2011 ELC Presenters

Carol A. Aschenbrener, MD

Association of American Medical Colleges
Carol A. Aschenbrener, MD joined the AAMC in April 2004, after nearly 30 years as a medical school faculty member and administrator. After serving for two years as Vice President of the Division of Medical School Standards and Assessments and LCME Secretary, she assumed leadership of the Division of Medical Education. In January 2007, she was appointed to the new role of Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, which focuses on the implementation of the AAMC’s strategic priorities and alignment of resources to ensure internal coordination of AAMC programs, services and operations. She has extensive executive experience including 9 years in various Dean’s Office positions at The University of Iowa College of Medicine and 4 years as Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. As Chancellor, she was responsible for four health colleges, School of Allied Health, Graduate Program, University Hospital, and a cancer institute. Before joining AAMC, she spent 7 years as a consultant to academic health centers, focusing on strategic planning, systems redesign, leadership development and executive coaching. Her current professional interests include competency-based learning and assessment, interprofessional education, organizational culture, leadership development and management of change.

Cynthia D. Belar, PhD, ABPP

American Psychological Association
Cynthia D. 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 to 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 published extensively on psychology's role in health care, including a handbook for scientifically based clinical practice used in many doctoral programs.

L. Michelle Bennett, PhD

National Institutes of Health
L. Michelle Bennett is the Deputy Scientific Director for the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), in Bethesda, Md. The NHLBI Division of Intramural Research comprises approximately 60 intramural scientists and clinicians working in basic, translational and clinical research. Dr. Bennett is responsible for overseeing the BSC process, facilitating the research process by assuring cutting edge technologies and approaches are available to all researchers in the program, guiding the revitalization of the clinical program and establishing and maintaining clinical partnerships with local area hospitals. Dr. Bennett works closely with Dr. Howard Gadlin, the NIH Ombudsman on understanding the critical elements that facilitate team science and collaboration. Dr. Bennett has extensive background in promoting collaboration and team-based approaches by bringing together research scientists with diverse backgrounds and expertise to solve complex scientific problems.

Susan Elrod, PhD

Association of American Colleges and Universities
Susan Elrod has been executive director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) since January 1, 2010. At PKAL, she leads national initiatives aimed at advancing what works in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) higher education, facilitates regional and national conferences and workshops, leads PKAL’s leadership development programs, and serves as a consultant to colleges and universities around the country. Building on a rich 20-year history, PKAL’s current initiatives include creating campus frameworks for interdisciplinary STEM learning, working with disciplinary societies to develop programs that better prepare undergraduates for solving 21st century problems, building leadership capacity in STEM higher education, fostering regional STEM networks that help faculty and institutional leaders implement more effective, learner-centered teaching strategies that improve the learning and success of all students.

Sue Frantz, MA

Highline Community College
Sue Frantz has taught psychology since 1990. Since 2001 she has been at Highline Community College, located in the Seattle area. She has been an early adopter of new technologies in which she saw pedagogical potential. She has had a web page with resources for her students since 1995. By the mid ‘90s she was giving presentations on (then) cutting edge technologies such as using email discussion groups to foster student engagement and interaction. As an active member of Division 2 — Society for the Teaching of Psychology, she has helped expand the resources of the division, including the development of the Teaching of Psychology Idea eXchange (ToPIX). She was recently elected as Vice President of Resources for Division 2. She currently maintains a “technology for educators” blog.

Dennis S. Freeman, PhD

Cherokee Health Systems
Dennis S. Freeman has served as Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Health Systems, Inc., a community-based provider of integrated primary care and behavioral health services in Tennessee, since 1978. Cherokee Health Systems is both a Community Mental Health Center and a Federally Qualified Health Center. The company now has 600 employees and two-dozen service locations including both rural and urban sites. In 2007 the National Center for Primary Care presented Cherokee the Best Practices in 21st Century Primary Care Award. Dr. Freeman is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Tennessee and is included in the National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology. He earned a B.A. degree in Psychology at Wheaton College, (Illinois) and a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He completed his internship at the Palo Alto/Menlo Park VA Hospital in California. In 2006 the Tennessee Psychological Association presented Dr. Freeman the Outstanding Contribution to Psychology Award. In 2010 the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee honored him with its inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Freeman’s professional interests include health services development and management, preservation of the safety net, managed care, population based care and the blending of behavioral health and primary care services.

