It goes without saying that this is an extraordinarily challenging epoch for the profession of Psychology. There is so much yet to be reckoned with. However, as we can see the problems, we can find solutions. Our need is unity within our State professional Association: ONE-NYSPA. I see many good things happening within NYSPA that I intend to extend:
Council recently facilitated the healing of the corrosive rift between NYSPA and Neuropsychologists, now represented by NYSAN. The resulting Tri-State Summit represented the collaboration of NYSPA, NYSAN, APAPO, and three other State Associations, initiating a new era of alliances within the profession.
Diversity initiatives (e.g., anti-discrimination, LGBT) are emerging.
Initiatives developed within the Legislative Committee affect all Psychologists in NYS. Revitalizing Lobby Day is a critical step toward increasing our impact on the legislative process. Development of the statewide program of Grassroots Advocacy mobilizes Psychologists to establish ongoing relationships with their State legislators.
The Leadership Institute, with another group of five Fellows this year, continues a productive pathway for bringing ECPs into participation within NYSPA.
The Long-Range Planning Committee has undertaken a major over-view offering constructive and significant possibilities for NYSPA to better address the needs of our profession. Integration with recommendations from the Health Care Reform Task Force would formulate responses to challenges inherent in the changing nature of health care delivery.
ONE-NYSPA also means that our mandated governing body, Council, determines the rules and standards by which everyone within the Association will abide. Respectful resolution of inevitable internal differences will allow us to get on with serving and advancing our profession. Unity in-house makes us credible advocates on a State Legislative level, with other Psychologists, and with potential allies from other professions.
I have seen first-hand the need for unity within our Association, the need for ONE-NYSPA. I want a NYSPA that: serves the needs of our 2000+ members; that effectively advocates for our entire profession; that provides a collegial atmosphere; and, that resolves internal differences in a respectful way. I hope that you share my vision of ONE-NYSPA and will choose me as your next President-elect.
I have practiced in the Rochester area since receiving my doctorate from Washington University, St. Louis (1982). For over 20 years I have participated with the Genesee Valley Psychological Association (GVPA) on the local Committee level. During the past 10 years I have served on the GVPA Executive Board in several roles:
- Board Secretary
- President-elect, President (two years), Past-President
- GVPA Representative to NYSPA Council
- Honored as the GVPA Outstanding Psychologist of the Year, 2011
During the past 6 years I have been committed to participation in NYSPA governance, and served in a variety of roles:
- Representative to Council from the Genesee Valley Psychological Association (2012-present)
- At-Large Representative, elected by Council, to NYSPA Executive Committee 2013/14, during which I participated directly in the resolution of the decade long rift between NYSPA and Neuropsychologists (NYSAN)
- Member, NYSPA Executive Committee, as Advisor to President Dr. Roy Aranda (2016)
- Member, NYSPA Finance Committee (2015-present)
- Member, NYSPA Legislative Committee (6 years), first as GVPA Representative, then as the initial Statewide Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator
- GVPA Coordinator for NYSPA ‘s Statewide Grassroots Advocacy
- Member, NYSPA Legislative Committee Bill Review Sub-committee (4 years), on which I have helped screen bills being considered by the NYS Legislature for their potential impact on the profession of Psychology, and whether NYSPA should take action
- Mentor, NYSPA Leadership Institute (2011 to present); this program has produced numerous Early Career Psychologist alumni currently serving in a variety of leadership and governance roles in NYSPA, its Divisions and Regional Affiliates
- Participation in the last two years with the restored NYSPA Lobby Day activity in Albany
- Ran as candidate for 2016 NYSPA President-elect