All student members in good standing with the Society are eligible and encouraged to vote for their next Student Representative. Student members of the Society will have until November 30th to cast their ballots.
University at Albany, SUNY
Carly M. Schwartzman is a third-year clinical psychology doctoral student at the University at Albany, SUNY, under the mentorship of Dr. James Boswell in the Psychotherapy and Behavior Change Research Lab. She joined APA’s Division 29: Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy to further her knowledge of the field of psychotherapy process research and enhance her networking in the research community. Her research interests involve the study of the therapeutic process and mechanisms of change. In particular, she has become acutely interested in the methodology used in studying processes within psychotherapy (e.g., alliance, warmth, empathy) that contribute to patient outcome, as well as how these processes translate in the context of e-therapy (i.e., therapy delivered online via videoconferencing, instant message, and/or email message). Carly is also passionate about the enhancement of the graduate student experience within the University setting and in the broader professional community. She hopes to work to enhance student support and involvement within Division 29 to foster collaboration and networking. Additionally, she would like to encourage conversation and advocacy among students regarding the state of psychology as a profession and help students navigate the new technological era of psychotherapy.
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Leslie Stapley is a fourth year Counseling Psychology doctoral student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City working under the advisory of Dr. Nancy Murdock. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience from the University of Georgia in 2015, and received her Masters of Arts in Counseling en route to her Ph.D. at UMKC in May, 2018. Leslie’s research interests include family systems theory and its application towards romantic and therapeutic relationships, relational responses to stress and trauma, and therapist characteristics that contribute to the effective treatment of stress and trauma related disorders. Her clinical interests primarily include PTSD, veteran populations, clients with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, and relationship conflict. In her free time, Leslie enjoys Crossfit, and plays bass clarinet for the Kansas City, Kansas Community Orchestra. Leslie hopes to continue her career working with Veterans within VAMCs, and hopes to explore roles in institution/program administration and psychology consultation. Leslie is excited about the opportunity to foster student participation within Division 29. In particular, she is interested in developing student voices within the division, particularly through the Psychotherapy Bulletin, and promoting division-wide discussion on social justice advocacy within the therapeutic arena.