Candidate Statements for Division 17. Society of Counseling 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: Bongjoo Hwang, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be running for the president-elect position for the Division that I have found home as a counseling psychologist. If elected, I would like to continue our divisional efforts to make our division as a professional home to everyone and to have our division more positive impact on the global society. The 3 visions I have include:

1. Make more diverse and inclusive leadership structure. This will include providing a structure and opportunities to the traditionally underrepresented and underserved members, such as practitioner, international, BIPOC members etc., for their professional and leadership development.

2. Make truly diverse and inclusive SCP community. We as a division need to continue to examine how our division polices and structures affect our members and how we as members affect each other, and continue our efforts to make all of us feel welcomed and included.

3. Make more impact in our global society. We as the society and as the global community have seen the old and new challenges that only one group or one country cannot solve, such as inequality, poverty, violence, war, COVID-19, and racism to name a few. This effort requires regional, national and international collaboration, and our division has a lot to offer.

My experiences of serving our division and the International Section in various leadership roles have prepared me well to lead and work together for our beloved division. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or suggestions for me.




Candidate: Shavonne J. Moore-Lobban, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

It is an honor to be nominated for President-Elect of our beloved SCP!

I am a Campus Director of Training, Assistant Professor, and Director of an APA-accredited internship at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. My leadership experiences span across APA Divisions (17, 35, 56), workgroups (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Workgroup, Presidential Task Force for Expanded Advocacy Integration Model), and state psychological associations (DC and MA). Most recently, I served a 3-year term on APA’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI). I was Chair of BAPPI in the final year of my term, which was a pivotal year for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing societal racism and brutality against BIPOC, and the APA strategic plan. Within SCP I have held leadership positions in the Section for Professional Practice and on the Steering Committee for the 2020 Counseling Psychology Conference. I am currently the Liberation Lounge Co-Chair, APA Elected Positions Coordinator, and lead guest editor for a special edition of The Counseling Psychologist on practice, science, and advocacy.

My vision for SCP involves:
• Recommitting to our cherished CP values as we continue progressing toward liberation and anti-Black racism positions in SCP.
• Taking a deep look at our history to understand the ways that power, privilege, and oppression have permeated our CP systems and practices.
• Implementing our strategic plan so we connect and reengage our CP colleagues.

I will lead as a compassionate, relational, strengths-based President with an action-driven approach to move our Division forward.




Candidate: Adisa Thomas Anderson, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

It is an honor to be nominated for the APA Council of Representatives (COR) for the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP). I am a senior staff psychologist and Assistant Director of Grants and Multicultural Populations at the UC Berkeley Counseling Center, and adjunct professor at San Francisco State University. At UC Berkley, I hold leadership roles in multiple initiatives, such as the African American Mental Health Team, Chancellor’s Independent Advisory Board on Policing and Community Safety, Chancellor’s Committee for Developing an Anti-Racist campus framework, and The Black Leadership Collective. I was the CNPAAEMI Leadership Development Institute Fellow where I worked closely with the ethnic minority organizations and was immersed in a BIPOC mentoring initiative. I currently serve as Co-Chair of the SCP Liberation Lounge (previously the Hospitality Suite) and serve on the SCP Social Justice Awards Committee. These local and national roles have prepared me to be a strong voice on the COR, advocating for CP and upholding liberation, social justice, multiculturalism, and community engagement values while challenging anti-Black racism in APA and SCP. I will advocate for student and ECP mentoring efforts and support of our BIPOC members. I also will support the implementation of the strategic plan while supporting efforts to improve operational effectiveness and foster leadership development across SCP. I will work thoughtfully and collaboratively to address the needs of SCP and APA in ways that unify various communities across shared visions and galvanize us to address ongoing critical societal challenges.




Candidate: Lisa Ann Ferdinand, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be nominated for consideration as one of SCP’s Representatives on the APA Council. As Council Representative, I will strive to elevate the field of Counseling Psychology (CP), strengthen SCP as a Society, and empower individual members to be more engaged.

COR is the legislative body of APA and its decisions impact the field of psychology. I believe it is imperative that these decisions are centered in improving access, reducing health disparities, increasing prevention, and dismantling systems that maintain oppression – strengths, values, and foci of CP. My vision as SCP COR, will be to elevate the voices, values, and contributions of CP in the decisions made by APA Council.

