2013 ELC Presenters

Judith Albino, PhD

University of Colorado Denver

Judith Albino is professor and university president emerita, as well as associate dean at the University of Colorado's School of Public Health. She received her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and began her academic career at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Albino served as associate provost and dean of the Graduate School at Buffalo, and then as president of the University of Colorado, and subsequently of Alliant International University in California. After returning to Colorado in 2007, she built a research program in health disparities of American Indian populations, and now directs the University's year-long senior leadership training program in the clinical and translational sciences. Albino served as treasurer of the American Psychological Association and of the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences. She was named 2013 Distinguished Psychologist in Management by the Society of Psychologists in Management. Albino consults on leadership and organizational development and planning. Her coaching practice aims to maximize the performance of individuals and teams in academic, scientific and health care roles.

Stephen Behnke, JD, PhD

APA Ethics Office

Stephen H. Behnke received his JD from Yale Law School and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. In 1996, Behnke was made chief psychologist of the Day Hospital Unit at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a position he held until 1998, when he was named a faculty fellow in Harvard University's program in Ethics and the Professions. After completing this fellowship, he directed a program in research integrity in the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. In November of 2000, Behnke assumed the position of director of ethics at the American Psychological Association. He holds an appointment in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Behnke co-leads an ethics discussion group at the meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association and has consulted to various psychoanalytic institutes regarding issues of ethics and law.

Behnke' s research interests focus on issues at the convergence of law, ethics, and psychology. He has written on multiple personality disorder and the insanity defense, on issues involving competence and informed consent to treatment and research, on forced treatment of the severely mentally ill, and on state laws relevant to the work of mental health practitioners.

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. 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. Belar received her PhD in psychology from Ohio University in 1974 after an internship at Duke University Medical Center.

Paula Domenici, PhD

Center for Deployment Psychology

Paula Domenici is the director of Civilian Training Programs at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. She oversees training programs for civilian clinicians working with the military and their families, and develops and presents workshops on deployment psychology and Prolonged Exposure Therapy to treat PTSD. She has worked as a psychologist at the National Naval Medical Center where she treated service members with blast-related psychological and physical injuries. Earlier she was an APA congressional fellow at the Office of Senator Hillary Clinton covering mental health, aging and military/veteran issues in the legislative arena. She also worked as a post-doctoral fellow and staff psychologist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Domenici received a MA in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and PhD in counseling psychology from University of Maryland, College Park. She is co-author of the new book, "Courage After Fire for Parents of Service Members: Strategies for Coping When Your Son or Daughter Returns From Deployment." This book follows "Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning From Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families." 

Louise A. Douce, PhD

Ohio State University

Louise Douce is a specialist in college student mental health and has been nationally active in the education and training issues for psychologists and other mental health professionals. She has published and presented extensively on suicide prevention and is a pioneer in university threat assessment, chairing the OSU team for 25 years and providing crisis support for the campus.

Carol Falender, PhD

University of California, Los Angeles

Carol Falender is co-author of "Clinical Supervision: A Competency-based Approach" (2004) and "Getting the Most Out of Clinical Training and Supervision: A Guide for Practicum Students and Interns" (2012) with Edward Shafranske, co-editor of "Casebook for Supervision: A Competency-based Approach" (2008) with Edward Shafranske, and co-editor of "Diversity and Multiculturalism in Clinical Supervision: A Competency-based Approach" (in press) with Edward Shafranske and Celia Falicov. She is a member of the Supervision Guidelines Group of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) and chair of the Supervision Guidelines Task Force of the Board of Educational Affairs of APA. Falender is a fellow of American Psychological Association (APA). She is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University, clinical professor in the UCLA Department of Psychology, co-chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee and co-chair of the Supervision and Training Section of Div. 17 of APA.

Linda Forrest, PhD

University of Oregon

Linda Forrest is a professor and associate director, Center on Diversity and Community at the University of Oregon. She was the editor of a special section on "Educators and Trainers' Responsibilities When Trainees' Personal Belief or Values Collide with Competent Practice" published last year in Training and Education in Professional Psychology®. Articles from this special section have received two national awards. As chair of the BEA Virtual Working Group on Restrictions Affecting Diversity Training in Graduate Education, she has overseen the development of a pedagogical statement that articulates psychology's position on training programs' responsibilities when trainees' worldviews, beliefs or values conflict with professional psychology's commitment to serving a diverse clientele.

Forrest's scholarship focuses on professional ethics and training issues with a special emphasis on identifying best policies and practices for identifying, intervening and remediating professional competence problems. Previously, Forrest served as the chair of the APA Ethics Committee and she is currently chairing a joint ethics initiative between APA and the Ethnic Minority Psychology Associations. Forrest is a fellow in Divisions 17, 35, 44 and 45.

