Candidate Statements for Nova Scotia 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: Marie Josette Durup, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

It would be an honor to represent my province on the Council of Representative for APA. Throughout my career as a psychologist, I have always held strong interest in governance issues in the field of psychology, and also in promoting psychology to the public through public education initiatives. I have served in these various roles throughout my career.

During my professional career that has spanned over two decades, I have gained experience in a variety of work settings including, teaching, research, clinical, and organizational settings. Hence, I bring to the council the perspective of psychologists who work in these various settings.

I strongly believe that Psychologists have much to offer society, to improve and enhance the human condition. APA’s role is to serve the needs of the member psychologists by advocating on their behalf. My role on the council member is to bring the voice of the members in my province to the organization, and work with others to achieve our common goals.




Candidate: Shelley L. Goodwin, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

I would appreciate your vote in the 2018 APA Council Representative election. If elected to represent you, I will bring considerable knowledge and perspective to this position. After completing my APA approved doctoral degree at the Fielding Graduate University, I have practiced in rural Nova Scotia for 18 years.

My family has a strong history of community engagement in Nova Scotia and I have followed a similar path with an extensive participation history in my community, province, and nationally. From a professional perspective, I have served on the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (currently past President), the Rural and Northern Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) (currently past Chair), the Council of Professional Associations of Psychology (NS representative), the CPA Medical Aid in Dying Task Force, and the CPA Professional Affairs Committee (current).

I have worked in the public mental health care system and now practice in independent private practice, while teaching at several Nova Scotia Universities. I currently hold an Adjunct faculty position with the Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University.

Psychology is my second career as I am a retired police officer with the RCMP. My peer reviewed publications have mainly focused on interprofessional collaborative practice from a rural perspective, ethical issues, and equine facilitated psychotherapy efficacy. More recently I have combined my interest in policing with my current profession to look at the ethics of the mental health professional in crisis-focused psychological intervention and peer supports.

With your support I look forward to serving you.