American Psychological Foundation Board of Trustees

Dorothy Cantor, PsyD


Dorothy Cantor, PsyD Cantor served as the 105th APA president (1996) and has been an active advocate for professional psychology since she earned her degree as a member of the first class of the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology in 1976. She chaired the Psychology in the Schools Committee of the New Jersey Psychological Association and later became a member of the NJPA board and its president (1986). She was a member of the APA Council of Representatives for New Jersey, and then a member of the APA Board of Directors before serving as APA president. Cantor initiated the Task Force on the Changing Gender Composition of Psychology while serving on the APA board, as well as the Task Force on Adolescent Girls. She is the author of six books, including “Finding Your Voice and What Do You Want To Do When You Grow Up?”.

Elisabeth R. Straus

Executive vice president/executive director

Elisabeth R. Straus Straus became APF's first executive director in 1991 when the organization had assets of less than $990,000. Prior to her position with the foundation, Straus had a long career as an educator and writer. Previously, she was director of communications and student placement at the Human Resources Research Organization's Technical Education Center in Washington, D.C. As a researcher for the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs in 1980, she provided position papers and background information to the White House on the Equal Rights Amendment. Straus graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, and received a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

David H. Barlow, PhD

Vice president

David H. Barlow, PhD Barlow is founder and director emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, where he is also professor of psychology and psychiatry. He received his PhD from the University of Vermont in 1969. He has published more than 500 articles and chapters, and more than 60 books and clinical manuals, mostly in the areas of anxiety and related emotional disorders, sexual problems, and clinical research methodology. He was chair of APA's Task Force on Psychological Intervention Guidelines, as well as a member of the DSM-IV Task Force of the American Psychiatric Association. He was formerly professor of psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and professor of psychiatry and psychology at Brown University; he founded clinical psychology internships in both settings. He was also distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD


Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD Vasquez received her doctorate from the scientist-practitioner counseling psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. She is an independent practitioner in Austin, Texas. Her areas of scholarship are ethics, multicultural psychotherapy, psychology of women, supervision and training. She served as APA president in 2011 and has provided leadership service to the profession of psychology for three decades. Vasquez has served on the APA Board of Directors and in various roles in APA governance, including as member or chair of a dozen APA boards, committees and task forces. She has advocated for psychology at the state and federal legislative levels, receiving both the Heiser Award and the AAP Advocacy Award. She is co-author of three books, including "Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling" " How to Survive and Thrive as a Therapis " and " APA Ethics Code Commentary and Case Illustrations " She has written more than 65 journal articles and book chapters, and served on the editorial boards of 10 journals. She is currently writing a book on multicultural therapy for an APA Theories of Psychotherapy Monograph series.

Richard McCarty, PhD


Richard McCarty, PhD McCarty is provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at Vanderbilt University. He served as provost from July 2008-June 2014. He earned both his BS and his MS degrees from Old Dominion University and received his PhD in pathobiology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. He began his career in 1976 at the National Institute of Mental Health as a research associate in pharmacology and a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. From 1978 to 1998 he was a faculty member at the University of Virginia, where he rose through the academic ranks. He served as chair of his department from 1990 to 1998. From 1998 to 2001 he was executive director for science at APA. In July 2001, McCarty was named professor of psychology and dean of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University. He served as provost from July 2008-June 2014.

McCarty has published more than 150 articles and 30 chapters and has edited eight volumes relating to his research interests in the physiology of stress. He is a fellow of several scientific societies, including APA, the Association for Psychological Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Cynthia D. Belar, PhD, ABPP

Cynthia D. Belar, PhD, ABPPBelar is Chief Executive Officer & Executive Vice President of APA. From 1984-1990, Belar served as chief psychologist and clinical director of behavioral medicine for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Los Angeles. There, she developed a number of integrated health care programs for both primary and specialty care. She has chaired three national conferences on education and training in psychology, covering topics such as internship, postdoctoral training and the scientist-practitioner model. She also has chaired the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, the Council of Chairs of Training Councils and the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology. Belar will come out of retirement to take the helm of APA. The interim CEO position is expected to last for 6 to 12 months, depending on the length of the search process for the next CEO.

Rosie Bingham, PhD, ABPP

Rosie Bingham, PhD, ABPPBingham has served as vice president for student affairs at the University of Memphis since 2003. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Education from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois and received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University. Bingham was a founder and organizer of the first and second National Multicultural Conferences and Summits of the American Psychological Association. She was selected as one of 15 women from around the world to participate in the Women of Color Development Incubator Project funded by the Kellogg Foundation. She served on the Board of Directors for the American Psychological Association and as Chair of the Council of Student Affairs for the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.

