38th Anniversary Celebration

38 Years Long and Still Going Strong:
SfHP Division 38 Celebrates their 38th Anniversary

Valeria Martinez-Kaigi, M.S.

The Annual APA Convention is always an event to look forward to and this year was extra special as we celebrated our division’s 38th anniversary. Dr. Shawna Ehlers, the 2016 SfHP program chair, worked alongside our president, administrative officer, councils, numerous collaborators, and committees to develop a program that reflected and celebrated our footprint in health psychology. Amongst the collaborators was the Anniversary Task Force who assembled, a year in advance, to plan the celebration of the remarkable feat of 38 years of dedication, advancement, and contribution to the field of health psychology.

#Celebrate38: Celebratory Events Leading up to the Convention

Dr. Adrienne Williams was the appointed chair of the Anniversary Task Force, and she solicited a ‘call to participate’ to SfHP members to volunteer for the task force. The volunteers promptly responded and the Task Force was made up of Early Career Psychologists and Graduate students ready and eager to serve their health psychology community. Events leading up to the big celebration included a call for participation in multiple social media challenges where the Task Force teamed up with the SfHP Social Media Committee. During these challenges the health psychology community used social media platforms to celebrate and inform the public about the field of health psychology using the hashtags: #Celebrate38, #38DaysHealthy, #HealthyTravel, #ThisIsHealthPsych, #HealthPsychChat and #38daycountdown.

Health Psych Enthusiasts celebrate their field via social media:

2016 APA Annual Convention: SfHP 38th Anniversary Celebratory Events

Amongst a fantastic program of health psychology symposiums, posters, and keynote addresses at the APA 2016 convention, were the special commemorative events hosted by the SfHP Anniversary Task Force. Events included:

  • SfHP Presidential Panel: The Trajectory of Health Psychology
  • Meet the Presidents: 38 Years of Leadership
  • Society for Health Psychology’s 38th Anniversary Celebration

Drs. Alex Rothman & Travis Lovejoy Host Panel: Division 38 Past Presidents 

   Our Past Division 38 Presidents share their thoughts:

As we celebrated our society, we also recognized and awarded outstanding individuals in the field.

From long-term career achievements to graduate student research awards, the SfHP appreciates and recognizes the impactful professional contributions of the health psychology community. It was also a treat and surprise to have our very own APA President, Dr. Susan McDaniel, participate in the ceremony; She stated she “felt at home” with the Division 38 community as she recognized the achievements of her health psychology colleagues.

The Big Event

After all that planning it finally came down to the Anniversary Celebratory Festivity—it commemorated in a posh restaurant with gourmet appetizers and unique specialty cocktails made just to Celebrate 38! It was well attended with students, early career psychologists, and tenured faculty all mingling and engaging in conversation. There was a special charisma in the air that night—all formalities set aside to genuinely bond over such a remarkable accomplishment.

SfHP Anniversary Task Force celebrates their Presidential Citation and thanks Barbara Keeton for her outstanding service to the division:

SfHP Anniversary Task Force celebrates their Presidential Citation and thanks Barbara Keeton for her outstanding service to the division.

University of Central Florida clinical psychology trainees celebrate at the 38th Anniversary Celebration: 

University of Central Florida clinical psychology trainees celebrate at the 38th Anniversary Celebration.

Division 38: Pressing forward

The 2016 APA Annual Convention was definitely one for the books—we celebrated our division’s 38 years of success and the significant growth in the field of health psychology. As the division continues to grow and the field of health psychology advances, let’s charge forward to another 38 years of contributing to the field of health psychology via professional practice, research, training, and education.

Editor’s Note: A special thank you to Jessica Dietch, who provided the photos of the SfHP Presidential Panel and Awards Ceremony for this issue.