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 E. 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 that align with SCP’s Strategic Plan.
If I were to be elected to this role, I plan to focus on three areas during my presidential year:
1) Youth Empowerment- I continue to be inspired by the confidence and clear vision of young people, and I hope to engage us in elevating the work we do in our division around youth empowerment. It is the most impactful focus we can take for the future well-being of us all.
2) Inclusive Excellence- I hope to continue the work as outlined in the SCP strategic plan in dialogue and division-wide collaboration that focuses on a commit to inclusion in furthering 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: Mary O'Leary Wiley, PhD, ABPP
Division 17 has been my home for my entire career as a full-time practitioner in independent practice. My many leadership roles, including SCP Vice President for Professional Practice, SCP Strategic Planning Group, and President of the American Board of Counseling Psychology, have given me a lens to view SCP with a solid foundation in the past, an understanding of the operation and potential of our complex organization, and an exciting vision for our future. Our strategic planning process made it clear that many members, especially practitioners, wish to feel more connected to Counseling Psychology and SCP. Using my collaborative, active, and vision-focused leadership style, I promise to work hard to connect with and strengthen the engagement of all members.
As president, I will implement the SCP Strategic Plan, especially: (1) developing webinars and other initiatives to increase member engagement, connection, and training opportunities for all, including those who cannot attend APA convention, (2) expanding leadership training opportunities for interested members, including practitioners, international colleagues, ECPs and students, (3) elevating the impact of Counseling Psychology through expanded attention to the integration of practice, science and advocacy, and (4) improving operational effectiveness through strengthening our web-based resources and opportunities.
I promise to collaborate broadly across SCP’s governance, including the Executive Board, sections, committees and special interest groups to make SCP an even more inclusive and engaged organization of Counseling Psychologists as we contribute to practice, research, education/training, and advocacy. I am honored to be nominated as President of my beloved organization.
Candidate: Annette Kluck, PhD
Following the SCP Strategic Plan, I will work with the Executive Board (EB) to align the tracking of expenditures with the strategic vision of SCP and collaborate to address priorities while ensuring continued financial security. Part of this effort will involve transparent reporting of how our expenditures align with our stated priorities via a dashboard showing expenditures, not only by activity, but also by priority. Although not all priorities will require the same resources, the priorities should be evident in the expenditures of our organization. Moreover, making this part of the process through which SCP shares information transparently with members invites all members to evaluate progress towards the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan.
As we look to expand membership, offer new opportunities for development and leadership, engage CPs, raise the profile of our field, make our EB more efficient, and expand how we ready CPs to advocate, we have exciting opportunities to examine ways we use our financial resources to support members. Projecting how alterations to fees that encourage membership and exploring how technology and staff support can drive membership through new benefits (e.g., free CE webinars) will inform how we can simultaneously expand services for practitioners and attend to affordability concerns.
I look forward to using my experience working as a university administrator with programming responsibilities and budget oversight to benefit SCP. I would work in conjunction with other members of the EB to identify ideal ways to invest in SCP through support of goals and priorities.
Candidate: Jacob J. Levy, PhD
I am honored to be nominated as Treasurer for the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP). I began my academic career in 2002, and since 2007, have also operated an active part-time counseling and organizational consultation practice. Currently, I am a tenured Associate Professor and core faculty member in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Tennessee. I served as training director for our program 2012-2017. From 2014-2017, I also served on the Executive Board (as Treasurer) of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP). During my career, I have witnessed a great deal of growth and change in our discipline, and I am very excited about current directions and goals of SCP. I read with great interest the current strategic plan of SCP that included goals of increasing membership of practitioners, international members, and early career psychologists in an effort to foster development and leadership within the discipline; as well as to promote community engagement. Working as both an academic and active practitioner has helped enhance my appreciation for the varied and diverse challenges faced in these professional contexts. I believe SCP can and should be a valuable resource to help foster professional effectiveness and visibility of counseling psychologists. Serving on the CCPTP Board broadened my view of the larger systemic issues affecting our discipline. As treasurer, I gained valuable experience in the fiscal management of a professional, non-profit organization, and would welcome the opportunity to continue such service for SCP.
Candidate: Salina M. Renninger, PhD
It is an honor to be nominated for the Treasurer position for Division 17, the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP). It is an exciting time to serve in this role. If elected, my focus would be to maintain the strong financial condition that SCP currently enjoys, while being a good steward of the finances to ensure they align with the mission, values and goals set by SCP. The Strategic Plan highlights challenges and opportunities, including a decrease in membership over the past five years. The plan suggests that ECPs, in particular, find the cost of participation a barrier. I would encourage efforts to engage ECPs with financial support in an effort to retain these members. This initial investment should yield long term gains in terms of expanding membership and enhancing inclusivity. Greater inclusion of practitioners is also noted as a potential need that I would prioritize. I worked thirteen years as a practitioner before taking a faculty position and I retain a small private practice. I understand the needs of practitioners, and I would relish the opportunity to be more inclusive of practitioners. Operations and systems are identified as an important area to create efficiencies. I would explore leveraging the relationship with APA and its resources, and review internal processes to streamline operations. I have served as treasurer for two organizations, CCPTP and ACCTA, and I would welcome an opportunity to serve SCP in this capacity.
