Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology


The mission of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP) is to prepare, support and empower women psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional, organizational and practice settings as well as APA governance, and increase the diversity, number and effectiveness of women psychologists as leaders. A major focus of the Institute is to ensure that leadership training opportunities are available for mid-career and senior women psychologists in all of their diversities.

Currently, the APA CWP Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology has been made possible by the generous support of the APA Women's Programs Office, the Society for the Psychology of Women and the APA Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training in Psychology. Support in previous years has been provided by the APA Board of Directors, the APA Council of Representatives, the Women's Caucus of the APA Council of Representatives, the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health, Psychologists in Independent Practice, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.



The LIWP Program goals include:

  1. Ensure that mid-career and senior women in psychology have the knowledge and skills necessary to compete for leadership/senior management positions in academic, practice and other professional settings as well as APA and SPTA governance.

  2. Enhance the number and effectiveness of women psychologists holding leadership positions in academic, practice and other professional settings as well as APA and SPTA governance.

  3. Increase the diversity of women psychologists in academic, practice and other leadership positions as well as APA and SPTA governance.

  4. Create networks of women psychologists in leadership/senior management positions in varied professional settings including APA and SPTA governance.

  5. Document the career movement, professional advancement as well as the perceived impact of the LIWP among participants.


The Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology is a two-pronged project that includes both an education component and a research component. The LIWP education and training component is represented by the highly interactive case-based workshops held twice per year and by the webinars held bimonthly on leadership development topics. The LIWP research component includes the Survey on Leadership Training Needs in Mid-career and Senior Women Psychologists.

View the agendas for the Year Seven 2014 August Program (PDF, 177KB), Year Six 2013 Follow-up (PDF, 26KB), Year Six 2013 October Program (PDF, 30KB) and the Year Five 2012-13 Follow-up (PDF, 25KB).


  • “Social Media for the Busy Professional”
    Efua Andoh, assistant director for Communications and Special Projects for the APA Public Interest (PI) Directorate offered tips and advice for using social media as a platform to further one’s career as well as in a professional setting.

  • “Fundraising 101”
    Stephen Peeler, vice president of Development at the Advancing Association and Nonprofit Leadership Foundation led the presentation and discussion on the essentials of a successful campaign, fundraising initiative and the components of a development program. 

  • "Advancing into Academic Administration"
    Ruth E. Fassinger, PhD, offered tips and advice for thinking about and moving into administrative positions in academe. She led the discussion on aligning leadership opportunities with long-term goals, preparing for and successfully interviewing, negotiating offers and managing the transition into the new role.

  • "Women in the APA Presidential Pipeline"
    2014 APA President Nadine Kaslow PhD, ABPP, 2012 APA President Suzanne Bennett Johnson PhD, ABPP, and 2011 APA President Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, ABPP, discussed both the process of making the decision to move yourself further along in the presidential pipeline and the actual initial steps you might take to implement that decision effectively.

  • “APA Governance”
    2014 APA President Nadine Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, APA Board of Directors, LIWP Executive Committee Member, and Nancy Moore, PhD, APA Governance Office, led the discussion on the structure, processes and strategies of APA’s governing bodies.

  • "Ethics from the Leader Perspective"
    Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, addresses the following topics: the differences between ethical choices and legal obligations, the identification of procedural safeguards, conflicts of interest, compensation and the abuse of power in "Ethics from the Leader Perspective." The webinar aims to outline the issues as well as provide principles and practices that emphasize prevention and decision-making strategies.

  • "Becoming an APA Leader"
    2014 APA President Nadine Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, Board of Directors, LIWP Executive Committee member, and Nancy Moore, PhD, APA Governance Office, led the discussion on the structure, processes and strategies of APA's governing bodies.

  • "Women Leaders at the United Nations"
    Merry Bullock, PhD, senior director of the APA International Affairs Office led the discussion on the role of psychology at the United Nations and leadership in the global context.

  • "Strategic Planning: Setting the Stage"
    Jay Younger, vice president, McKinley Marketing led the discussion of the importance of strategic planning and presented several effective strategic planning strategies.

