President-Elect Candidate: Barbara Ward-Zimmerman, PhD

Barbara Ward-Zimmerman, PhD
Barbara Ward-Zimmerman, PhD

I am honored and grateful to be a nominee for president of the Society for Health Psychology (SfHP) at this critical time.  The pandemic has underscored the importance of advancing health psychology knowledge to address such issues as health inequities and insufficient health behaviors.  Our collective research, evidence-based clinical practices, service design and administration strategies, and educational contributions are key to resolving the significant health challenges facing society.

A common theme across my career in medical, public school, nonprofit, private practice, and higher education settings is consistent advocacy for an interprofessional, biopsychosocial, and ecological systems model of care.  For over two decades my professional passion, work experience, and volunteer leadership activities have centered on facilitating integrated primary care (IPC).  As the CT Psychological Association’s Health Care Reform Chair I worked successfully on legislative and training initiatives to permit and encourage care integration and I am particularly proud of an APA Presidential Citation for co-creating with esteemed SfHP colleagues an introductory primary care psychology curriculum widely adopted nationally and internationally.  My service as Co-Chair of the SfHP’s vibrant IPC Interest Group has broadened my reach, leading to a position on APA’s Board of Professional Affairs, with liaison roles to the Interdivisional Healthcare Committee and the APA IPC Advisory Group.

If elected I will work with you, and on your behalf, to forge strategic partnerships within and outside of SfHP and APA, and broadly disseminate your clinical approaches, scientific findings, systems expertise, and training methodologies to inform healthcare practices and policies.