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. The organization has since grown into a thriving $18 million foundation. 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

Secretary/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.

Gerald P. Koocher, PhD


Gerald P. Koocher, PhD Koocher completed his BA degree in psychology at Boston University, and his MA and PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Missouri, Columbia. From 1971 through 2001, he served successively as an intern, postdoctoral fellow and ultimately as chief of psychology at Boston's Children's Hospital and Judge Baker Children's Center. During this period he also served as a full-time faculty member (associate professor) at Harvard Medical School. In June 2001, Koocher became professor and dean of the School for Health Studies at Simmons College in Boston. Koocher has been elected a fellow of 12 APA divisions and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is currently editor of the journal Ethics & Behavior, and previously served as editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and The Clinical Psychologist. He has published more than 180 articles and book chapters, and authored or edited ten books. He served as APA president in 2006.

Norman Anderson, PhD

Norman Anderson, PhD Anderson is APA's chief executive officer and executive vice president. Anderson is the former and founding associate director of the National Institutes of Health in charge of behavioral and social sciences research, and was the first director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Anderson served for more than 12 years as a professor at Duke University Medical School, and for a short time at the Harvard School of Public Health. Anderson holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He completed his clinical internship at Brown University School of Medicine, and his postdoctoral training in psychophysiology and aging at Duke University Medical School.

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).

Charles Brewer, PhD

Charles Brewer, PhD Brewer received his BA in psychology from Hendrix College, and his MA and PhD degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Arkansas. He also did graduate work at Indiana University, and postdoctoral work at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at Furman University in 1967 and was named the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology in 1998. In 2003, APF named its teaching award the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award to honor his eminent contributions to education in psychology, indicating that “Charles Brewer epitomizes what this award stands for.” A symposium at the 2005 APA convention in Washington, D.C., was titled “Affecting Eternity: Honoring the Contributions of Charles L. Brewer.” Brewer received a 2005 APA presidential citation “in recognition of his extraordinarily distinguished career and, through his teaching and personal example, for making psychology a household word across generations of students.” He has been a consultant on psychology curricula and on the teaching of psychology for many colleges and universities throughout the country.

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. 

Anthony Jackson, PhD

Anthony Jackson, PhD Jackson is executive director of the International Studies Schools Network at Asia Society, where he leads an effort to create a network of small, effective, internationally-themed secondary schools across the country. Before joining Asia Society, he acted as vice president for development and communications at the Galef Institute in Los Angeles. Jackson, trained in both developmental psychology and education, is one of the nation’s leading experts on secondary school reform and adolescent development. After a stint on Capitol Hill as a congressional science fellow, he became a senior staff member on the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families. Jackson later directed the Carnegie Corporation Task Force on the Education of Young Adolescents, created and directed the Turning Points network and co-authored “Turning Points 2000.” Prior to his work at the Galef Institute, he was a director of the Walt Disney Company’s Disney Learning Partnership, where he designed and oversaw the Creative Learning Communities network of reforming elementary schools.

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.

Ronald F. Levant, EdD, ABPP

Ronald F. Levant, EdD Levant is dean and professor of psychology, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Akron. Formerly, he was dean and professor, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University; on the faculty at Boston, Rutgers and Harvard Universities; a clinician in solo independent practice; and a clinical supervisor in hospital settings. Levant helped develop the new psychology of men. He has developed theory and conducted research programs on fathering and masculinity ideology in multicultural perspective. Levant has authored, co-authored, edited or co-edited 14 books and more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Levant is a fellow of APA and a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He was APA president in 2005.

Richard McCarty, PhD

Richard McCarty, PhDMcCarty is provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at Vanderbilt University. 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 was named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs by Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos in July 2008.

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.

Archie L. Turner

Archie L. Turner Turner is the chief financial officer of APA, which has an annual budget of $100 million and employs more than 600 staff. 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. 

Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD

Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhDVasquez 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. Involvement as a member of the first cohort of the APA Minority Fellowship Program provided a powerful socializing process into the profession and incentive to contribute to the discipline. 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.

An author and editor, Vasquez has published extensively. She is co-author of three books, including "Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling" (Pope & Vasquez), "How to Survive and Thrive as a Therapist" (Pope & Vasquez) and "APA Ethics Code Commentary and Case Illustrations" (2010, Campbell, Vasquez, Behnke & Kinscherff). 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.

Staff Liaisons

  • Elisabeth Straus