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: Traci Edwardson Callandrillo, PhD
I am honored to be nominated for the position of President-Elect, and humbled to among such a superb slate of candidates. I have had the honor to serve the division previously, and welcome the opportunity to pursue goals of inclusive excellence, professional connection, and youth empowerment. In my previous roles with SCP, I have served as the Section Chair for SCUCC, the first SCP liaison to the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance, and as Vice President for Professional Practice. Additionally, I am currently serving on President Inman’s Leadership STG. If I were to be elected to this role, I plan to focus on three areas during my presidential year:
1) Youth Empowerment- I had the privilege of attending the March for Our Lives in Washington DC, and that unforgettable experience gave me an opportunity to recommit to my belief that elevating the work we do in our division around youth empowerment is the most impactful focus we can take for the future well-being of us all.
2) Inclusive Excellence- I hope to engage SCP in dialogue and division-wide collaboration that focuses on a commit to inclusion in our development of strategy and goal-setting.
3) Professional Connection- Having been involved in highly successful programs that bring together SCP members for mentorship and connection, I plan to elevate this to a presidential initiative. Relationships matter, and I believe our members come together for these connections, which will further our ability to make progress and grow our membership.
Thank you for your consideration!
Candidate: Gargi Roysircar Sodowsky, EdD
I am Gargi Roysircar, Professor and Founding Director of Antioch University Multicultural Center. Early in my career, I served as SCP Newsletter Editor, Chair of SERD, and founding member of More Pie. Mid-career, I became Fellow and served as Fellows Committee Chair. Along the way, I received SCP’s Best Practice Award and SERD’s Diversity Service Award. Wearing a colorful sari, I led a healing scarf dance at the LGB section’s celebration in Toronto of LGB weddings. Then I took the other road at the fork. I did international programming in disaster mental health and assessment. I gained extensive experience in supervising doctoral students in culturally and socio-politically/historically informed work in international settings. Committed to evidence-based practice, I published widely my disaster trauma and resilience assessment and interventions. Appointed to an APA Guidelines Task Force, I worked with psychologists from different disciplines to produce in 2017 a nuanced, theoretically integrative, and research-based set of umbrella Multicultural Guidelines: An Ecological Approach to Context, Identity, and Intersectionality (http://www.apa.org/about/policy/multicultural-guidelines.aspx). My diverse identities are connected, whose intersectionality makes the whole person I am—fluid, curious, and self- and advocacy-aware. I feel empowered by my connection with past divisional leaderships of Rosie Bingham, Jean Carter, Melba Vazquez, and D. W. Sue; and by my ever-present connection with students. I have returned to my SCP roots for connection with you, my future. I will be accountable to you, your contexts, culture, and to SCP. As a transnational feminist, I seek connections. Thank you for your consideration.
Candidate: Anneliese Singh, PhD
I am excited to serve the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP) as President, and it is a true honor to be nominated! We are at a critical point in history where discrimination is increasingly revealed, and counseling psychologists have an important role to advocate for a more just world. As your President, I will build upon SCP leadership successes and work with multiple SCP stakeholders to achieve the following goals: (1) identify and integrate SCP values (e.g., multiculturalism, social justice, practitioner-scholar-advocate) into SCP activities and leadership; (2) increase attention to the needs of our practitioner members and master’s- and doctoral-level training issues; (3) strengthen the social change influence our SCP members and leaders have within APA and their communities.
Before I became a counseling psychologist, I worked as a community organizer (HIV, immigration rights); so, connecting social justice issues with the unique training we have to promote resilience and well-being has been very important. I am an Associate Dean for Diversity and Professor at the University of Georgia. As your SCP President, I will draw from my diverse leadership roles within SCP and APA (e.g., Vice-President of Diversity and Public Interest, APA Transgender Practice Guidelines, LGBTI Section, Exploring Privilege STG, More Pie). I envision a SCP where student, ECP, mid-, and late-career members find SCP to be the “home” to engage in addressing the most important social justice issues of our time and be their authentic selves.
