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APA Presidential Citation: Ellen Scrivner, PhD, ABPP

In recognition of her commitment, dedication, and leadership in advancing strategies to reduce police bias and violence against African Americans, Dr. Ellen Scrivner was awarded an APA Presidential Citation. Dr. Scrivner is co-chair of the APA Presidential Task Force on Use of Force Against African Americans. Created in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and subsequent racial unrest across the United States, the task force is an effort to promote and make a constructive contribution to change by convening a group of experts in relevant areas to develop a resource to aid police leaders in making lasting change that will effectively reduce illegitimate and illegal use of force against African Americans, as well as having beneficial impacts on police-community relations.

Dr. Scrivner is a Police Foundation Executive fellow and has had a distinguished career in executive leadership devoted to advancing policing in America. She is a recognized national expert on criminal justice policy, police behavior, and public safety and policing issues. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Scrivner is board certified in police and public safety psychology.  She is a past president of Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service). In 2013, she received the Harold M. Hildreth Distinguished Public Service Award from Div. 18 for outstanding executive leadership in advancing public service psychology.

The next editor of Psychological Services

I am delighted to share with you that the search for the next editor of Psychological Services is now complete. The Editor Search Committee has selected Lisa K. Kearney, PhD, ABPP, as the incoming editor for Psychological Services, and she has agreed to serve. Dr. Kearney will begin receiving manuscripts on January 1, 2022.

Dr. Kearney’s professional affiliations are with the VA Central Office—Washington, D.C., Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, and The University of Texas Health—San Antonio. However, many of you also know that she is a proven collaborator and team builder, which both her service in APA and experience as a senior executive leader in the VA shows. These factors in combination with her enthusiasm, energy, organizational skills, ability to work well on diverse teams, strong communication skills, commitment to serving underserved populations, and dedication to advancing the work of translating science into practice will all be beneficial in supporting Psychological Services, as the Div. 18 leadership team works to expand its reach and impact in the next several years.

The Search Committee would like to take this opportunity to express their sincere appreciation to the other finalists for their willingness to consider serving as editor-in-chief for Psychological Services. The Committee was greatly impressed with the qualifications and candidacy of the candidates.

In all of this, we want to thank Dr. Patrick DeLeon for his sage counsel throughout this process and his outstanding stewardship of the journal over many years. We are all truly indebted to Dr. DeLeon’s dedication, innovative approaches and commitment, along with those of his distinguished associate editors and editorial board. On a personal note, Pat, it has been my personal pleasure to work with you over the last few years with the journal, and long may it continue.

I just want to thank the Psychological Services Editor Search Committee itself. We can be thoroughly impressed with their professionalism and dedication.

And finally, congratulations to Dr. Lisa Kearney on her appointment as incoming editor for Psychological Services! We very much look forward to working with you and your editorial team now, and in the years ahead.

On behalf of Div. 18,
Tiffanie Fennell, PhD, ABPP

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Last updated: February 2022Date created: October 2011
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