Candidate Statements for Division 29. Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy

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

Candidate: Jennifer L. Callahan, PhD, ABPP

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I am honored and humbled by the nomination to serve the Division in the role of president. Before I get into my qualifications and experiences, I would like to lead with my intentions. If elected, my presidential initiative will center on resource development and dissemination. I want our members to benefit from resources that facilitate increasing psychotherapy expertise. To that end, I will foster bringing those who are in primarily research roles to work collaboratively with those in practice roles to identify, generate, and distribute needed and effective resources. While my intention is to serve our membership with this initiative, my hope is that our society will infuse resources beyond ourselves to advance psychotherapy more broadly. If this initiative is something the membership wishes to endorse, then my qualifications and experiences to lead that initiative become relevant.

I am a Professor of Psychology at the University of North Texas, where I serve as the Director of Clinical Training. I have authored more than 100 publications and am Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. I am also an Associate Editor for Training and Education in Professional Psychology and a Consulting Editor for Psychotherapy and Practice Innovations. I am board certified in Clinical Psychology and an APA Fellow. The quality of my work is implied via multiple research grants, awards for mentorship, and selection for the NIH LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds.

Thank you very much for considering this initiative and allowing me to serve the Society.




Candidate: Rayna D. Markin, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

Division 29 is a home for people who love psychotherapy. I vividly remember reciting these words to a room full of eager Early Career Psychologists (ECPs) in my novice role as ECP chair almost 10 years ago. Since then, I have served as ECP Chair, ECP Domain Representative, and Education and Training Chair, organizing various mentoring programs and events, chairing or participating in numerous committees, contributing to the Bulletin, and planning a video series for the Division’s website consisting of interviews with experts on how to apply psychotherapy relationship research to training and supervision. I received the Charles J. Gelso Psychotherapy Research Grant and the APF/Division 29 ECP Awards. Lastly, I serve on the editorial board for Psychotherapy, for which I have served as guest editor for two special sections on the Psychotherapy Relationship and Psychotherapy for Pregnancy Loss. Today, the original words I first uttered in the beginning of my Division 29 career still ring true- this is truly a place for people who love psychotherapy. As researchers, clinicians, and educators, our common commitment to psychotherapy is presumably rooted in our identification with the values that it encapsulates. This includes a focus on issues and special populations that are unacknowledged or invalidated in the larger society. If given the honor of serving as President, I would focus on initiatives that bring to light issues that patients present with that are typically minimized or avoided in society, as well as diverse marginalized populations whose experiences are often silenced or unheard.




Candidate: Jesse Owen, PhD

Office: Treasurer

Candidate Statement:

I am an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Counseling Psychology Department at the University of Denver. I am also an APA Fellow for SAP, and I have been awarded the Early Career Awards for SAP and Division 17. I have served as an Associate Editor for Psychotherapy since 2009, and as SAP’s Domain Chair and Representative for Education and Training. Currently, I am the Treasurer for SAP. I have published over 125 peer-review publications/books most of which are focused on psychotherapy process and outcomes. I also have a small private practice in Denver, which focuses on individual and couple therapy as well as psychological assessment.

I have truly enjoyed my time serving the members of SAP over the past eight years. During my time as Treasurer, we have been fortunate to have great success with journal revenue and membership initiatives. These efforts have made our society financially healthy, which has resulted in our ability to increase funding for our members. For instance, over the past three years we have increased grant funding for innovative projects, including larger scale projects. Additionally, we have been able to increase funding for our student, early, mid, and senior career awards. We have been able to achieve these goals while maintaining fiscal responsibility (e.g., not significantly impacting our reserves). I am very passionate to help promote the future of SAP, and I hope you will support my reelection as your Treasurer.




Candidate: Joshua K. Swift, PhD

Office: Treasurer

Candidate Statement:

I am deeply touched to be considered for the Treasurer position for SAP. SAP has played an important role in my career and in my professional identify, and I would look forward to the opportunity to serve the members of the society in this manner. My first interactions with Division 29 came early in my graduate training. I was attending the APA Convention in order to receive a division award. I was impressed by how welcoming members of the division were to me, even though I was just a student.

