2007 Annual Reports for Boards and Committees
Committee on Early Career Psychologists

A. Mission Statement
The Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) represents the unique interests and concerns of early career psychologists (ECPs) within seven years of the receipt of their doctorate degree. The mission of CECP is to build bridges across constituencies within and outside of APA to promote, advocate, and develop resources for ECPs. 

The Committee consists of six Members of the Association within seven years of the receipt of the doctorate degree representing Education, Practice, Public Interest, Science, Division, and State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs). Committee members are appointed by the Board of Directors for staggered terms of three years.

B. APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists

  • Gary C. Hawley, PsyD (Practice Representative)

  • Christopher Loftis, PhD (State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations Representative)

  • Shamin Ladhani, PsyD (APA Divisions Representative)

  • Guerda Nicolas, PhD (Chair and Education & Training Representative)

  • Darryl Salvador, PsyD (Public Interest Representative)

  • Deborah A. Weber, PhD (Science Representative)

The Staff Liaison for the committee in 2007 was Alex Sittig.

2007 was a very busy and productive year for CECP. With the assistance of our staff Liaison Alex Sittig and the support of Dee Valencia, and Rhea Faberman, we were able to accomplish a number of tasks. Below is a summary of the key activities conducted by the committee in 2006.

C. Activities and Products-3 Years Review

  • As a new committee within APA, CECP spent considerable time developing policies and procedures for how the committee operates and individual member responsibilities. The document includes policies for working with other Boards and Committees within APA, developing convention programs, and nominating ECPs to serve on other boards and committees.

  • CECP developed a Strategic Plan in Fall 2006 with the assistance of Dr. Thomas DeMaio. consolidated meeting, with the following core objective identified:

    • Advocate for the Needs of ECPs in the association and discipline

    • Provide specifically tailored resources that support ECPs

    • Engage ECPs in APA membership

  • Designed a survey to understand the barriers and challenges face by ECPs.

  • Established “EarlyCareer” Listservs for ECPs. With 1,621 members (as of 9/21/07), EarlyCareer serves as a forum, sponsored by the CECP, to discuss early career issues and to receive APA announcements.

  • Developed Early Career website to provide ECP specific information in a number of domains, including, grant funding and loan repayment programs, licensure, education, practice, etc.

  • Creation of Early Career Psychologist Network (ECPN). This network includes ECP representatives from each APA divisions and each State, Provincial and Territorial Association (SPTA).

  • Increased visibility of the committee and ECPs concerns.

    • Monitor Articles

    • Presentation at Consolidated

    • Articles in State Psychological Newsletters

    • Established annual Convention track of programming, “Launching Your Career on Solid Footing”.  Examples of Convention programs and activities include:

      • Financial Planning

      • Balancing and Self Care

      • Supervision and Race and Culture

      • Booth for ECPs

      • Social Hour for ECPs

  • We developed the brochure: “Building Bridges: Opportunities for Learning, Networking, and Leadership”. This brochure provides guidance to ECPs on building bridges that create opportunities to engage, learn, network, and become leaders within the discipline of psychology.

  • Created and disseminated resource materials in the areas of education, funding, advocating for licensure, financial planning, and parenting for early career psychologists that are all available on our website.

D. Representative Annual Reports
Below are the reports from each of the representative on the committee which highlights the activities, projects, and plans for future years for the different slate of the committee.

Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP)

APA Consolidated Meeting
September 28-30, 2007

Division Slate Report
By
Shamin Ladhani, Psy.D
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Role and Responsibilities (summary from P & P Manual): Represent ECPs in the APA Divisions to the American Psychological Association (APA); Serve as CECP liaison to the Committee on APA/Division Relations (CODAPAR) and as the CECP point of contact for relationships with the APA Divisions and affiliated groups; Work with the SPTA Slate to manage and direct activities of the Early Career Psychologist Network (ECPN); Attend and actively participate in the CODAPAR’s annual Division Leadership Conference; Develop initiatives and programs within APA that support the needs of ECPs in APA’s Divisions as appropriate; Promote and support activities, projects, and programs that foster joint membership and participation between ECP members of APA and APA’s Divisions; Serve as a liaison to the Membership Committee (MC) and helps to advise the MC on issues related to ECPs’ successful recruitment, retention, and engagement in APA; Manages CECP’s contribution to the Division Dialogues newsletter; Responsible for contributing to the online newsletter through the CODAPAR staff liaison reporting on CECP activities and highlighting division’s best practices in ECP involvement

Activities to Date:

  • Continued submissions for Division Dialogues newsletters by soliciting divisions successful with early career participation, one article submitted promoting convention programming. (see attached articles)

  • Actively sought out several division presidents to add ECPs to the ECPN and facilitated their addition.

  • Assisted State Slate in the development of the ECPN Charter and business meeting for the ECPN

  • Participated in conference calls and emailing of International presidents for CIRP’s International Hospitality Committee. Attended programming and social hours at convention

  •  Participated in the advisory committee for President Brehm’s Integrative Healthcare for an Aging Population (IHAP) taskforce. Participated in revisions for the document and discussions at convention and at Spring consolidated meeting. (see attached IHAP checklist of involvement)

  • Served as Convention subcommittee co-chair with Public Interest Slate. Activities included: Developing a teaser for CECP convention programming, putting together a list of programming available at convention geared towards ECPs (soliciting co-listing for these programs), participated in the convention chairs listserv, chaired the supervision and race panel, worked with staff on ECP booth (giveaways and flyers)

  • Researching awards process of other committee or boards and developing  nominations process for our committee (see attached call for nominations)

  • Memo sent to membership to follow up on discussion from consolidated (see membership memo)

  • Memo sent to CODAPAR to invite them to ECP social hour

Current Projects and Plans for the Year

  • Continued involvement in IHAP. Participating in developing documents for the public and for students interested in training to work with the geriatric population.

  • Beginning to compile a document as modeled by the Diversity Delegates to track Division and SPTA ECP involvement through the ECPN

  • Beginning to review information for a newsletter article to be published in Division and State newsletters on the importance of mentoring and involvement of ECPs

  • Participating in BCA’s Central Program Working Group for Convention 2008 starting during Consolidated Meeting Round II

  • Continue recruitment of remaining divisions without representation to the ECPN

  • Continued solicitation or writing of articles for Division Dialogues newsletter

  • Continued participation as convention sub-committee for planning 2008

  • Planning to build and strengthen relationships with divisions, CODAPAR, Membership and BCA.

  • Participating in the development of an early career taskforce for the Illinois Psychological Association and continuing to serve on the membership and convention committees for Illinois

  • Continuing to work on an awards and recognition process for divisions and SPTAs
     

Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP)

APA Consolidated Meeting
September 28th 2007

Education Slate Report
By
Guerda Nicolas, PhD

Role and Responsibilities (summary from P & P Manual): Education slate member of the committee represent the ECP education and training community to the American Psychological Association (APA), serve as CECP liaison to the Board of Educational Affairs and as the CECP point of contact for relationships with the Education Directorate, APA education and training activities, affiliated groups, and the academic community, Develop and support projects within APA to promote the needs of ECP’s in psychological education and training; and attends and actively participate in the annual Educational Leadership Conference

Activities to Date:

  • Established communication with the education directorate, board and committees about implementing a video project this year

  • Submitted possible topics for the Educator (Newsletter for educators) to the BEA

  • Initiated and worked with the BEA and the education directorate in creating a resource guide for educators (see the early career website)

  • Organized a panel presentation at the APA convention on balancing and professional and personal life on the listserv and disseminate the discussion summary on the list and on the website

  • Implementing a 2 ½ day summer program in collaboration with the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) at Boston college focusing on the integration of race and culture in teaching for educators at all level and disciplines of teaching. See http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/soe/isprc/SP2007/index.htm for more information about the program

  • Solicited nominees for the education slate position of the committee for 2008

Note: Given my role as chair of the committee this year, my main focus has been on developing a comprehensive video listings for educators on available videos for different topic areas in psychology (see exhibits attached to this report) to be made available via our website.

