President-Elect Candidate Statements

Dawn K. Wilson, PhD

Dawn Wilson

Dawn Wilson

It is an honor to be a nominee for President-Elect of Division 38. Since becoming a member nearly 30 years ago, the division’s unique integration of training, research, and practice has been central in shaping my career as a health psychologist. During this time, I have also been fortunate to serve the division as a board member (member-at-large), chair of publications–book series, Health Psychology Associate Editor, and membership chair. These experiences provide me with a unique historical perspective of the critical issues and challenges facing the division. As President I would focus on enhancing our efforts to broaden the division’s reach and impact on public policy and national health care issues. Our field can play an even larger role in shaping the national agenda of integrating behavioral science research into medical care. I have served as a strong advocate for our field on a national level while serving as president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine last year and will continue to serve as a leader while working with our division, other divisions, and like-minded organizations to advocate for the strong role that health psychologists have in behavioral science, health care, and public health policy issues. It is critical that the leadership of Division 38 remain in the forefront of informing policy, conducting basic bio-behavioral research, and providing effective treatments that will be critical for reducing the burden and costs of managing chronic disease and improving quality of life for society.

Justin M. Nash, PhD

Justin M. Nash, PhD

Justin M. Nash, PhD

As a long-time member of Division 38 and currently on the Board leading the Long-Range Planning initiative, I am honored to be nominated for President-Elect. I am Professor at Brown University in the Departments of Family Medicine and also Psychiatry and Human Behavior. I am also the Director of Behavioral Health in Family Medicine at Brown, where I integrate behavioral health into primary care.
The present and future of health psychology is well represented in Division 38 with its balance of students, early career professionals, and established psychologists. I understand the career development needs of our individual members. I also understand the needs of health psychology in this nation. Health psychology is faced with tremendous opportunities and challenges, both within the profession of psychology and within our health care system. Likewise, our members are facing career opportunities and challenges.

I am prepared to help the organization and our members meet the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities, having served in many leadership capacities, including the Chair of the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs, Associate Editor of both the Annals of Behavioral Medicine and the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, and Board member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. I also served on the APA Presidential Task Force to develop competencies for psychologists in primary care, and was honored to receive APA’s Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award.

I appreciate your support in allowing me to work with you as we help grow your careers and health psychology.