DIVISION 16 CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Amanda VanDerHeyden, PhD: Nominee for VP for Social, Ethical and Ethnic Minority Affairs

Meet and learn about the candidate Amanda VanDerHeyden, running for Division 16 VP for Social, Ethical and Ethnic Minority Affairs

Amanda VanDerHeyden, PhD: Nominee for VP for Social, Ethical, and Ethnic Minority AffairsI am the current vice president of SEREMA for Division 16 and would be delighted to continue in this role for another term. In my role, I appoint and oversee four committees: the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, the Committee on Women, the Ethics Committee and Committee on Children, Youth and Families. During the past 2 years, I chaired a committee to draft and provide feedback on the DSM 5 proposed Learning Disability definition. This feedback was presented in a white paper that was jointly endorsed by the executive committees of NASP and D16 and was provided to the DSM 5 working group. I also co-chaired the committee to draft and provide feedback on the draft version of the revised Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing that is jointly published by the American Educational Research Association, APA, and the National Council on Measurement in Education. Our feedback was endorsed by the executive committees of NASP and D16 and was submitted to the work group drafting the Standards. My office is currently working to assist the Student Affiliates in School Psychology group to build a mentorship program around multicultural practices in school psychology. To accomplish valuable objectives, I think continuity is important.

Each of the committee chairs under my office has served more than one year in that role and past chairs have worked closely with incoming chairs to provide traction toward objectives that require more than 1-3 years to attain. Our committees have actively sought to collaborate with NASP leadership and members and have represented Division 16 at a number of APA leadership meetings. I want to recognize the chairpersons under the SEREMA office. Markeda Newell (past chair of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs), Scott Graves (current chair of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs and representative to the Committee on Children, Youth, and Families), Laura Crothers (Committee on Women), and Stephen Truscott (Ethics Committee). I am an active researcher and consultant. I currently serve on a number of editorial boards, am an adviser to the RtI Action Network, and a member of the Education Programs Committee for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. I am also a standing panel member for the Institute for Educational Sciences. I have served on and chaired a number of committees nationally and locally to benefit children and families. I would be honored to provide another three-year term of service to Division 16 if elected by my peers.