A message from the director of APA’s Office on SES, Keyona King-Tsikata

OSES director welcomes the new year, new CSES members and highlights a new resource

By Keyona King-Tsikata, MPH

As we enter this new year, the office and committee wish all of our members, monitors and readership a happy, prosperous and healthy 2013. A new year brings new opportunities for us to advance psychology as a science and a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare — ensuring that issues of socioeconomic status (SES) continue to receive the full attention of the association. 

We have dedicated space in this issue of The SES Indicator to our guest editor Dr. Daniel C. Marston, behavioral psychologists and founder of Marston Psychological Services, LLC in western Pennsylvania. Marston has offered a narrative on the neurobehavioral impacts of living in poverty from three perspectives, by underscoring how deficits associated with poverty (e.g. lack of financial resources, lack of adequate healthcare) significantly affect neurological factors impacting on behaviors, and how poverty as a chronic stressor impacts on neurological aspects of behaviors. Lastly, the article will offer strategies as to how psychologists might contribute in addressing these issues and lessen the significant effect that poverty has on neurobehavioral development.

The passion and drive of the Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES) members continues beyond their finite appointment terms. This is evidenced by the recent acceptance and its later electronic publication in the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues’ (SPSSI) peer reviewed journal, Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, an outlet for social science scholarship. The co-authored article, comprised of former CSES members, was released Dec. 26, 2012, entitled, Best Practices in Conceptualizing and Measuring Social Class in Psychological Research through the Wiley Online Library. View the brief video abstract with Dr. Matthew Diemer or access the article

This year, I am pleased to announce our newest members of the Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES), Drs. Dionne J. Jones and John M. Ruiz, each of whom brings a unique perspective, coupled with a passion for interpreting and understanding the role of SES and poverty in health, education and human welfare. The accomplishment and experience of our six-member committee will carry this work forward for a successful 2013 and beyond. The CSES members will convene for its first meeting of the year, March 15-17, 2013, in Washington. 

2013 Committee on Socioeconomic Status:

  • Laura Smith, PhD, chair

  • Cynthia Hudley, PhD

  • Dionne Jones, PhD

  • Salvador Macias, II, PhD

  • Ruth Riding-Malon, PhD

  • John Ruiz, PhD

We could not begin to do what we do without the efforts of a core group of giving and gracious individuals. As always this journey continues and we invite you to join us. You will find at the conclusion of this issue information on how you can become involved in the work of OSES and CSES, by joining the SES Network Listserv, serving as a formal monitor or serving on a future committee. If you have any questions, please contact us.


Keyona King-Tsikata
Director, Office on Socioeconomic Status