Candidate Statements for Division 34. Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation 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: Ezra Markowitz, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I consider APA Division 34 to be my core academic “home” and I would be honored and excited to serve as the Division’s president-elect (2018-2019), president (2019-2020) and past-president (2020-2021), if elected. I have been a member of Division 34 since I first learned about it over a decade ago as a young graduate student. In addition to having served as member-at-large (2013-2016) and awards committee chair (2014-2016) for the Division, I also currently serve as the Division 34 APA Council Representative (2016-2018). Throughout my time as a graduate student, post-doc and now early career faculty member working at the intersection of psychology and sustainability, being an active and engaged member of Division 34 has been a critically important component of my professional identity. The Division and its passionate, energetic, and thoughtful members play a crucial role in promoting the appropriate and effective use of psychological science to address pressing societal issues, and I am excited to help support, advance, and enhance these efforts over the coming years. I believe we have even more to offer as a Division, through active partnerships with allied organizations, development of new Division “products,” and more effective mobilization of our human and other resources. I look forward to working with the rest of the Division 34 leadership and broader membership to push our collective efforts forward.

Candidate: Harold Takooshian, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

STATEMENT: How can we grow D34, at this time when most of APA’s 54 divisions are shrinking? In this age of climate change, our D34 work is more important than ever. I seek to use my past experience as an effective president of two large APA divisions, to work with other D34 officers to develop new programs on timely issues within our wonderful but small division 34, to increase its presence and size among psychologists.

HAROLD TAKOOSHIAN, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Urban Studies at Fordham University, where he has taught “urban psychology” since 1979. After completing his PhD with Stanley Milgram in 1979, he has been a teacher at 12 universities in six nations (including two Fulbrights), a researcher (40+ publications), and an I-O practitioner. WITHIN APA, he is past-President of two divisions (International in 2003, General in 2007), Council rep (2010-2015), Chair of the SPSSI social issues group in New York (1992-now). He served on the six-person APA team at the United Nations (2003-2008), where he was the elected Chair of the UN Habitat’s Committee on Human Settlements (2007-2009). WITHIN D34, he served as Secretary (2012) and D34 Program Chair (2017).

Candidate: Sabrina Köhler, MSc

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

To whom it may concern,

My name is Sabrina Köhler. I obtained my Master degree in Cognitive and Clinical Psychology at the University of Mannheim in January 2017. I was certain, without question, that a PhD is my next career step but I was uncertain of the specific psychological field I want to pursue my PhD in. I eventually stumbled upon the term "Environmental and Conservation Psychology“ and knew immediately that I found the field I want to commit myself to. This led me to apply for an open volunteer position as a Newsletter Editor which turned into the incredible opportunity to become an interim Member at Large and Communications Chair at the Division 34 for the past three months.

Now, I would like to continue to grow within this formative setting by keeping this position. I understand that I am new to the field and lack knowledge compared to other candidates. But I believe this weakness will proof to be beneficial for external communication of the Division. As I prepare myself to apply to PhD programs, I am extremely keen to throw myself at the research literature and learn about fellow scientists’ work. I am sure that this excitement and unspoiled curiosity will be reflected in introducing members to each other and sharing their stories.


Sabrina Köhler