At the SCP level, my vision includes continuing to work with SCP members and governance (Executive Board, Sections, etc.) to realize our strategic goals in ways that are relevant to the challenges currently facing SCP and the larger society. These will include addressing the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 and racism pandemics on our students, trainees, and communities; and, dismantling anti-Black racism and other forms of oppression that operate within SCP, our training programs, and our communities. I also remain committed to “widening the circle,” of membership engagement and leadership. I believe that my value for transparency, accountability, and integrity, as well as my unique perspectives as a mid-career, international, Black, female, will allow me to continue to make valuable contributions to the Board and Society and appreciate you considering my nomination.




Candidate: Jacks Cheng, PhD, EdM

Office: ECP Chair

Candidate Statement:

As a queer immigrant of colour, I take great pride in being a counselling psychologist who leads through social action and liberation in collaboration with the communities I lead. I envision an Society of Counselling Psychology (SCP) that is truly a home for Early Career Psychologists (ECP), where we both remove barriers to leadership and involvement in governance and also support and celebrate ECP excellence, especially for folks who are underrepresented in SCP and APA. As consistent with SCP and APA’s strategic plans and initiatives, I take an anticolonialist and strength-based approach to my vision: I aspire to decentralize in-group culture and access to institutional knowledge in order to facilitate indigenous and innovative contributions from ECPs who have not been involved in SCP. Specifically, I intend to achieve these goals through implementing a sustainable leadership structure and pipeline at the state and local levels to (a) foster ECPs’ participation and belongingness to SCP, (b) increase ECP representation in local government and institutional regulations, (c) allow ECP to mentor and benefit from each other’s experiences and expertise during professional development. The purpose of such a vision is ultimately to disrupt practices rooted in white supremacist values that elevate current members in power and dissuade outsiders, and to discover and share power with hidden talents not otherwise empowered.




Candidate: Evelyn A. Hunter, PhD

Office: V. P. for Scientific Affairs

Candidate Statement:

It is an honor to be nominated for SCP’s Vice President of Scientific Affairs. Counseling Psychology (CP) is in a pivotal moment as we move toward a liberating psychological framework. To this end, it is imperative that we engage a critical framework in our scientific methodologies and commitments such that our psychological science aligns with our professional values.

As such, my priorities in the role of VP of Scientific Affairs would be to engage panels of experts in the CP community around building the following:
- Best practices in equitable scientific methodologies (including critical, participatory, qualitative, and quantitative frameworks),
- Anti-racist strategies in psychological science with Black/Brown communities,
- Affirmative science with trans and nonbinary communities,
- Strengthening the science to practice (and practice to science) relationship to enhance access to culturally appropriate, liberating, and evidence-based psychotherapy practices for BIPOC, lower income, and trans and non-binary communities.

Across all initiatives, I envision centering education and training for students and ECPs, dissemination for the broader science community, and strengthening collaborative relationships (including APA Board of Scientific Affairs, local, state, and federal funding agencies, and foundations interested in psychological science).

I am a committed scientist-advocate-practitioner engaged in studying how nuanced racial stressors perpetuate disparities in psychological and physiological health for people of color. If elected VP of Scientific Affairs, I would utilize my expertise as a psychological scientist, practitioner, and trainer to build SCP’s scientific reach and strengthen our collective understanding of engaging liberating psychological science alongside the communities we serve.




Candidate: Bedford Palmer II, PhD

Office: V. P. for Professional Practice

Candidate Statement:

It is an honor to be nominated for the position of Vice President for Professional Practice. I am an Associate Professor and Chair of the Counseling Department at Saint Mary’s College of California. I have served our discipline at the local, state, and national levels; including as Chair of the ABPsi National Student Circle; as the California Psychological Association State Diversity Delegate; and as President of the Alameda County Psychological Association. I have also built a successful private practice, written a number of op-eds, produced and cohosted the 2018 SCP Best in Practice award winning Naming It podcast, and wrote a children’s book titled Daddy Why Am I Brown?. I also engage with social media to promote ethical professional practice (i.e., moderating the Black Mental Health Professional group on Facebook and founding the Licensed Mental Health Professionals club on Clubhouse app), and provide consultation and support for students and ECPs.

