Candidate Statements for Division 1. Society for General Psychology

Please note that the submission of a candidate statement was voluntary, so not all candidates listed on the ballot will have a statement.

Candidate: Lisa M. Osbeck, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I am resolutely committed to the cross-cutting and interdisciplinary mission of Division 1. I hold a Ph.D. in general psychology (Georgetown University) and am Professor of Psychology at the University of West Georgia. I am a Fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh and APA Divisions 1, 5, and 24. My research and scholarship aim at offering a comprehensive understanding of scientific rationality informed by historical, philosophical, and ethnographic analysis. My co-authored book Science as Psychology: Sense-Making and Identity in Science Practice (with N. Nersessian, K. Malone, & W. Newstetter; Cambridge, 2011) was co-winner of the William James book award (2012). I also gave the Arthur W. Staats lecture in 2016. Additional awards include the Sigmund Koch Award for Early Career Contributions to Psychology (2005) and the Theodore Sarbin Award (2012) from APA Division 24. I am co-editor of Rational Intuition: Philosophical Roots, Scientific Investigations, (with Barbara Held, Cambridge, 2014). Forthcoming books include Values in Psychological Science: Re-imagining Epistemic Priorities at a New Frontier (expected 2018, Cambridge), and Psychological Studies of Science and Technology (co-edited with Kieran O’Doherty, Ernst Schraube, and Jeffrey Yen, under-contract, Palgrave). I am an associate editor of Qualitative Psychology and on the editorial board of five additional journals. My involvement with Division 1 includes service as program chair (2013) and member-at-large (2016-present). If elected, I hope to encourage new directions of impact for psychology through intra and interdisciplinary collaboration to confront global challenges and articulate new possibilities for a sustainable human future.




Candidate: Phyllis A. Wentworth, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

It was a pleasant surprise to be nominated to run for president elect of the Society for General Psychology. There are two main reasons why I decided to accept. First, it comes naturally to me to support the Society’s mission of striving for coherence across the field. I was trained as a general psychologist at UNH, and I currently work at an institute of technology, as the only psychologist in a collective humanities and social sciences department. Teaching a variety of courses across the discipline, I’m always aware that I represent the field as a whole to both students and colleagues.

Second, as program co-chair for 2018, I’ve attended two Division 1 Executive Committee meetings thus far, and each time I’ve come away feeling fortunate to spend time with such a lively, bright, supportive, and diverse group of people, including my program co-chair. The prospect of continuing to work with the EC, and specifically being mentored by the current president and president elect, is appealing to me both professionally and personally.

Many thanks for your consideration.




Candidate: Mark J. Sciutto, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be considered for a second term as member at-large in Division 1. I have been actively involved in Division 1 for the past few years. I served in Division 1 as program co-chair (2010), membership chair (2014-16), and member-at-large (2015-2018). The goals of Division 1 speak to the importance of coherence and connection among the diverse areas of psychology. As a faculty member at a small liberal arts college, the Division's commitment to integration in education, research, and practice are particularly valuable for me; working with undergraduate students in my classes in and in my research frequently demands that I be a "generalist". In a field that seemingly is becoming more specialized, I see great value in Division 1 and I hope to have the chance to support the Division's activities as a member at-large. In my previous term, I have challenged the Division to add value to membership and I played an important role in establishing the Mary Whiton Calkins grant to support faculty research at primarily undergraduate-serving institutions (http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/calkins-grant.aspx). If elected to another term, I will continue to be a strong advocate for improving Divisional resources that promote integration, collaborating with other APA Divisions, and reaching out to the next generations of psychologists.