2007 APA Education Leadership Conference — Speakers

Valerie Whittlesey, PhD
Kennesaw State University, GA

Valerie Whittlesey is associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology at Kennesaw State University. She oversees faculty hiring, tenure/promotion and undergraduate curriculum issues. She also provides academic leadership for KSU's Quality Enhancement Plan on Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship, a SACS accreditation requirement. In 2002-2006, she served as asistant vice president for academic affairs and lead KSU's student learning outcomes assessment initiative. From 1998 to 2002, she served as chair of the Psychology Department at KSU. Valerie received her PhD in developmental psychology from Cornell University in 1985 and has been a faculty member for 22 years.

She has more than 60 publications and presentations. Her earlier work focused on children's racial attitudes and conceptual development. More recently, she focuses on diversity, assessment and curriculum development. In 2005-2006, she participated in the AASCU Millennium Leadership program. Valerie is Secretary for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and a steering committee member for the National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology.

Alan G. Glaros, PhD
Kansas City Unviersity of Medicine & Biosciences

Alan G. Glaros, PhD, is the associate dean for basic medical sciences at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He earned a bachelor's degree with distinction and honors in psychology from Stanford University and a PhD in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University. From 1974 to 1984, he was at Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) in the Department of Psychology.

From 1984 to 1988, he was at the University of Florida's Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, where he also served as director of Intern Training and director of the stress and pain management lab. In 1988, he joined the faculty of the UMKC School of Dentistry where he remained until 2004.

Dr. Glaros maintains an active research program in facial pain, particularly temporomandibular disorders. He is currently President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

Alan G. Whittaker, PhD
National Defense University-Washington, DC

Dr. Alan Whittaker is dean of faculty and academic programs at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He has worked as a psychological advisor on foreign policy and national security affairs within the Executive Branch for over 25 years. His teaching areas have included International Relations, USG interagency dynamics, US National Security Strategy and Policy, Political Psychology and Ethno-Political Conflict.

His research includes understanding how cultural and psychological factors contribute to problems in international relations; intra- and international conflict prevention, management and resolution; psychological assessments of political leaders and leadership groups; and the psychology of terrorists and terrorist groups. Dr. Whittaker holds BA and MA Degrees in Psychology, a PhD in clinical-community psychology and a PhD in international studies. He is a member of APA and other professional organizations, including having served on the Executive Committee and the Governing Council of the International Society of Political Psychology

Betty Chewning
University of Wisconsin

Betty Chewning is Director of the Sonderegger Research Center and professor in Social and Administrative Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been an active researcher serving as principal investigator on several federal grants, reviewer on numerous NIH study sections and research journals, and is an active presenter of research at national and international meetings. Her research focuses on patient and provider partnerships to foster improved patient outcomes.

She is particularly interested in the concepts of concordance and shared decision-making between providers and patients. She studies and teaches about patient-provider communication patterns and active patient medication management roles. She teaches communication skills to third year pharmacy students using videotaped standardized patient encounters with students across a full semester in a communication lab. She is principal investigator on a National Institute of Aging multi-site longitudinal, randomized controlled trial to increase patient-provider communication about patient agendas to improve health outcomes. She has been principal investigator on several other federally funded grants to conduct descriptive and intervention research related to patient perspectives, education interventions, and patient decisions. She has partnered with community leaders in reservations and inner city Chicago to offer and evaluate multi-site HIV/AIDS and pregnancy prevention interventions as well and has a long interest in the use of computer based education with groups often labeled as having lower literacy.

Brenda DeVellis, PhD
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Brenda DeVellis's major research interests focus on social psychological aspects of health behavior. Her current research concerns include: factors that influence how patients cope with chronic diseases such as arthritis; patient-provider communication; risk perceptions and risk communication; and women's health. She is currently directing a large population- based study in a rural North Carolina county to document the presence and determinants of depression, anxiety, and significant psychological distress among chronically ill people in the community.

