Candidate Statements for Division 33. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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

Candidate: Karrie A. Shogren, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be nominated for President-Elect of APA’s Division 33. If elected to this role, my goals would focus on supporting continued advancements in research and innovation in the intellectual and developmental disabilities/autism spectrum disorders field. The Division has a strong history of advancing scientific inquiry and high standards of practice, and as President-Elect I would emphasize the need to promote understanding of the changing landscape for research and practice in the intellectual and developmental disabilities/autism spectrum disorders field and the importance of effectively disseminating research-based information to drive policy and practice, including evidence for the importance of funding for ongoing research and innovation. An additional area of focus would be continuing to enhance efforts to recruit, mentor, support, and partner with students and early career professionals in the field to ensure the next generation of researchers in the field are networked and supported in launching lines of research. Relatedly, I would focus on promoting ongoing and enhanced interdisciplinary work to develop and test policy- and practice-based solutions, given the increasingly complex systems that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities/autism spectrum disorders. Finally, I believe that continuing to examine and demonstrate the impact of the person-environment fit model of disability and the role of person-centered, evidence-based systems of supports is critical to the changing landscape and an area in which Division 33 can make significant contributions.




Candidate: Cameron Neece, PhD

Office: Secretary/Treasurer

Candidate Statement:

Dr. Cameron (Camie) Neece is currently an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Loma Linda University (LLU), a health sciences campus in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. She received her Ph.D. from the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests are in the development of psychopathology under conditions of risk, with a specific focus on transactional models examining family factors that may ameliorate or exacerbate risk over time. The majority of her work has focused on the development of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities from early childhood through young adulthood. Camie has been actively involved in Division 33 for many years first serving on the Division 33 Executive Committee as a Graduate Student Representative and then as Member-At-Large. She has also served as the Division 33 Newsletter Chair and for the last three years she has served as the Division 33 Secretary/Treasurer. Camie truly considers Division 33 her professional home and hopes to have the honor of serving as Secretary/Treasurer for a second term.




Candidate: Hillary Hurst Bush, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

I am Hillary Hurst Bush, and I am excited to be running for Member-at-Large of Division 33. I would bring experience to this position, previously having served as Student Representative and Social Media Liaison for our Division. In these roles, I increased graduate student membership and engagement, planned networking events, peer-reviewed conference proposals, and wrote content for our newsletter and new website. Since joining Division 33 early in my graduate career, I have benefited greatly from my membership. Now, I would be thrilled to serve and further strengthen Division 33 as your Member-at-Large.

An early career professional, I work at Massachusetts General Hospital and am on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. My clinical work focuses on psychological and neuropsychological assessment of clinically and culturally diverse children and adolescents. My patients frequently include youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disability, genetic conditions, learning disabilities, and other disabilities. As part of my clinical work, I also train psychology interns, postdocs, and medical residents. My research, which I look forward to presenting at the 2018 APA Convention, focuses on the sexuality and well-being of individuals with ASD, the educational experiences of children with ASD, and cultural and diagnostic issues in ASD.

I am highly invested in early career issues, graduate student issues, and women’s leadership. Always flexible and adaptable, I am eager to expand my skill set and to take on different roles to best serve Division 33. Thank you for your consideration – I would be honored to be your Member-at-Large.




Candidate: Nancy Raitano Lee, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

I was pleased to be nominated to serve as a Member-at-Large for Division 33, as I consider this division to be my academic home at APA. As a licensed psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at Drexel University, I am passionate about identifying ways in which we best can serve the needs of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) through clinical care, research, and training. I am actively involved in the IDD community, serving on the editorial board of the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and on the Division 33 Early Career Professionals Committee. I conduct research on the neuropsychology and neuroanatomy of Down syndrome. I also teach psychology students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Thus, I am particularly passionate about identifying training priorities for the next generation of researchers and clinicians to serve the IDD community. I recently contributed a column to the Division 33 newsletter focused on training priorities for students. For this column, I sought out the feedback of more senior colleagues and identified themes in the training priorities they identified. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience, and I am eager to continue exploring this topic. Thus, if I were to elected as a Member-at-Large, I would be thrilled to contribute to efforts to (a) achieve the Division’s goal of developing standards for training, research, and clinical care, and (b) advance the Division’s mission of improving the well-being of those with IDD and their families.




Candidate: Anne C. Wheeler, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

It is an honor to be nominated to serve as member-at-large for APA’s Division 33. My current work revolves around early identification (e.g. newborn screening), early intervention, and family support for those affected by genetic conditions (fragile X syndrome, Angelman syndrome, etc.) or prenatal infections (e.g. congenital Zika syndrome). As a researcher in a large non-profit research institute, I strive to conduct ethical research within the context of an ever changing and often challenging political and financial landscape. At the same time, I maintain an adjunct associate professor position in a clinical setting dedicated to individuals with IDD/ASD, allowing me to keep my “feet on the ground” and promote the voices of my clients and fellow service providers to help frame future research questions. One of my personal and career priorities is to leverage my privilege as an individual without a disability to support and promote the well-being, independence, and recognition of individuals with IDD/ASD as valued contributors to our society. Further I believe that as society gains greater insight into the role of genetics, Division 33, which includes many psychologists who work in neurogenetic conditions, will have an important role in promoting the intersection of genetics and psychology. These are areas of interest and expertise that I would bring to the leadership of Division 33. I hope to have the opportunity to both learn from, and contribute to, the leadership processes of this important organization. Thank you for your consideration.




Candidate: Micah O. Mazurek, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be considered for the position of Division 33 Representative to APA Council. I am an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia and Director of the Supportive Transformative Autism Research program at UVA. Prior to my current position, I was an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri and the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Director of the Missouri Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. I have broad clinical experience in psychological assessment and intervention, with specific expertise autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. My work has also focused on building capacity through training and dissemination of evidence-based strategies. My current research focuses on developing new tools, techniques, and technologies for improving diagnosis, treatment, and access to care for individuals with autism and their families.

As Council Representative, I would work to advocate on behalf of our Division to promote our shared mission of advancing research and practice in the area of developmental disabilities. If elected, I would work actively to advance issues that are important to our membership and to advocate for APA policy decisions that are in the best interest of individuals with IDD/ASD. I would also look forward to building connections with the broader APA community on behalf of Division 33 and to providing our membership with updates and context for understanding larger APA issues. It would be an honor to serve Division 33 as Representative to APA Council, and I am very grateful for your consideration.