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Membership Committee Update

Christine Chambers, PhD reflects on her term as member-at-large at SPP

I Love SPP

As I step down from my term as the Member-at-Large for Membership, I want to take a moment to thank all the SPP members with whom I’ve had the pleasure of interacting over the last three years. I first joined SPP as an undergraduate student and SPP has been along my side for each and every stage of my training and professional career.

It has been a privilege to sit on the board and advocate for SPP member needs. Some of the highlights during my term include: a successful survey that helped the board better know our members, a more efficient online membership application and renewal process, better tracking of both recruitment and retention of our members, a raffle to reward members who renew their memberships early, gifts for SPP members distributed at conferences (e.g., SPP pins at APA, SPP lanyards at the National Conference), the formalization of a process to establish Special Interest Groups (SIGs) within SPP, a partnership with Oxford University Press to publicize member benefits, and the development of initiatives (in partnership with the SPP Student Representative) to encourage students to join and remain part of SPP.

Through these various initiatives I’ve had the chance to interact with many SPP members, both formally and informally. Through our many emails and conversations, I realized that it’s not just me who feels strongly about and believes in SPP, we all love SPP.

I encourage each of you to consider ways you could become more involved and continue the organization’s growth. It took several years of convincing—who would vote for me, I wondered—and then a lost prior election before I was successful in joining the board. Don’t let the process deter you! The opportunity to be involved at this level, and to sit on the board with the pediatric psychology greats such as Annette LaGreca and Michael Roberts, has been most rewarding. Encourage your colleagues and the students you mentor to also get involved.

I’d like to extend a special thanks to those SPP members who have served on the Membership Committee over the last three years: Lori Crosby, Meghan Marsac, Margaux Barnes, Idia Thurston, and Christopher Cushing. I would also like to acknowledge Karen Roberts, with whom I have had the pleasure of working and who works hard behind the scenes to make sure things run smoothly. I am pleased to pass the torch to Ann Davis who will take over this position in the new year and who I know will do an excellent job continuing to advocate for your membership needs.

With best wishes,
Christine T. Chambers, PhD
(proud SPP Member!)

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SPP Membership Raffle Winners

Division 54 recently completed a raffle awarding six free one-year memberships. Winners are listed below.

Renewal Memberships
Tona McGuire
Laurie Zelinger
Amanda Lochrie

New Memberships
Teresa Carson
Lindsay Corman (Graduate Student)
Judith Reed Screen (Graduate student