Candidate Statements for Division 22. Rehabilitation 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: Dana S. Dunn, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

Dana S. Dunn Candidate Statement Div22 Election for President

I study disability from the psychosocial perspective established by Beatrice Wright, Tamara Dembo, and Roger Barker, empowering and promoting the good life for people with disabilities. I am Professor and Chair of Psychology at Moravian College. I’ve researched, spoken, and written about the social psychology of disability and rehabilitation since 1994. If elected, serving rehabilitation practitioners, researchers, educators, and graduate students as President of Division 22 will be an honor and a privilege. I will work closely with Division 22 Board Members to advance its mission and vision statements, and the practice interests of rehabilitation psychology.

I am on the Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology’s Board and serve as Consulting Editor for Rehabilitation Psychology. In 2009, Division 22 honored me with the Beatrice Wright and Tamara Dembo Award and Lecture and the Harold Yuker Award for Research Excellence. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 22 since 2009) and the Association for Psychological Science, I published the book The Social Psychology of Disability in 2015.

Division 22 is a welcoming, warm professional community. I will continue this tradition by pursuing three goals:
1. Promoting the rich, innovative scientific and practice history of Division 22 by sharing the Foundational Principles of Rehabilitation Psychology broadly;
2. Expanding practice opportunities for Division 22 members while also protecting the boundaries of practice;
3. Encouraging membership growth by connecting with colleagues in allied divisions and the Disability Studies community, highlighting how their work complements our own.




Candidate: Aaron P. Turner, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

Aaron Turner, PhD, ABPP.: I am honored to be considered for the position of President of Division 22. I consider Rehabilitation Psychology to be my professional home and look forward to an opportunity to serve our organization. I am the Director of Rehabilitation Psychology at VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, Washington and Professor at the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. My day to day professional life involves multiple roles within our field including direct clinical care, predoctoral and postdoctoral education and training, and clinical research. I have been proud to serve Division 22 in a number of roles including APA Program Chair, Treasurer, member of the Editorial Board of the journal Rehabilitation Psychology and on several ongoing committees. I have also supported our division through membership in the Academy of Rehabilitation Psychology.

The future of our division will depend upon hard work in many areas, but three strike me as particularly important: 1) Promoting the basic, clinical, and translational science that demonstrates the value of what we do, 2) Increasing the visibility of Rehabilitation Psychology to the public and in particular to students earlier in their training trajectories 3) Encouraging the recruitment and retention of early career professionals. Each of these issues is critically important and something, if elected, I'll work hard to promote. Thank you for your consideration.




Candidate: Mark T. Barisa, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

Throughout my 22 years of work as a psychologist, I have consistently made Rehabilitation Psychology and Division 22 an active part of my clinical work and professional involvement. This has included a variety of activities including regular presentations at our annual winter meeting as well as membership and leadership roles for several committees in Division 22. I served in a variety of areas including positions as a member and eventual chair of the Outcome Measurement SIG, planning committee member and eventual Program Chair-Elect and Chair for ABRP/Division 22 Winter meetings, Federal Advocacy Coordinator, and Practice Committee for the past several years. I had the honor to serve as an invited participant in the Consensus Conference on Rehabilitation Psychology Post-Doctoral Training in Baltimore, MD helping to define our specialty and develop training guidelines. I have also served on committees and held leadership positions in other organizations including Division 40, AACN, NAN, Sports Neuropsychology Society, and other organizations, and as part of these activities I consistently promoted Rehabilitation Psychology and collaborative relationships across specialty areas. I am now looking to serve in a more formal role and am submitting my candidacy for a Member at Large position within Division 22. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Division in this general role to allow the Board and Division to use my background, skills, and abilities to help in any way that is needed.




Candidate: Abbey J. Hughes, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

As an active member of the Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) community, I am delighted to be considered for one of our Division’s Member at Large (MAL) positions. I am currently an assistant professor and rehabilitation psychologist in the Division for Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. I strongly value the mission of Division 22 in promoting the health, inclusion, and advocacy for individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions. I consider our Division to be my professional home within APA and have held several collaborative leadership roles. As chair of the Division’s Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Special Interest Group, I have had the honor of representing Division 22 ECP members with regard to conference programming, professional development activities (e.g., webinars), scientific productivity, and other topical issues relevant to ECPs (e.g., childcare, self-care, and work-life responsibilities). I have also served in the Student Leadership Network (Student Representative, 2013-2015), Mentorship Committee (2014-2016), Program Planning Committee (2014-present), and Childcare and Parenting Issues Task Force (2017-present). If elected to our 6-member MAL assembly, I would look forward to representing membership interests on the Division 22 Executive Committee, and to representing our Division as a liaison/consultant to other APA groups in which I am already involved, (e.g., Committee on ECPs, Board of Scientific Affairs, Publications and Communications Board).




Candidate: Randi Lincoln, PhD, ABPP

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

Randi Lincoln, PhD, ABPP: It would be my privilege to serve as a member-at-large of Division 22. I have been a psychologist in the Spinal Cord Injury program at VA Puget Sound, Seattle Division for 18 years. Among my responsibilities in this position, the most rewarding have involved provision of clinical care and training of interns and fellows. I have been particularly devoted to training issues, serving on our internship and fellowship selection and training committees, and supervising students throughout my career. I am an APA internship site visitor and have benefitted from opportunities to engage with and learn from other internship programs. I also recently finished my term as Rehab Riff Raff Chair which allowed me to provide mentorship to those seeking board certification in Rehabilitation Psychology. Outside of these roles, I have enjoyed other administrative duties. These include my term as Chair of the Psychology Professional Standards Board for VA Puget Sound, which gave me opportunity to advocate for increased compensation for our psychologists and ensure quality provision of clinical care to our veterans.

