Biography of Cynthia D. Belar, PhD, ABPP
Executive Director, Education Directorate, American Psychological Association
Dr. Belar received her PhD in psychology from Ohio University in 1974 after an internship at Duke University Medical Center. She is currently the Executive Director of the Education Directorate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and professor emerita in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida Health Science Center where she developed academic and clinical tracks in medical psychology at the doctoral, internship and postdoctoral levels. Her research has been in the areas of psychosocial aspects of illness, applied psychophysiology and reproductive endocrinology. From 1984-1990 she served as Chief Psychologist and Clinical Director of Behavioral Medicine for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Los Angeles where she developed a number of integrated health programs for both primary and specialty care.
Dr. Belar has chaired three national conferences on education and training in psychology on topics such as the internship, postdoctoral training, and the scientist-practitioner model. She has chaired the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, the Council of Chairs of Training Councils and the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology. She served as president of the APA Division of Health Psychology and the American Board of Clinical Health Psychology. She received the 1996 APA award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology and the first Timothy B. Jeffrey award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology. In 2005 she received the Alfred M. Wellner Memorial Award. She has published extensively on psychology's role in health care, including a handbook for scientifically based clinical practice used in many doctoral programs.