Candidate Statements for Massachusetts 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: Charmain F. Jackman, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

It is truly an honor to be nominated for the APA Council Representative for Massachusetts.

As a licensed psychologist with specialties in child/adolescent development, school mental health, forensic psychology, and multicultural education, I have had the opportunity to practice in a variety of settings and to work with culturally diverse clients. Through these varied experiences, it has become my mission to de-stigmatize mental illness and to increase access to mental health care, particularly for marginalized groups. In 2017, I launched a social justice discussion series, Navigating “Isms” in Therapy & Professional Spaces, which brings therapists together to discuss issues related to social justice. Additionally, adopting a psychologist-entrepreneur mindset has helped me embrace opportunities to innovate my private practice.

As a member of MPA since 2004, I have served on the board of directors and in other capacities such as the Strategic Planning Task Force, Public Education Committee, Early Career Psychologists group, Conference Planning Committee, Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, and MPA Political Action Committee.  For the past 4 years, I have represented MPA at the APA Practice Leadership Conference as a Diversity Delegate, and have advocated for psychology practice issues on Capitol Hill.  I strongly believe that these roles have adequately prepared me to be an APA Council Representative for Massachusetts.

As APA Council Representative, I promise to speak up, to engage an innovator’s mindset, and to keep the people of Massachusetts at the forefront when making decisions.

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Candidate: Mabel S. Lam, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be nominated to represent MPA on the APA Council of Representatives. I am convinced that, with my background and experiences, I can be an effective advocate for the interests and concerns of Massachusetts psychologists. As an MPA Board Member, I have gained extensive knowledge and understanding of the needs of psychologists across the state, ranging from issues with reimbursement and licensure to advocating for our profession, community, and adversely treated individuals. My participation in the APA Leadership Conference as a Diversity Delegate, MPA President, and as a member and chair of the Committee on State Leadership has further taught me the importance of advocacy and helped me to better understand how state associations relate to the larger perspective of APA and its core objectives.

At MPA, I have served as President and as Treasurer, co-chair of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, and member of various committees, such as PEC, DRN Steering Committee, and Governance Task Force.

My experience as a clinical psychologist includes working in outpatient and inpatient settings, mental health organizations, academia, police and public safety organizations, and private practice. My governance experiences extend from national and local non-profit/for-profit Boards to being appointed to the Asian American Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Development of policy and fiduciary responsibilities are the main functions of these entities.

I am confident my varied experiences and skills qualify me to be an effective member of the APA Council of Representatives. I would appreciate your vote and support.