Candidate Statements for Division 6. Society for Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology

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

Candidate: Mark A. Krause, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be nominated to serve as Division 6 president. Our representation within APA is critical to matters of research, funding, education, and supporting the use of animals in basic and clinical research. We must focus on membership and retention, and we need to be measured and thoughtful in our approach. Current leadership has made tremendous strides in using social media to share scientific information and resources for students and early career professionals. The incoming president must be prepared to sustain and grow these efforts. Much has changed just in the past four years that I have served as Council representative. Combining the APA and APAPO into a single (C)(6) organization has major implications for us. The APA can now lobby with fewer restrictions on behalf of science and education. There is much opportunity here. However, leadership within our division will need to follow the (C)(6) transition closely and ensure, with our actions, that the APA board represents our core interests on parity to that of professional practice. We will likely see the hiring of a the next head of the APA science directorate in the upcoming year. Division 6 leadership should take an active role in this process and ensure that our interests are represented. Current CEO Archie Turner has extended an invitation, and we should follow through. I would be pleased to serve our Division in these endeavors, and anything else we need to grow and promote behavioral neuroscience and comparative psychology.




Candidate: Daniel Marston, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

My goal as President would be to expand the recognition throughout APA and other academic and professional communities of the very important work done by SBNCP and its members. I am first author of the book Comparative Psychology for Clinical Psychologists and Therapists and was Guest Editor of a recent Special Issue of International Journal of Comparative Psychology entitled "Exploring the Intersection of Comparative Psychology and Clinical Psychology". My professional work involves positions as a behavioral psychologist specializing in services for neurodevelopmental disorders and adjunct professorships in research design and statistics at two graduate psychology programs. I serve as a statistical reviewer for a psychopharmacology journal and as an article reviewer for several psychology journals. Presentations at APA and other conferences have addressed topics related to applying comparative psychology research to clinical treatments and the neurological impact of poverty on neurodevelopmental conditions. I previously served as the Division 6 representative to APA's committee addressing needs of people suffering poverty and was Guest Editor of an issue of their periodical addressing neurological impact of poverty. I would be very pleased and honored to serve as President of SBNCP and would welcome your vote.




Candidate: Irene M. Pepperberg, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be nominated. If elected, my service would come at a difficult period for our society. In a time of “truthiness”, “alternative facts”, and “paltering”, psychological science must emphasize the need for evidence-based information and critical thinking. APA must stand up for research, research funding, and against those who fail to see the benefits our studies have brought to the world. I would work hard for these goals.

I applaud APA’s “restructuring” for lobbying to educate our congressional representatives. I would encourage participation in APA’s Federal Action Network and the expansion of legislative workshops in which I’ve participated. These workshops taught participants to become advocates for science and encouraged dissemination of these skills to colleagues. Organized meetings with congressional representatives helped us form connections and explain the importance of psychology to those voting on issues such as research funding.

I have worked hard in psychology, attaining Fellow status in Divisions 3 and 6, in APS, the Psychonomic Society, AAAS, EPA, MPA, the Animal Behavior Society and American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU). I was an associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Psychology, am still on its editorial board and the board of several other journals. I served on the boards of EPA and AOU. I currently serve as a Member-at-Large for Division 3, and believe our common interests can be served by such overlap. Finally, my research brings me into constant media contact and I understand the importance of working within a system to impact the world at large.