President Elect

Rosemary Adam-Terem, PhD

Rosemary Adam-Terem, PhD

I am humbled and honored to have been nominated to the slate for president of SAP. I know that most people will not know me, so I’ll try to introduce myself briefly. A full-time clinical psychologist in independent practice in Honolulu, Hawai`i for over 25 years, I also teach classes in psychotherapy or practicum supervision occasionally as an adjunct to the UH Clinical Studies Program. I am a dedicated consumer of research, and enjoy bringing academic findings into clinical practice.

The SAP feels like my professional home, bridging all my interests as a psychologist: research, teaching, and clinical practice. For the last six years, I was involved as the Public Policy and Social Justice Domain representative and committee chair on the board. This area is my passion. I represent the SAP on the Divisions for Social Justice, a coalition of APA divisions that operates outside of the parent organization, and I am honored to be the chair of DSJ this year.

My contributions to the field of psychology have been in the form of service. In my home state organization, HPA, I think I have done every job available from stuffing envelopes, to being the president, to being the Council representative to APA COR. I believe that all work is good work. I was awarded two honors: the Significant Professional Contribution and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Within APA, I have served on two committees, Rural Health (as co-chair) and Continuing Education. Otherwise my experience has been with the SAP.

Here in Honolulu, I have been the chair of the Continuing Education and Convention Committee for about 30 years. I have also chaired the Ethics Committee for many years, turning away from an adjudicative towards an educational perspective. I was appointed to the Hawai`i State Board of Psychology in 2014 and currently serve as the chair. One of our major issues is the legislation permitting

prescriptive authority for psychologists. Originally, many years ago, I was opposed to this extension of our professional role. However, having faced the realities of shortages of prescribing psychiatrists in the state, especially in our harder-hit remote rural areas, I have come to support the measure and even completed the training myself to see what caliber of education it offered.

My main goal however is to see that psychotherapy flourishes as a profession, recognized for its true value across the spectrum of interests. The issues of access to care, modes of delivery of care (e.g. telepsychotherapy), equal recognition of our services and reimbursement for services, and universal healthcare coverage including psychotherapy services are high priorities. In addition, the pipeline of development of early career psychotherapists, and the need for mentorship into the profession and leadership of the profession are essential to our flourishing as a learned profession.

Thank you for considering me as a candidate. I hope I can earn your vote.


Nancy L. Murdock

Nancy L. Murdock

It is a great honor to be nominated for the office of President-elect of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. The Society is vibrant and active, contributing in many significant ways to all things psychotherapy and continues under the board’s capable leadership to expand our knowledge of, and support for, the science, teaching, and practice of psychotherapy. I have been a member of the division for many years and yet I continue to marvel at the productivity, dedication and commitment of the members of the Society to its mission and priorities.

With all that said, the state of our world today does not allow us to rest on our laurels! Although there are many issues that deserve our attention as scholars, teachers, and practitioners of psychotherapy, I will highlight only a few in the interest of keeping myself from feeling totally overwhelmed with the responsibility that accompanies the honor of potentially serving the Society as president-elect.

Most prominent in my musings these days is the level of uncertainty, and yes, anxiety, that is evident in our society, both in the U.S. and globally. The Society for Advancement of Psychotherapy is positioned to contribute to addressing this psychological climate in many ways. I am aware that the Society is ramping up our international engagement and firmly believe that this is an effort that needs our special attention. We also need to continue other initiatives of the Society identified by those wise folks who have and continue to lead us, such as disseminating state of the art science on psychotherapy and providing valuable resources to those who teach and practice psychotherapy.

I believe the current psychological climate of our world is telling us that our efforts are badly needed and that further, we are called to extend our practice and science beyond traditional boundaries of all kinds. Therefore, my presidential theme, should that honor be bestowed upon me, will be get out of the office and into the streets. I am convinced that our professional skills are to be shared, and by taking them out of the consulting office into wider venues, we address a multitude of issues, not the least of which is providing support and service to traditionally underserved populations, many of whom feel particularly vulnerable of late. As president, I would look for every opportunity to promote this message and to support those engaged in it. One essential piece of supporting this theme is to attend to diversity of person, skills, and activities within our own ranks; therefore, supporting and expanding upon current efforts of the Society and APA efforts to grow and diversify membership would remain a top priority.

I thank the Society’s leadership for the honor of being nominated as president-elect.


