

2014 APA President Nadine Kaslow, PhD, has three main presidential initiatives. Each of these initiatives is co-chaired by a senior psychologist and an early career psychologist. 

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

Debra Bangasser, PhD  

Debra Bangasser, PhDDebra Bangasser, PhD, received her doctorate in biopsychology and behavioral neuroscience from Rutgers University, where she worked with Tracey Shors, PhD, investigating the essential neuroanatomy involved in sex differences in the effects of stress on learning. She completed her postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Rita Valentino, PhD, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she identified sex differences in the corticotropin releasing factor receptor structure and function, a possible mechanism underlying female vulnerability to certain psychiatric disorders. Bangasser is an assistant professor in the department of psychology and neuroscience program at Temple University. As principal investigator of the neuroendocrinology and behavior laboratory, she uses techniques from biopsychology and neuroendocrinology to determine the molecular bases for sex differences in stress regulation of attention, learning and anxiety. Bangasser has authored numerous publications in top journals, including Nature Neuroscience and Molecular Psychiatry. She is a member of several national and international organizations, including APA, the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society and the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences. Her awards include the Julius Axelrod Travel Award from the Society for Neuroscience and the Young Investigator Memorial Travel Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Her research is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.  

Steve McCutcheon, PhD

Steve McCutcheon, PhDSteve McCutcheon, PhD, is the director of psychology internship and residency training at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle division, and is a clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Washington and completed his internship and a health services research fellowship at the Seattle VA. McCutcheon’s primary interests have been in the areas of educational program development and educational policy. In recognition of his teaching activities, McCutcheon received the Chief Resident’s Award in 2001, the Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006 from the University of Washington department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, the APA Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) Award for Outstanding Training Director in 2006, the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Washington State Psychological Association in 2010 and the VA’s David M. Worthen Award for lifetime educational achievement in 2012. McCutcheon is active in national professional organizations, having served as chair of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers Board of Directors, as chair of the Council of Chairs of Training Councils and as chair of the VA Psychology Training Council. He recently served on the APA Presidential Task Force on Primary Care Competencies, and the APA Board of Educational Affairs Workgroup on Supervisor Competencies. He currently serves as a member of APA’s Commission on Accreditation.  


Translating Psychological Science for the Public

Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD

Roxane Cohen Silver, PhDRoxane Cohen Silver, PhD, is professor in the department of psychology and social behavior, the department of medicine, and the program in public health at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she has been actively involved in research, teaching and administration since 1989. An international expert in the field of stress and coping, she has spent over three decades studying acute and long-term psychological and physical reactions to stressful life experiences, including personal traumas such as physical disability loss, and childhood sexual victimization, as well as larger collective events such as war, firestorms, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Boston Marathon bombings and other national and international community disasters (e.g., 2010 earthquake in Chile and the 2006 earthquake in Indonesia). Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Public Health Service. Since 2003, Silver has served on numerous senior advisory committees and task forces for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), providing advice to DHS and its component agencies on the psychological impact of disasters and terrorism. She is also one of the founding directors of Psychology Beyond Borders, an international nonprofit organization that facilitates research, intervention and policy development in the prevention, preparedness and response to terror attacks, conflict or natural disasters across the world. In 2007, Silver received APA's Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science and in 2010 she received the Public Advocacy Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (for "outstanding and fundamental contributions to advancing social understanding of trauma"). In 2011, she received APA's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Senior Career) and the Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology from APA's Div. 56 (Trauma Psychology). In 2011, she served as the guest editor of a special issue of the American Psychologist® on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Silver is also a dedicated teacher and active mentor of predoctoral and postdoctoral students. In recognition of her efforts toward graduate and undergraduate education, she has received a number of awards, including the 2012 Distinguished Mentorship Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and UC Irvine's 2001 Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award for Teaching (the 16th recipient in UCI's history). Silver received her PhD in social psychology from Northwestern University.

Dawn W. Foster, PhD, MPH

Dawn W. Foster, PhD, MPHDawn W. Foster, PhD, MPH, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her work extends social psychological principles to the study of substance use in HIV prevention. Her overarching purpose is to conduct and disseminate innovative research that has potential to make practical and meaningful contributions to individuals and society. While completing her master’s in public health, Foster focused on the development of a theory-driven malaria intervention. Her dissertation work consisted of an experimental study evaluating a unique weighted measure of decisional balance in the context of a brief alcohol intervention. As a graduate student, Foster received an APA Psychology Summer Institute fellowship through the Minority Fellowship Program, the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology’s Minority Award and the Presidential Graduate Fellowship. She has taken full advantage of dissemination opportunities, publishing nine peer-reviewed manuscripts (four were first-authored) as well as multiple articles intended for public audiences. Foster's research has equipped her with a strong foundation and instilled in her a passion for studying behavioral risk factors, including substance use in the prevention of disease. Foster also focuses on addressing deficiencies in the dissemination and transfer of research-based knowledge to the public. While dissemination efforts do exist, researchers have yet to fully realize the potential for evidence to improve quality of life in practical settings. Foster is excited about contributing to such dissemination efforts and is motivated to facilitate the development of a strategic plan to comprehensively and effectively communicate psychological science knowledge to multiple publics. 


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

Kimberly E. Hiroto, PhD

Kimberley E. Hiroto, PhDKimberly Hiroto, PhD, is a geropsychologist in the Home-Based Primary Care Service at the American Lake Division of the Puget Sound VA Health Care System, in Tacoma, Wash. Previously, she worked at the Santa Rosa VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, in association with the San Francisco VA Medical Center. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, which helped develop the Pikes Peak model for training in geropsychology. She then completed her internship with an emphasis in geropsychology at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System in California, where she remained as a postdoctoral fellow in the Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship. Hiroto remains active in the geropsychology community as the early career psychologist on the APA task force to update the “Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Older Adults” and as a member of the APA Committee on Aging. 

Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP

Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP

Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP, is co-director of the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science at Nemours Children’s Health System and is based at Nemours/Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. She also co-directs the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, Treatment and Services Adaptation Center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is editor of Health Psychology. She is professor of pediatrics at the Jefferson Medical School of Thomas Jefferson University, adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Delaware and an emeritus professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She was previously at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she held leadership positions related to the integration of behavioral health care in pediatrics, including chief of the section of behavioral oncology, director of the department of psychology and deputy director of the Behavioral Health Center. Past editor of the Journal of Family Psychology and the Journal of Pediatric Psychology®, in 2006, she served as president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (APA Div. 54). She chaired APA’s Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice for Children and Adolescents, and is the recipient of several awards: the APA Logan Research Award and Family Psychologist of the Year award, a Smith College medal and the Cummings American Psychological PSYCHE Prize. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, St. Baldrick’s Foundation and the American Cancer Society. Her current research focuses on evidence-based assessment and intervention to promote competence in families facing the adversities associated with pediatric illnesses, with an emphasis on childhood cancer and childhood cancer survivors. The recipient of a Senior Mentoring Award (K05) from the National Cancer Institute, she is the author of more than 170 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and co-author of three books, "Promoting Children’s Health: Integrating School, Family and Community," "Effective and Emerging Treatments in Pediatric Psychology," and "Quick Reference for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians: The Psychiatric and Psychological Dimensions of Pediatric Cancer Symptom Management."

Kazak received her PhD in clinical community psychology from the University of Virginia and completed her internship training at Yale University School of Medicine, department of psychiatry.