I look forward to serving you as the next SCP President!
Candidate: Milo L. Dodson, PhD
Office: Council Representative
The SCP has been an academic home since I was an undergraduate psychology major. Mentors would share their experiences of conducting research and offering clinical services with such energy, it inspired me to pursue graduate school. I am thrilled to now send out this statement as a Licensed Psychologist, ready to represent our community with a similar energy.
Being privileged to participate in both the Division 17 Leadership Academy, as well as the Minority Fellowship Program Psychology Summer Institute, has provided me with empowering clarity that leadership is more about a commitment to service than titles. Similarly, I served as the summer youth camp director for Hip-Hop artist Common’s summer youth camp for six years while finishing graduate school, internship, and a postdoctoral fellowship. Balancing responsibilities was indubitably a challenge that helped me learn how essential preparation and communication are when collaborating. I currently utilize these skills as a Senior Staff Psychologist, interim outreach coordinator, and liaison to the Athletics Department for the UC Irvine Counseling Center. All of these experiences have highlighted the significance of advocating for mental health and wellness within university settings. These positions have also allowed me to acknowledge the importance of representing the field of counseling psychology with passion, dignity, and humility while concurrently bringing an increased awareness and accessibility to our field.
As APA grows, my hope is to offer representation that is innovative, insightful, and inclusive.
It is a humbling honor to be nominated and I genuinely appreciate your consideration.
Candidate: Bryana H. French, PhD
Office: Council Representative
I am humbled to be nominated to represent the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP) on the Council of Representatives (COR). Having served the Division since 2014 as a fellow in the SCP Leadership Academy, I am excited for this important opportunity and believe I have the experience to make me a strong candidate. Through my role as Media and PR Coordinator, I worked to help raise public awareness of Counseling Psychologists’ expertise by highlighting news stories on the SCP website. I then became Director of Communications and helped facilitate greater internal and external communication through SCP Connect, Facebook, and Twitter. I have also had extensive experience with organizational legislative bodies outside of APA and recognize the power and responsibility these types of positions hold.
Consistent with the goals and values of SCP, I have actively advocated for social justice throughout my career. I consider participation in COR an important opportunity to continue this mission, by influencing APA policy. My identities as an Early Career Professional and Woman of Color bring a fresh and intersectional perspective to a longstanding organization. I am keenly aware of the frustration many of our members have had with APA governance over the years, particularly as it has pertained to psychology’s impact on marginalized communities. As one of the Division 17 Representatives, I will strive to listen deeply to the diversity of concerns among our members and help counseling psychologists have a voice in APA governance, with an ear toward multicultural and social justice related issues.
Candidate: Joseph H. Hammer, PhD
Office: Council Representative
I am honored to be nominated for Division Representative to APA Council—Slate 1. Division 17 has been my professional home since 2006, when I first connected with SCP members at the New Orleans APA Convention as an undergraduate student. Since that time, I've had the opportunity to serve the division as Webmaster for 6 years and cultivate my leadership skills as a member of the inaugural cohort of the SCP Leadership Academy. These experiences familiarized me with the culture, priorities, and challenges that SCP faces as a division, and how our diverse stakeholders feel about our place in the larger APA. The Hoffman report, master's training and licensure concerns, and centering of cultural and social justice considerations have shaped the ongoing dialogue within and outside of the division. As an early career professional, I see the importance of young members' efforts and voices in defining what SCP and APA will be about in 5, 10, and 25 years. If elected, I will listen carefully to counseling psychology stakeholders from all career stages and act on behalf of our membership to advocate for what's good for SCP and good for those we seek to serve, particularly those who are marginalized. I've had the privilege of watching the conscientious and tireless work of our Division Representatives and I would seek to model my own approach after their successes, while retaining the data-driven and listening-first priorities that reflect who I am as a counseling psychologist.
Candidate: Ashley K. Randall, PhD
Office: Council Representative
I am honored to be considered for the Society of Counseling Psychology’s (SCP) Council Representative. I am passionate about representing SCP while building professional relationships with psychologists across APA.