I am now an Assistant Professor at Idaho State University. At ISU I teach within our Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program and conduct my research focusing on client preferences and premature termination in psychotherapy. SAP has been an integral part of my growth over the past ten years. I frequently publish in the Society’s journal and newsletter, I have received grant funding from SAP, and SAP’s meetings have always been a place where I have been able to network and build collaborations with others. Over the past five years I have served in SAP’s Education and Training and Early Career committees, and as the Chair for the Psychotherapy Research Committee. This service has provided me with an invaluable opportunity to observe the good that SAP and its members have provided to the field. I feel fortunate to have been part of that. I would be truly grateful to be able to now offer my service in the Treasurer role.




Candidate: Manijeh Badiee, PhD

Office: Domain Representative for Diversity

Candidate Statement:

Dear colleagues, I am humbled and honored to be nominated for the Diversity Domain Representative for Division 29, Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. In this role, I teach undergraduate students as well as graduate students in our clinical counseling Master program. The courses I regularly teach are relevant to psychotherapy (e.g., Advanced Clinical Seminar and Counseling Theories) as well as to diversity (e.g., Psychology of Women and Cross-Cultural Counseling). Additionally, I provide therapy services in a private practice setting. I have over ten years of experience counseling clients of various backgrounds and currently specialize in women of color, LGBTQ individuals, and/or adolescents.

As I have grown in my professional identity, I have realized I must never forget my roots as a first generation Iranian American immigrant woman. Diversity has always been central to my identity, and this emphasis has only strengthened as I have progressed professionally. My research is on women’s empowerment, with a focus on Iranian and Latina women. I routinely provide presentations on diversity-related topics to community members, students, and faculty. When I was a graduate student, I served as the student representative for Counseling Psychology, Division 17, International Section. My immigrant background has also made me passionate about social justice and the delivery of multiculturally competent services. In sum, I am excited at the possibility of expanding my diversity emphasis in teaching, research, and community service to the Diversity Domain Representative position.




Candidate: Jean M. Birbilis, PhD

Office: Domain Representative for Membership

Candidate Statement:

Division 29 is my professional home, and I strive to draw others to this vibrant community of psychotherapy professionals. The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy is a welcoming community of practitioners, scientists, practitioner/scholars, and scientist/practitioners. As Domain Representative I have recently been working with the Membership Committee Chair to not only draw in new Division members, but also, to engage them in the organization as early as possible. I have been a part of Division 29's efforts to diversify the membership of the Division and continue to look for opportunities for the Membership Committee to contribute to those efforts. And I have sought and will continue to seek opportunities for the Division to connect with graduate student organizations, increase membership among those holding Psy.D.s, and add value for members that contributes to their efforts at life long learning. I would appreciate being given the opportunity to continue contributing to Division 29, the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, in these ways. Thank you.




Candidate: Marilyn A. Cornish, PhD

Office: Domain Representative for Education and Training

Candidate Statement:

It is an honor to have been nominated to run for the Domain Representative for Education and Training position for the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. Serving as an educator and supervisor of future psychologists is a large part of my professional identity. I also believe that learning and growth must continue throughout one’s career as a psychologist.

I am an assistant professor and co-director of training for the APA-accredited PhD program in counseling psychology at Auburn University in Auburn, AL. In that role, I teach courses such as Counseling Supervision, Advanced Practicum, and Group Counseling. I similarly provide individual, group, and supervision of supervision to doctoral students, and I coordinate the practicum placement process for our students. In terms of related professional service, I am a member of the Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) Continuing Education Committee and I have served as an Editorial Board team member for Journal of Counseling Psychology. My research lab has a central focus on psychotherapy process and outcome, with interests branching out to other types of positive relationships and effective interventions (including teaching and supervision). For example, I coordinated a year-long campus dialogue initiative in 2017 on creating culturally-inclusive university classrooms.

