Div 55 - Letter for Endorsement

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

April 14, 2021

Derek C. Phillips, PsyD, MSCP, ABMP

2021 President; Division 55: The American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy

Dear Dr. Phillips,

Thank you again for offering the opportunity to seek endorsement from Division 55 for my candidacy for President Elect of APA. I have historically supported efforts to obtain prescriptive authority for appropriately trained psychologists, attending the first meetings about prescriptive privileges for psychologists and continuing to attend meetings and support adopting this practice at the state and national level. I am a longstanding ally of prescriptive authority for psychologists and would continue this advocacy in my role as President of APA.

I have promoted prescribing psychologists in Maine as a workforce to expand the reach of our rural health centers through my collaboration with the Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA). I have supported the efforts of Dr. Jeff Matranga, former Maine Psychological Association (MePA) President, and others to enable appropriately trained psychologists to obtain prescriptive privileges. This authority would increase consumers’ access to well-trained prescribers, which is lacking in rural areas. In addition, this would prevent duplication of effort and unnecessary expense. As I have advocated on the Hill, this authority would position psychologists to be a more valuable asset to the healthcare system.

As President of APA, my desire will be to form a large diverse organizational umbrella under which all psychologists can belong, regardless of race, religion, cultural background, physical difference, sexual orientation, gender identity, political perspective – united by our love of the discipline of psychology and our agreed-upon strategic plan. Under this umbrella, we will continue to strive to hear and respond to the varied voices of all psychologists, meeting their unique needs and helping them obtain necessary resources to develop to their full potential. I represent a vision for uniting the field and the multiple parts of our organization in the middle of these extremely challenging times.

I am currently serving as an officer on the APA Executive Committee and have the leadership background within APA which qualifies me to lead. Please see the leadership portion of my website for my history of service to our organization ( As Federal Advocacy Coordinator for over 15 years, I am positioned to elevate science, education, practice, public interest, and applied psychology. My experience positions me to strongly advocate for Division 55 and work together with you to advance your initiatives.

With appreciation for your consideration of my request for endorsement,

Diana L. Prescott, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

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