  • "Working with You is Killing Me"
    2015 President-elect Susan McDaniel, PhD, ABPP and Karen F. Wyche, PhD, LIWP faculty, led the presentation on managing difficult relationships within the workplace.

  • "Advocacy Training 101"
    Krysta Jones, senior legislative and federal affairs officer for the PI-GRO, led the presentation on public policy process and lobbying.

  • "Having Difficult Conversations"
    Mary Casey Jacob, PhD, LIWP Executive Committee member, discusses the inevitability of difficult conversations for leaders and the challenges and opportunities these conversations present.

  • "An Overview to Fundraising in Healthcare and the Sciences"
    Dina Plapler, vice president for development in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Connecticut Center gave an in-depth overview of fundraising.


Executive Committee

Fundraising Committee


View the complete list of recent participants and their affiliations

  • Kathleen Ashton, PhD
    Cleveland Clinic, Bariatric & Metabolic Institute

  • Monica Baskin, PhD
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Vanessa Bing
    LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York

  • Phyllis Bolling, PhD
    New Jersey Institute of Technology; Jespy House

  • Colette Candy, PhD
    Denali Behavioral Health Home and APA Clinical Psychology Internship Program at Madigan

  • Kim Case, PhD
    University of Houston-Clear Lake

  • Christine Chambers, PhD
    Dalhousie University

  • Alette Coble-Temple, PsyD
    John F. Kennedy University

  • Theresa Coddington, PhD
    Responsive Centers for Psychology and Learning

  • Francine Conway, PhD
    Adelphi University

  • Terri Davis, PhD
    University of Denver

  • Leanne Embry, PhD
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

  • Jennifer Fredricks, PhD
    Connecticut College

  • Michi Fu, PhD
    California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University

  • Cynthia Gerhardt, PhD
    The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital

  • Margot Green, PhD
    The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center

  • Nancy Haug, PhD
    Palo Alto University

  • Robin Henderson, PsyD
    St Charles Health System

  • Marjan Holloway, PhD
    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

  • Brenda Huber, PsyD
    Illinois State University

  • Gayle Iwamasa, PhD
    Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Antoinette Kavanaugh, PhD
    Independent Practice

  • Brigitte Khoury, PhD
    American University of Beirut

  • Keely Kolmes, PsyD
    Dr. Keely Kolmes Private Practice

  • Melissa  Lamar, PhD
    University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Sandra Loo, PhD
    University of Califonia, Los Angeles

  • Michelle Meade, PhD
    University of Michigan

  • Jennifer Michels, PhD
    Marshfield Clinic

  • Michelle Nario-Redmond, PhD
    Hiram College

  • Alayne Ormerod, PhD
    Fielding Graduate University

  • Keisha Paxton, PhD
    California State University, Dominguez Hills

  • Julie Penley, PhD
    El Paso Community College

  • Rebecca Porter, PhD
    U.S. Army Health Clinic

  • Maria Schultheis, PhD
    Drexel University

  • Hideko Sera, PsyD
    Minnesota School of Professional Psychology

  • Gemima St. Louis, PhD
    Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

  • Laura Stroud, PhD
    The Miriam Hospital, Brown Medical School

  • Anita Thomas, PhD
    Loyola University Chicago

  • Lori Thomas, PhD
    Self Employed

  • Natasha Tokowicz, PhD
    University of Pittsburgh

  • Jocelyn Turner-Musa, PhD
    Morgan State University

  • Cynthia Wilson, PhD
    West Virginia University School of Medicine

  • Oksana Yakushko, PhD
    Pacifica Graduate Institute


The Dorothy W. Cantor American Psychological Foundation (APF) Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Fund was formally established with the APF in January 2011. The Dorothy W. Cantor APF Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Fund will support the Leadership Institute by providing operating support and also scholarships for a select number of APA LIWP participants who exhibit outstanding leadership qualities.
For more information about the Dorothy W. Cantor APF Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Fund, please contact Shari Miles-Cohen, PhD.

If you would like to make a donation, please download an APF LIWP pledge form (PDF, 429KB).