When Nadine Kaslow, PhD, takes the helm of Div. 43 in 2002, it will mark the first time that a mother and daughter have served as president of the same APA division--a milestone that seems especially appropriate for APA's Family Psychology division.
Nadine Kaslow, a professor at the Emory University School of Medicine, is the daughter of Florence Kaslow, PhD, who served as Div. 43 president in 1987 and is chair of the Family Psychology Specialty Council, winner of this year's Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology Award and liaison to APA's Committee on International Relations in Psychology.
"My mom's involvement in APA encouraged me to get involved with the association," says Nadine. "I learned about divisions at the dinner table."
Both Kaslows have been active members of the division, which celebrated its 15-year anniversary at APA's 2000 Annual Convention, by serving on the board and as division officers. In addition, both women have received the Distinguished Contribution Award to Family Psychology.
When Florence Kaslow was division president, she worked to launch the division's journal, the Journal of Family Psychology, boost membership and establish research as an important component of the division. Nadine Kaslow will face different challenges in 2002. Her goals are to improve family psychology training at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, promote the integration of practice and research in family therapy, and make strides in diversity and cultural competency in family therapy.
Despite the mutual interest in family psychology, Nadine's career hasn't mirrored her mother's. While the senior Kaslow has focused on her private practice, international psychology and pioneering the field of forensic psychology, Nadine carved a niche for herself with her research on women's health, childhood depression and her work in education and training. Nadine is chair of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, serves as a member of the APA Board of Educational Affairs and participated in the U.S. Public Health Service's Primary Care Policy Fellowship this year. And her recent work with Rep. John Lewis (DGa.), sponsor of the Health Care Fairness Act, made a critical difference on federal legislation to address racial and ethnic health disparities.
Nevertheless, as one might expect, Nadine frequently is asked why she followed her mother into psychology.
"I saw that my mom enjoyed what she did and I got the sense early on that a career in psychology was a really good thing," says Nadine. "We all have similarities to our parents and, for me, that ended up being a career similarity."
Interestingly, Nadine's brother and father are both stockbrokers and work in the same firm.
Nadine admits it's taken time for her to develop her own identity. "I was my mother's child in APA for a long time," she says.
Indeed, sharing a profession with a son or daughter can be complex and challenging, says Florence, but also extremely rewarding.
"She has been a source of extreme pride and joy for me, I love to hear how well she is doing and is received," says Florence. "Her work stands on its own."