APA's Council of Representatives has elected Carol D. Goodheart, EdD, as the APA treasurer and Ronald H. Rozensky, PhD, and Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, as members-at-large of the Board of Directors. All three will serve terms from January 2005 to December 2007. Meet the association's newest governance members:
Carol D. Goodheart
Goodheart is a psychologist in private practice in Princeton, N.J., and a clinical supervisor for doctoral students at the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She became a member-at-large of the APA board in 2002 and has served on its Subcommittee on Finance as well as APA's Finance Committee.
In her new position as treasurer, Goodheart will provide both financial oversight and policy leadership. It's important, she notes, for APA to remain responsive to current economic pressures.
"APA doesn't exist in a vacuum," she explains. "We have to do business, serve our members and serve the public in an environment that presents psychology with real challenges--changing demographics, the federal deficit, war and terrorism, the market-driven health-care system, research-granting agencies' priorities and rising debt loads for our early-career professionals."
She plans to work in concert with APA staff and governance to:
Create new sources of revenue. The field is growing, and APA needs the budget flexibility to fund new projects and services that keep pace with those changes, she said. It's also essential to keep member dues affordable, she added.
Increase diversity. The association's governance and staff should reflect the makeup of the increasingly diverse U.S. population, she says.
Increase public awareness of psychology. In a reflection of that goal, Goodheart has co-authored two books for the general public, including "Finding Your Voice" (Wiley, 2004), a book showing women how to use self-talk.
"The better we can translate psychology for the public," she explains, "the more access they have to us."
Goodheart is a former chair of APA's Policy and Planning Board and former president of APA Div. 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice). She is a co-editor of two forthcoming books, the "Handbook of Girls' and Women's Psychological Health" (Oxford, 2005) and "The Evidence for Psychotherapy" (APA, 2005).
Ronald H. Rozensky
Rozensky spent 25 years practicing and teaching at Northwestern University in Chicago before becoming a professor and the chair of the University of Florida's department of clinical and health psychology in 1998.
At Florida, he has helped establish the National Rural Behavioral Health Center, which focuses on helping rural communities prepare for natural and manmade disasters and provides disaster mental health relief. The center is now one of the first federally funded training sites under the Graduate Psychology Education program.
He is the founding and current editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings and a former chair of APA's Board of Professional Affairs and Board of Educational Affairs.
As an APA board member, Rozensky plans to support the association's public education activities, such as media outreach.
"I know we all work to give psychology away," he explains, "I just want to make sure we get the credit for what we do as scientists and practitioners. It's important for our future funding as scientists and health-care providers."
As such, he also plans to foster the association's public policy work, including expanding psychology's scope of practice, fighting harmful regulations and insurance practices and advocating for research funding and streamlined Institutional Review Board processes.
"APA must continue to make certain that there are minimal impediments to the practice of psychology and that research dollars are available to our scientists so that we can help the widest range of individuals, families and communities," he explains.
Other areas of focus, he says, include encouraging cooperation and consensus-building among APA's many constituencies, increasing the association's membership and persuading more members to get involved in APA governance. He is also interested in ensuring the quality and autonomy of APA's accreditation of graduate, internship and postdoctoral programs.
Rozensky has represented APA Div. 31 (State Psychological Association Affairs) and the state of Illinois on APA's Council of Representatives. He is also a former president of the Illinois State Psychological Association and recipient of the Karl F. Heiser Award from APA and the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Medical School Psychologists, a section of APA Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology).
Jessica Henderson Daniel
Henderson Daniel is a professor of psychology in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, director of training in psychology and associate director of the Adolescent Training Program in the division of adolescent medicine, both at the Children's Hospital in Boston, and an adjunct associate professor in the clinical program at Boston University.
During her tenure on APA's board, Henderson Daniel says she "looks forward to serving the entire APA organization," but especially those areas that align with her own career interests--diversity and education/training.
"I am very committed to diversity in its many forms," she explains. "I will advocate for APA to represent in its membership and governance the diversity in the United States."
That interest also covers helping graduate and internship programs arm their students with the latest techniques and theoretical approaches for research, teaching and practice with diverse groups and individuals.
In fact, early-career issues have been a long-standing interest of Henderson Daniel's. She is currently the senior member of APA's Ad Hoc Committee on Early Career Psychologists and plans to continue to advocate for their interests as a board member.
Her other priorities include:
Increasing the public's awareness of the daily usefulness of many psychological practices.
Supporting the work of practicing psychologists in nontraditional settings.
Advocating for behavioral research funding, including the freedom to study a range of topics.
Henderson Daniel is a former president of Div. 35 (Society for the Psychological Study of Women), former chair of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychologists and a member of the APA Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice. Her awards include the 2002 APA Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award and the Harvard Medical School's A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award. She is also co-editor of "The Complete Guide to Mental Health for Women" (Beacon Press, 2003).