I am honored to be nominated for a seat on the APA Council of Representatives (CoR) for the Society for Heath Psychology (SfHP). SfHP Council representatives have a timely opportunity to craft and promote a CoR health agenda consistent with APA’s health-related goals. CoR can advance policy that can significantly impact preventable health threats for the public; promote the unique contributions of health psychology research; and advocate for opportunities that ensure the interests and economic viability of health psychologists across current, new and emerging models of health care. Trends within healthcare, such as big data, workforce development, the opioid epidemic and treatment, human-technology interface, and healthcare funding reforms are some of the areas in which APA and SfHP must have a strong voice.
I bring 32 years of experience in health and rehabilitation systems across multiple roles including administration and program development; direct clinical care; and graduate, pre-doctoral and postdoctoral education and training. My leadership experience in organizations, on various APA committees and governance roles (e.g. the new APASI Advocacy Coordinating Committee; Vice Chair, Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology; Chair, Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice; Division and SPTA President) has drawn upon my skills to bring people together and build consensus. I am proud of my identity as a psychologist and consider my work an honor and a responsibility. I welcome this opportunity to work collaboratively with SfHP and CoR at this pivotal time of APA’s organizational restructuring and increased focus on health related advocacy.