Candidate: Roberto Luis Abreu, PhD
Office: ECP Chair-Elect
Roberto L. Abreu is an Assistant Professor at Tennessee State University’s (TSU) Counseling Psychology program. Roberto earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky and completed his internship at the Federal Medical Center (Bureau of Prisons) in Lexington, Kentucky. His research and activism focuses on LGBTQ people of Color, with an emphasis on the intersection of Latinx LGBTQ issues within the context of family and community relations. Roberto serves in the APA Task Force for Revising the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients.
Roberto has held leadership positions at the local, state, and national level. Through the National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA), Roberto served as co-chair for Orgullo (NLPA’s LGBTQ interest group) for 3 years and currently serves as the 2019 NLPA Conference Chair. Also, Roberto serves as 2020 APA Conference Program Chair for Division 44. In Division 17, Roberto has served as member of the Awards and Recognition Committee for over 2 years.
Some of Roberto’s recent accomplishments include: (1) Division 45 Barbara Smith-Jewell E. Horvat Graduate Student Award for Research with Queer Individuals of Color; (2) Division 44 Distinguished Student Contribution; and (3) CCPTP Outstanding Graduate Student Award. He is also an APA Minority Fellow.
As ECP Chair, Roberto will continue to use his leadership experience to collaborate with ECPs across other APA divisions, as well as the ethnic-minority psychological associations (EMPAs). Also, Roberto will reach ECPs across different settings (e.g., private practice, academia) to create a stronger collective.
Candidate: Elizabeth Aranda, PhD
Office: ECP Chair Elect
The growth of SCP is contingent on the commitment and passion of its members and leaders. In my position as ECP chair (elect), I propose to center the function of my position on increasing ECP involvement in SCP through diversification of participation opportunities, including but not limited to: highlighting the barriers to participation, using the voices of the community to identify needed next steps, continuing and enhancing programming to reduce financial (and other) barriers to attendance at APA, and supporting programs designed to connect recent graduates to the community of SCP. It is hoped that through these intentions, we can collectively make strides to enact the goals of SCP’s Strategic Plan and continue to build our SCP network. In my experience on the ECP committee thus far it is clear that identifying concrete steps towards a defined goal is one way we can all join in on a shared mission and develop clarity as to how we can work together as a subset of the larger community. I believe that I possess the diverse array of skills to enact these goals through my energy for counseling psychology, my role as a social justice advocate, and my experiences as a leader within organizational systems (e.g. in my staff position at U.C. Berkeley, involvement in the NLPA, and SCP). Over the years these experiences have offered me the opportunity to formulate my own leadership style that I believe will serve the ECP committee well in our journey towards change.
Candidate: Kimberly Howard, PhD
Office: V. P. for Education and Training
I feel honored to be nominated for the position of Vice President for Education and Training at this exciting time in the Society. With the development and implementation of the SCP Strategic Plan we are ensuring that SCP is experienced as a meaningful professional home for CPs across the professional lifespan. If elected to the VP for Education and Training position I would ground my work in the implementation of Strategic Plan, as it relates to issues of training.
• Membership: Expanding SCP membership, including student membership, is the focus of Goal 1. The VP for Education and Training can be instrumental in articulating the benefits and value of SCP membership to current CP students and soon-to-be ECPs and in supporting the recruitment and on-boarding process.
• Support of Programs: The VP for Education and Training provides information, resources, and activities to CP training programs (Goal 2) that assist them in offering excellent training to the next generation of CPs.
• Leadership & Advocacy Development: Goals 5 and 6 of the Strategic Plan prioritize the fostering of leadership skills as well as advocacy skills and practices. The VP of Education and Training is in a position to engage CP faculty and training directors around strategies and practices for incorporating leadership and advocacy skill development activities within their training programs.
• Masters Accreditation: SCP has been active in efforts to develop a meaningful, quality accreditation process for masters programs. Continuing to support these efforts is a priority.
I thank you for your time and consideration.
Candidate: Linh P. Luu, PhD
Office: V. P. for Education and Training
I am honored to be nominated to serve as VP for Education and Training and would love to have an opportunity to serve SCP and its members in this role. I am the Training Director for an APA-accredited doctoral internship program at University of Memphis. Besides my various leadership roles in other APA divisions (president of Asian American section, program chair, division 35; editorial board member of two APA journals), I have served as a member of the planning committee for the 2014 Counseling Psychology Conference and I am currently SCP webinar co-coordinator. At the state level, I am the vice chair for Tennessee Coalition for Healthy and Safe Campus Community. My interests include multiculturalism, social justice advocacy in training, supervision, and application of theories and research into practice.
