Div. 31 president-elect candidate statement
By Lindsey Buckman, PsyD
Div. 31 Colleagues,
I am thrilled and honored to be nominated for the Div. 31 president-elect position. I have had the privilege of serving as the Div. 31 Early Career Psychologist Task Force Chair for two years, which has allowed me to understand the division from the perspectives of both a new member and a board member. In addition to my role in Div. 31, I served as the legislative chair for my state, provincial and territorial psychological association (SPTA) for four years and continue to serve on the Legislative Committee and Leadership Development Committee. I serve as a member of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and acted as the liaison to the Committee of State Leaders for two years. I also serve as the diversity member at large for Div. 42. Through my various roles, I have gained great appreciation for the collaborative relationships that Div. 31 helps to foster. I believe that Div. 31 has the potential to be an even greater resource to SPTAs by increasing our ability to act as a center for resources through the use of our website and Listserv. I would like to create an advocacy committee that would focus on tracking active legislation related to psychology and practice. In addition, I am interested in highlighting successful STPA strategies related to membership, student and early career psychologists recruitment and legislative advocacy, so that we may benefit from community knowledge.
I welcome the opportunity to increase my service to Div. 31. Thank you for your consideration.