As an ECP, I have been fortunate to serve in a variety of professional leadership positions across all levels of service. At Arizona State University (ASU), I serve as the Director of Training of our APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program, which affords me the opportunity to have a key role in training the next generation of scientist-practitioners. Additionally, I am on the Executive Board of ASU’s Faculty Women’s Association, an organization dedicated to being an effective voice for women faculty. Within SCP, I have served as a Membership Committee member, and currently serve as Chair. In my role as Membership Chair, I have gained a deep understanding of the benefits of SCP and APA membership, while advocating for the increase and retention of its’ members. Furthermore, I have served as the Vice President of the Fulbright Association-Arizona Chapter, which further instilled in me the need to create world peace through international educational exchange since my Fulbright Fellowship in 2007.
I am deeply committed to facilitating professional and personal growth for all SCP members, across diverse interests within a multicultural framework. As such, I will work hard as a Council Representative to bring together SCP and APA members dedicated to promoting education and training, scientific investigation, diversity, and public interest, while serving as an active voice for our Division.
Candidate: Emily Voelkel, PhD
Office: Council Representative
I am honored to be considered for Council Representative. Leadership and service have been integral to my identity within and outside of APA. During my term as APAGS Chair, I served on the Good Governance Project IWG and on APA’s Board of Directors during the Independent Review. These roles were fundamental in helping me understand and appreciate APA’s rich history and what will help move APA forward. These roles also gave me a deep understanding of APA few have at this career stage. During APA service, I learned how to advocate effectively and work with others toward shared goals when compromise feels improbable. I believe I established a reputation as being thoughtful, willing to engage in difficult dialogue respectfully, and willing to speak out even if my views were unpopular.
As an ECP, I am invested in APA’s future. Our current data on ECPs suggest change is needed for APA to flourish. I have the experiences and characteristics necessary to advocate for change rooted in our shared SCP values. If elected, I will advocate to make APA more effective, nimble, and inclusive of all voices. In this spirit, I am committing to serve only one term as Council Representative. Afterwards, I will advocate for other voices new to Council to be slated. We have many excellent voices in SCP, though often only few are elected. If you choose not to vote for me, I encourage you to vote for another ECP in the spirit of bringing new voices to governance.
Candidate: Margit I. Berman, PhD
Office: V. P. for Science
I am honored and humbled to be nominated as Vice President for Science for the Society for Counseling Psychology (SCP). In a climate of increased oppression and hatred of marginalized people, counseling psychologists must advance justice. My career has focused on applying a feminist lens to develop and evaluate interventions to reduce multiple and intersecting forms of stigma that harm women’s health. In 2015, I was awarded a $250,000 Hitchcock Foundation Scholars Award to develop Accept Yourself, a psychotherapy to decrease weight self-stigma and improve larger-bodied women’s physical and mental health. Accept Yourself clinician and self-help manuals are forthcoming from Routledge Press. I am also past-chair of the SCP Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science, and have served on its board for a decade. In that role, I have led collaborative research projects and convention programming to integrate science and practice and investigate multiculturalism and social justice in psychotherapy research.
With these experiences informing me, my goals for my three-year term are two-fold. First, I would seek to increase the impact of counseling psychology research that advances social justice, including providing more opportunities for students and ECPs to conduct and disseminate such research. Second, because counseling psychology offers a unique scientific perspective that centers the needs of individuals, the integration of science and practice, and attention to multiculturalism and social justice, I would work to strengthen our unique influence on scientific and science-practice initiatives within APA and in our broader communities, to elevate our voice for systemic change.