Howard Gadlin, PhD

National Institutes of Health
Howard Gadlin has been Ombudsman and Director of the Center for Cooperative Resolution, at the National Institutes of Health since the beginning of 1999. Before that, from 1992 through 1998, he was University Ombudsperson and Adjunct Professor of Education at UCLA. He was also director of the UCLA Conflict Mediation Program and co-director of the Center for the Study and Resolution of Interethnic/Interracial Conflict. At present Dr. Gadlin is studying the dynamics of scientific teams and collaborations and developing new approaches to addressing conflicts among scientists. With colleagues he has written “Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide.” An experienced mediator, trainer and consultant, he has years of experience working with conflicts related to race, ethnicity and gender, including sexual harassment. He is often called in as a consultant/mediator in "intractable" disputes. He has designed and conducted training programs internationally in dispute resolution, sexual harassment and multicultural conflict. He is the author, among other writings, of “Bargaining in the Shadow of Management,” "Conflict, Cultural Differences, and the Culture of Racism" and "Mediating Sexual Harassment".

A. Seiji Hayashi, MD, MPH

Bureau of Primary Health Care Health Resources and Services Administration
A. Seiji Hayashi is the Chief Medical Officer for the Bureau of Primary Health Care at the HRSA. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hayashi oversees the Bureau’s clinical quality strategy for the nation’s community health centers, migrant health centers, health care for the homeless centers and public housing primary care centers. Prior to coming to HRSA, Dr. Hayashi served as Assistant Research Professor of Public Health and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center. His research and teaching focused on Community Oriented Primary Care, community health center policy, quality improvement and health information technology. Dr. Hayashi is a board-certified family physician and continues to care for patients at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Hayashi received his BA in Studio Art from Vassar College in 1991 and his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1997. In 2000, he completed the Family and Community Medicine Residency Program at the University of California San Francisco. He received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2001 as a fellow with the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.

Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, ABPP

President-Elect, American Psychological Association
Suzanne Bennett Johnson is a Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine and 2011 President-Elect of the American Psychological Association. She received her BA in psychology from Cornell University and her PhD in clinical psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook. She is licensed to practice in Florida and is Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. From 2002 to 2010, Dr. Johnson served as the first Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences at FSU College of Medicine in Tallahassee. Prior to that time, she was a Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Pediatric Psychology and Family Studies at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Gainesville. From 2001 to 2002, she was selected to be a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, working in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Dr. Johnson has numerous publications in the areas of pediatric psychology and clinical health psychology and has received many research, teaching and service awards. She is considered an expert in the areas of medical regimen adherence, behavioral aspects of childhood diabetes, pediatric obesity, and the psychological impact of genetic screening on children and families. She has over 30 years of research funding from the National Institutes of Health, including a Research Career Development Award.

Gilbert Newman, PhD

Wright Institute
Gilbert Newman is the Director of Clinical Training at the Wright Institute. In September, 2003, he received the Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award from the American Psychological Association (APA) in recognition of his long standing personal and professional commitment to gaining federal funding for psychology education and training, and his efforts to raise student awareness of the value of advocacy to psychology. In 2006, Dr. Newman received the Silver Psi from CPA recognizing outstanding service to the Association. He is also the recipient of the Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award from Division 31 of APA recognizing legislative advocacy work for state and federal laws. Dr. Newman trained at the Wright Institute Clinic and at the Superior Court, Alameda County, Family Court Services. He was employed from 1989 to 1996 at the Institute for Labor and Mental Health providing assessment and psychotherapy services for physically and psychologically disabled workers. In addition to providing crisis intervention, individual, group, and couples psychotherapy services, Dr. Newman has had extensive experience in program development, design, and consultation.