Ann Franke, Esq.

Wise Results, LLC

Ann Franke is a nationally recognized expert in higher education law. She assists colleges and universities with a wide spectrum of legal, policy and risk problems. She is a fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and a recipient of the national Facilitator Award from the Stetson College of Law. She also received a Fulbright senior scholar award to study the development of private universities in Australia. Franke previously held management positions with United Educators Insurance and the American Association of University Professors, where she earned tenure. She received her BA, MA and JD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an LLM from Georgetown University.

William L. Hathaway, PhD

Regent University

William L. Hathaway is the dean of the School of Psychology & Counseling at Regent University. He is past president and a council representative for APA's Div. 36: The Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. He is licensed clinical psychologist with specialty training in clinical child psychology. He has been active in professional service and currently serves on the Board of Psychology for Virginia and the APA Commission on Accreditation. Prior to entering full-time work in academic he served as a clinical psychologist for the Air Force. Hathaway has published extensively in the area of clinical psychology of religion and spirituality and concurrently holds faculty appointments in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the Old Dominion University and Saint Leo University with interdisciplinary interests in applied ethics. He has consulted with professional associations, academic departments, lobbyists, and clinicians on religious issues in clinical practice.

Patricia Keith-Spiegel, PhD

Ball State University

Patricia Keith-Spiegel specializes in professional ethics and standards, organizational integrity, moral hazards, decision-making and resolution of ethical conflicts. Her forthcoming book, "Red Flags in Psychotherapy: Stories of Ethics Complaints and Resolutions" (Routledge, 2014), is written as creative nonfiction allowing the underlying personal struggles of those accusing and those facing ethics charges to be revealed. Her work resulted in federally-funded grants from the Office of Research Integrity, the National Institutes of Health and the Fund for Improvement in Postsecondary Education. She is a co-author with Gerald Koocher on "Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions" (4th edition in process). She served two terms as chair of the Ethics Committee of APA.

Keith-Spiegel directed the Center for Teaching Integrity at Ball State University, where she is the Voran Honored Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Emerita. While at California State University, Northridge, she received the California State Trustee's Award for Outstanding Professor across all state university campuses. Keith-Spiegel received the Distinguished Professor Award from the American Psychological Foundation, and was a visiting professor of psychology in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Sharon Kirkland-Gordon, PhD

University of Maryland Counseling Center

Sharon Kirkland-Gordon, a licensed psychologist, currently serves as director of the University of Maryland Counseling Center, where she is responsible for the administration and oversight of four divisions; the Counseling Service, Learning Assistance Service, Disability Support Service and the Testing and Research Unit. Prior to her appointment as director, Kirkland served as training director of the Counseling Center's highly competitive and nationally accredited doctoral internship program. For the past 25 years, Kirkland has provided psychotherapy, career counseling, diagnostic assessment and crisis intervention services for many undergraduate and graduate student help-seekers. In addition to these activities, she serves on several committees, including the University's Behavior Evaluation and Threat Assessment Team (BETA). Her professional interests include administration, consultation, multicultural counseling, crisis intervention, supervision, training, women's issues, relationship violence and recovery from sexual abuse trauma.

Kirkland has presented to professional audiences in the areas of mental health, diversity, domestic violence, clinical supervision and helping distressed students. She is a member of the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, the American Psychological Association, the American College Personnel Association and the Maryland Psychological Association. She received the Helen Roehlke Award, the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies' highest honor. She currently serves on the board for the Family Crisis Center of Prince George's County. Kirkland received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo where she also holds a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling. She received her undergraduate degree from Spelman College in Atlanta.

R. Eric Landrum, PhD

Boise State University

R. Eric Landrum is a professor of psychology at Boise State University, receiving his PhD in cognitive psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His research interests center on the educational conditions that best facilitate student success as well as using SoTL strategies to advance the efforts of scientist-educators. He has over 300 professional presentations, more than 20 books/book chapters, and has published over 70 professional articles in scholarly journals. He has worked with 275+ undergraduate research assistants and taught 12,500+ students in 21 years at Boise State. During Summer 2008, he led an APA working group at the National Conference for Undergraduate Education in Psychology, studying the desired results of an undergraduate psychology education. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, a fellow in APA's Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology or STP), served as STP secretary (2009-2011) and will serve as the 2014 STP president.

