Statements Provided by the Two Nominees for Education & Training Domain Representative of the Society for the Advancement in Psychotherapy
Nominees are listed in alphabetical order.
Dr. Jennifer Callahan
Before completing my doctoral work, I served as the training coordinator for a large non-profit residential treatment center. I subsequently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where my dissertation sought to test the applicability of psychotherapy models to a training clinic setting. My internship and postdoctoral training was accomplished at Yale School of Medicine. Following licensure, I attained ABPP certification in Clinical Psychology. My first faculty appointment was as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University (OSU). While at OSU, I also completed a 3-year term as the Clinic Director. I subsequently became an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas where I am currently in my 5th year as a Director of Clinical Training.
I am proud to be a 6-year recipient of the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program (NIH LRP) for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds. To date, I have more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and am the most frequent first author of published articles in the APA journal Training and Education in Professional Psychology (TEPP). Articles written with my current or past students won the Society’s (Division 29) 2012 Distinguished Publication award and the APPIC 2013 Outstanding Contribution Award in TEPP. Further, I am a co-recipient of the 2013 Norine Johnson Ph.D. Psychotherapy Research Grant. Currently, I serve as a consulting editor for the journals Psychotherapy and TEPP. I also serve on the board for the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) and Chair the Division 29 Education and Training Committee. If selected, it would be an honor to serve as the Society’s Education and Training Domain Representative.
Dr. Stewart Cooper
I am honored to be on the Education and Training Domain Representative Slate and would be delighted to serve if elected.
My passion to serve as the E&T Domain Representative is based on my desire to contribute to the advancement of psychotherapy for psychology and the public. My background in both counseling and consulting psychology education and training, my clinical work in both institutional and private practice, my research on psychotherapy topics, and the knowledge and skills I have garnished from my experiences in APA governance should be assets to the Division and its members in this important role.
My primary professional work is as Director of Counseling Services and Professor of Psychology at Valparaiso University. In addition, I have a solo private clinical and consultation practice. I have written/edited four books on college mental health including one on psychotropics; four journal special issues, including one on multiculturalism and another on international consultation; and numerous article publications in refereed journals. I have presented on psychotherapy related topics at numerous conferences.
My various positions on the Executive Boards of Counseling Psychology and Consulting Psychology included being Past-President and current Council Representative for the latter. I was Chair of the APA Membership Board in 2010 and Chair of the APA Board of Professional Affairs in 2014. I am a Fellow in the Divisions of Psychotherapy, Counseling Psychology, and Consulting Psychology. I also hold ABPP Board Certification in Counseling Psychology and in Organizational and Business Psychology. I had the privilege of being a liaison from consulting psychology to the 2002 Ethics Revision Task Force.
I believe that the above background, in combination with my style of collaborative and cooperative co-leadership in governance roles, can further advance the education and training agenda of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.