Candidate Statements for
Division 53. Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent 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: Stephen Hinshaw, PhD
The time has never been more “ripe” for advances in science, training, and advocacy in clinical child and adolescent psychology. I’m eager to aid and lead the cause, with a strong and interdisciplinary scientific background plus considerable dedication, teamwork, and administrative experience.
My career in developmental psychopathology research, teaching, and advocacy has been broad and deep. I have won both teaching awards and international research awards (e.g., SSCP, APS, SRCD). My key interests lie in etiology, maintaining mechanisms, mediators and moderators of treatment-related change), interplay between biological and contextual influence, and life-span development of pathology and positive adaptation. Diverse samples and approaches characterize my work. A key area is my work on reducing the stigma that still clings to mental and developmental disorders.
Importantly, I have supplemented my primary teaching and research with key administrative and advocacy roles. For example, I served as Chair of UC Berkeley’s Psychology Department for 7 years. I now have a dual appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco, serving as Vice-Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychology and working on the development of a new Child, Teen, and Family Center. I serve as a scientific advisor to key non-profits (e.g., Glenn Close’s Bring Change to Mind; Peer Health Exchange; Child Mind Institute), devoted to becoming an ever-stronger public advocate for mental health and stigma reduction.
The entire enterprise needs integration and coordination if we are to better the lives of children and families. I pledge to listen, integrate, synthesize, and lead responsively.
Candidate: Michael A. Southam-Gerow, PhD
I am honored to have been nominated to serve as president. I have been a member of the society since the 1990s and have been involved with the society in one or way or another for more than a decade. I served the society as the editor of the Newsletter for five years. The society also sponsored me to serve on the APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families from 2012-2014 and I served as Associate Editor of JCCAP, where I coordinated the first wave of evidence base updates. In terms of initiatives, I am particularly interested in identifying ways that our society can work with other disciplines, such as American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of Social Workers. Multidisciplinary effort is needed to solve the myriad problems we face with regard to child/adolescent mental health and wellness. Furthermore, I would like to continue the society’s efforts to find the best ways to give science away through no- and low-cost training for members and the public. In particular, finding ways to get the benefits of our scientific and practice-based expertise into the hands of families represents an important area for continued work. Finally, I would like to learn what the members of the society would like from the society and its board. I would be eager to develop initiatives based on member input.
Candidate: Omar G. Gudino, PhD, ABPP
I am deeply committed to SCCAP’s mission of serving children, adolescents, and families with the best possible clinical care based on psychological science. This commitment cuts across my approach to research, teaching, clinical practice, professional service, and community engagement. I am particularly passionate about ensuring that advances in clinical child and adolescent psychology reach underserved communities. As a faculty member, I am invested in training future generations of clinical child and adolescent psychologists. Additionally, I actively support our specialty by serving on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (including two terms as Secretary) and regularly serving on board examination committees. I have also served as President (2017) and currently serve as Past-President (2018) of APA’s Division 12, Section VI (Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities). Additional examples of relevant service include my appointment to an APA workgroup on racial/ethnic disparities in children’s mental health, my role as Associate Editor for the Journal of Latina/o Psychology, and my service on the editorial board of Evidence-Based Practice in Child & Adolescent Mental Health. I provide these examples of current and prior service to highlight my commitment to advancing clinical child and adolescent psychology and issues of diversity and equity in our profession. It would be an honor to serve as SCCAP Secretary and to work with the Board of Directors in the service of children and families, SCCAP members, and the profession.
Candidate: Anna R. Van Meter, PhD
SCCAP’s efforts to elevate the work of child and adolescent psychologists and to make the tools of evidence-based psychology available to mental health professionals and families are inspiring. As an educator, clinician, and researcher, I know how important – and challenging – this work is; there are numerous obstacles to disseminating evidence-based practices and it takes innovation and perseverance to make a difference. I feel grateful for the opportunities I have had to contribute to this organization as Program Co-Chair and hope to deepen my commitment through the role of Secretary.