Mary J.S. Roth, PhD

Lafayette College
Mary J.S. Roth is Associate Provost for Academic Operations at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and is the Simon Cameron Long Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is a member of President’s senior staff and the Provost's cabinet. Dr. Roth’s duties include serving as the assessment coordinator for academic division, the College’s liaison officer to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the liaison to campus facilities department on capital projects and space assignments related to the academic division, and oversight of the academic division budgets.  She coordinates the interdisciplinary programs and has served as project shepherd for a new interdisciplinary science building and renovation of existing commercial structures to be used as facilities for programs in theater and in film and media studies. Dr. Roth holds a PhD in civil engineering and is a licensed engineer. She has taught extensively and conducted research in the area of geotechnical engineering.

Debra Rowe, PhD

U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
Debra Rowe is the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. The U.S. Partnership convenes members of the business, education, communities, government, and faith sectors of the U.S. and catalyzes national sustainability initiatives. Dr. Rowe is also co-founder of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, founder/facilitator of the Disciplinary Associations’ Network for Sustainability that includes the American Psychological Association, Senior Fellow at Second Nature and Senior Advisor to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. She helps higher education, K-12 associations and other private and public institutions integrate sustainability into mission, training, research, policy, community life, purchasing and investments, facilities and operations, and community partnerships. She also helps the private sector catalyze successful business models for the triple bottom line of sustainability. Dr. Rowe has been professor of psychology for over eighteen years at Oakland Community College. She is currently working with the American Psychological Association and ten other academic disciplinary associations on a U.S. Department of Education grant on integrating sustainability into curricula.

Nancy Ruddy, PhD

Mountainside Family Practice Residency
Nancy Ruddy has worked in primary care since 1992. After receiving her doctorate in child clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, she joined the faculty at the University of Rochester Family Medicine Department in Rochester, New York. During her 8 years at the University of Rochester, Dr. Ruddy taught medical students, family medicine residents, psychology & family therapy interns, and psychology post docs while maintaining a primary care based practice. During this time Dr. Ruddy also obtained her Clinical Membership and Approved Supervisor designation from the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy. In 2000 she joined the faculty of the Hunterdon Family Practice Residency in Flemington, New Jersey where she taught family medicine residents. In 2008, Dr. Ruddy moved to the Mountainside Family Practice Residency in Verona, New Jersey. Dr. Ruddy is the lead author of The Collaborative Psychotherapist a “how-to” guide for psychologists who want to build collaborative relationships with primary care physicians.

Bonnie Spring, PhD, ABPP

Northwestern University
Bonnie Spring is Professor of Preventive Medicine, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of Behavioral Medicine, and Co-Program Leader in Cancer Prevention at Northwestern University. She earned the PhD in psychology from Harvard University and is an elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. She holds the American Board of Professional Psychology's Diplomate in Clinical Health Psychology and is a Past President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) and a recipient of SBM’s Distinguished Research Mentor award. She also is founding editor of the journal, Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research and an advisory editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, and Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Dr. Spring’s interdisciplinary research on behavioral risk factors (smoking, poor quality diet, physical inactivity, obesity) has been funded continuously since 1976 by grants from the National Institutes of Health, American Heart and American Cancer Societies, and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Linda B. Smith, PhD

Indiana University - Bloomington
Linda B. Smith is a Distinguished Professor and the Chancellor's Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. She received her BS degree in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. Dr. Smith joined the faculty at Indiana University in 1977 and currently serves as Chair of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Her research is directed to understanding developmental processes especially as it applies to early cognitive development and to the interaction of perception, action and language in that developmental process. She has published over 200 research articles and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, Cognitive Science and the American Psychological Society.