Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP):
2011 Annual Report

A. Mission Statement

The Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) represents the unique interests and concerns of early career psychologists. The mission of CECP is to enhance the sense of community and a shared identity among early career members through advocacy, engagement, and the provision of resources.

The committee consists of six members of the association all within seven years of receipt of the doctorate degree representing Education, Practice, Public Interest, Science, Division, and State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs). Committee members are appointed by the Board of Directors for staggered terms of three years.

B. APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists

  • Oksana Yokushko, PhD Chair ( APA Divisions Representative)

  • Ayse Ciftei, PhD (Education and Training Representative)

  • Michelle Braun, PhD, ABPP (Practice Representative)

  • Michael C. Edwards, PhD (Science Representative)

  • Sarah Morsbach Honaker, PhD (SPTA Representative)

  • Allison Ponce, PhD (Public Interest Representative)

The Staff Liaison for the committee from January 1 to December 31 was Dee Valencia.

2011 was a very busy and productive year for CECP. With the assistance and support of Dee Valencia, Tabitha Brown, Kraig Scott and Rhea Faberman, we were able to accomplish a number of tasks. Below is a summary of the key accomplishments:

C. Activities and Products

  1. CECP held its meetings in the Spring and Fall of 2011 and various committee members attended the second round of APA Consolidated Meetings in the Fall to meet with boards and other bodies to facilitate early career collaborations.

  2. The committee received approval from the Board of Directors (BoD) and Council of Representatives (CoR) for an additional committee member to work with staff on membership and social media activities.  A call for nomination was distributed and the committee received numerous nominations.  The committee selected a candidate for a three year term (2012—2014) and received BoD approval.

  3. CECP was the lead group on New Business Item #31C and one of the referral groups on New Business Item #31B.  The item focuses on highlighting early career candidates and those new to APA governance on the nomination ballots.  The committee requested and received responses from the referral groups for NBI #31C; responses will be reviewed at CECP’s next meeting.  This item focuses on early career data and the committee forwarded a written response in support of NBI #31B to the Membership Board, the lead group on the item.

  4. CECP representatives attended various APA leadership conferences and other meetings as follows: Division Leadership Conference, Council of Counseling Psychology Training Program Mid-Winter Meeting, State Leadership Conference, Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, CAPP (March Meeting), Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB April Meeting).

  5. CECP members participated in the Good Governance survey.

  6. Organized and facilitated the orientation session for early career delegates at the State Leadership Conference.

  7. CECP state rep served on Division 31’s early career taskforce and wrote a blog for the division’s website.

  8. The committee awarded the first two CECP Appreciation Awards to Carol Goodheart, EdD and the Membership Board for providing outstanding mentoring, support, or work on behalf of early career members. The awards were presented during the Early Career Social Hour at the 2011 convention in Washington, D.C.

  9. Worked with Division 52 (International Psychology) to establish an early career seat on their board and to initiate an early career award.

  10. Two CECP representatives (education and practice reps) were appointed to serve on the Suzanne Bennett Johnson’s convention task force to help develop sessions for APA's 2012 Annual Convention, Aug. 2-5 (science and practice interdisciplinary tracks).

  11. The CECP practice rep served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Psychological Association to optimize early career relationships and maximize public education efforts.

  12. The Public Interest Representative continued to foster relationships with the APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

  13. Increasingly more divisions, boards, and committees are seeking early career representatives. The committee continues to advocate for the nomination of early career members to APA boards and committees, and has successfully supported several early career members into leadership roles.

  14. CECP representatives and other early career members have been featured in many APA media such as the Monitor, the Division Dialogues, on the early career website and social media outlets.

  15. CECP received approval from the Board of Convention Affairs to expand the early career travel award program for early career members from all areas of psychology (education, practice, public interest and science) to attend the 2012 convention. Twenty (13 in 2011) award recipients will receive $750 to be applied toward their 2012 APA convention expense. The program is designed to encourage attendance and increase representation of early career members at the convention.

  16. CECP received funding from the Board of Convention Affairs to continue family friendly activities and events at the 2012 convention. Plans include a family friendly room with amenities like comfortable chairs and a play area for children with educational games and toys. The room will also feature daily entertainment for children such as movies. 

  17. Worked with the Committee on Division and APA Relations (CODAPAR) to organize and implement a suite at the convention focused on engaging early career and student attendees and highlighting the value of division membership.

  18. CECP continues a close working relationship with the Membership Board to maintain the interests and needs of early career members.

  19. CECP expanded the list of top things SPTAs and divisions can do to successfully recruit and engage early career members. The list now contains 25 ideas.

  20. CECP instituted changes to the Early Career Psychologists Network (ECPN). The charter was revised to be more inclusive and the listserv was re-launched with a new name (ECPLN – Early Career Psychologists Leadership Network) and is now open to all early career leaders and aspiring leaders. In addition, CECP hosted a business meeting for the leadership group at the 2011 convention, where the group discussed issues of concern to early career leaders.

  21. At the 2011 convention, CECP developed various sessions focused on early career issues such as:  achieving balance; building a research career in neuropsychology and geropsychology, on the cutting edge of science and practice, the financial nuts and bolts of starting a practice, using technology to enhance clinical practice, financial planning and loan repayment, and navigating the tenure process.  In addition, the committee sponsored the Early Career Social Hour; held a business meeting for the ECPLN and supported the Early Career Booth with materials and resources.

  22. CECP continues to promote the financial planning guide for early career psychologists (published in 2008) as a “value-added” product.  The booklet is available in hard copy by written request and online. In addition, bulk copies are available to divisions and SPTAs upon request. The financial guides was created specifically to address the needs and interests of early career psychologists but has proven to be useful to all career stages, including graduate students as well as mid to late career psychologists.

  23. CECP continues to disseminate resource materials through the EarlyCareer listserv, non-APA early career listservs, Monitor articles, the early career website, Division Dialogue, online newsletter, etc. These various platforms help the committee inform early career professionals about issues related to education, funding, licensure, financial planning, and parenting and provide CECP with valuable feedback.

  24. The CECP practice rep served as chair for the Local Coverage Determination Advisory Group and the Neuropsychology Model Local Coverage Determination Task Force.