Candidate: Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD
Office: V. P. for Science
I would like to thank the committee for my nomination for the position of Vice President (VP) for Science of Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. My scholarship over the last 22 years has included investigations on adolescent at-risk health behaviors, including bullying, sexual harassment, dating violence, and eating disorders. I have conducted a wide range of studies including epidemiological-longitudinal investigations, randomized clinical trials, focus groups, technology-based studies, social-network analyses, and meta-analyses. As you can imagine, I have had to learn how to be creative and innovative to secure funding for my scholarship, and as a result, I have many strategies that would be helpful for young emerging scholars in Counseling Psychology. I have been funded by CDC, NIJ, NSF, NIDA, NIH, and some foundations. As VP for Science of Division 17, I would prioritize the mentoring of graduate students as well as early- and mid-career scholars who want to take their research to a different level – the level of federally funded research. As many programs in Counseling Psychology do not have a strong record of NIH funding, these young scholars are not often exposed to the wealth of funding mechanisms at NIH, NSF, and IES. I would love to introduce these scholars to these mechanisms and give them concrete strategies for navigating this world. Also, I would love to work with these scholars on disseminating their research at a greater rate and to understand how to translate their research broadly via social media outlets.
Candidate: Lisa Ann Ferdinand, PhD
Office: V. P. for Practice
I would be honored to serve the Society of Counseling Psychology as Vice President for Professional Practice. If elected, I will focus on the following two goals that are central to the Society’s mission.
As a mid-career practitioner with many colleagues who are aligned with other professional organizations, I will engage in efforts to make the Society the “professional home” of Counseling Psychologist practitioners. Growing practitioner engagement is key to the longevity of the Society and to helping to ensure that the Society’s leadership, publication, and advocacy efforts represent the interests of all Counseling Psychologists. This will involve building on past projects such as offering continuing education opportunities that are relevant to Counseling Psychology practitioners. It will also involve engaging in efforts to understand the current needs of Counseling Psychologist practitioners, barriers to engagement, and identifying mechanisms to overcome these barriers that align with the Society’s strategic initiatives.
The next 3 years will see many practice-related issues continue to develop. Counseling Psychology graduates may be impacted by the implementation of EPPP Step 2 and the ongoing discussion regarding master’s level credentialing. Other concerns such as prescriptive authority, emerging clinical treatment guidelines, mental health parity laws, and the role of psychologists in integrative healthcare will impact practitioners at different stages of their career. My second goal will be to keep the Executive Board and members abreast of these issues so that Counseling Psychologists can provide leadership and advocacy as these issues are explored and resolved.
Candidate: Kimberly Howard, PhD
Office: V. P. for Science
I feel both honored to be nominated for the position of Vice President for Scientific Affairs and also humbled to be on the slate with such accomplished colleagues. If elected to this position I would pursue the following goals:
• Represent Counseling Psychology and the research interests of SCP to the APA Board of Scientific Affairs and advocate for the inclusion of counseling psychologists on relevant APA task forces, coalitions, and working groups. Through these efforts I hope to increase the inclusion of counseling psychology research in the initiatives undertaken by such groups and in the polices, products, and interventions that result.
• Support the efforts of counseling psychology researchers to disseminate their research results in ways that not only inform the field, but also reach practitioners, policy makers, and the general public. Much of counseling psychology research focuses on fostering the positive development of individuals around issues of identity, education, work, and well-being. I wish to support CPs’ efforts to ensure that their work is making a difference in the communities we ultimately serve.
• Continue to expand our collective efficacy for and success in pursuing external funding for our work. Identifying the specific, and perhaps different, needs of established CPs, early career CPs, and graduate students/CP training programs around the grant pursuit and management processes will be vital to the development and provision of useful services to SCP members.
It would be an honor to serve the Society in this role. Thank you for your consideration.
Candidate: Dan L. Jones, PhD
Office: V. P. for Practice
I am honored to be considered as Vice President for Practice. My entire career has been dedicated to practice, prevention, and administration in collegiate counseling and mental health services . I currently serve as Director of the Counseling Center at East Tennessee State University. I worked at Appalachian State University before that where I started their APA approved internship and the Post-doctoral Fellowship programs. I have also had a part-time private practice. I was elected President of the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) the accreditation agency for college and university counseling and mental health services. I also served as President of the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD). I have an ABPP in Counseling Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. I have Fellow status in the Division 17 Society of Counseling Psychology. I received the Life Time Achievement Award from the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors .