New SfHP Fellows and International Affiliates in 2015

Fellowship Committee Chair: Bert Uchino
Members: Linda Gallo, Jennifer Kelly, Kevin Larkin


Congratulations to the following first-time APA division fellows who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to health psychology!

Ellen Peters, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology
The Ohio State University

Dr. Ellen Peters has a long-standing and impressive record of accomplishment and service to the field of Health Psychology. Her research has contributed significantly to our understanding of how and why people make health decisions that will ultimately influence their disease risk. This work has been continuously funded by federal grants for over 15 years. Dr. Peters has 90 peer-reviewed publications appearing in highly visible outlets within (e.g., Health Psychology, Psychological Science) as well as outside (e.g., JAMA, Journal of General Internal Medicine) the field of psychology. She was a founding member and chair of the Risk Communications Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which consults with the FDA regularly regarding the science of judgment and decision making and how to apply this science in developing optimal health communications. Dr. Peters is currently on the editorial boards of six prestigious journals and has served on numerous NIH and NSF grant review panels. She was recently elected President of the Society of Judgment and Decision Making (a leading international society) and has won several awards, including the Jane Beattie Scientific Recognition Award for Innovative Contributions to Decision Research from the European Association for Decision Making and an NIH Merit Award for exceptional advances in integrating cognitive, affective, and social processes into cancer control research.


Mark Vogel, Ph.D.
Clinical Health Psychologist
Genesys Regional Medical Center

Dr. Mark Vogel has a long and distinguished record of fostering the integration of psychology and medicine into primary care settings. He was a founding member of the Consortium for Advanced Psychology Training which established the first APA accredited post-doctoral program in Clinical Health Psychology, and one of the first to subsequently receive sustaining funds by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Vogel also established one of the first integrated primary care behavioral health programs in the country which has since been extended to other residencies. The integrative care programs he helped developed have trained many psychologists who have remained in primary care settings where they have continued the training model developed by Dr. Vogel. His contributions also include Co-Chair for the Group on Behavioral Science Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1992-1996) which published the important Resource Guide for Behavioral Science Educators in Family Medicine. More generally, as an early advocate for evidence-based approaches to primary care Dr. Vogel has published a number of important papers on the topic and is a co-PI on two active grants on the topic. Dr. Vogel has also been the Executive Director for the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education (2001-2012); Chair of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Integrated Primary Care Special Interest Group (2012 to present); Chair of the Standards and Review Committee (ASARC) for the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (2006-2013); and a member of the Div. 38 Integrated Primary Care Committee (2012 to present).


Congratulations also to the following APA fellows who were named fellows of the Society for Health Psychology in 2015:


James J. Annesi, Ph.D. (Fellow, Division 47)
Director of Wellness Advancement, YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta
Professor of Health Promotion, Kennesaw State University
Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education

As Director of Wellness Advancement for the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta since 2000, Dr. Annesi conducts research and administers prevention and intervention programs related to promoting physical activity and reducing obesity and health risks. He is a current fellow of Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology), The American Academy of Health Behavior, and The Obesity Society. He has published 126 peer-reviewed articles in psychology and public health journals. Many of these publications focus on the training and dissemination of evidence based approaches to promote physical activity and fitness. In this regard, Dr. Annesi has had several behavioral interventions recognized by the Research-Tested Interventions Program of the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute. He has also received external funding for these efforts from a number of entities, including the U.S. Department of Education, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Annesi has held several community service roles, including currently serving on the Georgia Department of Education Fitness Assessment and Physical Education Advisory Committees, and as a member of the American Senior Fitness Association.


Karen Ingersoll, Ph.D. (Fellow, Division 28)
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
University of Virginia

Dr. Ingersoll is a leader in the development and testing of psychological interventions at the intersection of addiction, habits, and health. Her work has influenced practice and public health through broad dissemination of evidence-based interventions addressing alcohol use during pregnancy. Another line of her research focuses on interventions to address medication and treatment adherence among drug users living with HIV (an area in which she also provides clinical services). Her research has a strong emphasis on improving health in underserved (e.g., low income, ethnically diverse, rural) populations. Dr. Ingersoll is actively involved in national and international training of researchers, clinicians, and trainers (in the train-the-trainer framework) in the areas of motivational interviewing, and in her CDC supported intervention, the “CHOICES” program, which targets reduction of prenatal alcohol use. She has served as a PI or Co-I on numerous NIH and other grants supporting her work since 1997, and she has published 47 peer-reviewed articles, in widely read health, psychology, and substance abuse journals. In addition, she previously served as member and then chair of the APA committee on Psychology and AIDS.