Rebecca M. Ametrano, PhD

Rebecca M. Ametrano, PhD

I am honored to be nominated for Secretary of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29). My deep commitment to the integration of psychotherapy science and practice began as a graduate student in the Psychotherapy Research Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There, my work focused broadly on patient and therapist factors that predict psychotherapeutic change, with particular attention to the influence of patient expectations on treatment process and outcome. In my current position as a Health Behavior Coordinator at VA Boston, I remain dedicated to the advancement of psychotherapy through my work adapting treatments for use in integrated medical settings, staff education and consultation, direct patient care, and supervision of clinicians-in- training. I also teach psychotherapy courses and maintain active involvement in psychotherapy-oriented professional associations (e.g., the Society for Psychotherapy Research, the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, and Division 29).

I feel particularly indebted to Division 29 for awarding me the 2012 Donald K. Freedheim Student Development Award, as well as publishing my work in the Division’s journal, Psychotherapy, and the Division-sponsored book, Psychotherapy Relationships that Work (2nd edition). As an early career psychologist, I am enthusiastic about the prospect of giving back to Division 29 through a leadership position. I have broad administrative experiences that would serve me well in the role of Secretary, such as co-organizing the 2013 North American Society for Psychotherapy Research meeting, coordinating multi-site research trials, and implementing program development projects within the VA system. I have also served as the graduate student member of the University of Massachusetts Psychology Department Executive Committee and as a Postdoctoral Fellow Representative of the Psychology Training Executive Committee at VA Boston. I am responsible, detail oriented, and possess strong organizational skills, all of which have allowed me to successfully execute these administrative tasks. Furthermore, I would bring great enthusiasm to the Secretary role, as I strongly believe in the Division’s vital mission to advance the science, practice, and teaching of psychotherapy. Thank you for your consideration!

William D. Ellison

William D. Ellison

Dear colleagues, I am honored to have been nominated for the position of Secretary and would welcome the opportunity to serve this vital and influential Division. My background: I received a BA from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Penn State University. At Penn State, I worked with Kenneth Levy and benefited greatly from the psychotherapy (and psychotherapy research) training there. I completed my predoctoral internship at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center/Harvard Medical School and a postdoctoral fellowship at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Trinity University in San Antonio, where I teach classes in psychopathology, personality, and statistics/methods.

I am an active psychotherapy researcher and really value this part of my professional identity. For example, I use meta-analytic methods to investigate what client, treatment, and relationship factors influence therapy outcome. A particular interest of mine is psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder. I am also working on a project that will examine the effect of providing smartphone-mediated diagnostic reports on early therapy process and outcome.

I am also very interested, both as a practitioner and a researcher, in psychotherapy integration (both the integration of science and practice and the integration of different therapies). My clinical training includes a diverse array of therapy “brands” across different theoretical orientations, including Transference-Focused Psychotherapy, CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I have not found any of them to be perfect, and I’m fascinated by the questions of how a therapist chooses what intervention to use in the moment, and how distinct these techniques actually are. In line with this interest, I recently began serving on the editorial board of Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. I’m very excited by the possibility of continuing to serve the interests of the profession as Secretary of Division 29.

International Affairs Domain Representatives

Fred Leong

Fred Leong

I am pleased to be nominated for the International Domain Rep position in the Society. Rod Goodyear appointed me to chair the Internationalization Task Force during his Presidency. In that role, I was ably assisted by Patrick Leung as the international co-chair and Changming Duan who later succeeded me as chair of the international affairs committee. In addition to organizing a Presidential Symposium on international perspectives in psychotherapy, we invited a group of colleagues to serve as international liaisons to the Division. As we launched more activities, we decided to establish an International Domain which came into fruition in 2016 by the appropriate change in the bylaws. I accepted the Board’s invitation to serve as the interim International Domain Rep until December 2017 in order to implement some of our initial plans. I was honored to be invited to run for a full term as the elected International Domain Rep (2018-2020). I accepted this invitation with the goal of continuing the various activities that we have started such as the partnership with Oriental Insight, the World Congress of Psychotherapy in Paris in July 2017 (we have been invited to organize 5 Symposia), and the establishment of the a Distinguished Award for International Advancement of Psychotherapy and a research grant for early and midcareer members to conduct international research. We have many other plans for the International Affairs Committee which we have been sharing with the Board. During my 30-year career, I have been actively involved in international psychology and helped found the Counseling Division (Division 16) in the International Association for Applied Psychology. I have served on the APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology as well as the executive council of the International Test Commission. In 2007, I received the APA Distinguished Award for the International Advancement of Psychology. If elected as the International Domain Rep, I hope to use my experience and skills to continue to help the Division in the international advancement of psychotherapy.

Andreaa Visla, Ph.D.

Andreea Visla, PhD

I am honored to be nominated for the position of International Affairs Domain Representative to the Division 29 Board of Directors. I received my Clinical Psychology doctorate in 2014 from Babes-Bolay University (Romania), and I am currently an Assistant Professor at Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava (Romania) and a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Zurich (Switzerland). My primary scientific interests include (1) investigating mechanisms involved in psychopathology and psychotherapeutic treatment, (2) examining patient and therapist characteristics that influence psychotherapy outcome, and (3) improving the sustainability of the psychotherapeutic interventions by integrating pantheoretical principles of clinical change.

