Message from the Director of APA’s Office on SES

Keyona King-Tsikata, MPH, introduces this issue's theme, guest editor, and outlines SES events at APA Annual Convention

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the Office and the Committee,

Welcome to the fourth volume of the SES Indicator. The Office and Committee on Socioeconomic Status (SES) remains committed to advance psychology’s contributions to the understanding and remediation of SES related disparities in health, education and human welfare.

In this issue we will introduce the topic of social determinants of mental health and will discuss the current implications for prevention and intervention efforts. This important discussion will be led by our esteemed colleague and this issue’s Guest Editor, Lynn Todman, PhD, Executive Director of the Institute on Social Exclusion at the Adler School of Professional Psychology based in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Todman's work focuses on the ways in which social, political, and economic structures systematically marginalize urban populations and is multidisciplinary, drawing on the fields of economics, political science, sociology, public health, psychology and system dynamics.

Also in this issue, the Office on SES will provide information on what the Committee on SES had contributed at this August’s APA Annual Convention in Washington, DC. APA’s Convention serves as a great platform to bring together leaders in the field to offer fresh perspectives and engaging conversations that are relevant and timely for the interest of the public.  We are excited to have participated in several symposia and activities highlighted in this issue.  Here is a short list of what our Office and Committee offered this year: 

  • Six CSES-sponsored Symposia 

  • SES Convention Program Highlights & Mini-Booklet 

  • Annual SES Network & CSES Leadership Award  Meeting 

  • APA Public Interest Booth

The Committee on SES is also pleased to announce their Call for Nominations for two open seats in the Committee’s membership, starting January 2012. We encourage you to review the Call and consider nominating a colleague, or self-nominating, to enhance our Committee with your expertise, work and passion for SES related issues.

As always, please feel free to continue to share your thoughts, impressions and opinions with OSES by contacting the Office directly, visiting our website or joining the SESNETWORK and Listserv. Your input and involvement directly helps the Office and Committee prioritize the issues that APA needs to address in fulfilling its commitment to research, advocacy, and practice related to poverty, SES and the reduction of socioeconomic disparities.

Please be sure to visit our website to access our office information, resources and official publications. Thank you for your continued support and participation as issues related to SES become central in conversations throughout our nation and worldwide.

Keyona King-Tsikata, MPH
Director, APA Office on Socioeconomic Status