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Recapping Div. 18's highlights from the 2014 APA convention

By Anne Klee, PhD

It was wonderful to see so many of you in Washington D.C. at the 2014 APA convention. Thank you to Erica Fitzgerald, PhD, and Eric Lee, our convention co-chairs, for all their hard work and dedication to creating such a rich and full program. For those who could not attend, below are a few highlights of the event.

Div. 18 sponsored several excellent sessions including one with the APA Task Force on Serious Mental Illness/Severe Emotional Disturbance, Envisioning Services for People with Serious Mental Illness, featuring Congressman Tim Murphy, PhD, from Pennsylvania, Div. 18 member Arthur Evans, PhD, and Susan L. McCammon, PhD, chair of the APA Task Force on SMI/SED.  While discussing and debating components of Congressman Murphy's Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR 3717) currently before Congress, Arthur Evans was also able to throw in an invite for both a Philly cheesesteak and a longer discussion on mental health care in America – preferably in Philadelphia where Arthur Evans is the commissioner of the Department of Behavior Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. Be sure to check out Arthur's profile in our Members in Action section.

Another highlight was Mary Jansen, PhD's symposium on Helping People with SMI Recover - 21 st Century Attitudes, Interventions, and Tools for Psychologists, which received a spotlight. She also co-hosted a training that provided an overview of APA's Recovery to Practice Curriculum which is now available on the APA website. In other programming, Amee Patel, PhD, and Shannon Griswold, PsyD, our early career co-chairs, put together a terrific poster for the early career session. The poster profiled a few of our early career leaders across the division including Maggie Chartier, PsyD, Casey Stewart, PsyD, and Femina Varghese, PhD.

In the division suite we held productive section meetings, a breakfast for past presidents of the division, the Psychological Services annual editorial board meeting, and a roundtable on Getting on APA Boards and Committees. A big thank you to Bob Ax, PhD, for organizing and publicizing this event and to roundtable participants and division members Mira Brancu, PhD; Ed Nightingale, PhD; and Judy Patterson, PhD. We are also grateful to Mary Hardiman, APA staff liaison to the Board of Professional Affairs, who shared important inside information. Those who attended truly learned a lot about the various nomination and selection processes for APA boards, task forces and committees.

At the Div. 18 business meeting, we honored several deserving members and welcomed six new fellows. Congratulations to our award recipients.

Outstanding Student Award

Samantha Yard, MA

Early Career Psychology Award

Erica Fitzgerald, PhD

Peter J.N. Linnerooth Award

Tim Hoyt, PhD

Michael S. Neale Award

Mary Jansen, PhD

Distinguished Career Award

Mary Schohn, PhD

Harold Hildreth Award

Joel Dvoskin, PhD

Thank you to Bob Goldberg for shepherding through six new division fellows:

  • Nathan D. Ainspan, PhD
  • Shane S. Bush, PhD
  • Kevin M. McGuinness, PhD
  • Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD
  • Morgan T. Sammons, PhD
  • Paula P. Schnurr, PhD

At the business meeting, citations were also given to Bob Ax for his dedication to promoting public service psychology in APA; Jodi Bremer-Landau for spearheading and leading Members in Action, a new section on our webpage; and Marcia Baruch and Victor Wolski for their years of service as co-editors of the Div. 18 newsletter.

APA was also a time for reflection and brainstorming new ideas. One conversation involved growing the number of awards we offer as a division and involving more members in the selection processes. We have set up an exploratory group to do just this. Thank you to Drs. Mira Brancu, Jeremy Mills, Will Newbill, and Wendy Peters for agreeing to serve on this workgroup with me. We also discussed divisionwide programming and plan to continue offering webinars with discounted CE to members and to work on a three-year strategic plan to help guide the division.

Last, we celebrated the work of our student members under the leadership of Yolanda Perkins at our internship panel and student mixer. The division has over 100 student members (a large increase from years past) and our student members are working on a newsletter, a mentorship program, social media and actively conducting interviews for our Members in Action profiles that can be found of the division webpage. Thank you to Jodi Bremer-Landau for coordinating this effort and interviewing members and to Clarence Bonander, Shayna Herrera, Xiao Meng, Candice Presseau and Jessica Price for taking the time to interview and write up these profiles. This group has routinely expressed their delight talking with these accomplished members and hearing their stories. Several profiles can be found on the webpage and others will be posted shortly:

Thank you to all who contributed their time to take part in the interviews and share their stories. We have lots of interesting members to profile and stories to tell – more interviewers are welcome.