Nominee for Vice President for Membership: Jessica Hoffman PhD
It is an honor to be nominated to serve a second term as Division 16's Vice President for Membership. The goals of D16 can only be achieved through the active participation of its members. Over the past 3 years I have worked to increase the number of new D16 members. The new member recruitment initiative that provided new members with one year of free membership helped D16 recruit approximately 1450 new members in a 1.5-year period. Recruiting new members during that time period could have been a challenge for the Division given discussions within APA occurring at that time regarding the potential removal of the school psychology exemption in the Model Licensing Act (MLA). Through the hard work of D16 leaders and many others, the school psychology exemption was retained. This experience highlighted how important it is for D16 to have a strong voice within APA. Given the Division's current international focus, the membership recently voted to add a new category of membership for International Affiliates, which is offered at a reduced membership rate. We are eager to expand our membership to include more voices from colleagues living around the globe. In my second term, I will continue to focus on membership recruitment, while simultaneously focusing on retaining current members. I welcome member communications via email and phone calls. If you have questions about becoming a D16 member or about the Division more generally, please let me know!
I am an associate professor (with tenure) at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where I teach in the MS/ CAGS and PhD programs in school psychology. I am licensed in psychology and school psychology in Massachusetts and hold a National Certificate in School Psychology. I have an active program of research focused on childhood obesity prevention and am the co-Principal Investigator on Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures, a multi-level, inter-institutional initiative to prevent obesity among preschool-age children in Boston. My research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and has been published in school psychology, pediatric psychology, and medical journals. In 2007 I received the Lightner Witmer Award from D16. Currently, I serve on the editorial boards for School Mental Health, School Psychology Review, and School Psychology Forum. I received my PhD in school psychology with a sub-specialization in pediatric school psychology from Lehigh University and completed my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. While living in Pennsylvania, I was employed as a school psychologist in Quakertown, PA.