Possible Future Projects 

  • Develop a manual on the integration of race and culture in teaching for ECP educators

  • Continue to develop article ideas for the Educator Newsletter

  • Conduct workshops for Assistant Professors on areas such as negotiation, promotion, funding, teaching, etc.
     

Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP)

APA Consolidated Meeting
September 28, 2007

Practice Slate Report
By
Gary C. Hawley, PsyD

Role and Responsibilities (summary from P & P Manual):  Practice slate member of the committee represents the ECP practice community to the American Psychological Association (APA); advance, promote, and advocate for the professional interests of early career practicing psychologists; support ECP entry and career development in a shifting marketplace; develop initiatives and programs within APA that support the needs of ECPs in practice settings; establishes working relationships with all practice related divisions, Boards, committees, and the Practice Directorate; participates in the Practice Directorate’s annual State Leadership Conference

Activities to Date:

  • Established communication with the Executive Director of the Practice Directorate regarding continued support of ECP initiatives within the Practice Directorate and the Practice Organization, such as the funded ECP delegates to State Leadership Conference

  • Established monthly conference calls with the APA Practice Directorate’s Assistant Executive Director, Corporate Relations and Business Strategy to work on developing future products and programming for practicing ECPs

  • Established communication with the Board of Professional Affairs and attended BPA sessions at 2007 Spring Consolidated meeting

  • Attended annual Practice Directorate State Leadership Conference and assisted SPTA slate with ECP delegate orientation and networking sessions

  • Served (with Science slate) as monitor of the Early Career listserv

  • Developed, with consultation from the Executive Director of APA Ethics, a CECP notice statement on disclosure of information on the Early Career listserv to be posted to members at least every six months as reminder of unprotected nature of shared information on the listserv

  • Served as co-author (with ECPN member) and editor of an invited manuscript by the Centering on Mentoring committee on ECP Mentorship for potential publication in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice; manuscript submitted to journal

  • Presented on panel presentation for APAGS presentation, “Where There’s a Will, There’s Pay” at the 2007 APA annual convention

  • Presented on panel presentation for CECP presentation, “Launching Your Career on Solid Footing: Financial Planning 101” at the 2007 APA annual convention

  • Presented to the Committee on Rural Health regarding the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment program at the 2007 Spring Consolidated Meeting

  • Developed a strategy with CRH for all Rural Health Coordinators (RHCs) to become NHSC Ambassadors as a means of recruiting and retaining practicing psychologists to rural and underserved areas

  • Attended and presented at the 2007 NHSC Ambassador’s Conference on marketing to and recruiting ECPs to work in underserved areas for loan repayment opportunities; met with attending RHCs at conference to discuss implementation of CRH strategy

Plans for the Year

  • Will continue to work with Practice Directorate staff to develop ECP products and tools

  • May work to develop ECP practice resource toolkit for the ECP website (e.g., practice related links and resource materials)

  • Will continue to explore additional technological resources that appeal to ECPs to add value to membership only functions of website (e.g., podcasts of practice related presentations)

  • Will continue to work on developing loan repayment and financial resources for ECPs with educational debt

  • Will continue collaboration with CRH in recruiting practicing ECPs to rural and underserved areas

Statement on Disclosure of Information on the Earlycareer Listserv

The Committee on Early Career Psychologists would like to periodically remind you of the public nature of this listserv. This listserv is open for anyone to join, including those who are not members of APA. As such, please be mindful of the content of information you share in your posts (e.g., potential protected health information/client demographic data). We appreciate that you value this forum to share information and ideas and would like to continue to provide tools for Early Career Psychologists that will benefit all.