As an early career clinical scientist, teacher/mentor, practitioner, and Division 29 member, I am deeply committed to integrating quality clinical practice and rigorous science, following a scientist-practitioner approach. This commitment is exemplified by several current and invited future publications (including in the Division 29 Journal, Psychotherapy, and in a Division-sponsored publication, Psychotherapy Relationships that Work (3 rd ed.), talks at various conferences, and awards (e.g., Paul L. Wachtel Award, International Student Award, European Student Award, Albert Ellis Award) that I have accumulated to date.

There are multiple reasons why I am motivated to get more involved in the mission and development of Division 29. First, I am devoted to the advancement of the practice and science of psychotherapy. Second, I provide continuing education to counselors and psychotherapists. Third, I approach my work from an integrative perspective, the most commonly endorsed practitioner perspective. Thus, my background is commensurate with the philosophy and scope of the Division, and I would welcome the opportunity to serve in a Board role. I believe my energy and enthusiasm will serve the Division well, in the same way that it has for the Society for Psychotherapy Research and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. If elected, I will assure an ongoing exchange and collaboration with the clinical scientists and psychotherapy practitioners outside US, with the aim of making their voices heard in the Division and in APA. I am excited about the prospect of being your International Affairs Domain Representative, and I appreciate your consideration.

Public Interest & Social Justice Domain

Sheena Demery

Sheena Demery

It is an honor to be considered to serve as the Division 29 Public Interest Domain Representative. In the ever-changing landscape of our country and profession, I believe now more than ever, as psychologists we are uniquely positioned to contribute and influence by creating a deeper understanding of issues such as discrimination, human rights, trauma, and health disparities.

As an early career psychologist, I feel a responsibility to the profession in supporting and advancing our work in this critical area, and yet I am aware of how large a task this is for all of us, as we bring our own unique perspectives and understanding of the world into our work. With this in mind, I am enthusiastically dedicated to beginning the process of creating an open dialog with the members of the Division, to understand what is important to you. I want to create a space where we can understand what you are experiencing in the treatment room, classroom, and research lab, to help inform where we focus our efforts.

One of the critical areas I am committed to bringing to the Division is the work with underserved communities, by providing tools and resources for Psychologists that work with these populations, and bringing forward the clinical work being done, as a way of developing a better understanding of what is helpful and brings about meaningful change.

Throughout graduate school and post-doc training, I have spent the majority of my time working in community mental health settings in Washington, DC, specifically focused on the treatment of children and adolescents. This important work has provided me with unique insight into the complexities of our nation’s underserved populations, and translates well to serving as the Public Domain Representative.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my candidacy or qualifications. I can be reached at I thank you very much for considering voting for me.

Lavita Nadkarni, PhD

Lavita Nadkarni, PhD

I am humbled and honored to be nominated for the Public Interest and Social Justice Domain Representative. The intersection of personal and professional identities has resulted in my acute awareness of the need for advocacy for those who are marginalized, whose voices are not heard, and whose rights are being invalidated. I am aware of the impact of our work, both direct and indirect, on the welfare of others and strive to lead by example and teach/mentor our students and ECPs to recognize both the value and humility of what we do.

It is a pleasure to be offered the opportunity to return to serve in this capacity for Division 29, one of my professional homes for more than 10 years. I served as the past Editor and Associate Editor of Psychotherapy Bulletin, and have valued the structure of Division 29’s domains in allowing for the pursuit of ideas relating to the demands of psychotherapy, science, practice, training, and social justice. I am currently serving as the President of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, an organization which has advanced diversity and been a leader in advocacy and social justice for the past 40 years. As an academic and clinician, I am actively engaged in training and supervising graduate students in their work with marginalized populations, expanding their ability to serve refugees and immigrants as they seek to remain in this country. I have presented at conferences, and trained mental health professionals on conducting culturally competent evaluations (such as asylum, hardship, VAWA, T-visa, U-visa, and N468). As a forensic psychologist who is training the next generation of graduate students, it is critical for them to know the social and historical context of criminalization, and the fact that our jails and prisons are serving as the mental health centers for an increasingly vulnerable population. Clinical breadth and knowledge can be used to help translate psychology so that it enhances and expands social justice in the interest of all of our communities. Social justice is the lens which I use to inform my clinical and scholarly work, my passion for advocacy and public policy, and is integrally tied to my multiple identities. I look forward to continuing to promote Division 29’s leadership in this area. Thank you for your consideration.