2012 ELC Presenters

Cynthia D. Belar, PhD, ABPP

American Psychological Association

Cynthia Belar is currently the Executive Director of the Education Directorate of the American Psychological Association 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. 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 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. Dr. Belar received her PhD in psychology from Ohio University in 1974 after an internship at Duke University Medical Center.

Bruce L. Bobbitt, PhD, LP

Optum® Behavioral Solutions, UnitedHealth Group

Bruce Bobbitt is currently the Vice President, Quality Management and Improvement at Optum® Behavioral Solutions, UnitedHealth Group. In this position he is responsible for the Behavioral Solutions Quality Program that encompasses internal clinical operations and the quality of care delivered by network clinicians. Dr. Bobbitt has held a number of different clinical and quality management positions at UnitedHealth over the past 18 years. Prior to coming to United he practiced psychology in Minnesota in numerous settings and has been a licensed psychologist for the past 28 years in Minnesota. In addition to publishing in the area, Dr. Bobbitt has given numerous presentations on the role of psychology in the health care system and is a Consulting Editor, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. He served 6 years as the Minnesota representative to the APA council of representatives and was member of the Minnesota Psychological Association Governing Council for 16 years. He is currently a member of the NCQA Behavioral Health Measurement Advisory Panel. Dr. Bobbitt is a graduate of Cornell University and received his PhD in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Ana Bridges, PhD

University of Arkansas

Ana Bridges received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 2007. Dr. Bridges is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Arkansas. Her research in health disparities focuses on increasing access to mental health services for underserved populations. She designed and consults for an integrated behavioral health program at a primary care clinic serving primarily recent Latino immigrants. Dr. Bridges has authored approximately 30 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and received funding for her research from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Verizon Foundation. Her training program in integrated behavioral health care has received national recognition and was identified as a model doctoral training program in integrated care by the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs.

Kermit A. Crawford, PhD

Boston University Medical Campus

Kermit Anthony Crawford is a licensed psychologist and designated forensic psychologist. He is Director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health and the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at the Boston University School of Medicine. His expertise is in mental health, disaster behavioral health and cross-culturally adaptable mental health service delivery. He is Principal Investigator on several grants and had several publications in refereed journals. In addition to his earned doctorate from Boston College, Dr. Crawford is recipient of an honorary doctoral degree of humane letters from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. He is recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Diversity Training Award from APPIC. He was also awarded the 2012 APA- Minority Fellowship Program’s James Jones Lifetime Achievement Award. He has trained, conducted evaluations and consulted with mental health systems across the nation. Dr. Crawford is psychologist with the New England Patriots of the National Football League.

Judith S. Eaton, PhD

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Judith Eaton is president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the largest institutional higher education membership organization in the United States. A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. Dr. Eaton has served as CHEA’s president since 1997, one year after CHEA’s formation. Under her leadership, CHEA has emerged as a major voice in discussions of higher education and accreditation. Prior to her work at CHEA, Dr. Eaton served as chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, where she was responsible for leadership and coordination of 32 institutions serving more than 162,000 students statewide. Previously, she was president of the Council for Aid to Education, Community College of Philadelphia and the Community College of Southern Nevada, and served as vice president of the American Council on Education. She also has held full- and part-time teaching positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

Debbie Gomez

University of Arkansas

Debbie Gomez earned her BA degree in Psychology from the University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, Texas) in 2009. As part of her undergraduate studies, Ms. Gomez was involved with research concerning ethnic/cultural differences in physician-patient communication. Ms. Gomez is currently enrolled in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Arkansas. Her research interests include treatment efficacy for childhood/adolescent externalizing disorders and health disparities in integrated behavioral health care. She has been providing integrated behavioral health care services to primary care patients for the past year as part of her graduate training.

Kathy Grisham

The Community Clinic at St. Francis House

Kathy Grisham has served for 14 years as the Executive Director of Community Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center, located in NW Arkansas. She has overseen the clinic’s growth from a volunteer service in one location serving 1000 patients annually to a network of seven clinics serving over 25,000 patients with primary care, dental and behavioral health services. Three years ago she partnered with the University of Arkansas to begin an Integrated Behavioral Health program in a Primary Care setting. This partnership has pioneered outcome data showing profoundly accelerated patient-reported improvements. She has become a strong proponent of the integrated model and is spreading the word to other Community Health Centers.

Jane S. Halonen, PhD

University of West Florida

Jane Halonen is entering her 10th year as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University of West Florida where she also teaches introductory psychology students in the honors program every fall.  A past President of the Society of Teaching of Psychology, Dr. Halonen won the American Psychological Foundation's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000. She has served as a department reviewer and consultant to over two dozen institutions. Her scholarly agenda has involved articles and projects in critical thinking, assessment, and psychology curriculum.  Dr. Halonen has served on multiple APA projects that establish curriculum standards, including her current service as the chair of the Task Force on Learning Goals and Outcomes which is revising the Guidelines for Undergraduate Psychology.

Ronald Marx, PhD

University of Arizona

Ronald Marx is Professor of Educational Psychology and Dean of Education at the University of Arizona, where he holds the Paul L. Lindsay and Kathy J. Alexander Chair in Education. His previous appointments were at Simon Fraser University and the University of Michigan, where he served as the chair of the Educational Studies Program and the co-director of the Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education (winner of a Computerworld-Smithsonian Laureate for innovation in educational technology) and the co-director of the Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools (winner of the Council of Great Cities’ Schools Urban Impact Award). In British Columbia, he conducted policy research that led to substantial reform of the province's schools. He has worked with computer scientists, science educators, scientists, and educational psychologists to enhance science education and to develop teacher professional development models. His recent work with psychologists, early childhood educators and public health researchers focuses on early education. Marx has published over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, and has raised over $35M for research and development projects.

Ann Tenbrunsel, PhD

University of Notre Dame

Ann Tenbrunsel received her PhD and MBA from Northwestern University. She is a professor in the College of Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame and is the Rex and Alice A. Martin Research Director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide. Dr. Tenbrunsel teaches at the executive, MBA, and undergraduate levels. Her current research interests focus on the psychology of ethical decision making, examining why employees, leaders and students behave unethically, despite their best intentions to behave to the contrary. She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of six books on this topicincluding Blind Spots (with Max Bazerman), Behavioral Ethics: Shaping an Emerging Field (with David De Cremer), Codes of Conduct: Behavioral Research into Business Ethics (with David Messick)— and over 50 research articles and chapters. Dr. Tenbrunsel’s research has been featured in interviews airing on MSNBC and National Public Radio, and adaptations, excerptions and references to her work have appeared in a variety of publications.