COPA Call for Nominations for Term 2014-2017

The American Psychological Association Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS (COPA) is seeking nominations for three new members whose term will begin on Jan. 1, 2014, and end on Dec. 31, 2017. The mission of COPA, an ad hoc committee that reports to the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI), is to guide the development and implementation of APA’s organizational responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Prospective Nominees

COPA members must be APA members and they are required to attend two, face-to-face meetings per year in Washington, D.C., with expenses reimbursed by APA, and to participate in monthly conference calls. Between meetings, members are expected to devote a substantial portion of time to COPA projects, provide consultation to APA Office on AIDS staff and participate in advocacy activities as needed. Each of the face-to-face meetings begins on a Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. and ends on Sunday morning at noon. On average, in addition to the time associated with the one-hour monthly conference calls and the time associated with the two face-to-face meetings each year, members spend approximately two to four hours per month on COPA business.

Candidates should have demonstrated expertise in dealing with HIV/AIDS issues as a researcher, practitioner, educator and/or policy advocate. COPA seeks to involve a diverse group of psychologists, including persons of color, persons self-identified as LGBT and individuals who are living with HIV. At least one position will be filled by an early career psychologist (10 years or less since doctoral degree). COPA is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in the following areas: (1) HIV prevention and care for gay, bisexual, other men who have sex with men and transgender populations; (2) public health aspects of HIV (3) clinical aspects of HIV/AIDS; (4) knowledge of emerging biomedical technologies and their interface with behavioral interventions; and/or (5) syndemic aspects of HIV/AIDS (e.g., low socioeconomic status, severe mental illness, substance use, trauma).

Nomination Deadline

Nominations materials should include a summary of the nominee's qualifications, a letter from the nominee indicating a willingness to serve on COPA and a curriculum vita. Self-nominations are encouraged. Materials may be sent by mail or email to:

Cherie Mitchell
Office on AIDS
750 First Street, NE,
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242

Phone: (202) 336-6042

Deadline: All materials must be received no later than Aug. 15, 2013.