SCP has been my professional home and continues to provide me support throughout my career. If elected, I will work to promote SCP’s missions through the following goals (1) collaborate with division leaders to ensure sufficient training and resources regarding practice, research, training, and advocacy be provided to all members; (2) partner with stakeholders from other divisions, states, COA, and training programs to explore inclusion of advocacy as standards into the existing model training program and to bridge the gap between graduate training and practice; and (3) support division’s effort in creating leadership opportunities, advancement, and community for underrepresented members and practitioners. I look forward to bringing my leadership experience and unique skills as a practitioner-scholar-trainer-advocate to serve SCP members.
Candidate: Sarah Nolan, PhD
Office: V. P. for Education and Training
I am honored to be nominated as the VP for Education and Training. I currently serve as Chair of the Section on College and University Counseling Centers, Membership Chair of the Section on Supervision and Training, and have served as Chair of the Community Engagement Committee. My leadership positions and my role as a counseling center Training Director at University at Albany leave me well-suited for this position. Personally and professionally, I share core values with those of SCP and have demonstrated a commitment to social justice and advocacy, inclusion and equity, and the advancement and elevation of our field.
As VP for Education and Training, I will work to increase and engage membership by continuing to cultivate reliable, deliberate, and strong connections to our training communities, programs, and organizations. Through this connection, we will increase our level of engagement with students, ECPs, and those involved in training. Strengthening the bridge between SCP and training programs and organizations will create opportunity for enhancing collaboration and fostering community between researchers and clinicians, an important step in increasing the impact of Counseling Psychology.
A critical task for SCP is the development, implementation, and evaluation of an advocacy framework. As the director of an APA-accredited internship and as a supervisor, clinician, researcher, instructor, and advocate I am qualified and thrilled to take leadership on this initiative. By formalizing and articulating this framework and working closely with those directly involved in training, we will elevate the impact and broaden the reach of Counseling Psychology.
Candidate: Carolyn O'Keefe, PsyD
Office: V. P. for Communications
I am both excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve the Society of Counseling Psychology as Vice President for Communication. I believe that at this time in our Nation, the mission and values of the Society are more relevant and needed than possibly ever before. As a practicing psychologist and director of a university counseling center, the Society’s values around social justice, intersecting identities, and strength-based approaches have served as the foundation for my work, and most importantly, that with marginalized populations.
As a member of Society leadership, I would embrace the opportunity to forward the strategic goals of the division. Specifically, the opportunity to contribute innovative strategies to draw a diverse breadth of professionals into membership—diverse in terms of professional identity, career stage, and personal identities—and then to engage them in Society activities. I also would be able to propagate the good works of both the Society as a whole as well as its individual members. Finally, I welcome the opportunity to participate in the expansion of advocacy and social justice activities throughout the profession, an important value of the Society and its members. For many years I have served on the board for Division II: Education and Training of the California Psychological Association, and I also have had the pleasure of serving as Communications Officer for the Society’s Section on Supervision and Training. It would be an honor to continue to embrace my value of service through serving as the Vice President for Communication.
Candidate: Shufang Sun, PhD
Office: ECP Chair-Elect
I am a Research Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University Alpert Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. I earned my doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have long-standing interests in understanding multicultural counseling and health promotion with marginalized communities.
A major challenge that APA and Division 17 face is to engage early career professionals in the organization and provide the support that ECPs need. If elected chair, I will work on strategies to best reach and engage ECPs to Division 17. I will also aim to foster connections among ECPs and provide opportunities for ECPs to engage in advocacy, leadership, and professional development. Mentorship opportunities for ECPs would also facilitate their professional growth and network building. In this regard, I would like to work with other divisions to build a broader network for ECPs as they transition into various professional sectors.
Candidate: Valene A. Whittaker, PhD
Office: V. P. for Communications
I humbly and enthusiastically accept this nomination for Vice President for Communication. As a woman of color and Early Career Psychologist (ECP), I want to build on the efforts of my predecessors and use this position to advance SCP as an inclusive and socially just professional community.
My leadership reflects my commitment to the promotion of counseling psychology, and includes: Chair, Section on Professional Practice; ECP Mentor, Leadership Collaborative (Academy); Practice Representative, APA Membership Board; and Boston Metro Region Representative, MPA Board of Directors. Professional service committed to facilitating systems-level change energizes me, which will serve me well in implementing SCP’s communication-driven strategic planning goals.
As a Bedford VAMC Psychologist and the Military Sexual Trauma Services Coordinator, I provide direct clinical care, supervision/consultation to trainees, and have refined skills in written and technological communication, advocacy, and outreach through creating SharePoint websites and collaborating on educational efforts with our hospital’s Public Affairs Officer. I am well-suited to enhance SCP’s internal and external communication efforts, and support ongoing dissemination of science-informed and culturally-responsive rapid response statements.
My priority, as VP for Communication, will be to use technology to welcome those who feel professionally and personally marginalized within SCP. Increasing social media and web-based software usage to create virtual gatherings for consultation/collaboration will engage members with limited resources to attend in-person programming, and increase the sharing of contributions generated by our field. Through responsive, innovative communication that attends to members’ needs, I believe SCP will more effectively address the demands of our discipline and the public.