2015 Board of Directors and Recording Secretary Election Results

The 2015 Board of Directors and recording secretary ballot was sent to members of the 2014 Council of Representatives on July 1. The election closed July 30. Following are those elected.

Board of Directors: Members-at-large

Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP

Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPPHelen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP, is president and clinical director of Women’s Mental Health Associates in Denver and Philadelphia, and a psychologist at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver. She is a board certified clinical health psychologist and a national leader in women’s health and mental health and psychosocial oncology. Coons has over 25 years of professional experience with women and families coping with physical conditions, collaborating with health care providers in and outside integrated primary care and specialty health settings, and providing continuing education as well as consultation on women’s health and mental health care and psychosocial oncology at the national level.

Coons received her PhD in clinical psychology from Temple University. She was a 2005 DHHS Primary Health Care Policy fellow. At APA, Coons served on the Committee on Women and Psychology, the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, the Board of Professional Affairs, represented Div. 38 on the Council of Representatives, chaired the council’s Health Care/Health Science Caucus, and was the founding chair of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology.

Coons is an APA fellow and the recipient of: 2001 Committee on Women in Psychology Emerging Leader Award; 2005 American Psychological Foundation/Div. 38 Timothy B. Jeffrey Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology; 2010 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Psychology and the Media Award; 2014 Div. 42 Psychologist of the Year Award; and 2013 Distinguished Contributions for Women in Psychology Award to the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Executive Committee.

Frank C. Worrell, PhD

Frank C. Worrell, PhDFrank C. Worrell, PhD, received a master's in psychology at the University of Western Ontario and a PhD in school and educational psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a professor in the cognition and development area in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley and an affiliate professor in the psychology department (social and personality area), and serves as faculty director of the school psychology program, the academic talent development program, and the California College Preparatory Academy. He also holds a visiting professor appointment at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

A licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist, Worrell’s areas of expertise include academic talent development/gifted education, the impact of cultural identities on educational outcomes and psychological well-being, the education of at-risk youth, scale development and validation, teacher effectiveness, and the translation of psychological research findings into school-based practice.

Worrell is a fellow of APA divisions 5, 15, 16, 45 and 52. He represented Div. 16 on APA's Council of Representatives and was the chair of APA’s Board of Scientific Affairs. Worrell received recognition by: Presidential Award from the National Association of School Psychologists (2009); an APA presidential citation (2011); Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence from UC Berkeley (2011); Jack Bardon Distinguished Service Award from Div. 16 (2013); Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children (2013); Div. 45 Distinguished Contributions to Research Award (2015). Worrell has authored or co-authored more than 150 scholarly articles and has ongoing research collaborations across the globe.

Recording Secretary

Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP

Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, ABPPJennifer F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and is board certified in clinical health psychology. She is the director of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine. She addresses a variety of mental health concerns, with expertise in treating disorders that involve the relationship between physical and emotional conditions. Within health psychology, she specializes in pain management and trauma. A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, Kelly received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Florida State University in 1987.

In addition to maintaining a private practice in Atlanta, Kelly is actively involved in numerous professional organizations. A former president of the Georgia Psychological Association, she served as the federal advocacy coordinator of the association for 16 years. She was chair of APA's Board of Professional Affairs. She also served on the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and was president of Div. 31.

Kelly is the recipient of: American Psychological Foundation/Div. 38 Timothy B. Jeffrey Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology (2012); APA’s State Leadership Award (2011); Diversity Award from the Committee of State Leaders of APA (2011); Karl F. Heiser Advocacy Award (2000); Legislative Award by the Georgia Psychological Association (2000); APA Practice Organization’s Federal Advocacy Award (2004); Div. 31 Outstanding Psychologist Award (2006). She is a graduate of the 2003 class of Leadership Atlanta. She has served on the board of directors of of ChrisKids and Project Interconnections, in Atlanta.

Kelly has numerous publications, including articles/chapters in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice®; Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice; and Pain Digest.