The official role of Secretary is to keep minutes for SCCAP Board meetings and to “perform all other duties of a Secretary as required.“ Among these other duties, I see the opportunity to help the organization achieve its many goals by organizing information and providing structure, enabling the Board to make the most of valuable – and limited – members’ time. The Secretary could also serve as a conduit between SCCAP leadership and members, offering updates on Board activities and providing a point person through whom members could communicate directly.
I am proud of the work that SCCAP does to improve child and adolescent mental health by supporting clinicians and families. The best resource we have is the cumulative knowledge of our members, who possess decades of experience. As Secretary, my goal would be to facilitate organization, accountability, and communication to help SCCAP maximize its impact by making the most of members’ ideas and expertise.
Candidate: Jonathan W. Weinand, PhD
I am grateful for the opportunity to run for the position of Secretary for the Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP). By way of introduction, I am currently entering my 28th year of child & adolescent clinical practice, and am currently in independent practice in Burlington Iowa. I received my undergraduate training at DePaul University, my graduate training at Illinois Tech and completed my internship at University of Mississippi/VA Consortium.
I currently serve as associate editor of the SCCAP clinical journal, Evidence-based Practice in Child & Adolescent Mental Health. In addition, I am currently SCP Treasurer and serve as Co-Chair of the Emory Summit on Professional Education in Psychology (a joint collaboration between SSCP, SCP, and SCCAP).
The Society of Child Clinical & Adolescent Psychology has continued to be in the forefront of developing scientifically sound, integrated, and energizing initiatives as we all work towards providing high-quality, science-based education and training and important advocacy to our membership and the children and families we ultimately serve. As SCCAP is my ‘home organization’ I highly value any contribution I can make towards completing the mission and goals of the Society. I believe that my active experience on numerous boards, committees in psychology- and action-orientated stance to fulfilling the goals of those systems- would provide significant added value to SCCAP in the areas of both setting and attaining the goals of the Society.
I look forward to your consideration of my candidacy.
Candidate: Chrissy M. Cammarata, PhD
I am honored to be considered for the position of Member at Large, Membership for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP). For the past 5 years, I have served as the Early Career Liaison for SCCAP and a member of the SCCAP Early Career Task Force. In these roles, I was passionate about being a voice for early career members and facilitating changes in programming that would increase benefits for new professionals. As part of this task force, I surveyed our early career members to identify barriers to membership and ways to increase their engagement. Serving as a board member would allow me greater opportunities to implement some of the identified initiatives targeted toward early career members, such as increasing web-based and live mentorship and networking opportunities, developing conference and training topics related to financial planning and professional development, and facilitating opportunities for leadership, such as through growing the SIG presence. I would be delighted to help our organization grow through representing our membership base across all career stages.
Candidate: Tim A. Cavell, PhD
Office: Council Representative
Tim Cavell is Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the U of Arkansas. He studies the role of parents, teachers, and mentors in selective interventions for children who are highly aggressive or chronically bullied. He has published over 60 articles and chapters and two books, Working with Parents of Aggressive Children: A Practitioner’s Guide (APA, 2000) and Anger, Aggression, and Interventions for Interpersonal Violence (Erlbaum, 2007). His work has been funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). He is Co-Investigator on an HRSA-funded GPE grant to train doctoral graduates in integrated behavioral health care for vulnerable/underserved populations. Dr. Cavell was Chair of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology Programs (CUDCP) and has served on APA’s Board of Professional Affairs. He is on the Research Advisory Council for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America and a member of the Research Board for the National Mentoring Resource Center.
I am a clinical child and adolescent psychologist who does school-based prevention research. My professional activities also include doctoral research training, clinical supervision, undergraduate teaching, graduate education advocacy, clinical practice, and consultation. I teach graduate courses in psychotherapy and psychosocial interventions for children, parents, and families. My experience on APA’s Board of Professional Affairs taught me the importance of actively engaging in organizational governance. I believe I can contribute to the workings of the SCCAP Board and its mission. Thank you for your consideration.