New CYF members

Welcome Carmen Valdez, PhD, and W. Douglas Tynan, PhD, ABPP, who will both be serving from 2013-2015.

Carmen R. Valdez, PhDCarmen R. Valdez, PhD, is a licensed professional psychologist in the state of Wisconsin and an assistant professor in the department of counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her first line of research is on the impact of family stress and sociocultural context on Latino children’s academic, social and emotional functioning. In addition, she has developed a special interest in the role of anti-immigration climate on children’s adaptation and life course development. Valdez's second line of research entails the development and evaluation of two community-based, family-focused interventions for families experiencing maternal depression, Keeping Families Strong and Fortalezas Familiares (Family Strengths).


W. Douglas Tynan, PhD, ABPPW. Douglas Tynan, PhD, ABPP, is the senior health psychologist at Nemours Health & Prevention Services (NHPS). NHPS implements state wide programs to promote health and prevent disease. Prior to that, he served on the staff at Nemours AI duPont Hospital for Children, where he developed a federally funded program that trains both pediatric and psychology residents in the assessment and intervention of behavior problems in children in primary care settings, and coordinated a clinical group intervention program for children with disruptive behavior and their parents. He has also been involved in the Nemours Clinical Management program in the use of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system to develop programs to improve care by implementing standardized developmental and behavioral screenings in primary care, and use of the EMR to provide information and community links to parents.

He served as a consultant at the federal level to Head Start and the Commissioner for Children & Families at HHS from 1988-1992, and on the Committee for the Evaluation of Head Start from 2002-2007 for the Assistant Secretary for Children & Families. Tynan has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston University, an MS degree in child development from the University of Connecticut, a PhD in clinical Psychology from Binghamton University. He completed a fellowship at the University of Florida, and has had faculty appointments at Michigan State University, The George Washington University and Jefferson Medical College. He also is Senior Fellow at the Jefferson School of Population Health.

CYF recently participated in the APA Spring Consolidated Meetings. During the consolidated meetings, The committee met with 2013 APA President Don Bersoff, JD, PhD, 2013 APA President-Elect Nadine Kaslow, PhD, and APA CEO Norman Anderson, PhD, to discuss APA activities related to children, youth and family issues, including APA efforts to address gun violence and violence prevention. CYF also discussed plans for the 2013 APA convention in Honolulu. Along with several other committees, CYF is sponsoring the symposium, “Culture and Health Disparities among Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians: Indigenous Theory, Research, and Practice.” CYF will also co-host a Friday evening social hour with Divisions 16 (School Psychology) and 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice). Please plan to join us at both of these events. Also, look for convention highlights in an email and on the APA Children, Youth and Families website — coming soon.