John E. Carr, PhD
College of Medicine, University of Washington

John Carr is Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Psychology at the University of Washington. He served as chair of psychiatry and behavioral cciences for 4 years and played a principal role in developing Behavioral Science curricula for the School of Medicine. He has written extensively about the need for an "Integrated Sciences Model" for the behavioral and biological sciences in medical education, served as a Consultant on Behavioral Science Training in Health Care to the World Health Organization, co-coordinated the development of Behavioral Science Training Modules for WHO, and served on the National Board of Medical Examiners Behavioral Sciences Test Committee. He holds diplomats in Clinical and Health Psychology, and is a Founding member and served two terms as President of the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers.

Jane Close Conoley, PhD
University of California-Santa Barbara

Jane Close Conoley has served as Dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara since January 2006. Dr. Conoley also served as dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University (1996-2005).

Jane is the author or editor of a hundred publications. Her areas of interest are interventions with children with disabilities — especially serious emotional disturbance and aggressive children and youth — and family intervention. She is well known for her work in psychological and educational measurement and served for 12 years as an editor of the Mental Measurements Yearbook series. Jane has assumed campus leadership of the University of California Science and Mathematics Initiative and has participated in the development of a campus wide strategy to increase the quality and quantity of STEM majors who pursue a secondary teaching career.

Scott A. Shappell, PhD
Clemson University

Dr. Shappell is a professor of industrial engineering at Clemson University. Before joining the faculty at Clemson, Dr. Shappell was the Human Factors Research Branch Manager at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute. In addition, he has served over 16 years in the U.S. Navy as an aerospace experimental psychologist. He has published/presented well over 200 papers, books, and presentations in the fields of accident investigation, system safety, spatial disorientation, sustained operations and fatigue. Dr. Shappell received a BS in psychology (1983) from Wright State University graduating Summa Cum Laude with honors in psychology and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1990.

Lauren S. Seifert, PhD
Malone College-Canton, OH

Dr. Seifert was a National Science Foundation graduate fellow at The Ohio State University. Her doctorate is in cognitive-experimental psychology, with a doctoral minor in psychobiology. Additional training and interests include aging cognition and aesthetics/arts. Dr. Seifert discusses aging cognition and eldercare in her recent book, Chasing Dragonflies (Clove Press). She is also immediate Past President of Division 10 of the American Psychological Association.

As professor of psychology at Malone College, Canton, Ohio, Dr. Seifert teaches four core courses for undergraduates in psychology and zoo biology. In addition, she teaches cognate courses for liberal arts majors. As chair of Malone College's Institutional Review Board over 6 years, Dr. Seifert has contributed significantly to refinement of research protocols by students in Graduate Education and in the Master of Science in Nursing program — including students in the MSN-nurse practitioner track. A primary goal of Dr. Seifert's instruction is to foster collaboration and understanding of diverse paradigms of inquiry within and across disciplines.

Carol G. Schneider, PhD
Association of American Colleges and Universities

Dr. Schneider is president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. With 1,100 institutional members, AAC&U is the leading national organization devoted to advancing and strengthening undergraduate liberal education. Under her leadership, AAC&U has launched two major initiatives, Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP), an advocacy and campus action initiative designed to engage students and the public with what really matters in a college education for the twenty-first century and Greater Expectations, a multi-faceted program which identified and advanced innovative models to improve campus practices and learning for all undergraduate students.

Dr. Schneider also headed a major initiative at AAC&U in the 1990's on higher education and U.S. pluralism, American Commitments: Diversity, Democracy and Liberal Learning. Dr. Schneider has published extensively on all the major areas of her educational work and has taught at the University of Chicago, DePaul University, Chicago State University and Boston University. Dr. Schneider received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College and her PhD from Harvard University.

Maureen O'Connor, JD, PhD
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Dr. Maureen O'Connor is associate professor and chair of the psychology department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. O'Connor also has appointments on the faculty of the doctoral programs in Forensic Psychology, Social/Personality Psychology, and Criminal Justice at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She received her JD and her PhD in Law, Psychology, and Policy, from the University of Arizona (with a minor in Organizational Behavior). Her research interests are in the intersection of psychology, gender and law. Current projects include work on stalking and sexual harassment, with particular focus on lay and legal definitions of those concepts, and a project examining jurors' responses to defendants raising an insanity defense.

