Candidate Statements for Texas 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 L. Rockett, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be nominated for the position of Council Representative for the Texas Psychological Association (TPA) and am appreciative of the opportunity to serve psychologists in this capacity. I have been in private practice for approximately six years, after appointments in academia and research. My areas of practice are in clinical and forensic psychology. TPA has been my home since graduate training, where the importance of advocating for our profession at the State and National level was woven throughout course and research work, and within all professional development opportunities. Thus, from a young professional age, I have been involved in many legislative activities, including attending legislative days and meeting with State and Local officials to promote our training and expertise. I currently serve as President for the Brazos Valley Psychological Association (a local area society of TPA), have served (and will serve again) as TPA’s Forensic Division Chair, and am the current Editor for the Texas Psychologist. These appointments have afforded me opportunities to witness and participate in the collaborative fight for our profession and the removal of obstacles that we face, though the fight continues. These experiences have trained me in the delicate advocation of our needs as psychologists in all areas of practice. While I will continue to advocate for our profession in every professional and personal relationship I have, it would be my privilege to take what I have learned to the national arena and continue to serve Texas Psychologists as your new Council Representative.




Candidate: Brian H. Stagner, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

I’m honored to be nominated to represent Texas for a second term on APA’s Council of Representatives (CoR). I’m a clinical professor at Texas A&M and in private practice in College Station. My TPA service has included Membership Chair, Ethics Chair, Trustee, and President and Director for Professional Affairs. I was member and chair of the TSBEP. At APA I served on APA’s Board of Directors’ Hearing Panel, on the joint ASPPB/APA Task force on ethics and regulation, and on APA’s Ethics Committee.

APA’s challenges are opportunities:
• Demographic upheavals in the U.S. compel APA to broaden participation from all groups and to champion the experiences of all ethnic, cultural, religious, and personal identities. The organization needs to facilitate inclusiveness among its members and it must provide leadership for the larger society.
• Healthcare reforms are disrupting traditional models of healthcare delivery. APA should lead the transition to integrated care.
• Psychology’s scientific base makes us uniquely influential in the minds of policymakers. Unfortunately, miscommunication between researchers and practitioners dilutes psychology’s voice. Resolving our internal disputes will maximize psychology’s impact.
• APA’s leadership is pivotal as globalization pulls us into international forums.
• I’m hopeful that the reorganization at APA/APAPO APA means accountability regarding the allocation of finances and energies.

The CoR establishes policies to guide APA through these challenges. Our profession exemplifies the highest standards of compassion, ethics and science. We need massive public education and political advocacy to assert psychology’s value. With your support, I’d like to contribute to the process.