Candidate Statements for Division 51. Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity

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

Candidate: Amber Hewitt, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be a candidate for President-Elect of Division 51, The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities. I became involved with Division 51 as a counseling psychology doctoral student. As an early career psychologist (ECP), I’ve maintained my involvement and service in Division 51 and hold an elected position in American Psychological Association (APA) governance.

As a member of the Division 51 Racial Ethnic Minority Special Interest Group (REMSIG), I co-authored a report outlining policy and mental health recommendations specific to issues facing Black boys and men. At the 2017 APA convention, I was an invited speaker along with a U.S. Senate staffer for Division 51 programming. The invited talk was in part a call to action for psychologists to be more effective advocates at the federal level. I am running for President-elect of Division 51, because I hope to enhance our visibility as “scientist-practitioner-advocates.”

I bring a unique skillset that will be an asset for the division. I began my career as a tenure-track faculty member and went on to obtain work experience in the legislative and executive branches of government. I have an in-depth understanding of the policy making process and effective advocacy strategies. I am also a licensed psychologist with a special focus on adolescent identity and gendered-racial socialization. As the current Chair of the APA Membership Board, I bring knowledge of membership recruitment, engagement, and retention.

As President-elect, my platform will include advocacy engagement, intersectionality in our practice and research, and revitalizing our membership.




Candidate: Wizdom Powell, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I would be honored to serve as President of Division 51. For more than a decade, I have worked to disrupt the single stories about boys and men that problematize them. My translational scholarly and policy agendas have focused on changing the dominant narrative about masculinities and the role they play in male health disparities - especially among African American boys and men. Currently, I chair APA's Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men. During the Obama Administration, I served as Special Advisor on military mental health to the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, where I worked to design policies to reduce help-seeking barriers t among our nation’s service members. When I returned from DC, I chaired the health committee for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative in Durham, NC. Currently, I serve on the editorial board for Psychology of Men and Masculinity. None of these career achievements would be possible without the support of Division colleagues whose early investments in my scholarship spurred my thinking about critical connections between masculinities and health. I have been privileged to receive the division’s Loren Frankel and Professional of the Year awards. During my presidency, I hope to sharpen our focus on advancing health equity for all men and boys but especially for those at society’s margins. To this end, I am also committed to building bridges and aligning strategies with other APA divisions and professional organizations (e.g., APHA) to devise a collective impact strategy aimed at reducing male health disparities.




Candidate: Tyler Bradstreet, MS, MA

Office: Member-at-Large: Early Career Professional

Candidate Statement:

I am excited about the possibility of advancing Division 51’s mission as ECP member-at-large. Division 51 is my home division, and it’s been alongside its members that I have been able to foster my professional growth. Let’s be clear – 2018 and the sociopolitical climate have brought issues relevant to Division 51 to the forefront of national discussion. My goal would be to facilitate Division 51 in having a seat at the table, offering its expertise on topics such as healthy vs. unhealthy masculinities. Through social media and related avenues, Division 51 and its members can help guide public discourse on important issues in a manner that could influence future policy that fosters the development of healthier men and boys. At the APA level, my goal in this role would be to support increased student and ECP involvement to ensure a stable membership pipeline. Division 51 is a small APA division, but its work has far-reaching implications and is cross-cutting with most APA divisions and outside organizations. Fostering collaboration with other groups is an ideal way to expose more people to the exciting things Division 51 has to offer. This could be achieved through endeavors such as joint-CE and convention programming, and joint-statements on relevant policy and current events. I have served in several roles within Division 51, including student member-at-large, student SIG president, strategic planning committee, and the social media team, and I would honor the opportunity to continue to serve Division 51 as the ECP member-at-large.




Candidate: Perry Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH

Office: Member-at-Large: Sexual & Gender Minority

Candidate Statement:

For 2 decades, my program of research has examined the intersection between the HIV epidemic, drug abuse, and mental health burden, in relation to the biological, behavioral, psychosocial, social, and structural factors that predispose these and other health disparities in in sexual and gender minority men. CHIBPS (www.chibps.org), the research center I founded serves as a training site for the next generation of scholars, and we partner with community agencies to conduct studies for and with the LGBTQ population. I am actively involved in all aspects of community building and empowerment through the dissemination and translation of the innovative, timely, and valuable research that we undertake at CHIBPS. In addition, throughout my career I have been on the forefront, fighting for the rights of those infected with and affected by HIV, as well as being an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ population. My most recent book, documents the life experiences of three generations of gay men using a life story approach to understand the how sexual identities are formed and understood. I seek to bring the skills of scientist, advocate, activist, and educator to my work on Division 51 and as Member-at-Large for Sexual and Gender Minority Slate of the Board. Moreover, it would be my goal to ensure that the lives and well-being of sexual and gender minority men are always interwoven in all conversations in the Division, and that as a population we are not treated as an afterthought, which as is too often the case.




