Division Member Highlights

New fellows for Division 44

This year the division is pleased to have three new fellows and to have two current APA fellows who have now become fellows of Division 44.

This year the division is pleased to have three new fellows and to have two current APA fellows who have now become fellows of Division 44. There is much to say about each of these remarkable people, but we will provide a brief introduction to each of them here. The division is proud to welcome three new fellows to APA through Division 44.

Kimberly Balsam, PhD, has published more than 40 articles and chapters, many published in first-rank APA journals. She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and has been on a number of APA task forces, including having been an influential member of the Task Force on Sexual Orientation and the Military, a working group that contributed significantly to APA policy opposing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and providing data for psychologists to contribute to the public and political conversation that eventually led to the overturning of this discriminatory practice.

Michael Hendricks, PhD, has spent his career as a practicing clinical psychologist. From the vantage point as a clinician, Dr. Hendricks has made significant, outstanding, and unusual contributions to psychology. He has contributed to the improvement of the lives of transgender individuals through research and advocacy. His work has made a national and international impact, particularly in understanding suicidality in transgender individuals. It is the unusual practitioner, indeed, that can contribute to the extant literature, serve a client population, and lead organizations. Dr. Hendricks has done all of these things and more.

Arlene Noriega, PhD, has taken essential leadership roles in Division 44. In particular, her role as the Division 44 representative and coordinator for the National Multicultural Summit, demonstrated one of her outstanding and unusual contributions to the profession. While it is often difficult for clinicians with busy practices to have a national impact, there are rare clinicians who make a more focused impact in their local communities or at the state level. Dr. Noriega has contributed enormously to the health and well-being of adults and children from populations that continue to be underserved by the psychological community. Her work has advanced our understanding of LGBT individuals from ethnic and racial minority groups that have met the challenge of managing multiple identities, and both her teaching and clinical contributions have advanced the field.

Congratulations also to our new “current” fellows who have been fellows in APA, now also in Division 44:

Heidi M. Levitt, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Levitt is a Fellow in APA Division 29 (Psychotherapy). Her work exemplifies outstanding contributions to the field of psychology, in the areas of social justice, and in LGBT studies. Her research has covered three main areas: the construction of gender and experiences related to discrimination in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cultures, the study of psychotherapeutic change, and domestic violence. She is a productive researcher with over 75 publications.

Jean A. Carter, PhD is a fellow in APA Divisions 17 (Counseling Psychology), 29 (Psychotherapy) and 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice). She is a partner at the Washington Psychological Center, a Private Practice group in Washington D.C. She has been a director of the Mental Health Clinic at the Women’s Medical Center of Washington DC. Dr. Carter’s research has been in the area of psychotherapy, generally, and she has contributed to research advancing cultural responsiveness and integrating science and practice. She is a past president of APA and has served on the board of directors, and has served on countless tasks force, committees, and elected and voluntary positions in APA and other professional organizations.

If you are interested in becoming a fellow in the division the application process is easier than ever. Go to the APA fellows committee website and start with the self-evaluation form. Feel free to Christopher Martell, Division 44 Fellows Chair for assistance or advice.