Candidate Statements: President-Elect

William Gunn, Jr., PhD

William Gunn, Jr., PhD

William B. Gunn Jr., PhD
Assistant Professor, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

I am honored and excited to be nominated for President-Elect of Division 38-Society for Health Psychology. The Society, as a leader in health care reform, is uniquely positioned to influence how psychologists contribute to better health care outcomes for patients and families. The Society promotes cutting-edge health science research and its application to primary and specialty care medical settings.

For my entire (thirty year-long) career, I have worked in primary care health centers aligned with family medicine residency programs. Additionally, I have worked as a leader in integrated care in New Hampshire, consulted nationally on related projects, and served as President of the New Hampshire Psychological Association. I have served twice on the Interdivisional Healthcare Committee representing Division 38.

Currently, I am the Director of Behavioral Health at the NH/Dartmouth Family Residency Program where I develop and implement curricula for physicians, psychologists, and other health care professionals to work collaboratively with patients and across disciplines. Also, I am in my second term as my state’s representative to the Council of Representatives at APA. In the Society, I am chair of the Clinical Health Services Council and co-chair of the Integrated Primary Care Psychology Committee. This committee is creating educational modules for graduate students to explore careers in health care settings.

The science and practice of psychology will be integral to the success of health care reform over the next three years. I believe I have the passion and experience to provide the leadership that the Society needs going forward.

 

Justin Nash, PhD

Justin Nash, PhD

Justin Nash, PhD
Professor, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

I am honored to be nominated for President-Elect. I am a long-time member of the Society for Health Psychology (Division 38), recent Board member, and co-chair of the current Long-Range Planning initiative. I am Professor at Brown University in the Warren Alpert Medical School, where my teaching, research, and practice are focused on integrated health care.

The present and future of health psychology is well represented in the Society. We have a 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 training, research and practice. There is tremendous opportunity and challenge in health psychology today, both within the profession of psychology and within our health care system. Likewise, there is great opportunity and challenge for our individual members.

I am prepared to help advance the Society and the careers of our individual members. I have served in many leadership capacities, including as 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 and the Society to help grow your careers and health psychology.