Candidate: Bill Johnson, PsyD

Office: Member-at-Large: Racial/Ethnic Minority

Candidate Statement:

I joined Division 51 interested in learning more about the lives of men of color, individuals reconciling their identities as both oppressed and racially subjugated. I have found the members welcoming, division scholarship innovative, and the division direction resembles my personal and professional imperatives.

One imperative, which I am passionate about, is centering voices from historically marginalized groups and challenging social injustice. Men of color continue to experience the underbelly of ethno cultural oppression, particularly diverse males whom have intersecting marginalized identities.

I believe an important role of the Member at Large: Racial/Ethnic Minority Slate is highlighting new and different ways division 51 can continue to promote social justice and challenge marginalization. If marginalization involves the active exclusion of individuals/groups from societal participation, then centering diverse voices is central to promoting inclusion. Here are a few ways I would like to continue the promotion of ethno cultural inclusion within division 51 through this Member at Large role: connecting with the mentorships Special Interest Group to create a mentorship program specifically focused on Men of Color. Additionally, collaborating with the Racial and Ethnic Minority Special Interest Group to reach out to individuals of diverse backgrounds about being involved with the division. These can be important steps in increasing diversity within the division and I believe the infrastructure is in place to achieve success.

In closing, I am honored to submit my candidacy for Division 51 Member at Large: Racial/Ethnic Minority Slate, Thank you for consideration.




Candidate: Elyssa Klann, MEd

Office: Member-at-Large: Student

Candidate Statement:

I have been a student member of Division 51 for 4 years, and have gained substantial benefits during my engagement with the Division, from research opportunities, mentors, awards, and fun times had at the annual APA convention. I am interested in the Student Representative position because I would like to see those benefits extended to a wider variety of students on a more formalized level. As the Student Representative for Division 51, it would be my goal to significantly expand the benefits of membership to our student population. First, I would like to do an organizational assessment focused on our student members to better understand how Division 51 can support their growth and development as future psychologists working in masculinities. Based on that assessment, I would plan to meet students’ needs as much as possible. For example, I envision a mentorship program that matches student and professional members based on common interests and goals (either for short-term pairings at APA each year, or year-long pairings that facilitate long-term growth). I also envision increased programming for students with diverse identities, including racial/ethnic and LGBTQ identities, to network and become more involved in our Division. Currently and in past years, I’ve been involved in our media team, and have helped to coordinate our social media accounts for public engagement. I look forward to involving more students in these efforts to highlight our student and professional members and to help Division 51 become more integrated into national conversations on issues of gender.




Candidate: Justin (Doug) McDonald, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large: Racial/Ethnic Minority

Candidate Statement:

Hau Kola Waste! “Hello Good Friends” - I greet you in Lakota, the language of my father. I’m honored to run for MAL-Racial/Ethnic Minority position. I’ve been a divisional member for over 10 years but unable to serve in leadership capacities due to my extensive APA governance commitments in the past 20 years. I’ve served on three APA boards, three APA presidential task forces, the Council of Representatives, Treasurer and President of Division 45 (Race, Culture, & Ethnicity), you may have seen me open to APA convention opening ceremonies in 1999 and 2001 singing Lakota honor songs. I was also president of the Society of Indian psychologists (SIP). I “retired” from governance positions two years ago and ran the gamut of leadership positions for Division 45. As I near the twilight of my career I offer my leadership abilities and experiences to Division 51. My relevant research interests examine corollaries between toxic masculinity and hunting and fishing ethics and behaviors, and eco-therapy. My primary goal will be to develop and enhance processes, perhaps even policies and procedures, for increasing ethnic, racial and cultural minority division members. My observation in attending convention programming events suggest having greater diversity would allow our division would to appeal to a broader audience, as well as to further develop the division’s mission and objectives at every level. More simply, I believe having more psychologists of color brothers and sisters in the family makes a stronger and more representative of our evolving culture and world.




