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Div. 20 elections: Candidate statements

Hear from the candidates for this year's Div. 20 elections.

The following individuals will stand for election for Div. 20.

President

Harvey L. Sterns

Harvey L. Sterns is professor of psychology and director of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology at The University of Akron. He is also a research professor of gerontology in family and community medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. He is a faculty member in the psychology of adult development and aging and industrial/organizational psychology graduate programs and chairs the specialization in industrial gerontological psychology.

Sterns has published extensively on cognitive intervention, work and retirement, career development, training and retraining, and maintaining professional competence. He is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and the Ohio Academy of Science. He has served as president of the following organizations: APA Div. 20 (Adult Development and Aging ); Association for Gerontology in Higher Education; Sigma Phi Omega National Academic and Professional Society in Gerontology; Ohio Network of Educational Consultants in the Field Of Aging; Jewish Family Service, Akron; and Mature Services, Inc. Also, he has served as chair of the city of Akron Commission on Aging to the Mayor and City Council. He was a board of trustee member of the American Society on Aging, and Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc. Currently he is a board of trustee member of the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education and Mature Services, Inc. He is vice president of business development for Creative Action, LLC.

He is a leading authority on business and aging, and the psychology of adult development and work and cognitive intervention. For over two decades he has addressed issues related to training and retraining, career development, retirement and age discrimination in the workplace. He has served as co-chair of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Task Force on Business and Aging. He is the author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters. Recent books co-authored include: "Working Longer: New Strategies for Managing, Training and Retraining Older Employees," Amacom (2008), and "Adult Development and Aging Third Edition," McGraw-Hill (2007).

Secretary

Joann Montepare

I am pleased to be considered for the position of Div. 20 secretary, and I am confident that my professional experience has prepared me well for assuming the organizational and record-keeping responsibilities of this position. I am a professor of psychology and director of the Rosemary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies at Lasell College.  I hold a PhD in social-developmental psychology from Brandeis University, and my research focuses on social- and self-perceptions of age. I've been involved in organizing teaching initiatives which draw on my interests in changing conceptions of age - and, warrant a toolbox of broad communication skills. I spearheaded several innovative intergenerational educational initiatives which bring together younger and older learners between 18 and 100 years of age. I am developing a (grant-funded) instructor-friendly "Talk of Ages" web resource for integrating aging content and intergenerational activities into college classes. I've also collaborated with community groups on peer-mentoring programs for mid-life adults exploring encore careers which connect personal expertise with social impact. As an aging advocate, collaborator, and planner, I serve as the president of the Massachusetts Gerontology Association, as well as on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior where I am the associate editor for special issues, which allows me to work with diverse researchers organizing issues on contemporary topics. I recently served as the APA/Div. 20 conference program co-chair and Listserv co-moderator.  I look forward to the opportunity to chronicle and communicate the work of the division.

Council Representative

Amy Ai

It would be an honor to serve as an APA Council representative. I received my PhD in psychology and was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. I am a professor of psychology, social work, family medicine, and nursing at Florida State University (FSU). I am also affiliated with the newly established Longevity Center, FSU. As a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the APA Divs. 36, 38 and 20, and the American Psychological Science, I have served as a Liaison to an APA Presidential Task Force on Caregiving. I was selected as a gubernatorial appointee on the Washington State Council on Aging, an at-large delegate and representative of Academic Settings to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, and a John Hartford Geriatric Faculty Scholar. My interdisciplinary studies on adult and older cardiac patients have been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) agencies and Templeton and Hartford foundations. My scholarship led to my invited review of major grants for the NIH, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Defense. Many of my publications (90 peer reviewed articles, 22 chapters, one book and three special issues) are related to aging and behavioral health. In practice, I have treated medical and mental health problems of many elder patients. As an educator, I have taught various theories on adult development and aging. If selected, I would extend the influence of Div. 20, enhance our collaboration with other divisions, promote the APA-division membership, and use my service to shed new light on behavioral intervention for positive aging and longevity.

Carolyn Aldwin

One of the things I most enjoy about my work is the ability to create bridges across disciplines related to aging, and also across research and practice. My research focuses on how psychosocial factors such as personality, stress, and coping processes affect physical and mental health, especially in later life. My research and writing try to bridge the gap between biogerontologists, developmental, and health psychologists, as well as between researchers and practitioners.

