With pandemic stress, climate change, and racial injustice at the front of all of our minds, health psychology is needed more than ever. It is because of these challenges ahead and the opportunities we have as a field to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations that I am humbled to accept a nomination for Member-at-Large for the Society for Health Psychology. I am an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to joining the faculty at UCSF, I completed my PhD in Clinical and Biological & Health Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, which was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars program housed jointly at UCSF and UC Berkeley.
As an active health psychology researcher and clinician, I am committed to ensuring that health psychologists continue to have a seat at the table within the APA and dedicated to raising the visibility of SfHP to be commensurate with its value as a Society poised to help address many of the complex problems we face. I have served in leadership positions throughout my career, both locally at UCSF and nationally for other societies. Most recently, I served as a working group member on the APA “Stress and Health Disparities” report. I am thrilled to be considered for this Member-at-Large position, and hope that I will have the opportunity to help advance the SfHP priorities in this important moment.