Lisa K. Kearney, Ph.D., ABPP (Fellow, Division 18)
Senior Consultant for the National Mental Health Technical Assistance
Office of Mental Health Operations, VA Central Office

Dr. Kearney is a leader in primary care psychology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and was board certified in Clinical Health Psychology in 2013. Dr. Kearney is an expert in primary care – mental health integration and is responsible for overseeing the integrated behavioral health care programs and clinics in the VA system nationwide. She has been involved in the promotion of integrated behavioral health care in communities beyond the VA, published in significant journals on this topic, and served on the Inter-Organizational Work Group for Primary Care Psychology that was instrumental in defining the core competencies needed for practicing in primary care settings. She also serves on the APA Primary Care Training Task Force and the APA Division 38 Integrated Care Work Group. Dr. Kearney is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where she teaches medical students as well as psychology, psychiatry, and pharmacy residents.


Robert McGrath, Ph.D. (Fellow, Divisions 12, 55)
Professor, School of Psychology
Director, Integrated Care for the Underserved of Northeastern New Jersey
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Dr. McGrath has made longstanding contributions to personality theory, assessment, and primary care psychology. He has published 88 articles/chapters on these topics in outstanding outlets (e.g., Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Method).   He has been awarded the APA Division 55 award for Outstanding Contributions to Prescriptive Authority on the National Level as well as the Society for Personality Assessment Martin Mayman Award for distinguished contributions to the literature in personality assessment. He is the director of a program that trains doctoral clinical psychology students in primary care integration in conjunction with a local federally qualified health center. He established a Certificate Program in Integrated Primary Care offered through Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was the co-founder of the Division 38 Integrated Primary Care Committee. He currently serves on APA’s Council of Representatives, Chair of New Jersey Psychological Association Task Force on Health Care Reform, and is a member of APA’s Practice Directorate Advisory Group on State Implementation of Health Care Reform Initiatives, and a former member of APA’s Board of Educational Affairs Primary Care Training Task Force.


David Pantalone, PhD (Fellow, Division 44)
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Dr. Pantalone’s career focus has been on using health psychology theory and methods to study the physical and mental health of sexual minority (LGBT) individuals. He has also been active in developing interventions that decrease mental health problems to improve health behavior change strategies in underserved populations. Dr. Pantalone has published 39 papers and 8 chapter in outstanding outlets including Health Psychology and the American Journal of Public Health. He is on numerous editorial boards and Associate Editor of Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (Division 44). Dr. Pantalone was a primary author for APA’s Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients and a recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Professional Presentation Award from Division 38 (2012). He was also the Co-Chair of the Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Primary Care Interest Group at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.


Linda and Mark Sobell (Fellows, Divisions 1, 3, 12, 25, 28, 50).
Professors and Co-Directors, Self-Guided Change Clinic, Center for Psychological Studies
Nova Southeastern University

Drs. Linda Sobell and Mark Sobell have been longstanding leaders and collaborators in the area of alcohol addiction and treatment. They were early advocates of “moderation” goals and brief interventions for alcohol treatment. They have published over 350 articles and 8 books on the topic which mostly focused on problem drinkers as an “underserved majority.” Their guided self-change treatment is designated as an empirically supported treatment (Div. 12) along with their treatment focused on preventing alcohol exposed pregnancies (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). They have been on numerous national committees/advisory boards. Their longstanding and important contributions have been recognized with the Charles C. Shepard Science Award (CDC/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry), as well as the Jellinek Memorial Award which is an international award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the behavioral studies of alcohol/alcoholism. Both Drs. Linda Sobell and Mark Sobell have also received the Presidential citation from APA and Distinguished Scientific Contribution award to Clinical Psychology (Division 12).


Gregory D. Zimet, Ph.D. (Fellow, Division 54)
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Zimet has an outstanding record of research and supervision/training in the area of adolescent health. His research has focused on attitudes towards new vaccines for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (e.g., HPV). He work has been federally funded for a number of years and he has published over 175 articles in some of the best journals in the field (e.g., Health Psychology). Dr. Zimet developed the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support which is widely used in health research and been translated for use in over 23 languages. He has also been actively involved in the promotion of clinical health via his work in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Dr. Zimet has also been Chair of the subgroup on HIV/AIDS Interventions (Adolescent Medicine Trials Network) and Chair of the adolescent vaccine committee (Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine). In addition, he has promoted integrative care via his role as Director of the interdisciplinary training program on adolescent heath at IU which involves faculty and students from medicine, psychology, nursing, social work, and nutrition.


This year, six Distinguished International Affiliates are recognized based on their longstanding scholarly contributions to the field of Health Psychology.  They each have exceptional research accomplishments in terms of high impact publications in strong outlets of relevance to Health Psychology.  In addition, each has shown strong leadership within the discipline by helping shape theory, research, and application/policy.  We congratulate and recognize the following Distinguished International Affiliates for 2015: 

Steven Linton (Orebro University, Sweden)
Lance McCracken (King’s College, UK)
Susan Michie (University College, UK)
Daryl O’Conner (University of Leeds, UK)
Faldo Sniehotta (Newcastle University, UK)
Johan Vlaeyan (University of Maastricht, Netherlands)