In Brief

Three members were elected for 2001-­03 service on APA's Board of Directors:

  • Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, was elected to serve as member-at-large.

  • Charles L. Brewer, PhD, retains his post after being elected to serve the remaining term of Catherine Acuff, PhD, who died suddenly last spring.

  • Ronald F. Levant, EdD, will continue to serve as recording secretary on the Board.

Nordal says her experience as an APA Congressional Science Fellow in 1990­91 "fueled her interest in the policy arena at state and federal levels." She has been involved in APA governance since 1993 when she began her service on the Council of Representatives. She also served as treasurer of the Women's Caucus from 1995­99 and served as chair-elect in 2000--although she will not serve as chair this year due to her board service. She was also chair of the Committee for Rural Health in 1999 and 2000. At the state level, Nordal's commitment began years earlier. She served as secretary/treasurer of the Mississippi Psychological Association (MPA) in 1984, MPA president in 1987 and is currently a member of the MPA legislative committee.

Only a few years after receiving her PhD from the University of Mississippi in 1976, Nordal began her independent practice in Vicksburg, Miss. The practice eventually grew into The Nordal Clinic that now has offices in Vicksburg and Ridgeland, Miss.

Nordal's commitment to the field has earned her the MPA Distinguished Practitioner Award in 1997 and, in 1994, the Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for advocacy on behalf of professional psychology and the MPA Kinlock Gill Jr. Outstanding Professional Psychologist Award.

"We must build the competencies of all psychologists to impact public policy," she says. "Psychology must be visible to our world." Nordal is committed to "supporting the necessary changes in the education and training of psychologists to prepare them to work more effectively in a changing marketplace," she says. "We must prepare psychologists for diverse practices both inside and outside of the health-care arenas.

Brewer has long served in APA governance--as president of Div. 1 (General) and Div. 2 (Teaching), and as a member of APA's Board of Educational Affairs, Membership Committee and Council of Representatives. Brewer was also editor of Teaching of Psychology. He is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Psychology at Furman University.

Levant, who was re-elected as recording secretary, has been active in APA governance for over 20 years. He served as member-at-large on the Board of Directors, two terms on the Council of Representatives, and two terms as member and two as chair of the APA Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice. Levant was also president of Div. 43 (Family), president of Div. 51 (Men and Masculinity) and editor of the Journal of Family Psychology. He is dean and professor of the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University.

--J. DAW