Candidate Statements for Division 10. Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts

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

Candidate: Jen L. Katz-Buonincontro, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I am enthusiastic about the prospect of serving as President of Division-10. My leadership style is equity-driven, strengths-based, and growth-focused. My vision is to build upon current and past Presidents’ work to advance Division-10’s rich, 45-year history of research contributions in the areas of creativity, aesthetics and the arts. As Div-10 President, I would draw upon my past experience as Program Chair, Secretary, Newsletter co-editor, and host of the Div 10 Social (2017). I would also draw upon my research and teaching knowledge (http://www.jenkatz-buonincontro.com/) as Associate Professor and incoming Associate Dean of Research at Drexel’s School of Education. I’ve also worked with the APA to improve governance processes at the Program/Division Leadership conferences.

Within APA, I’d uphold the core responsibilities of serving both clinicians and researchers, build connections with other Divisions, promote Collaborative Programming, and continue to advocate for increased Programming Hours at the Annual Convention. In addition, I would develop a Mentoring Initiative to connect students with Faculty Mentors, thus building upon the annual Student Showcase and Student Social. I’d also plan an Individual Division 10 Conference to enhance networking and collaborations. An Individual Conference would allow us to devote significant time to research presentations, capitalize on the increase in creativity and aesthetic research and signify a more robust presence in the field of psychology and related fields like education and the arts. Through these joint ventures, I would embrace the opportunity to work with Division-10 members to advance our Division’s relevance, visibility and membership. Thank you!




Candidate: KH Kim, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I am Kay, Professor of Educational Psychology at the College of William & Mary, Div. 10’s International Representative, and former Creativity Network chair of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). My life is dedicated to researching creativity and innovators. I strive to construct methods of recognizing and developing creativity so everyone can harness creativity to achieve their dreams. Most recently, I have developed the online CQ (Creativity Quotient), which helps individuals identify and maximize their creative strengths. It expands on the Torrance tests with my patented eye-tracking technology and its instant assessment of user-generated drawings. I have won the Berlyne Award from Div. 10; both the Early Scholar Award and the Hollingworth Award from NAGC; and the Torrance Award from the American Creativity Association.

My big, crazy dream is to change the world through innovations by 1) ending high-pressure, test-centric education; 2) expanding Div. 10’s mission to include education, business, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics alongside the visual arts, poetry, literature, music, and dance; and 3) cultivating the societal and cultural creative climates through media. I described “The Creativity Crisis” in Newsweek cover story (2010) and explored its solution in The Creativity Challenge: How We Can Recapture American Innovation (2016). I have been frequently sought by the media such as US News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and more. I will continue to use every platform I can to help as many individuals as possible maximize their creative potential.




Candidate: Danny Wedding, PhD, MPH

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I've served as a Member-At-Large for Division 10, and I'm now pleased to be considered as a potential President for the organization. I've served as President of three other APA divisions (12, 46, 52), so I'm familiar with the role and the responsibilities that go with it.

The work of the Division is important, and I'm especially proud of our journal, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts. Our outgoing editors, Roni Reiter-Palmon and Pablo Tinio, did a superb job, and our new editors are maintaining these high standards.

My own work has focused on films and the ways our profession, our science and our patients are portrayed in contemporary cinema. This work has resulted in two books, both coauthored by Ryan Niemiec: Movies and Mental Illness, and Positive Psychology at the Movies. I'm currently collaborating with Fred Leong, Guillermo Bernal and Lillian Comas-Díaz on a new book titled Multiculturalism and the Movies.

It was a distinct honor to serve as editor of PsycCRITIQUES, APA's journal of book and film reviews, for 14 years. During this time I focused on ensuring that books on creativity and aesthetics were privileged and reviewed. Many of these books were written or edited by members of our Division. PsycCRITIQUES was a weekly online publication, and 8,000 book and reviews were published during my editorship.

It would be a honor and privilege to serve as the President of the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts as I wrap up my career.




Candidate: Sue Hyeon Paek, PhD

Office: Secretary

Candidate Statement:

I, Sue Hyeon Paek, am honored to be a candidate for the secretary position of the Division 10. As a junior scholar, I have a variety of experiences in research, professional organization, and teaching across creativity and educational psychology from my graduate work at the University of Georgia until my current position as an assistant professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado.

As I value empirical research on creativity, I have been honored being a part of the Division 10 community as a recipient of Barron Award, 2017. More specifically, my research interests include assessment of creative thinking, implicit theory of creativity, and their educational implications. I have published studies in the academic journals such as Creativity Research Journal and Journal of Creative Behavior and presented my research at the regional and nationwide professional conventions. I have served on the executive committee of the Research and Evaluation Network in the National Association of Gifted Children and the advisory board of the E. Paul Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development. I believe these experiences allow me to successfully contribute to the thriving community of the Division 10.




Candidate: Allyn Enderlyn, PhD

Office: Treasurer

Candidate Statement:

Dr. Allyn Enderlyn PhD, is a Psychologist and Psychotherapist in Geneva, Switzerland - recognized by the Federation of Swiss Psychologists. She has a long history in psychology, in the arts, and in the arts in therapy. She holds an MBA in Finance from The George Washington University, and is a professor at Webster University Geneva. She served as a diplomatic level international official at an agency of the United Nations for a decade. She has extensive experience in NGO's and founded an educational nonprofit organization in Washington, DC; she also served as a Foundation Director and an Executive Vice President for Advancement, in Washington D.C. "Working together with colleagues in Division 10, we can bring together our passions for art and psychology/psychotherapy in common missions, and I can give back to these domains some of my competency in finance."

Her CV is available. Also see: www.angloinfor.com/geneva/directory/listing/geneva-allyn-enderlyn, and profiles on FSP.




