Candidate Statements for Division 35. Society for the Psychology of Women

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

Candidate: Monique Clinton-Sherrod, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I am pleased to submit my statement for the office of President-Elect for Division 35. My involvement with the Division started as a graduate student and I have had the honor of serving in several capacities for the Division, including various committee, chair positions, and most recently the Division Secretary for two terms. These experiences have provided an exceptional opportunity for me to work with a wide array of feminist leaders and contribute to ongoing growth and functioning of the Division in our quest for social justice. My own career has focused on research in the areas of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), substance use, and other co-occurring issues, including investigations of prevention and intervention efforts among various populations. This included nearly two decades with RTI International, where I served as Program Director of their Violence and Victimization Program, and I currently serve as a Special Advisor to the U.S. Navy to develop a primary prevention strategy for Sailors in the prevention of a variety of behaviors such as sexual assault and intimate partner violence. If elected to this position, I will have a focus on prevention efforts and continue to build upon the great communication, technological, and substantive foci of recent Presidents. It is critically important that our Division continues with mentoring efforts, outreach and engagement of our entire membership, and infusion of strategies to reach Psychologist across the career continuum. I welcome an opportunity to lead the Division and work with Division members in continuing our great work.




Candidate: Monica U. Ellis-Blied, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

Monica U. Ellis-Blied, PhD, has served on the Executive Committee of Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) since 2011. Since that time, she created the division’s first nationwide Campus Representatives Network, established an online resource site for students applying for pre-doctoral internships, and is helping launch a division-wide Mentor Match program. As an Early Career Psychologist, Dr. Ellis-Blied (Dr. E-B) hopes to contribute her voice and experiences to advocate for women and girls from all backgrounds, including those from diverse cultures and international origins. She desires to also bring an EC perspective “to the table” at Council as she represents the division’s goals and members’ needs. Professionally, Dr. E-B is the Program Manager for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the VA Loma Linda where she uses her skills in executive leadership and clinical health psychology to train staff in patient-centered communication and promote whole-health services for both veterans and staff. Dr. E-B is also the recipient of several honors and awards, including: the APA Minority Fellowship, the David Allan Hubbard Achievement Award, the Division 35 Section 1 Graduate Student Women Award, the CPA Division of Neuropsychology Student Distinguished Service Award, a National Register of Health Service Psychologists' Credentialing Scholarship, and an APA CODAPAR Grant. To keep her life balanced, Dr. E-B enjoys watching movies and playing SkipBo with her family, along with hiking, painting, and service to her church and local Girl Scouts troop. Dr. Ellis-Blied can be reached at www.linkedin.com/in/monicaunique or monicauellis@gmail.com




Candidate: Debra M. Kawahara, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

As I seek a second term as your incumbent COR representative, I believe that I am in a better position to serve the division’s interests as a more seasoned and knowledgeable COR representative. It is for these reasons that I ask for the honor to represent you for another three years in COR.

From 2016 until the present, APA Council has been dealing with the aftermath of the Independent Review in which the divisiveness and conflict among council members were clearly evident. Council is only now coming out of those turbulent times. I, along with the other Division 35 COR representatives [Natalie Porter, Pamela Remer, Linda Woolf], have been able to strongly voice and advocate for women’s issues and our feminist values on APA Council while being responsive to the importance of social justice and human rights for APA and our profession.

In addition, as your COR representative, I have also been active in Women’s Caucus as the Nominations and Elections Chair; member of the Public Interest Caucus, Ethnic Minority Caucus, and the Council Diversity Work Group; and Co-chair of the Apology Letter Work group to the American Indian, Native American, and Native Hawaiian Peoples. Through these additional activities, I have been able to build allies and alliances with other like-minded representatives to further our mutual objectives. I hope you will re-elect me to a second term on APA council so that I can continue to represent the division and its interests.