Committee on Early Career Psychologists: 2013 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 seven members of the association all within seven years of receipt of the doctorate degree (at the start of their term) representing Education, Practice, Public Interest, Science, Division, S tate, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs), and Membership and Governance Outreach. Committee members are appointed by the Board of Directors for staggered terms of three years.

B. APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists

  • Shawn McClintock, PhD, Chair (Membership and Governance Outreach Representative)
  • Katharine Hahn Oh, PhD (APA Divisions Representative)
  • Ayse Ciftci, PhD (Education and Training Representative)
  • Aaron Harris, PhD, Practice Representative
  • Angela Kuemmel, PhD (Public Interest Representative)
  • Kyle Gobrogge, PhD (Science Representative)
  • Sarah Morsbach Honaker, PhD (SPTA Representative)

The staff liaison for the committee is Dee Valencia.

2013 Board of Director Liaison to CECP — Elena Eisman, PhD

2013 was a very busy and productive year for CECP. With the assistance and support of Dee Valencia, Tabitha Brown, Sonja Wiggins and Rhea Farberman, we were able to accomplish a number of tasks. Below is a summary of the key accomplishments:

C. Activities and Events

  1. CECP held its meetings in the Spring and Fall of 2013 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 welcomed two new representatives as follows: Aaron Harris, PhD, Practice Representative and Angela Kuemmel, PhD, Public Interest Representative.
  3. As the lead group for New Business Item #31C the committee prepared and submitted the item for BoD approval. The BoD returned the item and asked the committee to consider adverse implications by highlighting early career candidates. CECP revised the item, recommending to have early career seats (where appropriate) on APA boards and committees. The revised item received support from the referral groups and was again forwarded to the BoD for approval.
  4. CECP representatives attended the 2013 APA Spring Consolidated Meeting, both rounds of the Fall Consolidated Meetings and various APA and other meetings as follows:
    • APA February Council Meeting
    • Division Leadership Conference
    • State Leadership Conference
    • Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), mid-year meeting.
  5. Distributed the Call for Nominations and selected two new committee members for 2014--2016 (Education and State Provincial and Territorial Representatives).
  6. Held a meeting at the convention in Hawaii for the Early Career Psychologists Leadership Network (ECPLN) focused on successes and challenges in leadership for early career leaders in APA, SPTAs and divisions.
  7. CECP sponsored several sessions at the 2013 APA Annual Convention focused on topics of interest to early career attendees (e.g. navigating tenure, parenting and work - life balance, developing a successful private practice, loan repayments and financial planning options, and pathways to APA leadership positions).
  8. Held a strategic retreat the day before the March Consolidated to develop long and short term goals and create a new mission statement. Also met with some BoD members and senior staff at the retreat.
  9. Prepared a new business item for the Fall Cross Cutting Agenda about creating an official APA definition of early career mmbers being within 10 years receipt of their doctoral degree. The item received support and was forwarded to the BoD for approval.
  10. Served on the planning committee and organized and facilitated the orientation and wrap-up sessions at the State Leadership Conference.
  11. Planned the CECP programming for the 2014 APA convention.
  12. The committee awarded the CECP Appreciation Awards to APA president- elect Nadine Kaslow, PhD, and BoD member Elena Eisman, PhD, for their continuous support of of the committee and early career concerns. The Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) received the group award for their work on early career initiatives and creating an early career slate on their committee.
  13. Increasingly more divisions, boards and committees are seeking early career representatives. The CECP 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 sponsored another successful social hour at the convention in Hawaii and introduced a coffee hour at the Early Career Booth for attendees, which was also well attended.
  15. Again, the Board of Convention Affairs (BCA) supported the Early Career Travel Award and 20 early career members received $1,000 each to attend the convention in Hawaii. The APA Kid’s place was successfully moved inside the exhibit hall and received standing room only crowds during the entertainment segments on Friday and Saturday.
  16. CECP decided to change the name of the convention travel awards to the Early Career Achievement Awards to more accurately reflect the quality of the submissions received. The Board of Convention Affairs increased the awards budget to $30,000 and requested that preference be given to first-time attendees, science orientated psychologists and early career members in independent practice. BCA also agreed to continue funding the APA Kids’ Place at the 2014 convention.
  17. CECP continues to distribute the list of 25 ideas for SPTAs and divisions to successfully recruit and engage early career members. The list is also available on the early career website.
  18. CECP created a list of "What I Wish I Had Known About Leadership…"; the list is posted on the early career webpage.
  19. CECP continues to disseminate resource materials through the Early Career listserv, non-APA early career listservs, APA Access, the early career website, Division Dialogue, online newsletters, 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.
  20. CECP worked with APAGS and Rhea Faberman to develop a section called "Ask the Experts" for the GradPsych publication. This unique section was designed to provide a forum where graduate student questions could be addressed by both early career and senior psychologists. The section was accepted in GradPsych.