Another scholarly interest is in the use of scientific information and expert testimony in the legal system. Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. O'Connor worked for six years in the research and grants agencies of the U.S. Department of Justice, including serving as the Research Director of President Reagan's Task Force on Victims of Crime. After receiving her law degree, Dr. O'Connor served as law clerk to the Honorable Patricia M. Wald, then-Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and is a member of the bar in Arizona and Washington, D.C. She serves on the Editorial Board of Psychology, Public Policy, and Law and is active in the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the American Psychology/Law Society.

Linda J. Demaine, JD, PhD
Arizona State Unviersity

Linda J. Demaine, JD, PhD, (social psychology) is Associate Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. She is founder and director of ASU's Law and Psychology Graduate Program. Before arriving at ASU, Dr. Demaine was a behavioral scientist and policy analyst at RAND, where she led and participated in diverse projects, including an analysis of biotechnology patents and the strategic use of deception and other psychological principles in defense of critical computer networks.

Dr. Demaine has held an American Psychological Association Congressional Fellowship, through which she worked with the Senate Judiciary Committee on FBI and DOJ oversight, judicial nominations, and legislation. She has also held an American Psychological Association Science Policy Fellowship, working with the Central Intelligence Agency's Behavioral Sciences Unit on issues involving cross-cultural persuasion. Dr. Demaine's research interests include the empirical analysis of law, legal procedure, and legal decision making; the application of legal and psychological perspectives to social issues; ethical, legal, and social issues deriving from advances in technology; and information campaigns and persuasion.

Richard J. Klimoski, PhD, Dean
George Mason University

Dr. Richard Klimoski serves as Dean of the School of Management at George Mason University and holds a dual appointment as Professor of Psychology and Management. Prior to coming to Mason, he was on the Psychology faculty of the Ohio State University. Klimoski received his PhD in Psychology and Management from Purdue University.

His teaching and research interests center on the effective management of work teams. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Academy of Management, The American Psychological Society and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal. His most recent book (with Langan-Fox and Cooper) is Research Companion to the Dysfunctional Workplace: Management Challenges and Symptoms (2007).

Barry A. Hong, PhD, FAACP
Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Hong is a Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine. In addition, he holds joint appointments in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychology. He is the Vice-Chairman for Clinical Affairs in Psychiatry and serves as the Chief Psychologist for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Hong has been the principal investigator of studies on dialysis patients and follow-up studies of living donors in efforts to increase minority donation and in the post-donation experiences of organ donation recipients, donors and the significant others of donors. He has been a consultant with the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the Division of Transplantation (HRSA).

Dr. Hong's current research includes NIH funding to conduct a follow-up study of living lung donors. He will be investigating financial barriers to solid organ donation with funds from HRSA. Finally, he is beginning a psychoeducational intervention for hepatitis C patients in St. Louis with funding from the NIAAA.

Gerald C. Davison, PhD
University of Southern California

Gerald C. Davison is Dean of the Davis School of Gerontology and Executive Director of the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California. He is the holder of the William and Sylvia Kugel Dean's Chair in Gerontology and Professor of Gerontology and Psychology. He served previously as interim dean of two other schools at USC: the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Architecture. He was director of clinical training at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and at USC for a total of 7 years and chair of the department of psychology at USC for 12 years.

Among his leadership roles at the national level were as President of the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of APA) and Chair of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology. His textbook, Abnormal Psychology, co-authored with Kring, Neale, and Johnson, appeared last year in its tenth edition and has been used at hundreds of universities here and abroad. In 1993 he won the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, a university-wide prize, and in 2003 was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. His research focuses on experimental and philosophical analyses of psychopathology, assessment and therapeutic change.

Cynthia D. Belar
American Psychological Association

Cynthia D. Belar received her PhD in psychology from Ohio University in l974 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 to 1990 she served as chief psychologist and clinical director of behavioral medicine for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Los Angeles.

Dr. Belar has published numerous articles and chapters on professional practice, including those with a focus on clinical psychology, clinical health psychology, managed health care, primary care and scientist-practitioner models of education and training. One of her books, Clinical Health Psychology in Medical Settings has served as a primer for practitioners. She 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.