2006 APA Education Leadership Conference — Speakers

Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP, is director of training in psychology and associate director of the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Training Program at Children's Hospital, Boston and adjunct associate professor of psychology in the Clinical Psychology Program at Boston University.

Dr. Henderson Daniel is currently a member of the APA Board of Directors and serves as chair of the Centering on Mentoring Task Force, a presidential initiative. She is past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35) and former member of the Committee of the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP), the Committee on Early Career Psychologists and the Coalition of Psychology in Schools and Education.

Dr. Henderson Daniel was the recipient of the 2002 APA Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award. She has also received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Illinois (2001) and the Award for Excellence in Psychology Diversity Training from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (2006). For her contributions to mentoring she has received awards from Harvard Medical School, the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), and APA Divisions 45 (Ethnic Minority Issues) and 35 (Psychology of Women). Dr. Henderson Daniel delivered one of the G. Stanley Hall lectures at the 2004 APA Convention.

Ann H. Franke, Esq, is President of Wise Results, LLC, a firm she founded in 2005. She advises clients on risk, policy and employment matters, with a special focus on higher education. Ms. Franke has held senior positions with the American Association of University Professors and United Educators Insurance. She is a national expert in higher education law and in 2005 was named a Fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Her writings have appeared in publications including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Trusteeship, Minerva, Change and Academe.

Ms. Franke received her BA, MA and JD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an LLM from Georgetown University. Ms. Franke also received a Fulbright senior scholar award to study the development of Australian higher education.

Catherine L. Grus, PhD, joined the Education Directorate as Associate Executive Director for Professional Education and Training in November 2005. Dr. Grus received her PhD in clinical psychology from Nova University in 1993. She completed her internship at the University of Miami School of Medicine and a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In her role at APA, Dr. Grus works to advance policies and practices that promote high quality education and training in professional psychology, including continuing professional education programs. The articulation of developmentally informed “benchmarks” of performance and the assessment of such in professional education and training programs that address the sequential nature of doctoral training including readiness for “entry-level practice” is an area of considerable focus for Dr. Grus at present. Dr. Grus works actively with APA governance groups as well as serving as a liaison to national, international and interorganizational education and training councils.

Prior to joining the staff at APA Dr. Grus was a member of the faculty at the University of Miami School of Medicine for 10 years. Her clinical work has focused on the provision of services to children and families of children with chronic illnesses. Her scholarly work has been in the area of psychosocial functioning and adherence to health care regimens in children with chronic illness. Dr. Grus served as director of psychology internship training at the same institution for 8 years and was active in the internship and postdoctoral residency training community at a national level in various roles. Among those, she served as a member of the APA Committee on Accreditation, as an internship site visitor for APA’s Office of Program Accreditation and Consultation, and as an Associate Editor for the APPIC newsletter.

Bill Hill, PhD, received his doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Georgia in 1979 and has been on the faculty at Kennesaw State University (KSU) since then. During his tenure at KSU, he has been a full-time teaching faculty member and assumed several administrative roles, including department chair of psychology (1988-1994) and associate vice-president for academic affairs (1998-2002), with a brief period as acting vice president from April-July 2002.

In fall 2002 Dr. Hill became the full-time director of the KSU Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, which coordinates programs and conferences designed to enhance teaching and student learning. His professional activities have primarily revolved around research on teaching in higher education, particularly in the discipline of psychology and service to teachers. His recent research interests have focused on faculty use of and attitudes about extra credit, defining and assessing expected learning outcomes for the undergraduate major in psychology, student and faculty perceptions of the first day of class, and the development of resource materials to enhance the teaching of cross-cultural psychology.

In 1989 he founded, and still continues to coordinate, the annual Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology. Dr. Hill also helped organize three national conferences on best practices in psychology education and assessment in 2002, teaching the introductory psychology course in 2003, teaching research methods and statistics in 2004, and teaching critical thinking in 2005. In fall semester 2006 Dr. Hill is coordinating a fifth conference on teaching diversity and international perspectives in psychology.

Dr. Hill is active in a variety of national leadership roles in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP), APA Division 2, and in APA governance. His roles have included Program Chair for the annual STP program at the APA Convention, chair of the STP Long Range Planning Committee, and President of STP in 2001-2002. Dr. Hill is currently a member of the APA Board of Convention Affairs and served as the Director of Programming for STP. He was honored to receive the KSU Distinguished Teaching Award in 1985 and is a Fellow of APA Divisions 1 (General Psychology), 2 (STP), and 52 (International Psychology) of APA. At the 2004 APA Convention he received the American Psychological Foundation Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Teaching in Psychology .