I have served on the Div. 20 Executive Committee, as well as the former chair of the Aging Interest Group for Div. 38 (Health Psychology). I chaired the Awards Committee for Div. 20 and have been program chair. As president of Div. 20, I sponsored collaborative efforts across APA divisions. With Div.12 Section 2, we successfully applied for APA interdivisional funding to create a new website, GeroCentral, which is a repository of information for clinicians, researchers, teachers, and students. Thus, I would bring this collaborative orientation for an effective voice for aging sciences and practice to council.

I am currently the Jo Anne Leonard Endowed Director of the Center for Health Aging Research at Oregon State University, and a fellow of both Divs. 20 and 38 and GSA. I am the editor of Research in Human Development and have served on the editorial boards for Psychology and Aging and the Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences , and as coeditor for Psychology and Health. I have authored three books, as well as over 100 journal articles and book chapters.

Patricia Parmelee

I'm honored to be considered for service as a Div. 20's delegate to the APA Council of Representatives. We have experienced a lot of positive change over my 30-plus years' involvement with the division and APA. But now more than ever, we also face significant challenges—challenges that require a strong voice and levelheaded representation for Div. 20 to survive and to thrive. In particular, the Good Governance Project is profound changes to APA structure and function. Some of these are no-brainers—of course we need to use communications technology more effectively. Others, particularly options for restructuring member representation and fiduciary responsibility of Council, are sweeping and quite complex. It is imperative, before moving forward, that we carefully consider their potential impact. This is particularly true for Div. 20 and others that represent diverse member interests and needs,

As your council representative, I would work to ensure that our members are well informed about and have a clear voice in addressing these challenges. I would evaluate each issue brought to Council thoughtfully and in measured fashion, with an eye toward long-range impact on Div. 20 and APA. I strongly value action over rhetoric, and would work within Council to defuse controversy by encouraging issue-based discussion, pragmatic assessment of pros and cons, and strategic compromise to achieve workable results.

I bring to these tasks a “big picture” perspective born of a unique set of professional experiences, including positions in academic departments of psychology and medical schools, in nonprofit research organizations, and in the healthcare industry. Thus, I understand not only the diversity of interests represented in our profession, but the broad range of forces that shape and affect those interests. Administrative positions in each of those settings have honed the leadership and communication skills needed for success in participative governance. I know Div. 20 well, having served over the years as newsletter editor, member at large and, most recently, division president. I've also been privileged to work with the Education Directorate to facilitate funding of the Graduate Psychology Education program, and have collaborated with the Committee on Aging and Div. 12 Section 2 on shared projects. Thus, I can bring to council the broad, objective and balanced perspective needed to address the complex challenges facing APA. Thanks for considering me for this position.

Member-at-Large

Sherry Beaudreau

Sherry A. Beaudreau, PhD, serves as associate director of a large VA mental health research fellowship consisting of clinical associate professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Honorary Associate Professor through the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She received her PhD in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. Dr. Beaudreau ' s research and clinical work centers on late-life anxiety and cognitive impairment and interventions for older adults with anxiety disorders. She received two New Investigator awards in recognition of her work through the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology and the International Society to Advance Alzheimer ' s Research and Treatment. She was awarded an Alzheimer ' s Association New Investigator Research Grant to pursue her research examining anxiety and depressive symptoms and genetic moderators as predictors of cognitive decline. Dr. Beaudreau mentors aging research, lectures, and provides other didactics relevant to aging for graduate students, psychology interns, and postdoctoral fellows. Her role as associate director of the VA Fellowship program keeps her heavily involved in the development, coordination, and provision of general clinical research didactics. She chairs the Stanford/VA Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuroscience Grand Rounds, an interdisciplinary forum for aging researchers and clinicians.

Dr. Beaudreau has been a member of Div. 20 for over a decade and wishes to increase her involvement and contribution to the division as a member-at-large. She has been active in Div. 12 Section 2, (Society of Clinical Geropsychology) as a student representative, newsletter editor, secretary, and has been entrusted as archivist for the society. She is a long-time member of the Gerontological Association of America and reviews presentation abstracts for annual convention. She currently serves on the editorial board of The Gerontologist and as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of journals including Psychology and Aging and Journals of Gerontology. She has published over 25 articles and book chapters.

Jane Berry

Jane Berry, PhD, is associate professor of psychology and endowed chair of the MacEldin Dunn Trawick Professorship in Psychology at the University of Richmond, Va., a selective liberal arts college that emphasizes close and collaborative mentoring of undergraduate students, and the teacher-scholar model. Jane earned her BA, MA and PhD at Washington University in St. Louis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan's Institute of Gerontology and further research training at the Institute for Personality Assessment and Research at the University of California, Berkeley, before joining the faculty at Richmond in 1991. Her research, supported by an R01 from the NIH/NIA and internal grants from the University of Richmond, focuses on memory self-efficacy, metacognitive aging, and perceptions of aging and ability in self and other.