Ali Mattu, PhD

Columbia University

Ali Mattu completed his PhD in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was a doctoral intern at New York City's Bellevue Hospital Center and a post-doctoral fellow at the NYU Langone Medical Center's Child Study Center. In November, he joins the faculty of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Mattu treats anxiety, depression and body-focused repetitive behaviors using cognitive-behavior therapy. His research focuses on the development, affect regulation and style of pulling of hair-pulling disorder.

Mattu served as the chair of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), was a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Directors, was appointed to two Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Div. 2) Presidential Task Forces and is presently on the Executive Committee of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA).

Maureen A. McCarthy, PhD

Kennesaw State University

Maureen McCarthy is the third person to hold the post of faculty executive assistant to the president at Kennesaw State University. McCarthy earned her MS degree in counseling and PhD in research and evaluation from Oklahoma State University. As professor of psychology, McCarthy has taught introductory psychology, research methods, experimental psychology, ethics and professional issues in applied psychology, principles of psychological testing, and the senior seminar. McCarthy was named the College of Humanities and Social Sciences distinguished professor (2012).

McCarthy conducts research in the areas of pedagogy, assessment of student learning and program evaluation. As a member of the APA Education Directorate's Department Consulting Service, she regularly consults on department program reviews. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications including the American Psychologist article "Quality Benchmarks in Undergraduate Psychology Programs." She previously served as president of Div. 2, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and is a member of the Div. 35, the Society for the Psychology of Women, and Div. 5, Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics. McCarthy currently serves as the co-chair of the Advanced Placement Psychology Test Development Committee.

Sangeeta Panicker, PhD

APA Science Directorate

Sangeeta Panicker is director of the Research Ethics Office in the Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association (APA). Panicker received her doctorate in cognitive neuroscience from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. She also has masters' degrees in psychopharmacology from the University of Cincinnati and in clinical psychology from the University of Bombay.

In her current position, she serves as a resource for APA members, APA staff and the public at large, on ethical, legal and scientific issues pertaining to the conduct of behavioral and psychological research, including issues related to research ethics and research integrity, protection of human participants in research, humane care and treatment of laboratory animals, and the responsible conduct of research in general.

Brian Sponsler, EdD

NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Brian A. Sponsler is vice president for research and policy at NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. A member of NASPA's executive team, he oversees the association's research portfolio and works to cultivate and maintain relationships with institutional partners, higher education researchers and policy leaders. Sponsler's research interests include college access for disenfranchised student populations, student development and success, civic engagement, geographic impediments to college-going, and policy adoption theory. Prior to joining NASPA, he worked at a leading higher education think tank and has held several campus-based professional positions. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University.

Barbara Stanley, PhD

Columbia University Medical Center

Barbara Stanley is a professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry and the director, Suicide Intervention Center at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Stanley has expertise in borderline personality disorder, suicide and depression, dialectical behavior therapy, psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment research, biobehavioral research on suicide and borderline personality disorder. She has also mentored research on fMRI studies examining the interpersonal dysfunction dimension of BPD, genetics studies of BPD and treatment engagement trials with suicidal individuals.

Marlene Thorn, PhD

IMT Consulting Associates, LLC

Marlene Thorn is a leading international and national psychologist-manager. She consults in the role of human behavior and its application to organizations, businesses and leadership development. Thorn full-time professional experiences include: The International Monetary Fund (IMF), G.E. Information Services, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, U.S. General Accountability Office, Gallaudet University, St. Elizabeth's Mental Health Hospital and the District of Columbia Rehabilitation Administration. Her awards and honors include: IMF Outstanding Achievement Award 2010, and a full salary sabbatical from the IMF to the University of Maryland where she was a Senior Fellow at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership. Thorn earned her degrees from the University of Maryland, and the University of Florida and holds an Executive Development Certification from ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain. She is currently an adjunct professor, Business and Executive Programs, Graduate School of Management and Technology at the University of Maryland University College.

Erica Wise, PhD

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Erica H. Wise is director of the psychology clinic and clinical professor in the clinical psychology doctoral program at UNC Chapel Hill. She supervises graduate students in the training clinic and teaches doctoral level courses that focus on clinical practice and supervision. In addition, she coordinates a monthly diversity journal club for the program. She is a former member and chair of the APA Ethics Committee and the North Carolina Psychology Board. She is currently chair of the APA Policy and Planning Board, immediate past president of NCPA, and co-chair of the NCPA Ethics Committee. She is a frequent presenter and consultant on ethical issues in clinical psychology and was the recipient of the 2013 APA Ethics Committee Award for Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education. Her professional interests include professional education and training and the integration of ethics, diversity and self-care into academic and professional practice settings.