Candidate Statements for
Division 44. Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
Please note that the submission of a candidate statement was voluntary, so not all candidates listed on the ballot will have a statement.
Candidate: Gary L. Howell, PsyD
Division 44 has been my professional home since 2010, and I have expressed my commitment to the division by serving in multiple leadership roles (Clinical Committee Co-Chair, Mentoring Committee Chair, Fundraising Coordinator, & Programming Chair/Suite Coordinator). Division 44 honored me with its Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training Award in 2016.
I have used leadership to advance our mission beyond the division itself by: Creating a non-profit last year, the LGBT Institute for Health & Wellbeing; Running pro bono groups for transgender youth and their parents; and Establishing a drop-in center and a summer camp for LGBT youth. As the APA Committee of State Leaders Diversity Liaison, I am committed to keeping marginalized voices at the proverbial table of APA. I also serve on the EC of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology as chair of the SOGD Committee and liaison to CSOGD and BAPPI. I was able to secure NCSPP’s support for the letter Division 44 sent to BEA regarding a taskforce to address concerns about treatment of LGBT staff, faculty, and students at non-affirming faith based institutions.
I have served in state (IL/FL) and national leadership roles for over 15 years. I see the ECP pipeline to leadership as crucial for membership recruitment and retention, especially for LGBT people of color. I believe my work has not only prepared me for the presidency but also demonstrates my steadfast commitment to our mission and values. I would welcome the opportunity to serve as your president.
Candidate: Richard A. Sprott, PhD
At it’s March 2018 meeting, the APA Council of Representatives voted to begin a transformation of APA that will establish a new partner organization, to advocate for all of psychology, including science, education, social justice and professional practice. The upcoming changes create new opportunities, especially for divisions within APA that put psychological science to the work of social justice.
Division 44 has evolved from a place where LGBT psychologists could find a safe home, to a force that addresses minority stress, stigma, and the realities of complex sexual and gender identities. The challenges in the early stages of Division 44’s life have not gone away, but carry on, even as other challenges develop. We still need a home in our profession; we still need to address how our social institutions pathologize people with different sexualities and genders. At the same time, we need to face new challenges: integrating intersectionality theory and minority stress theory, examining the differences among groups under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella, and translating our clinical and scientific knowledge into interventions, practices and programs that improve the lives of people who are marginalized and silenced.
My goal as president would be to strengthen our science and the translation of that science into interventions that help people heal and grow. I am ready to explore the new opportunities for social justice that are afforded by the changes to APA as a whole, and to help Division 44 respond with effectiveness and with the authority of our shared knowledge and experience.
Candidate: Michael L. Hendricks, PhD, ABPP
Office: Council Representative
Three years ago, the members of Division 44 elected me to represent D44 on the APA Council. At that time, I indicated my plan to broaden and strengthen our role in the development of policy through developing collaborative relationships across a wide range of interests and identities.
Since that time, I have been an active member of the Council Diversity Work Group, which has successfully effected change in the climate of Council so that a broader diversity of voices is now heard and respected—not just LGBTQ voices but voices across a multitude of intersectionalities. In 2017, I served as Campaign Manager for Rosie Phillips Davis, who handily won the race for APA President-Elect, and now serve on her Science Advisory Committee; I was elected Treasurer of the Association of Practicing Psychologists—the only (c)6 caucus of Council and so the only caucus able to address the needs of psychologists; and last fall, I was elected to the APA Finance Committee. In all of these roles, I bring not only representation of sexual and gender minority psychologists but a focus on inclusion of a wide diversity of voices.
In the next year, APA will begin to undertake a major transformation—a paradigm shift that will require a balanced, deliberate and collaborative approach as we expand APA’s advocacy for all of psychology and address the needs of an evolving discipline. I ask for your vote to continue to represent D44’s interests in this exciting and important work.