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Criminal Justice section update

Results of the section survey, a new Facebook page and lunch at APA's convention.

By Femina P. Varghese, PhD

It has been nearly one year since I began my term as Criminal Justice section chair and I must say that I have enjoyed serving our members. The Criminal Justice section ad hoc committee has been engaged in various projects to better serve our members. In fact to make this pursuit even more meaningful, in the spring we asked members to complete a survey to give us a glimpse of how we can improve the section to better serve our members.

We found that among those who responded to the survey, 58 percent said they joined the section after the encouragement of a colleague or peer. When asked to mention the most valuable part of their experience in the section, several commented that it was networking with colleagues and receiving relevant information through the email list. Considering the importance of the email list for many section members, if you are a member of the Criminal Justice section and are not on the email list, please email me or our email list manager Miranda Faust and we will make sure that you are added. In addition, encourage a friend, colleague, or student to join our section and allow them the opportunity to develop valuable connections with like-minded colleagues and receive pertinent information relevant to their field. The full results of the Criminal Justice section survey will be presented at the Criminal Justice section business meeting at 3 p.m. Friday Aug. 3 at the Hospitality Suite. We hope to see you there.

One of my goals as chair was to foster better community within our section. In order to do so, the Criminal Justice section ad hoc committee would like to invite you to our first annual Criminal Justice section lunch at APA this year in Orlando, Fla. The lunch is for Criminal Justice section members, student members, affiliates, and friends. Lunch will be Friday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. This is right after the Division 18 poster session. We have reserved a private patio (it is air conditioned) at Houlihan’s (11448 University Blvd, Orlando, FL 32817-2109), which is located approximately half a mile from the convention center and offers a variety of food options. The price is reasonable and they can split your check so that the meal can be paid for individually (versus the whole table getting one check). We believe this lunch will be a great way to meet other members, socialize, and network. Please RSVP to Nicole Gross by July 27 so we can have an accurate headcount of who is coming and can let the restaurant know. Also, please forward this message to students or other people who may not be on the email list but would be interested in attending the lunch. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

As many of you may already know, we have also developed a new facebook page specifically for the section which also displays our new Criminal Justice section emblem. The Facebook page has valuable information on criminal justice issues that are relevant for section members. Please “like” this page and encourage others to join. If you have any information you think would interesting to section members that you would like to post on the Facebook page, please contact Melody Brown.

Another one of my goals as section chair was to foster greater leadership development among early career and student members. Therefore, I was happy to see that two of our ad hoc committee members were recently asked to serve in other capacities for the division. Erica Fitzgerald, PhD, has agreed to serve as co-chair of Division 18 programming for APA. In addition, Lauren Lussier, PsyD, has agreed to be on the planning committee for the Division 18 conference this fall. It is my hope that we will continue to grow and nurture the talents of such early career members for the benefit of the future of our section and the division as a whole.

Further, our student representative program continues to grow with graduate students serving as Criminal Justice section student representatives to their universities. We are continuing to look for graduate school representatives with excellent leadership capabilities who are seeking to become more active in the Criminal Justice section. If you know of students that might be interested, please forward this information on to them and have them contact Nicole Gross for application materials.

Thank you again for allowing me to serve you as section chair and I hope to meet at least some of you at APA. Please contact me if you wish to become more involved with the Criminal Justice section or have any questions or concerns.