As your VP of Practice, I will work with the SCP membership to expand the division’s liberatory framework to effectively engage with ongoing national dialogues on antiracism and social justice in ethical professional practice. My goals are to develop committees that will work with me to: a) update existing and develop new in-person and web-based CE trainings focused on antiracist liberatory practice; b) develop a directory of counseling psychologists that encompasses the many ways that we professionally practice (i.e., psychotherapy, consulting, speaking, and creative media engagement); and c) developing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the world of professional practice.




Candidate: Thomandra Shavaun Sam, PhD

Office: V. P. for Professional Practice

Candidate Statement:

I ask with great enthusiasm you consider me for Vice President of Professional Practice. I currently work at an inpatient forensic hospital where I've increased the provision of psychological services in the form of group therapy, individual therapy and outreach. My practice background includes having worked or trained at a variety of settings: college counseling centers, community mental health, domestic violence and homeless shelters, pastoral services center and a marriage and family therapy clinic.

Building on the impressive work of Dr. Ferdinand, I seek to strengthen the initiative to offer high-quality, practice focused webinars with CEs; beyond maintaining licensure, in the spirit of SCP, I want to ensure the webinars are engaging, informative and transforming practitioner’s skills set resulting in higher quality of care for our clients. Additionally, I want to review current SCP traditions and services with intentional focus on practice, ie current award descriptions are highly focused on research and publication and I want to include examples demonstrating how awards are applicable to practitioners, increasing the number of quality practitioners applying. I also want to review additional areas for recognition of practice to be woven into the fabric of our division. Lastly, I want to partner with the various SIGs and STGs to provide a liaison to a practice think tank that informs SCP on ideas related to supporting practitioners, aids in responding to global /national issues in mental health and provides practitioners ways to create sustainable and transformative practices.




Candidate: Francisco (Cisco) J. Sánchez, PhD

Office: V. P. for Scientific Affairs

Candidate Statement:

Our field of Counseling Psychology is only as strong as the scientific basis upon which we work as professionals. This is a guiding philosophy that was instilled in me during my extensive post-doctoral training (and my subsequent first position as a research scientist) in human genetics and neuroendocrinology. Being in a basic-science lab within a school of medicine for over a decade made me appreciate the need for applied work being based on sound scientific research versus solely on ones intuition or emotions. Although at times something may feel right or just, we must be particularly careful when offering suggestions or applying interventions that can have long-lasting and irreversible effects. And it is this guiding philosophy that I believe can continue to advance our field.

Thus, I am honored to be nominated as Vice President for Science. In addition to serving as the Division 17’s Presidential Representative to the 2017 National Multicultural Conference and Summit, I have been actively involved in governance within other Divisions and within the greater APA. Consequently, I have had the opportunity to work closely with and to establish relationships within the APA Science Directorate and with past members of the APA Board of Scientific Affairs. Moreover, my unique aforementioned training, my experience publishing in both life-science and social-science journals, and my long-standing membership in other scientific societies (namely AAAS and APS) have provided me with unique experiences that I will draw from in my duties as a Vice President.




Candidate: Tiffany R. Williams, PhD

Office: ECP Chair

Candidate Statement:

Tiffany R. Williams, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department of Tennessee State University. She earned a PhD in Urban Education: Counseling Psychology and a MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Cleveland State University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Missouri Counseling Center and her postdoctoral training at The Ohio State University. I am excited to put my name in the hat for the opportunity to serve as chair of Division 17’s Early Career Professional (ECP) Executive Committee. As a future chair, my vision is to continue the tradition of offering a safe, non-judgmental, cohesive, and affirming space for ECPs. It is my belief that the ECP executive committee is a platform that we can use to communicate, empower, and support each other through the many challenges we face, as we transition and solidify our professional identities as psychologists. Through my leadership, should I be elected to serve as chair, it is especially imperative to me that I try to strengthen our base and build more meaningful and lasting connections with ECPs across settings (e.g., clinical, academic, etc.). It is important for us to come together and support each other as we navigate the typical experiences and challenges ECPs face as well as those that are nuanced and exacerbated by our sociopolitical climate (e.g., double pandemic, racial tension and injustice, violence toward communities of color, etc.).