Katherine E. Kalmus joined LiveText in January 2002 to launch their web-based assessment and electronic portfolio product on the East Coast. She has helped her organization grow from a client base of two universities to over 400 nationwide. Her responsibilities now include product development, strategic growth and account management. She has worked with numerous programs such as Columbia’s Teachers College, the University of Georgia, the California State University System and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to define and/or refine their assessment systems based on best practices, and convert them over to technology systems that support continuous improvement and program development.

Ms. Kalmus graduated from Yale University in 1998 with a BA in history with honors.

Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, ABPP, completed his BA in psychology at Boston University, and his MA and PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Missouri—Columbia. From 1971 through 2001, he served successively as an intern, postdoctoral fellow and ultimately as chief of psychology at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Judge Baker Children’s Center. During this period, he also served as a full-time faculty member (associate professor) at Harvard Medical School. In June 2001, Dr. Koocher became professor and dean of the School for Health Studies at Simmons College ( Boston).

Dr. Koocher has a combination of research, teaching and clinical experience that focus on the professional and ethical aspects of psychology practice and scientific research. He also works with children and adults coping with chronic or life-threatening illnesses (especially cancer, cystic fibrosis and diabetes). Other areas of expertise include coping with bereavement and loss, psychological assessment and mental health malpractice. He has served as an expert witness to the courts of ten states and three federal jurisdictions.

Currently editor of the journal Ethics and Behavior, Dr. Koocher previously served as editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and The Clinical Psychologist. He has published more than 150 articles and book chapters and authored or edited eight books. Dr. Koocher has frequently been an invited lecturer across the United States and abroad, including in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Licensed in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Dr. Koocher has conducted a part-time independent practice in clinical and forensic psychology for more than 30 years. He has also served as principal investigator on competitively funded research grants from several private foundations and four federal agencies.

Elected a Fellow of 12 divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Koocher was also the first psychologist to earn five specialty diplomas from the American Boards of Professional Psychology (Clinical, Clinical Child /Adolescent, Family, Forensic, and Health Psychology). He also has more than 25 years of APA governance experience and is the current President of the APA. His other service to APA includes service on APA’s Ethics Committee and two five-year terms as APA Treasurer. Dr. Koocher has served as president for APA Divisions 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), 29 (Psychotherapy), and 37 (Child, Youth and Family Services), as well as the Society of Pediatric Psychology and the Society of Clinical Child Psychology, now APA Divisions 53 and 54. He has been president of the Massachusetts and New England Psychological Associations.

Dr. Koocher received the APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Service in 1992. He has also received the Nicholas Hobbs Award for Distinguished Contributions to Children’s Services, the Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award for state advocacy, the Robert Chin Memorial Award of APA Division 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues), the Florence Halpern Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology, and a Presidential Citation for his service to APA.

Christopher Kush is president of Soapbox Consulting and has trained thousands of citizens from all over the United States to effectively influence Congress, state and local governments. He has helped design sophisticated key-contact networks, Lobby Days and grassroots training programs for many national associations including the National League of Cities, American Cancer Society, Easter Seals and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Kush is the author of three books on grassroots organizing including Grassroots Games (ASAE, 2002) and, most recently, The One-Hour Activist: The 15 Most Powerful Actions You Can Take To Fight for the Issues and Candidates You Care About (Wiley, 2004). He has appeared on National Public Radio, ABC and Fox-news affiliates, C-SPAN’s “Book TV” and in U.S. News & World Report, The Los Angeles Times and on the Sirius Satellite Radio Network.

Representative Elaine Makas is a member of the House of Representatives of the State of Maine. Rep. Makas is also a member of the Lewiston Zoning Board of Appeals and a member and past chair of the board of directors of the Androscoggin County Head Start and Child Care. She is a founding member of the Society for Disability Studies, the International Society of Political Psychologists, a member on the Board of Directors of Public Theatre and the Maine Audubon Society.

In the Legislature, Rep. Makas serves on the Education Committee. Her major areas of policy interest are protection of the environment, education and affordable health care.

Rep. Makas is a social psychologist and professor. She received a BA from Bates College in Lewiston, and an MPhil and PhD in Social Psychology from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She teaches courses in general psychology, the social psychology of war and terrorism and the psychology of disability at the University of Southern Maine at their Lewiston-Auburn College campus.

Rep. Makas was first elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2002. She is currently serving her second term.