At Richmond, Jane served as chair of the Department of Psychology from 2007-2012, and has recently returned to a full teaching load following a year-long sabbatical immersed in scholarship. In addition to statistics, research design, adult development, and an advanced memory seminar, one of her favorite courses is a first-year seminar on depictions of aging in science and literature. Currently, she and her advanced undergraduate students are editing the adult development entry on Wikipedia, taking on the challenge issued in the APS Wikipedia Initiative to “represent scientific psychology as fully and as accurately as possible and thereby to promote the free teaching of psychology worldwide.” Jane has over two dozen publications; her recent publications focus on metacognitive components of the associative deficit in recognition memory, and perceptions of competence and attitudinal biases related to healthy aging and Alzheimer's disease.

Jane been a member of Div. 20 since 1983 and won its Dissertation Research Award in 1987. She is also a member of APS, GSA, the International Association for Metacognition and APA Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology). She has recently joined the editorial board of Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, and has served as ad hoc reviewer for JG:PS; Psychology & Aging, Ageing & Society; Aging, Neuropsychology, & Cognition; Applied Cognitive Psychology; Child Development; Developmental Psychology; Experimental Aging Research; European Journal of Personality; International Journal of Behavioral Development; Journal of Applied Gerontology; Journal of Social Behavior & Personality; Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin; PLoS One; Social Cognition; and Social Psychology Quarterly.

Jane has received awards and nominations for her mentoring, teaching, and scholarship, including the Department of Psychology Outstanding Faculty Award (2003), the School of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Mentor Award (recipient, 2003; nominee, 2011), the University's Black Students Association Outstanding Faculty Award (2002), and the University's Distinguished Educator Award (2000), and was a finalist for the state's Outstanding Faculty Award, State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV, 2004).

Jane has served Div. 20 as program chair (1996-1997), secretary (2002-2005) and elections chair (2007-2012), and would be pleased and honored to return to its executive committee and serve its members in a new capacity as member-at-large.

Shane Bush

Shane S. Bush, PhD, ABPP, is a psychologist and member of the geropsychology postdoctoral residency program supervisory staff at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System. He is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Director of Long Island Neuropsychology, P.C. He provides clinical services to older adults in long-term care and outpatient settings, and he supervises postdoctoral residents in those same clinical contexts. Bush is board certified in clinical psychology, rehabilitation psychology, and neuropsychology, and he has completed the ABPP board certification process in geropsychology. He is also a trained examiner for ABPP-Geropsychology. He is a fellow of APA Div. 20, as well as Divs. 12, 22, 40 and 42. He is a past president and fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He has published more than 15 books and special journal issues, including "Geriatric Neuropsychology: Practice Essentials," "Geriatric Mental Health Ethics: A Casebook," and a special issue of NeuroRehabilitation devoted to geriatric neuropsychology. He has also published more than 90 articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries, a number of which are related to geropsychology. Professional ethics has been a primary scholarly focus. He has presented at national and international conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of Applied Neuropsychology, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, and Psychological Injury and Law. He is a veteran of both the U.S. Marine Corps and Naval Reserve.

Jennifer Moye

Jennifer Moye, PhD, is the director of geriatric mental health at VA Boston and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. She completed her undergraduate work in psychology and philosophy at the Ohio State University, and her graduate studies in psychology at the University of Minnesota. Moye's clinical and research work focuses on the older adult's adaption to medical illness at the intersection of clinical implementation, biomedical ethics, and healthcare policy. Across her clinical, teaching, and research activities, her goals are to support patient centered care; improve patient-clinician communication; and enhance policies and processes of care within healthcare and health law.

With colleagues she has studied clinical markers, inter-rater reliability, and longitudinal progression of capacity in adults with dementia and schizophrenia, and developed a series of American Psychological Association (APA)- American Bar Association (ABA) practice handbooks to improve capacity determination by lawyers, judges, and psychologists – disseminated to more than 100,000 professionals. She was active in passing and implementing a revised probate code in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She was recognized for her work by receiving the APA Committee on Aging Advancement of Psychology and Aging. More recently she has investigated risk and resilience factors in recovery from cancer. She has implemented and tested interventions to improve survivorship care including yoga and electronic medical record based models. Her more than 100 publications include those appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the American Psychologist. Moye is the chair of the APA Committee on Aging.