Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP):
2010 Annual Report

A. Mission Statement

The Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) represents the unique interests and concerns of early career psychologists. The mission of CECP is to enhance the sense of community and a shared identity among early career members through advocacy, engagement, and the provision of resources.

The Committee consists of six members of the association all within seven years of 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

  • Oksana Yokushko, PhD Chair ( APA Divisions Representative)

  • Ayse Ciftei, PhD (Education and Training Representative)

  • Michelle Braun, PhD, ABPP (Practice Representative)

  • Michael C. Edwards, PhD (Science Representative)

  • Sarah Morsbach Honaker, PhD (SPTA Representative)

  • Allison Ponce, PhD (Public Interest Representative)

The Staff Liaison for the committee from January 1 to December 31 was Dee Valencia.

2010 was a very busy and productive year for CECP. With the assistance and support of Dee Valencia, Tabitha Brown, Kraig Scott and Rhea Faberman, we were able to accomplish a number of tasks. Below is a summary of the key accomplishments:

C. Activities and Products

  1. The committee sent a request to the Board of Directors (BoD) for an additional committee member to work with staff on membership and social media activities.  The BoD approved the request and forwarded to the Council of Representatives (CoR) for approval.

  2. CECP worked with staff to expand APA’s presence on social media, specifically reaching out to early career psychologists and graduate students in transition to becoming early career psychologists. CECP is engaged with the new APA Facebook tab for early career psychologists and is negotiating a creation of a separate Facebook platform, targeting early career members.

  3. CECP created an appreciation award for APA individuals and organizations that provided outstanding mentoring, support, or work on behalf of early career members. The awards will be announced during the Early Career Social Hour at the 2011 convention.

  4. CECP has significantly expanded its collaboration and communication with other key groups, such as the Association of State, Provincial Psychological Boards (ASPPB). 

  5. The CECP chair served on the 2010 APA Presidential Caregivers Task Force.

  6. The Public Interest Representative continued to foster relationships with APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

  7. A CECP representative attended the 2010 Educational Leadership Conference.

  8. The BoD approved a two-year liaison relationship between the CECP and the National Registry of Health Care Providers.

  9. CECP Science Representative coordinated with the Science Directorate to insure that the science communities’ interests are accurately conveyed to the committee and that early career interests are accurately conveyed to the Science Directorate. In addition, the Science Representative attended the Science Leadership Conference.

  10. CECP was also successful in advocating for an early career representative to the Committee of State Leaders (CSL), which will be the CECP State Representative.

  11. Increasingly more divisions, boards, and committees are seeking early career representatives. The committee continues to advocate for the nomination of early career members to APA boards and committees, and has successfully supported several early career members in these leadership roles.

  12. CECP actively participated in the creation of a survey to determine current practices of divisions regarding their early career members. The results of the survey were shared with division leaders and are being used to create innovative ways to increase early career participation in divisions (e.g., mentoring programs, reduced fees, career support, division hospitality suite at the APA convention, etc…)

  13. CECP representatives and other early career members have been featured in many APA media such as the Monitor, the Division Dialogues, on the early career web site and social media outlets.

  14. CECP received funding from the Board of Convention Affairs to create an early career travel award program for early career members from all areas of psychology (education, practice, public interest and science) to attend the 2011 convention.  Thirteen award recipients will receive $750 to be applied toward their 2011 APA convention expense.  The program is designed to encourage attendance and increase representation of early career members at the convention.

  15. CECP received funding from the Board of Convention Affairs to create family friendly activities and events at the 2011 convention.  Plans include a confortable and fun environment dedicated to families at convention.  The room will offer amenities like comfortable chairs where mothers can nurse, changing tables, a play area for children with educational games and toys. The room will also feature daily entertainment for children such as movies and story time.  In addition, CECP will sponsor a Family Social Hour featuring wine and hors d’oeuvres for the parents in one area of the room and entertainment and snacks for the kids just a few steps away.  At the family hour, early career parents can connect and network while the children are being entertained nearby.

  16.  CECP continues a close working relationship with the Membership Board to maintain the interests and needs of early career members. 

  17. CECP SPTA Representative participated in an APA Convention Panel on “Strategies for Recruitment, Retention, and Engagement of the Next Generation of Psychologists.”

  18. CECP continues to widely distribute the branded “Top 10” list of what SPTAs and divisions can do to successfully recruit and engage early career members. 

  19. CECP is also actively discussing the recent proposal from the Membership Board to change the dues structure of the APA. CECP supports the proposed changes, which seem to simplify the dues structure while continuing to maintain reduced rates for early career members.

  20. CECP is working on making significant changes to the Early Career Psychologists Network (ECPN).  The charter has been revised to be more inclusive and the committee is discussing re-launching the listserv targeting early career leaders on the new JIVE platform which offers more interactive electronic features.  The new changes seek to incorporate the growing early career leadership across the APA, divisions and the state associations. In addition, the ECPN will be re-named the Early Career Psychologist Leadership Network.

  21. At the 2010 convention, CECP developed six sessions focused on early career issues such as:  the structure of APA governance and how to get involved; thriving on the tenure track; international research and collaborations; the financial nuts and bolts of starting a practice and using technology to advance your practice.  Four of the six sessions sponsored by the CECP were among the well-attended sessions at convention, more than 30 people attending.  In addition, the committee sponsored the Early Career Social Hour; held a business meeting for the ECPN and supported the Early Career Booth with materials and resources.

  22. CECP sent letters to the BCA and the newly formed Convention Taskforce with recommendations for continuing family friendly events and activities at all future APA conventions.

  23. The Education and Training Representative worked with the Policy and Planning Board on developing a joint focus group to held during the APA 2011 convention.

  24. The committee continues to distribute and report on our findings from the 2007 Early Career Survey in order to keep early career issues at the forefront of APA’s agenda.  This was the first APA survey focused on early career psychologists and its purpose was to identify career barriers for early career psychologists.  The survey revealed several key factors that negatively impact early career psychologists, such as high debt levels and the inability to obtain post-doctorate hours.  CECP has widely distributed the survey, a summary of the analysis; all data tables; and recommendations for addressing some of the findings. 

  25. CECP decided to promote the financial planning guide for early career psychologists (published in 2008) as a member benefit in order to maintain APA’s focus on providing “value-added” services.  The booklet is available in hard copy by written request and online behind a member only “firewall” at: http://www.apa.org/earlycareer/resources.html under "Financial Planning for Early Career Psychologists.”  In addition, bulk copies are made available to divisions and SPTAs upon request.  The financial guides was created specifically to address the needs and interests of early career psychologists  but has proven to be useful to all career stages, including graduate students as well as mid to late career psychologists.

  26. CECP continues to disseminate resource materials through the EarlyCareer” listserv, non-APA early career listservs, Monitor articles, the early career website.  These various platforms help the committee inform early career professionals about issues related to education, funding, licensure, financial planning, and parenting and provide CECP with valuable feedback.