She served on the editorial boards of In Session for the Journal of Clinical Psychology, Journal of Counseling Psychology, NASPA Journal, Journal of Career Assessment and is a past member of the editorial boards of the Journal of College Student Development, the Journal of Counseling and Development, and The Counseling Psychologist. She is also the past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis and has made it a personal mission to improve the lives of women and children in the Memphis community.

Anthony Jackson, PhD

Anthony Jackson, PhD Jackson is Vice President of Education at the Asia Society, where he oversees the Asia Society Center for Global Education, a global platform for collaboratively advancing education for global competence for all. Trained in both developmental psychology and education, Jackson is one of the nation’s leading experts on secondary school education reform and adolescent development. Jackson directed the Carnegie Corporation’s Task Force on the Education of Young Adolescents which produced the ground breaking report Turning Points: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century, and co-authored the seminal follow-up blueprint Turning Points 2000, considered one of the most influential books on middle school reform. His most recent work is Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World. Jackson holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Archie L. Turner

Archie L. Turner Turner is the chief financial officer and chief operating officer of APA. Previously, Turner spent 14 years as CFO for The National Academies, which includes the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council. The academies are private, nonprofit organizations with 1,100 employees and a combined annual budget of $265 million.

Camilla Benbow, EdD

Camilla Benbow, EdD Benbow is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College. Previously she was department chair and distinguished professor at Iowa State University. She was appointed interim dean of education at Iowa State in 1996 and remained in that position until 1998 when she was invited to serve as dean of Peabody. Benbow's work has focused on gifted education and the development of mathematical talent. She has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and 35 chapters, and has edited two books. She has received distinguished scholar awards from the National Association for Gifted Children and the American Association of University Women. In 2004, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the MENSA Education and Research Foundation. Benbow received her EdD, with distinction, from Johns Hopkins University in 1981, from which she also received her BA (1977) and MA (1978) in psychology and her MS in education (1980).

Connie S. Chan, PhD

Connie S. Chan, PhDChan is associate dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Chan has held several administrative positions within the university, most recently as interim dean of the College of Public and Community Service and co-director of the UMass Boston Institute for Asian American Studies from 1993-2003. A licensed clinical psychologist, Chan presently serves as a faculty supervisor for the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center and is a former chair of the Boston Women’s Fund. Professor Chan is author of the book, “If It Runs in the Family: At Risk for Depression” (Bantam Books), and has published many book chapters and journal articles on the health and mental health of Asian Americans, and on sexuality and identity among people of color. Chan is an APA fellow and has served in several leadership roles in APA, including president of Div. 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues), associate editor for the APA journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and chair of the board for Psychology in the Public Interest. She received her AB from Princeton University and her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from Boston University. 

Terence M. Keane, PhD

Terence M. Keane, PhDKeane is professor and vice chairman in psychiatry and professor of clinical psychology at Boston University. He is also the associate chief of staff for research and development at VA Boston Healthcare System, and director of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder's Behavioral Science Division. Formerly president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Keane has published eleven edited volumes and over 225 articles on the assessment and treatment of PTSD. For the past 29 years, the VA, the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration have continuously supported his program of research on psychological trauma. His contributions to the field have been recognized by many honors, including: the Lifetime Achievement Award (2004) and the Robert Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement (1996) from ISTSS; a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholarship (1993-94); the Outstanding Researcher in Behavior Therapy Award from the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (2004); APA's Outstanding Research Contributions Award (2000) and the Distinguished Service Award (2002); and the Weisband Distinguished Alumnus Award (1998) from Binghamton University (SUNY), where he received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1978. Keane is a fellow of APA and the Association for Psychological Science. He has consulted, lectured and conducted workshops internationally on topics related to psychological trauma. His current work and interests are in the development of a nationally representative registry of PTSD patients and the construction of an internet based treatment program for returning war veterans with risky alcohol use and war trauma symptoms.

W. Bruce Walsh, PhD

W. Bruce Walsh, PhDWalsh is professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at The Ohio State University and currently involved in consulting activities. He is the founder and charter editor of the Journal of Career Assessment. He has co-authored and co-edited 24 books, including "Tests and Assessment," "Tests and Measurements," "Career Counseling," "Career Counseling for Women," "Career Counseling for African Americans," "Handbook of Vocational Psychology," "Handbook of Career Counseling," "Counseling Psychology and Optimal Human Functioning" and "Person-Environment Psychology." Walsh currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Vocational Behavior and the Career Development Quarterly. From 1990 to 2002, he served as the director of training for the Counseling Psychology Program at Ohio State. In 2004, he received the Leona Tyler Award from the Society of Counseling Psychology in recognition of outstanding accomplishments. He holds fellow status in APA and the Association of Psychological Science and is licensed as a psychologist in Ohio. In 2011 the American Academy of Counseling Psychology selected him for the Jim Cossé Distinguished Service Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Professional Practice of Counseling Psychology.

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  • Elisabeth Straus