Melissa Markowitz is a senior research and policy analyst for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). During her 8 years at AASCU, Ms. Markowitz has conducted research on trends in student charges and financial aid, enrollment, adult education and nursing shortages. She has also followed state policy trends and communicated with state college and university presidents and their staffs through a weekly newsletter and an annual national conference, the State Relations Conference. Ms. Markowitz earned a BS from American University in Washington, DC.

Joe L. Martinez, Jr ., PhD is the Ewing Halsell Distinguished Chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He earned a BA in Psychology from the University of San Diego in 1966, an MS in Psychology from New Mexico Highlands University in 1968 and completed a PhD at the University of Delaware in 1971 with a specialization in physiological psychology. He served for 13 years as a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He received the Raza Recognition Award in 1986 by the University of California, Berkeley, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1994, National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, “Outstanding Mentorship Award, 2001, “Dedication in bringing young Latino and Native American students into careers in the sciences and significant contribution to the field of drug abuse as a researcher and as a role model.” He also received the Education Award from the Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs.

Currently he serves on the Steering Committee of the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse and he directs the Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics, and Survival, a month long course, at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. He is a member of the Peer Review Advisory Committee for the Center for Scientific Review and he is an Associate Editor of the American Psychologist. Dr. Martinez’s research efforts include being the Director of the Cajal Neuroscience Institute at UTSA. He studies the role of opioids in learning and memory with emphasis on hippocampal function.

Peter Newbould is director of congressional and political affairs at the American Psychological Association Practice Organization. As a lobbyist in its Government Relations Office, he works with members of Congress and their staffs in pursuit of the federal agenda for professional psychology.

With a primary focus on health insurance, Mr. Newbould is co-chairman of the Mental Health Liaison Group’s Health Policy Committee, a coalition of over 50 national organizations that lobby in Washington on mental health policy. In recent years the group has produced joint position papers and Congressional testimony on parity, managed care quality standards, Medicare, Medicaid and SSI reform and medical record confidentiality. He cochaired the “Stop HIMMA” coalition in 2006 and also serves on the steering committee of “Protect Your Healthcare,” a coalition opposing Association Health Plans. He was on the steering committee of the Patients Bill of Rights Coalition in the late 1990s.

Prior to joining APA in 1991, Mr. Newbould had a career of over 13 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was chief of staff to then-Congressman Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), an active member of the House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment. In that capacity, he managed the issues, press and personnel in the Washington and district offices. Wyden is now the senior U.S. senator form Oregon. From 1979 to 1987, he was the health legislative assistant [to] then chief of staff to Congressman Jim Florio (D-New Jersey), who later became New Jersey’s governor.

Mr. Newbould is a graduate of Lynchburg College (Virginia) and holds a BA in Political Science.

Randy Smith, PhD, completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Houston and his doctorate at Texas Tech University in experimental psychology (specialties in human learning/memory and statistics). Dr. Smith taught at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas for 26 years before becoming chair of Kennesaw State University’s Psychology Department in 2003. His professional work centers on the scholarship of teaching. He serves as editor of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s journal Teaching of Psychology. He is author of Challenging Your Preconceptions: Thinking Critically About Psychology (2002), co-author (with Steve Davis) of The Psychologist as Detective: An Introduction to Conducting Research in Psychology (2004), and co-author (with Steve Davis) of An Introduction to Statistics and Research Methods: Becoming a Psychological Detective (2005).

Dr. Smith has worked with high school teachers grading Advanced Placement exams since the test’s inception and recently served as faculty advisor for TOPSS (APA’s Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools). He is a member of the APA and the Association for Psychological Science. In 2006, Dr. Smith received the American Psychological Foundation’s Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award and the University System of Georgia Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award.

Belle Wheelan, PhD, currently serves as president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is the first African American and the first woman to serve in this capacity. Her career spans 32 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and Secretary of Education. In several of those roles she was the first African American and/or woman to serve in those capacities.

Dr. Wheelan received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Texas with a double major in psychology and sociology; her master’s from Louisiana State University in Developmental Educational Psychology; and her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in Educational Administration with a special concentration in community college leadership.

She has received numerous awards and recognition including four honorary degrees; the Distinguished Graduate Award from Trinity University (2002), and from the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin (1992); Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, DC (2001); and the AAUW Woman of Distinction Award (2002).

She holds and has held membership in numerous local, state and national organizations including Rotary International; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; the American College Testing, Inc., Board of Directors; American Association of Community Colleges’ Board of Directors; and the President’s Round Table of the National Council on Black American Affairs.