Massachusetts Psychological Association - Letter for Endorsement

Massachusetts Psychological Association

I hope you and yours are faring well during the pandemic, and I thank you for the opportunity to request your vote for President-Elect of APA. Ours is a large and diverse organization. What we share is a love of psychology.

I decided to run for APA President to represent the rural and underserved United States. If elected, I hope to build on Rosie Phillips Davis’ Deep Poverty Initiative and Jennifer Kelly’s One APA to create a big umbrella that includes all voices from all perspectives. One thing I have learned is there are many different perspectives in the APA and US. If we can get this right at APA, we can be a model for the US and the world.

I am dedicated to uniting, protecting, and advocating for the needs of psychology and psychologists. As a discipline, it is vital that we join together to advance our strategic priorities. I envision APA as a large diverse organizational umbrella under which all psychologists belong -- regardless of race, religion, cultural background, physical difference, sexual orientation, gender identity, political perspective – united by our passion for psychology. Our collective unity will serve as a model for our nation and world.

I represent a vision for uniting our organization in the middle of extremely challenging times. We have been separated from other people, bearing witness to the psychological impact on our children, relatives, clients, students, coworkers, and friends. We have experienced tremendous division in our society, with politics and racism dividing and tearing people apart. While struggling to cope, we have watched our loved ones get sick and die from COVID-19.

I have the leadership background which qualifies me to lead in very challenging times, having served twice on the APA Board during both the independent review and the COVID-19 and racism pandemics. I am positioned to lead as we work to elevate science, education, practice, public interest, and applied psychology.

I moved to Maine in 1994. Dr. Sandy Coleman asked me if I wanted to take her seat as Member at Large on the Policy Council of the Maine Psychological Association, I believe in 1995. I had enjoyed the Indiana Psychological Association and wanted to get involved. I served as Member at Large for many years and volunteered to be a liaison to the APA Committee on Women in Psychology Network from MePA and then Federal Advocacy Coordinator. I have served as Federal Advocacy Coordinator for over 15 years. I was elected Council Representative for MePA, thanks to Dr. John Lorenz, and served two terms in this capacity.

Because of my work with MePA, I was able to take important leadership positions at APA, get elected to serve on the APA Committee on the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP), the Committee of State Leaders (CSL) and then as a Member at Large on the APA Board of Directors. Subsequent to this, I was elected Recording Secretary. While serving on the Board, I decided I needed to obtain international exposure. I started presenting at international meetings, after attending my first in Paris. After this, I presented on rural integrated care in Porto, Portugal; Milan, Italy; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Yokohama, Japan; and Montreal, Canada, as well as at the APA Conventions. Through my international contacts, I was elected Member at Large on the Board of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). I am also currently serving as Secretary for IAAP Division 17, Professional Practice.

If elected, I will respond rapidly and accurately with the leadership team to current events. I will honor the voices of my colleagues and consider all opinions. I will care about the forgotten and underserved in America and around the world. Together, we will utilize our science and knowledge to benefit society and improve lives.

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