With this set of experiences, I feel well-positioned to serve as the Domain Representative for Education and Training. If elected, it would be a privilege to serve the education and training agenda for the Division, particularly with regard to evidence-based practice and culturally-sensitive care.




Candidate: Kenneth L. Critchfield, PhD

Office: Domain Representative for Education and Training

Candidate Statement:

I am thrilled to be nominated to be Domain Representative for the Education and Training Committee. I am a former E&T committee member who chaired the group in 2010. I deeply value SAP as a “trusted place” that actively supports practitioners and nurtures student and early career voices.

I received my doctoral degree from the University of Utah, interned at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and received post-doctoral training at Weill-Cornell Medical School and the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. At Utah I became co-director of the Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT) clinic, which had the three-fold mission of service, research, and training with patients with comorbid psychiatric disorders, chronic suicidality, and personality disorder.

In 2014, I joined the faculty of James Madison University’s Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program in Clinical and School Psychology. I cherish my role teaching psychotherapy skills by supervising student work. I am now Director of this program, as well as Chair-Elect of the Consortium of Combined-Integrated Doctoral Programs in Psychology (CCIDPIP). Psychotherapy training is in focus for me daily, from the needs of individual trainees to those of organizations focused broadly on training of health service psychologists. I love seeing patients make profound changes. I also love seeing psychotherapy trainees come into their own as they internalize principles of intervention that make lasting change possible.

Thank you for considering me as a candidate. I hope I receive your vote. I will be working in any case to advance psychotherapy education and training where possible.




Candidate: Astrea Greig, PsyD

Office: Domain Representative for Diversity

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be a candidate for Diversity Domain Representative. It has been a great pleasure to serve as Chair of the Diversity committee for the past 3 years and I wish to continue serving the division further as Domain Representative. Working with underserved, socially marginalized, and diverse populations is my passion. I strive to bring psychotherapy to populations that do not easily utilize mental health care. Furthermore, I value the importance of the need to highlight how diversity and multiculturalism intersects with the research, provision, and practice of psychotherapy. I completed my graduate training at University of Hartford, completed my internship in clinical and community psychology at Yale, and finished my post-doctoral fellowship with the VA. I am currently at a community health center that solely serves the homeless population however I am transitioning to Brigham and Women's hospital, a major public hospital in Boston. I also am currently on the APA Office of Socioeconomic Status task force to develop guidelines for working with persons with low socioeconomic status. Additionally, I am co-chair of the diversity committee in Division 18, public service. My hope is to bring my passion and perspective to the Diversity Domain Representative position. Division 29, the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, has a wonderful history of promoting psychotherapy practice, research, and policy and I hope to contribute to our division in this manner with the importance of diversity in mind.




Candidate: Barbara L. Vivino, PhD

Office: Domain Representative for Psychotherapy Practice

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be nominated for Domain Representative for the Professional Practice Committee for the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Div. 29). I am a long time APA member and assumed the role of Chair of the Professional Practice Committee of Division 29 in 2013.

I have been in private practice in Berkeley, California, since 2000. I am strongly committed to the intersection of research and practice and feel passionate about representing the voice of professional practitioners. During my tenure as Chair, the Professional Practice Committee has conducted a qualitative research study on the Needs of Therapists in Private Practice. The study was developed in order to understand and meet the needs of professional practitioners. We plan to use findings to develop and distribute a survey to a nationwide sample of therapists in private practice. I also regularly contribute to the Psychotherapy Bulletin and have elicited other contributors to the Bulletin as well.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and completed a clinical postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. I worked as an Associate Professor at The California Institute of Integral Studies from 2000 to 2007, where I also served as Director of Clinical Training.

If you vote for me I will work hard and thoughtfully to best support the needs of the division and of professional practitioners. I believe the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy would be well served by the continuity, experience, and passion that I bring to this position.