Candidate Statements for Division 49. Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy

Please note that the submission of a candidate statement was voluntary, so not all candidates listed on the ballot will have a statement.

Candidate: Cheri Marmarosh, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I am deeply honored to be nominated to run for president of APA Division 49. I have been a member of this Division for many years and am proud of the work we have done. In the Division, I have served as Member-At-Large, been an associate editor of Group Dynamics, and Chaired the APA conference committee. My first book, Attachment in Group Psychotherapy, is based on my 25 years of group experience in college counseling centers and private practice and applies the attachment research to group treatment. My second book, Group: Fostering a Culture of Change, was written for anyone working with groups/teams to help foster engagement in groups. I believe my passion to bring together different perspectives and foster dialogues from different areas within psychology is something that will benefit our Division.

If elected, I would continue reaching out to psychologists who are interested in group work who may be less aware of our Division or group specialty. Group work is becoming more common in health psychology and primary care medicine, and is a significant part of sport and organizational psychology. Specialists in group work have much to offer those who are discriminated and/or marginalized and those who are working toward social justice. I would continue to develop presentations, online resources, web based training programs, awards, special editions within the journal to build relationships within APA, and to meet the needs of current members, attract new members, and mentor students who will be the future leaders of our Division.




Candidate: Nathaniel Wade, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I fell in love with group the year Jack Corazzini died. He taught me group psychotherapy that semester and although I only knew him shortly, he set a spark alight in me. If given the opportunity to serve as president, my main goal would be to extend that love of group broadly. I would accomplish this by encouraging the strong relationship between our scientists and practitioners and growing the connections our division has with other divisions interested in group work. I would promote programs to engage graduate students and early career professionals in group research and practice. I would seek national platforms to promote the science and practice of group.




Candidate: Joshua Gross, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

I obtained my Ph.D. in December of 1981 from the California School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles and my California Psychology License in January of 1983. I was listed on the National Register of Health Service Providers in 1986. I completed the Americas Institute of Adlerian Studies in in 1991. I was listed on the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists in 1994. I earned my Certificate of Professional Qualifications from ASPPB in 1998. I earned my Diploma in Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy from the ABPP in 1999. I became Fellow of AGPA in 2002. I was named Distinguished Psychologist by Florida Psychological Association in 2003. In 2010 I was named Fellow of the American Academy of Group Psychology. I have been fortunate to have had a career that spans the 1980s and 90s where I worked in the first wave of managed care in Southern California as a psychologist in independent practice. Since 2001 I have worked as group coordinator and then director of group programs at The University Counseling Center at The Florida State University where I oversee group therapy training and programing. I have been active on Group Council which is responsible for the development of petitions to APA CRSPPP to acknowledge Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy as Specialty and Proficiency Domains in professional psychology. I look forward to having the opportunity to continue my work in the advancement and oversight of training and practice of group psychology and group psychotherapy.




Candidate: Michele Ribeiro, EdD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

I am honored and excited to be re-applying for the Member at Large position. I have served in this position for the past two years and if re-elected look forward to expanding our impact through collaborations, service, and teaching best practices in group. I set specific goals to internationalize our membership and have worked to represent Division 49 through collaborations including a recent grant project with 22 other divisions to discuss psychology and group in the international sphere. Through my involvement, I see the potential for Division 49’s growth and am excited to reach and teach more within group psychotherapy.




Candidate: Angela Galioto, MA

Office: Student Representative

Candidate Statement:

My passion for group therapy began when I facilitated interpersonal process groups for college students as part of my master’s internship. I learned that group work can be integrated into other areas of psychology and well-being. As the student representative, I hope to connect with the division, as well as develop plans to increase overall membership, specifically student membership and retention within division 49. The field of group psychotherapy is continuously generating novel, interesting work and I intend to take part in that process by sharing these developments with my peers.




Candidate: Meredith Tittler, MA

Office: Student Representative

Candidate Statement:

My passion and commitment to the promotion of group as an effective therapy modality, pedagogical tool and strategy for promoting social justice is what drives my interest in serving as the student representative for Division 49. As the Division 49 student representative, I would work to expand student interest and involvement in the division while also acting as an advocate for and liaison between student members and the larger division membership. I remain hopeful that I will be able to bring my enthusiasm and excitement for group psychology to the role of Division 49 student representative in the coming term.