Adrienne A. Williams, PhD
It is hard to believe that I am coming to the end of my term as editor of The Health Psychologist. When I took on this position three years ago, I was overwhelmed with the idea of trying to put together a newsletter that people would want to read. Like many Early Career Psychologists, I had imposter syndrome and feared that the Society had chosen the wrong person to oversee its newsletter. I spent a fair amount of time prior to my first issue reading books and websites about grammar and punctuation rules – focusing too much on where commas should and should not be.
After my first issue, where I learned how to put a newsletter together, I realized that I could focus more on content and that people probably did not care that much about a misplaced comma. I started focusing on some of the visions I had for the newsletter, the first being the Peer-Recommended Resources column. At that time, when a Society member requested resources on the list serve, it would precipitate many other members to post to the list serve that they also wanted those resources. The Peer-Recommended Resources column was created to address the common desire for resources, maintaining lists of useful resources used by colleagues, while also decreasing the non-informative “I would like that too” posts on the list serve. Resource lists that have been gathered so far have included: resources for families of patients with newly diagnosed chronic health conditions, meditation and relaxation apps, and “must have” health psychology books, along with others.
In addition to the Peer-Recommended Resources, two new recurring columns were added: Keeping Up with Technology – to help readers stay up-to-date on new technologies that can improve teaching, research, and practice, – and Focus on Diversity – to help each of us improve in the ongoing processes of cultural awareness, sensitivity, competence, and humility.
If you have ideas for topics for any of these columns, or ideas for new columns, you will now be able to contact the incoming editor of The Health Psychologist, Valeria Martinez-Kaigi, PhD at TheHealthPsychologist@gmail.com. Dr. Martinez-Kaigi was previously one of the editors of the SfHP’s Graduate Student Newsletter and has been involved in number of SfHP committees. I am excited to see where her visions for the newsletter will take us.
It has been an honor to serve as editor for this newsletter for the past three years. Thank you for the opportunity. I have learned so much and have gotten to know many of you through this process. I hope to continue to serve the Society in other ways in the near future.