Candidate for Member-at-Large
It is a privilege to be nominated for the member-at-large position in the Society for Health Psychology (SfHP), my professional home since I was a doctoral student at Duke University. I have served SfHP in multiple roles that were fulfilling because they contributed to the growth of early career psychologists and enhanced SfHP’s mission. I have been an Early Career Professional Council Executive Committee member, Web Liaison between the Council and SfHP, SfHP web-editor, Health Psych Connections mentor, and Branding Task Force member. My work on the Task Force resulted in the current name, mission, and logo, which led to recognition through a Presidential Citation.
If elected, my initiatives are to increase diversity in SfHP and empower family caregivers. In a commentary published in The Health Psychologist, I highlighted how the Hoffman Report was especially harmful to minority psychologists. Integrating the voices of underrepresented groups will result in a vibrant, modern organization that welcomes and tolerates diverse views. I will also shed light on the challenges facing family caregivers, another group that is frequently disempowered. Health psychologists have a unique expertise in understanding the social context of individual health outcomes. As an assistant professor at Stanford University and a health services researcher at VA Palo Alto, I am passionate about developing programs that support caregivers. I will convene an expert panel of clinicians, researchers, and policy experts in caregiving to develop strategies for SfHP to become a leader. Please lend these initiatives a voice through your vote.