Candidate: Jessica D. Hoffmann, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

My journey to creativity research began at the age of 5, when a traumatic accident rendered me blind in my left eye. In the aftermath, I experienced personally the value of creativity in therapeutic play (practicing putting eye drops on stuffed animals), and the opportunities for creativity in education (including a child as teacher’s helper when she is medically unable to participate in recess). Today, I research the ways in which creativity impacts emotion regulation, and how emotion regulation can enhance creative thought. In my role as an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, I also work with educators and students on building innovative, school-based strategies to help children build social-emotional skills. In this capacity, the question I often ask is “How do you want to feel in school?” The answers I receive are similar everywhere I go: people want to feel included and connected, passionate, inspired, and empowered. When I think of these emotions in my own life, my thoughts immediately turn to Division 10 – the first professional group where I felt welcomed and supported as a student, and in awe of the great work others were doing. I now seek to increase my active involvement with Division 10 in the hopes of welcoming the next generation into our community, pushing myself and my colleagues to new levels of scientific endeavor, and spreading our message of the benefits of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts far and wide.




Candidate: Pamela J. McCrory, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

Pamela J. McCrory, PhD, is a licensed psychologist practicing in Calabasas, California and Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She was Co-Chair of Task Group for the community art project constructed at the APA 2014 Convention, creating an opportunity for attendees to share their hopes, vision and passion for psychology. She is Co-Curator of the Mirrors of the Mind: The Psychotherapist as Artist project, which is currently in its 7th year in Los Angeles. She has served as Member-at-large on the Executive Committee Division 10, Awards Committee and as a Convention proposal reviewer. “I endeavor to assist Division 10 in developing membership, programming and impact by engaging psychologists in clinical, counseling, academic and research disciplines who value creativity and the arts.”




Candidate: Mathias Benedek, PhD

Office: International Representative

Candidate Statement:

APA Division 10 has become an intellectual home for me and many others worldwide who seek to stay in touch with colleagues and research in the field of creativity and aesthetics. As an International Representative I'd aim to help the Division grow internationally by getting more scholars outside the US involved.




Candidate: Katherine Cotter, MA

Office: Student Representative

Candidate Statement:

I am currently a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and have been an active student member of Division 10 since I was an undergraduate student. Division 10 has a strong tradition of supporting and encouraging the involvement of its student members. I would be honored to serve as the student representative of this division and to serve as a liaison between the student membership and division leadership to facilitate the continued support for students.

Additionally, I have excellent organizational skills that will help me in planning and hosting one of my favorite Division 10 student events—the student social. Having attended several APA conferences and Division 10 student socials in the past, I understand what factors contribute to a successful student social and look forward to continuing this important student event.

I appreciate your consideration and hope to serve as Division 10’s student representative.




Candidate: Jillian Hogan, MM

Office: Student Representative

Candidate Statement:

Jillian Hogan is a 4th year Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology in the Arts & Mind Lab at Boston College. She holds an M.M. in Music Education and a B.M. in Clarinet Performance from Boston Conservatory. Jill uses mixed- and multi-methods to investigate what we learn from participating in the arts, and what people believe is learned from arts participation. Her research focuses primarily on habits of mind in music and visual art education. These refer to broad ways of thinking that are useful in multiple domains such as persistence, working for the common good, goal-setting, and risk taking. Her book, Studio Thinking from the Start: The K-8 Art Educator’s Handbook, will be published in Fall 2018 by Teachers College Press, and she has published research in Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Currently, Jill is researching the habits of mind that high school music ensemble conductors teach, children’s perceptions of what is learned in music and art class, artistic thinking displayed on reality shows like Project Runway, and the effects of orchestral training on executive functioning in young children. Before returning to graduate school, Jill taught general music for six years in schools that specialize in giftedness and special needs inclusion. She also maintains a private piano studio for children on the autism spectrum. www.jillhoganinboston.com




Candidate: Molly Holinger, MS

Office: Student Representative

Candidate Statement:

As the graduate student representative for Division 10, my goal would be to sustain and grow the resources and services available for graduate students. My aim would be to make graduate students and prospective graduate students more aware of the opportunities provided by Division 10 and encourage their active participation in the community. For example, I benefited personally from the Division 10 website’s list of universities and researchers taking graduate students; it helped me find my current PhD program, Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut, and my advisor, former Division 10 president Dr. James C. Kaufman. In addition, I enjoy and learn from the conversations and resources sent through the listserv e-mails. Finally, I would also like to create more opportunities for Division 10 graduate students to connect with one another, such as additional social events at the APA Convention and other conferences.




Candidate: Christian Steciuch, BA

Office: Student Representative

Candidate Statement:

I am grateful to be nominated as student representative for Division 10. Having met with many of you at the last APA conference helped to inform my desire to serve a larger role in our Division.

As a graduate student, I study experimental aesthetics and discourse comprehension under Dr. Keith Millis at Northern Illinois University. Together, we regularly encourage undergraduates to conduct independent studies regarding the arts and creativity. My personal research interests include the meaning-making processes necessary for understanding artwork, as well as how these processes influence our emotional responses. I am also currently investigating how different types of motivation may affect our emotional responses to highly abstract artwork. My long-term goal is to better understand the nature of mental representations we create while viewing works of art, and the codependency between comprehension and emotional states.

If elected graduate student representative, I will work to ensure that my fellow graduate students have their concerns addressed. I have been a graduate student for 3 years now and am very comfortable collaborating and communicating with other students to understand their perspectives and viewpoints on issues relevant to us. I feel that the most rewarding aspect of research is working with others to answer a question.

Looking forward to seeing you all in San Francisco in August. Thank you.