Candidate: Thomas (TJ) Parkman, MA

Office: Member-at-Large: Student

Candidate Statement:

It is my pleasure to address you in my capacity as Interim Student Member-At-Large, Chair of the President’s Student Advisory Committee, and Campus Representative for Division 51. I am grateful to be involved with the myriad opportunities it has afforded me regarding leadership and advocacy roles related to men’s health. Division 51 has helped me to develop a more diverse skill set as I move toward internship and continue my involvement with the division. I am passionate about my current work, and excited about my future in psychology and Division 51.

Here are a few ways in which I believe I have contributed to that cause in the past year, and the ways I hope to continue these efforts if elected:
1. Under the mentorship of Dr. Holly Sweet, we created the division’s first Student Advisory Committee to bolster the division’s student pipeline by providing them an opportunity to get involved and contributing as soon as they make contact first contact with a division representative.
2. Through the Student Advisory Committee and as a newly appointed Campus Representative I have been working to recruit and encourage motivated students to join the division, and pushing for collaborations with Divisions 17, 35, 44, and 45. Increasing our student membership will continue.
3. I worked with Dr. Sweet in the Division 51 video project, which I hope to help distribute to further recruitment effort of talented students.
4. I consulted with Dr. Sweet on the change in Division 51 by-laws and name change.




Candidate: Joshua Parmenter, BA

Office: Member-at-Large: Student

Candidate Statement:

I am excited to run for the Division 51 Men and Masculinities Student Member-at-Large. I have spent the last 18 months of my career becoming more involved with the Division through the Special Interest Group on Sexual and Gender minorities, Task Force 2: Diversity Concerns, and the Presidential Student Advisory Committee of Division 51. Through these opportunities, I have been able to assist in creating the document, “Recommendations for Integrating Masculinities into the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People” and have produced several blog posts that seek to help educate the public about how masculinities may intersect in the lives of gender minorities. While I have been productive in my involvement with Division 51, there is still more to do in order to better educate clinicians, researchers, students, and the public on how masculinities affect the lives of men, women, and gender minorities.

On another note, I am very grateful for the excellent mentorship I have been privileged to find within Division 51. I believe that mentorship to be beneficial in the personal and professional development of aspiring psychologists as well as the retention of students within our division. If elected, I hope to expand our mentorship capabilities within the division and increase involvement from our student members. Additionally, I hope to continue my work on furthering awareness of how masculinities intersect in the lives of sexual, gender, and ethnic minorities. Thank you for your time and I hope to continue my work with this division.




Candidate: Christopher Reigeluth, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large: Early Career Professional

Candidate Statement:

I have been a member of Division 51 since my first year in graduate school. Early on, my advisor, Michael Addis, spoke about the importance of D51 as a community of experts engaging in critical dialogue, advancing research and clinical work, and advocating for boys and men’s well-being. I have found those things to be true, and am excited to get more involved through service at the membership level and outreach and awareness-building. As the Early Career Professional, one goal would be to support greater involvement in the division from graduate students and early career professionals. This could be facilitated through targeted outreach to individuals whose memberships have lapsed. I can also envision hosting periodic phone meet-and-greets for younger members to connect, share ideas, and have the opportunity to ask questions of more seasoned members. A second goal includes advocating within and beyond D51 for expanded research on and attention to issues facing boys. I can imagine supporting this growth, alongside other members, through exploring prevention-based and gender-awareness-building partnerships with schools and youth programs. I am currently helping to re-launch the Trauma and Violence SIG and would be excited to support the upstart of a Childhood and Adolescent Masculinities SIG. A third goal would be to help bolster current D51 efforts involving dissemination and community impact. Two ideas for supporting these initiatives include forums that bring together policy makers and masculinities researchers, and strategic partnerships with policy-minded organizations, such as the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.




Candidate: John (Jay) Robertson-Howell, PsyD

Office: Member-at-Large: Sexual & Gender Minority

Candidate Statement:

I want to express my gratitude for being considered for the Member at Large – Sexual and Gender Minority Slate. It is a definite honor. I held this position prior to Dr. Will Elder’s two terms and felt that this position best fits my goal for becoming involved again with the governance of the division. If elected, I look forward to the opportunity to be actively involved.

As an out gay male providing clinical services on a university campus, I’m frequently exploring the role of masculinity in the lives of students and how it intersects with other identities, especially sexual and gender identities. The work of our division and the research conducted by our scholars informs not only the work I perform, but our work within society as a whole. My hope as the Member at Large – Sexual and Gender Minority Slate, is to continue the work that has been started in breaking down gender norms while enhancing the conversation from a diverse lens. Sexuality and gender identity require us to reexamine how we look at traditional masculinity and I would like to be the voice in that discussion.