Posted to the Earlycareer listserv on August 3, 2007 

Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP)

APA Consolidated Meeting
September 28, 2007

Public Interest Report
By
Darryl Salvador, Psy.D.

Role and Responsibilities (summary from P & P Manual): Public Interest slate member of the committee serves as a representative of the CECP for issues of public interest, including the generation and application of psychological knowledge on issues important to human well being; advocates for issues of relevance to ECP of diverse backgrounds, including race/ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, and ability status; serve as the liaison to the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI); serve as a monitor to the committees that report to BAPPI; Develop projects that are relevant to ECPs working in the public interest; Establish relationships and joint projects with staff members of the Public Interest Directorate and other Directorates as appropriate; Promote and support activities, projects and programs that encourage members of diverse backgrounds to join APA (and other related organizations, including divisions and states); Attend and participate in various meetings and conferences relevant to diversity such as the Biannual Multicultural Summit.

Activities to Date:

  • Currently working to establish working relationship and communication with Public Interest Directorate, BAPPI, and boards and committees regarding the dissemination of information relevant to and affecting ECPs working in the public interest.

  • Joined the BAPPI Listserv

  • Worked to develop CECP as a standing committee within the Hawaii Psychological Association as a means to increase membership in both HPA and APA.  Currently working on agenda to establish and create an ECP representative position within the HPA Board with full voting privileges.

  • Disseminate information regarding ECP related activities (early career website, building bridges brochures) to potential ECPs and increase diversity of membership in the field of psychology.

  • Establishing an ECP Booth as an exhibit at the Hawaii Psychological Association Annual Convention.

  • Helped to establish I Ola Lahui Psychology Internship Training Program with other ECPs and joined as Board of Directors and Supervising Psychologist for the program.  This program is designed to provide training opportunities for interns to work in rural, medically underserved, designated health professional shortage areas.  Presently working on submitting application to become an APPIC approved program with future goals of attaining status as an APA accredited internship training program.

  • Signed on to serve as a Community Ambassador with the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and currently working to establish collaboration with state Primary Care Office and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) to provide mentorship to ECPs and youth interested in becoming psychologists or behavioral health providers in rural, medically underserved communities.

  • Participating as subgroup member on the State Department of Health’s Mental Health Transformation Special Incentive Grant (MHT-SIG) – Promoting Mental Health and decreasing stigma of mental health.

  • Served as Co-Chair and mental health consultant member of Bishop’s Advisory Board for Persons with Disabilities (Diocese of Honolulu).

Current Projects and Plans for the Year

  • Continue establish working relationship and communication with Public Interest Directorate, BAPPI, and boards and committees regarding the dissemination of information relevant to and affecting ECPs working in the public interest.

  • Develop project ideas in consultation and conjunction with BAPPI and the Public Interest Directorate:

    • Creating a resource manual for ECPs to educate them about the Public Interest Directorate and BAPPI.

    • Update the information currently available to the CECP regarding the diversity of membership within the field.  For example, creating a demographic database that includes information such as, the number of ethnic minority psychologists who are ECPs within the field as well as the number of ECPs who are diverse with respect to such things as sexual orientation and ability status.

    • Develop a campaign with BAPPI boards and committees to increase ECP involvement and establish ECP representation among the various public interest boards and committees.

  • Continue work on CECP Convention Subcommittee and begin planning for CECP programming at 2008 APA Annual Convention.
     

Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP)

APA Consolidated Meeting
March 22nd 2007

Science Slate Report
By
Deborah A. Weber, PhD

Role and Responsibilities (summary from P & P Manual): Science slate member of the committee represents the ECP psychological science community to the American Psychological Association (APA); serve as CECP liaison to the Board of Scientific Affairs and as the CECP point of contact for relationships with the Science Directorate,  affiliated groups, and the scientific community; develop and support projects within APA to promote the needs of ECP’s in psychological education and training; and attends and actively participate in the annual Science Leadership Conference

Activities to Date:

  • Attended the BSA/Division Presidents, Presidents-Elect, and Council Reps Breakfast at the 2007 APA Convention

  • Communicated with Division Presidents, Presidents-Elect, and Council Reps attending the BSA breakfast many of the issues and needs of ECP psychological scientists including membership retention strategies

  • Established communication with the Executive Director for Science about identifying the needs of ECPs in Psychological Science and the recent data gathered by the Science Directorate from ECPs at the 2006 Science leadership conference.

  • Served (with the Practice Slate) as monitor of the Early Career Listserv

  • Worked with APA staff to update the CECP website and provide additional links and resources to ECPs

  • Initiated discussion around science related issues on the Early Career Psychologists listserv

  • In collaboration with the Education slate member, developed web based resources for researchers and educators.

  • Solicited discussion on various issues on the listserv and disseminated the summaries on the listserv

  • Provide additional information to Division 42 on ECPs Summary Responses—Striking A Balance

Current Projects and Plans for the Year

  • Work with the Science Directorate as they continue to plan activities for PSY21 in order to advance the science of psychology, provide value to APA membership, and attract new members.

  • Work with members of the ECPN from APA divisions with a psychological science focus to identify the needs of ECP psychological scientists within divisions.

  • Provide convention program that addresses the needs of ECPs in psychological science

  • Attend the Science Leadership Conference October 13th – 15th, 2007

  • Solicit nominees for the science slate position of the committee for 2009

Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP)
APA Round I Consolidated Meeting (September, 2007)
State, Provincial, and Territorial Associations (SPTAs) Slate Report
Christopher W. Loftis, PhD

Role and Responsibilities (summary from P & P Manual):
Represent ECP interests and leadership experiences in State, Provincial, and Territorial Associations (SPTAs); Co-direct (with Division Slate Representative) a network of ECP representatives from SPTA and APA Divisions; Facilitate activities, projects and programs that foster joint membership and participation between ECP members of APA and SPTAs; Attend the State Leadership Conference in March; and Establish relationships and joint projects with staff members of the Practice Directorate and other Directorates as appropriate.

Activities to Date:

  • Drafted ECPN Charter (Exhibit 1)

  • Co hosted ECPN Business Meeting at APA Convention (Exhibit 2)
    Continued recruitment of new members to Early Career Psychology Network (ECPN). SPTA enrollment has grown from 16 SPTAs in Fall, 2006 to more than 30 SPTA representatives in Fall, 2007

  • Continued to refine ECPN enrollment form with Alex Sittig (Exhibit 3)

  • Attended SPTA Relevant programming at Convention, including

    • “Capitalizing on Creative Tensions in SPTA Advocacy,” with David Sandberg (Committee of State Leaders, Chair); Katherine Nordal (Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, Chair); Daniel Abrahamson (Assistant Executive Director for State Advocacy); Russ Newman (Executive Director for Professional Practice).

    • "The Regulation of Psychology: Using Ethics, Licensing, and Laws to Get it Right," with Steve Behnke (APA Ethics Office), Steven DeMers (Association of State and Provincial Psychological Boards), and Robert Woody

  • Continued dialogue with Practice directorate, board and committees about the interests and product needs of ECPs.

  • Continued to monitor and participate in discussion on StatePsych, Practice, ECPN, Division 31, and Early Career listservs.

  • Attended the State Leadership Conference and organized a track of programming and social hours for ECPs at the Conference (See March Report for additional information, Exhibit 5)

Current Projects and Plans for the Year

  • Soliciting nominees for the SPTA slate position of the committee for 2008

  • Speak at the Convention of the Connecticut Psychological Association on APA’s new Licensure policy.

  • Promote publication of Licensure Article, co-authored with Kristi Sands Van Sickle (APAGS Chair), in SPTA newsletters (Exhibit 4)