Candidate Statements for
Division 31. State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs
Please note that the submission of a candidate statement was voluntary, so not all candidates listed on the ballot will have a statement.
Candidate: James Travis Colwell, PhD
I am excited to run for Division 31 President Elect this year. Like many psychologists I have been a member of Div. 31 for years, but only became involved when asked to serve as liaison to CSL at SLC from 2013-2015. Up to that point, I had attended SLC for a number of years as a diversity delegate, but after my experience on CSL as Div. 31 liaison, my interest in APA governance and involvement in my state association accelerated. From there I’ve served as president of NCPA; was a member at large, co-chair elect to co-chair of CSL; and am now serving my second term as APA’s Council Representative for NC. Thus, these many experiences have emphasized the importance and value of advocating for our state and psychological associations, which is what Div. 31 does so well.
My involvement in state and federal advocacy, service to APA, and varied work experience in my state ranging from psychiatric institutions, private practice, and the military, have definitely evolved and provided me a diverse perspective in psychology. And I now feel ready to share such experiences and what I’ve learned to further the goals of Division 31. Over the past several years I have seen Division 31 grow immensely in the support and leadership it now provides state and psychological associations within APA, and I would be honored to be part of its continued growth. For this reason I ask your vote for Division 31 President Elect.
Candidate: Monica F. Kurylo, PhD, ABPP
I am honored to be considered for President-Elect for Division 31. I joined the State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs Division (31) because of the Division’s important values and goals of assisting associations in leading and training leaders within the states, provinces, and territories. It is vital that SPTAs maintain connections and share experiences, as they do within Division 31, to address issues of great importance to psychologists, such as scope of practice and adequate reimbursement. In my role as a Member-at-Large on the Division 31 executive board over the past two years, I gained a working knowledge of the functioning of our excellent leadership and support within the Division. Continuing to prioritize diversity, training, and leadership are vital within the Division. If elected, I would be honored to serve Division 31 and its members in continuing our important work. I want to review and update our strategic plans and initiatives to ensure the Division leadership continues to provide much needed services our members. I also want to continue to support our important advocacy initiatives in partnership with the APA and APA Practice Organization. I also believe it is important to continue to foster involvement of our students and early career psychologists in the Division and in their state/provincial/territorial organizations. I am the Treasurer and President-Elect of the Kansas Psychological Association, member of the Commission on Accreditation, and former CAPP member and Chair. Please consider voting for me for President-Elect of Division 31. Thank you for your membership!