Candidate Statements for West Virginia 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: Lisa Joy Ryan, PsyD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

A lifelong resident of West Virginia, I am dedicated to serving rural and under-served populations. I trained with the specific challenges of rural areas in mind. I currently serve as the Secretary for the West Virginia Psychological Association and feel that a position as council representative to the American Psychological Association would provide me with the opportunity to be more involved with concerns facing psychologists at both the state and national level. I am passionate about the field of psychology and the issues facing mental healthcare recipients. I believe I can bring a fresh perspective about these concerns to the APA Council and would appreciate that opportunity.




Candidate: Chantel M. Weisenmuller, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be nominated to serve as the APA Council Representative for WVPA. I look forward to representing psychologists across West Virginia and advocating for governance responsive to the unique challenges of rural practice, such as complex barriers to accessing care, under-resourcing, and the escalating opioid epidemic. In my 12 years of clinical practice with children and families in rural Appalachian communities, I have enjoyed active collaboration with providers and agencies to address unmet needs and gaps in care. I shared the frustration of community partners when narrow policies undermined our ability to provide needed services. I am passionate about mental health care needs in our communities and supporting policies improving access to high quality care, regardless of geographic location. As an instructor, former training clinic director, clinical supervisor, and mentor, I am dedicated to the training and support needs of psychologists across all stages of professional development. I currently serve as Chair of the WVPA Colleague Assistance Program Committee, supporting our members’ personal self-care, well-being, and professional competence. I have been a member of APA since 2000, have served as an Accreditation Site Visitor, and have been active in the Association of Psychology Training Clinics, supporting the developmental needs of psychologists-in-training. In these varied professional activities, I have valued the opportunity to inform program development, policy decisions, and implementation in a manner that fits the intended setting and applied demands. I believe my professional experiences well prepare me to do so at the APA Council, as well.