Candidate Statements for Georgia Psychological Association

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 Smith, PsyD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

My name is Jennifer Smith and I am asking for your vote as APA Council Representative from Georgia. I am currently the Chair of the CE Committee, the Chair of the GPA-VA Task Force, and I also serve as a Board member of the Georgia Psychological Foundation. I am a Past President of GPA. My commitment to GPA and the members of this organization has been steadfast for many years. I am currently completing leadership training through APA. Through this training I have had the good fortune of meeting more of our APA partners and leaders, and understanding more about the way Georgia fits into the national organization. In my work life, I am a VA geropsychologist and supervisor, working with an interdisciplinary team on complex patient issues.

By the time you read this statement you will have heard about the big changes coming to APA. This information has been provided to us over the past several years by Dr. Nancy McGarrah, our current and wonderful APA Council Representative. These updates, and Georgia’s ability to participate in this decision-making process is critical for our continued voice at the national level. As her tenure ends, I have spoken to her about what this role would encompass, and have spoken to other Council members that I have met about how they manage the position. I would be excited and honored to be the next APA Council Representative from Georgia. I love psychology and I believe we have the ability to do great things.




Candidate: Jennifer L. Stapel-Wax, PsyD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to accept the nomination for APA Council representing Georgia.

I have robust professional service experience, strong credibility as a team member and a leader, and a tenacious focus on strategic action. My career has included clinical work, research, graduate level teaching and supervision, collegial mentorship and professional service at Emory University, Marcus Autism Center-Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia School of Professional Psychology and Georgia Psychological Association. I have held an academic appointment and a clinical leadership role throughout my career that I have leveraged for successful research, teaching and clinical work. I am an enduring member of GPA having served on GPA committees since the beginning of my career, on the Board of Directors (2005-2013) and as President (2010-2013). Related to professional service, I have over 20 years of accomplishments, committee service, and leadership at the institutional, regional and national level.

I maintain strong relationships with my colleagues in private practice, public health, and academics and am strongly committed to representing psychologists at the national level. Currently, I engage and lead academic, non-profit, governmental and corporate partners in collaborative and collective impact initiatives and champion public policy initiatives for early brain development at the regional and national levels. I have a direct communication style, strong interpersonal skills, and a methodical approach to problem solving. As a strategic thinker with a strong history of contributing to and leading efforts of strong governance and innovative thinking, I possess key skills that would be assets on the APA Council.