As member-at-large, I would hope to continue my efforts towards supporting the mentorship and other needs of our trainees and early career professionals. I would strive to continue with recruitment efforts to grow the field of Rehabilitation Psychology. I would offer my full support to the Division towards addressing current issues relevant to our field. I am grateful to be considered for this position.




Candidate: Sarah Raskin, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

I am a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and am currently the Neuroscience Program Director. I am a member of both Divisions 22 and 40 and am honored to be an APA Fellow in both divisions. I serve on the Science Committee for Division 22 and was the Program Chair for the 2017 APA Convention. I am on the Women in Neuropsychology subcommittee of the Public Interest Advisory Committee for Division 40 where we have provided collaborative programming with Division 22. I have enjoyed becoming more involved with APA and am excited at the opportunity to serve as Member at Large. Outside of APA, I am Board Chair of the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut, President of the Connecticut Neuropsychological Society, and serve on the Connecticut Advisory Board for the Brain Injury Waiver program. I have been honored to receive the Catherine Bontke Award from the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut, and the Trustee Award for Faculty Excellence, Arthur Hughes Teaching Award, and Charles Dana Research Professorship from Trinity College. I am also a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. My research is focused on cognitive remediation strategies for memory deficits after brain injury and am the editor of two books, including Neuroplasticity and Rehabilitation by Guildford Press. I am also an author of the Memory for Intentions Test published by PAR.




Candidate: Monica F. Kurylo, PhD, ABPP

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be considered to serve as a Division 22 representative to the APA Council of Representatives. I have been a Division 22 member for 20 years and have appreciated the leadership opportunities, training, and networking that the Division provides and encourages. I have served the Division as Treasurer and Member-at-Large, as the poster chair for the RP conference, and as a special issue editor for a journal issue regarding women and disabilities. I am currently on the Rehabilitation Psychology Academy Board as Member-at-Large. It is vital that we maintain our involvement in the American Psychological Association. I served as a Chair of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) in 2014 and 2015, which allowed me to work with the APA Board of Directors and the Council of Representatives as I led the transition of CAPP to a wholly C6 committee of the Practice Organization. My participation in Council meetings as the CAPP Chair allowed me to develop an understanding of the important role of our representatives to APA. If elected, I would be honored to serve Division 22 and our members in continuing our important work at Council. I also want to continue to support our important advocacy initiatives in partnership with the APA and APA Practice Organization. I appreciate the significant contributions of Drs Linda Mona and Kim Gorgens as our current representatives. Please consider voting for me for Council Representative for Division 22. Thank you for your membership!




Candidate: Sean Coad, PsyD

Office: Early Career Representative

Candidate Statement:

Seven years ago, as a young, eager graduate student, I walked into Barry Nierenberg’s office and asked if there is a way I can merge my passions for neuropsychology and rehabilitation. He chuckled and said, “Sean, you will soon join the dark side and be knee deep into more Division 22 projects than you know what to do with.” That day changed the way I viewed myself and today is the first step to all those Division 22 projects he alluded to. Now, I understand I may put the “early” in early career representative, but don’t allow my relative lack of years in the field translate into a lack of experience on the big stage. During my career thus far, I have had the pleasure of working on committees through APA Division 40, National Academy of Neuropsychology, Florida Psychological Association, and I began a special interest group for students in neuropsychology at my graduate school. I have worked in multiple settings, blended lines across rehabilitation and neuropsychology, and created networks of young professionals through social, professional, and educational formats. These experiences have provided me valuable insight, opportunities to grow and learn, and a framework/passion for the importance of organizations like Division 22. Beyond these experiences, however, I am passionate, committed, conscientious, and eager to serve our division, our community, our patients, and to prove Dr. Nierenberg right after all these years. I believe this position is right for me and, above all, I am right for this position. Thank you!




Candidate: Ferzeen Patel, PsyD

Office: Early Career Representative

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to accept the nomination to run for Early Career Professionals (ECP) Representative of the Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) Executive Committee. I am eager to continue serving the Division and collaborating with fellow leaders and members. I have been a member of Division 22 since 2015, first as a trainee member, and currently as an early career rehabilitation psychologist. Division 22 has contributed to my professional development and identity. I have previous leadership experience in the Division, including serving as the co-chair of the ECP Special Interest Group (2016-2017). Since late 2017, I have also served as the interim ECP Representative, a role I have enjoyed and hope to continue serving in the coming term. In my time in this role thus far, I have expanded communication and collaboration between the Division’s Student Leadership Network (SLN) and Mentorship Committees, including organizing a successful networking event at the RP18 conference. During my time as ECP SIG co-chair, I worked closely with Connie Sung (former ECP Representative) to propose and manage a budget to support ECP SIG activities. As your current interim ECP Representative, I work with the current ECP SIG – a growing group of motivated and engaged ECPs – to create a sustainable leadership structure within the Division, and to encourage ECPs to gain more experience in leadership. These experiences have prepared me for continued leadership within the Division, and I look forward to the potential opportunity to serve you for a full term as the ECP Representative.