I am happy to accept the nomination for Member-at-Large within one of my primary professional homes, the Society for Health Psychology (SfHP). I am a Senior Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and my research focuses on embedding behavioral interventions for obesity and chronic disease management in clinical care settings while also addressing health-related social needs. Since 2011 I have been an active member of the SfHP, serving as the Vice-Chair and Chair of the Health Research Council (2011-2017), Program Chair (2018), and Chair of the Health Policy Council (2018-2019).
As the long-term mental, physical, and spiritual consequences of the pandemic and social injustices of 2020 are still unfolding, it is evident that there is a great need for the science and practice of health psychology. Behavioral science can play a major role in informing public health policies and practices to promote health equity and eradicate health disparities. Furthermore, expansion of access to mental health care will be key to healing and building resilience in our communities. As Member-at-Large, I will support SfHP members in their efforts to disseminate and implement behavioral science and practice at the local, state, and national levels. Also, I will help to ensure that SfHP’s advocacy efforts inform as well as align with APA advocacy priorities. There has never been a more important time to advocate for the role of health psychology and I look forward to continuing to support the SfHP in this effort.